Chassis Notes; Winston Cup; Michigan International Speedway The following are facts and figures regarding the cars Pontiac teams will be running this week during the NASCAR Winston Cup event at Michigan International Speedway. No....
Chassis Notes; Winston Cup; Michigan International Speedway
The following are facts and figures regarding the cars Pontiac teams will be running this week during the NASCAR Winston Cup event at Michigan International Speedway.
Valvoline Grand Prix driver Johnny Benson, who is eighth in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings, scored his first top five of the season (a fourth) with this chassis at Las Vegas in week three. The last time he ran it was at California, where he started eighth and led 12 laps before finishing 11th.
Rookie Ron Hornaday is looking to rebound at Michigan after last week's 36th place finish at Dover Downs. Hornaday and his A.J. Foyt Racing teammates are running the Conseco Pontiac they last fielded at Darlington, where it earned a 42nd place finish after an early incident cost the team 144 laps behind the wall.
Interstate Batteries Grand Prix driver Bobby Labonte is a two-time pole winner and three-time race winner at Michigan. The defending Winston Cup champion is riding a streak of five straight top fives and nine straight top 10s at Michigan. Labonte, currently ranked 12th in the point standings, is behind the wheel of the chassis that carried him to a fifth-place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Coca Cola 600.
Defending race winner Tony Stewart stayed hot with a seventh place finish last week at Dover, extending his string of consecutive top seven finishes to six. Stewart, who is running a new chassis this weekend, has climbed to fourth in the Winston Cup standings and is only 156 points out of the top spot.
Kenny Wallace, who posted a 27th place effort last week at Dover, is wheeling the chassis that posted a 29th place finish at Atlanta during the fourth week of the 2001 season. Wallace wasn't crazy about the chassis back then, but is hoping the front-end changes made by crew chief Barry Dodson will lead to a noticeable improvement at Michigan this weekend.
M&M's Pontiac driver Ken Schrader has earned two top 10 finishes thus far in 2001, the first of which came with this chassis at Atlanta Motor Speedway (eighth). Schrader, who is currently 22nd in points, is a two-time pole winner here at Michigan International Speedway.