Las Vegas Ford car report

Here are some notes on Ford teams and the cars they will be running this weekend: 2 RUSTY WALLACE Rusty comes into this weekend leading the point standings for the first time since '98...if the car he has this weekend performs like it did...

Here are some notes on Ford teams and the cars they will be running this weekend:

2 RUSTY WALLACE
Rusty comes into this weekend leading the point standings for the first time since '98...if the car he has this weekend performs like it did a year ago, he'll hold that lead going into Atlanta...Rusty is running a car he named "Flash" after it debuted at Bristol in August and dominated...the car sat on the pole, led the most laps and won the race...known previously as PC-26, the car also raced at Dover in September and finished 8th, and last performed at Rockingham in October and finished 5th.

6 MARK MARTIN
Martin won the inaugural NWC event here at Las Vegas and also has a Busch Series win to his credit...this year, however, he is only running the Cup race...came out and tested here at Vegas last month with a brand new car and will race that this weekend. 7 MIKE WALLACE
Wallace will look to rebound this weekend after being caught up in the first-lap wreck that knocked Dale Earnhardt, Jr. out of the race...this car served as the team's backup last weekend, but it tested well here at Las Vegas last month...car has a standard Hopkins chassis.

11 BRETT BODINE
Bodine did not qualify for this event a year ago, so he's brought one of his best cars this weekend...this piece has been strong on flat tracks...car ran in back-to-back events late last season at Phoenix and Homestead...qualified 23rd and finished 20th at Phoenix and then qualified 9th and finished 14th at Homestead.

12 JEREMY MAYFIELD
The car Mayfield will drive this weekend was built at the end of last season, but did not race...team debuted the car during a test session here last month and was happy with it's effort...this will mark its first NWC event.

17 MATT KENSETH
Kenseth debuted this car a year ago in the first Atlanta race and qualified 4th...blew an engine on lap 200 of the 325-lap feature, however, and finished 40th...also ran in the second Pocono race and finished 5th, in addition to the second Dover event in September when it finished 12th.

21 ELLIOTT SADLER
Sadler has run two Roush cars the first two race of 2001 as part of the team's alliance, but this weekend he'll run an older car that was built completely in the Wood Brothers shop...the car is basically brand new, except for the center cage area...raced in the first Michigan event last season after Sadler flipped through the air in his primary car during practice...Sadler finished 27th in that event.

26 JIMMY SPENCER
Spencer raced this car a few times last year, including both Richmond races...also ran on the flat track of Loudon, where Spencer ended up cutting a right-front tire and hitting the wall...had finishes of 17th and 33rd in the two Richmond events.

28 RICKY RUDD
Even though Rudd has been with RYR for a year, this will be the first time he will ever drive this particular car in a race...he did get some experience with it during the team's test session last month...the last time this car raced came in '99 when Kenny Irwin ran it at Pocono and got involved in an accident...car has been completely re-worked and is basically brand new.

32 RICKY CRAVEN
Fresh off his fifth-place finish last weekend at Rockingham -- the best in PPI history -- Craven is looking to keep that momentum...he'll have a brand new car to drive this week, although he did test with it here at Las Vegas last month.

66 TODD BODINE
This car was built for the '99 Brickyard 400 for Darrell Waltrip and has competed on a regular basis since then...Waltrip ran this car here at Las Vegas last season and led two laps before finishing 38th.

77 ROBERT PRESSLEY
Pressley finds himself in the top 10 in points and will try to maintain that lofty status with the same car he ran late last year at Homestead...finished 16th in that event...car also ran at Indy in August and qualified 19th before eventually finishing 27th...crew chief Ryan Pemberton is playing hurt this weekend after receiving six stitches on the outside of his right pinky finger...he suffered the injury while breaking up a fight at home between his two dogs.

88 DALE JARRETT
Like many of this fellow competitors this week, Jarrett also tested out here in Las Vegas last month...he tried out a brand new Taurus during the two-day session and has opted to bring it back for the race...has not had great luck here in the previous three races...posted his best Vegas finish last year when he ran 7th, but his other two efforts are 40th and 11th.

90 HUT STRICKLIN
Stricklin says that the car he has this weekend is one of the best in Junie Donlavey's fleet...he raced it for the first time at Indianapolis last August and then brought it back a couple of weeks later at Michigan...had one of the team's best finishes last year at Indy when Stricklin finished 14th and finished 39th after an engine blew at Michigan.

96 ANDY HOUSTON
Houston will be trying to bounce back from last week's disappointment at Rockingham in which he did not qualify for the race...has a lot of experience in this particular car, however, running it three times in his five races last season...car ran at Michigan, Charlotte and Phoenix...ran in the top 10 in his Michigan debut before blowing an engine and finishing 35th...had a 26th-place showing at Charlotte and was 36th at Phoenix.

97 KURT BUSCH
Busch is making a homecoming this weekend as he returns for his first NWC race in his native Las Vegas...he ran this particular car during the team's test here last month and actually put it in the wall on the first day...car suffered minimal damage, however, and all the team had to do was replace the front clip...this will be the car's first race.

99 JEFF BURTON
Burton has won consecutive NWC races at this track, but he'll have a different car this year...this particular Taurus served as a backup for much of last year...while most of the Cup teams were here in Las Vegas testing, Burton was at Kentucky Speedway working with this car...this will mark the car's first NWC event.

02 RYAN NEWMAN
Newman will be making his NWC debut this weekend and it will mark his third straight race in a different series...started the year at Daytona running the ARCA race and competed in the Busch event at Rockingham last week...the car he has this weekend is 1-for-1, having won the ARCA race at Charlotte last year...car set a track qualifying record in winning the pole and even gained a name after that Charlotte victory -- "Patience".

- FRT

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Darrell Waltrip