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STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Park, who led three times for 34 laps and finished ninth earlier this season at Rockingham, will drive the same Monte Carlo that finished 10th in the Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington....

STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Park, who led three times for 34 laps and finished ninth earlier this season at Rockingham, will drive the same Monte Carlo that finished 10th in the Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington. Park finished 19th last week at Talladega and ranks 12th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings (NWCS). @ DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo) Fresh off last week's hair-raising victory at Talladega Superspeedway, the seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion will drive the same Monte Carlo that carried him to a second-place finish in February at North Carolina Speedway. Earnhardt also drove the same Monte Carlo at the first Darlington race, both Bristols and both Dovers. Earnhardt's win last week was the 284th career victory for the Monte Carlo, the most successful nameplate in NASCAR Winston Cup history. Earnhardt has scored 45 of his 76 career victories behind the wheel of a Monte Carlo. Earnhardt trails points leader Bobby Labonte by 210 points entering the Final Four. He's 98 points ahead of third-place Jeff Burton. BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Hamilton will drive the same Monte Carlo that led 42 laps earlier this season at Rockingham. Hamilton started 37th but took the lead by lap 85 at North Carolina Speedway in February. A faulty distributor relegated Hamilton to a 40th-place finish. He finished 36th last week at Talladega and ranks 31st in the NWCS. TERRY LABONTE (No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Labonte will drive the same Monte Carlo that carried him to a 13th-place finish at Dover in September. Labonte finished fifth last week at Talladega, part of a top-six Team Monte Carlo sweep, and he ranks 18th in the NWCS. MICHAEL WALTRIP (No. 7 NationsRent Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Waltrip will race the same Monte Carlo at Rockingham that he drove in the Coca-Cola 600 and the Pepsi Southern 500. Waltrip finished 34th last week at Talladega and ranks 27th in the NWCS.

MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Skinner planned to drive the same Monte Carlo that he drove earlier this season at Rockingham, Bristol and Dover. An accident in the morning practice forced the team to switch to a backup Monte Carlo. Skinner finished 21st earlier this season at Rockingham, sixth last week at Talladega and ranks 11th in the NWCS. JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo) Gordon will drive chassis No. 2449 at Rockingham. Gordon qualified the Monte Carlo second and finished 23rd in August at Bristol and also drove it to a ninth-place finish at Dover in September. Gordon finished 10th earlier this season at Rockingham, fourth last week at Talladega and ranks ninth in the NWCS

JERRY NADEAU (No. 25 Micheal Holigan.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Nadeau will make his 100th career start on Sunday, and the team has built a brand new downforce Monte Carlo for the occasion. Nadeau finished 29th at Rockingham earlier this season, 13th last week at Talladega and ranks 23rd in the NWCS. JOE NEMECHEK (No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Nemechek, fresh off a third-place finish last week at Talladega, will drive chassis No. 9931 on Sunday at Rockingham. He finished 30th with the same Monte Carlo here in February and he also drove it at Darlington in September and finished 31st. Nemechek ranks 16th in the NWCS. STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Marlin will drive the Monte Carlo he drove in the second races this season at Bristol, Darlington and Dover. He qualified eighth and finished eighth at Bristol, finished 17th at Darlington and 37th at Dover. Engine failure at Talladega last week left Marlin with a 41st-place finish. He's 19th in the NWCS.

TED MUSGRAVE (No. 01 BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Musgrave's Monte Carlo competed in the second races this season at Richmond, New Hampshire and Martinsville with finishes of 21st, 14th and 21st, respectively. Musgrave finished 32nd last week at Talladega and ranks 40th in the NWCS. RICKY CRAVEN (No. 50 Midwest Transit Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Craven will drive the same Monte Carlo the Midwest Transit team had a Rockingham last fall. Craven started 26th and finished 30th last week at Talladega. He ranks 45th in the NWCS. RICH BICKLE (No. 60 Power Team Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Bickle will drive an old chassis with a new body at Rockingham. Bickle started 28th and finished 21st last week at Talladega.

DAVE MARCIS (No. 71 Realtree Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Marcis will drive the same Monte Carlo that he had at Martinsville. Marcis started 42nd and finished 41st earlier this year at Rockingham. He started ninth and finished 40th last week at Talladega and ranks 46th in the NWCS. KENNY WALLACE (No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Wallace will drive the same Monte Carlo that finished 35th in the Pepsi Southern 500. "The left rear tire was loose and we had to come in for a pit stop at Darlington," Wallace said. "We lost two laps, made 'em up and had worked our way back to 10th place when the engine blew. It's a good car, and I can't wait to race it at Rockingham." Wallace tied his career-best finish with a runner-up performance last week at Talladega. He ranks 29th in the NWCS and finished 24th earlier this season at Rockingham.

DALE EARNHARDT Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Earnhardt Jr. will drive the Monte Carlo that carried him to a 13th-place finish at Pocono in July. Earnhardt Jr. finished 19th earlier this season at Rockingham, 14th last week at Talladega and ranks 15th in the NWCS. He trails Matt Kenseth by 27 points (265-238) in the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year standings after 30 of 34 events in 2000.

<pre> Team Monte Carlo winner's circle Here are the 26 drivers who have won races driving a Monte Carlo. Team Monte Carlo drivers have made Chevrolet's Monte Carlo the most successful nameplate in NASCAR Winston Cup history with 284 career victories.

Jeff Gordon 50 Darrell Waltrip 48 Dale Earnhardt 45 Cale Yarborough 38 Bobby Allison 15 Terry Labonte 15 Benny Parsons 14 Tim Richmond 9 Harry Gant 6 Geoffrey Bodine 6 Richard Petty 6 Neil Bonnett 5 Sterling Marlin 5 Bobby Labonte 4 Donnie Allison 3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2 Ricky Rudd 2 David Pearson 2 Buddy Baker 2 Charlie Glotzbach 1 Ken Schrader 1 Greg Sacks 1 Earl Ross 1 Bobby Hamilton 1 Joe Nemechek 1 Steve Park 1

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Darrell Waltrip , Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Steve Park , Geoffrey Bodine , Ken Schrader , Joe Nemechek , Sterling Marlin , Richard Petty , Benny Parsons , Bobby Allison , Donnie Allison , Greg Sacks , Buddy Baker , Charlie Glotzbach , Harry Gant , Cale Yarborough , Tim Richmond , David Pearson