Ford Watkins Glen report card

2 RUSTY WALLACE Rusty has always been considered one of the top road-course drivers on the NWC circuit and he figures to be a favorite this reason he should be considered is the fact that he's got a brand new Taurus to run this ...

Rusty has always been considered one of the top road-course drivers on the NWC circuit and he figures to be a favorite this reason he should be considered is the fact that he's got a brand new Taurus to run this weekend...PC-39 is an updated version of the road course car he had a year ago here at Watkins Glen (PC-24) and the one that qualified 2nd and finished 5th at Sears Point in June.

6 MARK MARTIN 2Martin will run the same Taurus he had at Sears Point earlier this year -- JR-50...after a tough qualifying run that saw Martin have to pit on "Gilligan's Island" he managed to pull out a top-10 finish by finishing 10th...this is also the same car Martin had here at Watkins Glen a year ago when he finished 2nd to Steve Park.

This car debuted in June at Sears Point with driver Robby Gordon, who posted an impressive 2nd-place finish...Wallace tested this car at the Virginia International Raceway road course in June and has had race experience in the truck series the past couple of seasons.

Bodine will be hoping for better luck this year at Watkins Glen...despite being one of the fastest cars in practice last season, he missed the race when qualifying was rained out...had a 13th-place run at Sears Point in June, but has opted to bring a brand new car to the Glen this weekend...tested this piece a couple of weeks ago at Kershaw.

Mayfield has car #16 this weekend, a piece he will be driving here at Watkins Glen for the first time, but it's not the car's first trip to this course...Tom Hubert qualified and raced this Taurus last year as he filled in for Mayfield, who had suffered a concussion the week before in a practice accident for the Brickyard 400...Hubert qualified 16th and finished 33rd...Mayfield drove this piece at Sears Point and finished 39th.

Kenseth said he's more comfortable here at Watkins Glen than Sears Point because there is more of a speedway feel to this course...he feels he can be a contender this weekend with some breaks and will have the same Taurus that debuted at Sears Point in June...Kenseth tested the car at Sears prior to the race in which he qualified 20th and finished 21st.

This will be Sadler's sixth road course race as driver for the Wood Brothers and he has driven the same car in each of those events...this weekend will be no different as driver and machine hook up once was built in '98 and has been the team's primary road course car ever since...has finishes of 28th (2000) and 18th (1999) here at Watkins Glen.

Spencer will have the same road course car he has had the past couple of years...he finished 27th earlier this year at Sears Point, but it finished 5th in 1999...this Taurus raced at Watkins Glen in 2000 and finished 31st after Spencer qualified also ran here in 1999 and finished 16th.

After debuting a brand new road course car at Sears Point, where he finished 4th, Rudd and the 28 team have decided to go back to the same car they raced here at Watkins Glen a year ago...Rudd qualified 9th for that race and finished 11th after leading for three laps late in the race... eventually gave way to Steve Park, who led the final 27 laps.

This Taurus debuted at Sears Point in 2000 with driver Scott Pruett and qualified 9th...led twice for 10 laps before an accident ended his day in 39th-place...Craven drove the car at Sears Point in June and started 9th as well before finishing 16th...PPI did not make the field at Watkins Glen last year due to rain, which washed out qualifying.

Bodine drove this car for the first time at Sears Point and finished 33rd after qualifying's also the same car Darrell Waltrip drove to a 12th-place finish at Sears Point in built a new road course car, but Bodine liked the feel of this one better after a test session at Kershaw a couple of months ago.

Said will make his second road course start of the season for Jasper Motorsports and will have the same car he drove at Sears Point...said he got too aggressive in qualifying and ended up having to take a provisional at Sears Point...started 42nd, but finished 11th...tested here with the Jasper team a couple of weeks ago and had the fastest time of any NWC team...Said qualified 2nd for this race in '99 driving for Irvan-Simo (finished 42nd after engine problems), and served as a relief driver for the injured Jimmy Spencer in '98 (finished 20th).

Jarrett and his 88 UPS team are still looking for their first road course win and the plan this week is to race the same car they had at Sears Point...this was a brand new car for that event, but Jarrett qualified 35th and was forced to pit on Gilligan's Island...he got involved in a couple of on-track accidents, including a spin late in the race, and finished 26th.

Simo will be making his second straight road course start for owner Junie Donlavey this season...will have the same car he had at Sears Point earlier this year when he finished 42nd...had rear end gear problems in that event and was forced to retire...this will mark the fourth time Simo and the 90 team have worked together on a NWC weekend.

The car Busch is racing this week was almost sold from the Roush stable...Matt Kenseth had it as part of his fleet and crew chief Robbie Reiser was ready to get rid of it until Ben Leslie, Busch's crew chief, decided that he wanted it...Leslie worked on the 17 car last year before being named crew chief with the 97 and likes this Taurus...he has modeled it after Mark Martin's road course car that won three straight races at Watkins Glen in the early has a new body and front clip since Leslie assumed control of it...Busch finished 23rd with it at Sears Point in June.

This car is referred to as "Old Faithful" by members of the 99's the only road course car Burton has raced the past two years...finished 3rd with this piece at Watkins Glen last year...the last time out at Sears Point, Burton qualified 26th but moved all the way up to an 8th-place finish.

-Ford Racing

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