Garage Chatteer: Talladega

Bad luck for Rudd Polesitter Ricky Rudd ran over a piece of debris during practice and ripped a hole in the No. 21 Ford's front valance. The entire piece had to be replaced, but will most likely not effect the performance of the car for the ...

Bad luck for Rudd

Polesitter Ricky Rudd ran over a piece of debris during practice and ripped a hole in the No. 21 Ford's front valance. The entire piece had to be replaced, but will most likely not effect the performance of the car for the race.

Rudd earned the Woods Brothers their first pole in twenty years, and Rudd's first career pole at Talladega.

Schedule, Schedule, Schedule

A possible agreement may have been reached selling Rockingham raceway to SMI, who would then transfer the date to Texas; settling the current lawsuit.

There is also an idea being floated through the garage involving adding three Wednesday night races to the schedule next season.

McClure making Cup debut

Eric McClure, son of car owner Morgan McClure, will make his Nextel Cup series debut on Sunday. McClure has been advised by his legendary father to drop to the back of the field at the start of the race and play it safe.

With limited drafting experience, McClure wants to make sure his son doesn't get in the way of the other racers.

8, 15 favorites at restrictor plate tracks

Teams are getting a little sick of the DEI dominance on restrictor plate racetracks. DEI cars have won 10 of the last 13 restrictor plate races. They shouldn't expect a lot of help in the draft besides running with each other, although Tony Stewart is always good for a save for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Surprises at the front

Joe Nemechek and Scott Riggs were the big surprises from Friday's time trials. Nemechek earned fourth and Riggs fifth. The surprises kept on coming as Jimmy Spencer clipped off the fastest lap in Saturday morning practice in the Morgan-McClure No. 4.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Tony Stewart , Jimmy Spencer , Joe Nemechek , Scott Riggs , Eric McClure