Martinsville Ford car report

Here are some notes on Ford teams and the cars they will be running this weekend: 2 RUSTY WALLACE Rusty will try to cap off an outstanding short-track season by running PC-27, the car that debuted at Richmond three weeks ago...qualified...

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


Rusty will try to cap off an outstanding short-track season by running PC-27, the car that debuted at Richmond three weeks ago...qualified 5th and led 88 laps in that event until the engine let go and was relegated to 34th...bounced back the following week at Loudon and again qualified 5th and finished 5th...Rusty has 2 wins, 3 top-fives and 4 top-10s in the 5 races held on tracks less than one-mile in length...Rusty has led the most laps in 3 of the 5 races and has led four times more laps than any other driver.


Martin used pit strategy and a strong car down the stretch to win the spring race here at Martinsville...many times a driver will stick with the same car the second time around, but Martin and the Valvoline team have opted for JR-82 this weekend...this car has gotten a workout of late as this will mark its 4th start in the last 6 has competed at Bristol (3rd), Richmond (3rd) and Loudon (8th) in this stretch.


The car Compton has this weekend has been resting in the shop the second half of the fact, the last time it raced was here at Martinsville in April when Compton qualified 15th...ran into trouble during the event, though, when his engine blew 61 laps from the debuted at Las Vegas where it started and finished 32nd.


Bodine hopes to have better luck with this car at Martinsville than he did two weeks ago at qualified 22nd, but finished only 60 laps when he engine gave way and forced him into a 42nd-place also ran at Richmond , but suffered a similar fate when the engine blew on lap 297.


Mayfield has been extremely strong the last five weekends, but has not finished any of those races...has been caught up in accidents three times and suffered engine problems the other two...looking to rebound this week with the same car he had in both Richmond races this season...those are the only two events the car has raced this season.


Lepage hasn't had much good luck at Martinsville, particularly this past spring when he blew a tire during Saturday's practice and was forced to a back-up car...during the race he got caught up in an accident and was forced behind the wall to change a damaged radiator...he's looking for better results this weekend with JR-101...this will be the second start for this car, which was built specifically for the Brickyard 400 this year (36th).


Kenseth has been the top finishing rookie in 15 of the 27 races this season, including the spring race at Martinsville when he was 21st...this time around he will have a different car, one that he has raced a couple of times in the last five weeks -- Richmond and Loudon...was in the top 10 at Richmond until the engine let go and put him back to 32nd...had to start 37th at Loudon, but finished well as he came home used to be painted in the 99 colors as Jeff Burton raced it in '98 and '99.


Atwood made his NWC debut three weeks ago at Richmond and finished 19th...he's back this weekend with the same car he drove at RIR...the car was built specifically for Atwood to run three races this year before embarking on his rookie season in 2001...Atwood is scheduled to run at Homestead in November for his final event of the season.


When Sadler takes the green flag on Sunday it will mark the 1,000th career NWC race for the Wood honor of the occasion, Sadler's car is painted in the same scheme that Glen Wood ran in the 1950's when he and his brother, Leonard, started the team...this is the fourth of five retro paint schemes for the Wood's this season as they celebrate their 50th year in racing...Sadler will be driving the car he had at Richmond three weeks ago, but it's had extensive was involved in an accident with Geoffrey Bodine and suffered major damage...had a new front and rear clip put on, in addition to an entirely new body.


Spencer had a rough weekend at Dover in both the Busch and Cup car, but he's hoping for better this week with a car he's run twice in 2000...has competed the second half of the season at Pocono and Loudon, finishing 9th and 23rd, respectively ...that Pocono finish marked Spencer's 2nd of 3 top-10 efforts this season.


Rudd returns to the site of one of his greatest triumphs when he won this event two years ago in blistering heat...that's his last NWC win, but he appears poised again...comes into the weekend with six straight top-10 finishes, including consecutive third-place runs at Dover and Loudon.


Pruett made his short-track debut here at Martinsville in the spring and finished 32nd...this time around he's brought a car that has attempted to make only one ran at Rockingham, but Pruett was not fast enough to make the field...has been caught up in accidents each of the last two weeks and posted finishes of 41st and 42nd.


DW comes to Martinsville for the final time looking for better luck than he had in the spring...qualified 36th, but was the first car out of the race after suffering transmission failure on lap 147...this car was built specifically for Loudon and competed in both races there this year.


This is a relatively brand new car for fact, this will mark the first time it's run all was actually built last season and has been re-vamped for the 2000 season...Wally did not qualify for the spring race at Martinsville, but this will mark his first attempt with crew chief Newt Moore.


Pressley has recovered somewhat from a five-race stretch in which he didn't make the finish...has posted consecutive top-20 efforts at Loudon (18th) and Dover (14th)...his car this weekend ran at both Richmond and Loudon in the past overheated at Richmond and forced him to the garage after 226 laps (37th place). 85 CARL LONG

Long's team worked long hard to get this Taurus repaired after he was involved in an accident with Stacy Compton last week at Dover...he was credited with a 41st-place finish in what was his first NWC start...even though he qualified at Charlotte, Darrell Waltrip started the event.


Jarrett will be running car No. 56 this weekend, a car he has raced four times so far in 2000...the first time it appeared was here in Martinsville when it qualified 28th, but came up through the pack and finished also ran at the first Richmond race (3rd) and both Loudons (7th and 4th).


Stricklin will run this car for only the second time since taking over the driving duties at Indianapolis...he raced this Taurus at Loudon a couple of weeks ago and finished 28th, three laps down...looking to bounce back after not making last week's race at Dover Downs.


It's been a while since Cha-Ching has been at a race track, but it's back for the fifth time in 2000...last time it ran was in the first Loudon race when Elliott finished 24th...its other three races, however, have been solid -- 4th at Las Vegas, 8th here at Martinsville, and 9th at Richmond.


Fresh off his NWC debut at Dover last week, Busch will try his luck on a short track for the first time in the series...will be driving the car Chad Little had at Las Vegas, Texas and Pocono earlier this finished in the top 20 of all three events (19th at Vegas, 13th at Texas and 20th at Pocono in July).


Burton will try to rebound from last week's Dover disappointment and improve on his runner-up finish here at Martinsville in the spring...Burton first ran this car at Richmond in the spring and it has seen the track two other times since then -- second Richmond and second Loudon...had top-five finishes in both of those races (5th at Richmond and 1st at Loudon).

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Darrell Waltrip , Geoffrey Bodine , Stacy Compton , Chad Little