Pontiac Racchassi notes for Talladega

10 Johnny Benson comes to Talladega this weekend with a chassis that hasn't been run in the 2000 season, but was tested here. Benson has led a total of 50 laps at restrictor plate tracks this season. He ran well here in April, finishing 13th.

10 Johnny Benson comes to Talladega this weekend with a chassis that hasn't been run in the 2000 season, but was tested here. Benson has led a total of 50 laps at restrictor plate tracks this season. He ran well here in April, finishing 13th. Since then Benson has picked up five spots in the points to 14th, and has recorded two top fives, four top 10s, and seven top 15s.

14 This chassis is brand new for the Conseco Pontiac team. It missed the show here in April and has since had the rear end re-worked by the A.J. Foyt crew. Since the Winston Cup Series' last restrictor plate race in July, driver Rick Mast has moved from 41st to 34th in the point standings.

18 For the Winston Cup points leader, this chassis is one of the oldest in the Interstate Batteries Grand Prix stable, built near the end of the 1997 season. It has three starts so far this year, finishing sixth in the Daytona 500 and 21st here in April after being involved in an incident in the tri-oval. That 21st place result is one of only two finishes outside the top 15 this year for Labonte, who is coming off his fourth victory.

20 Joe Gibbs Racing built this chassis over the winter and has run it at all three restrictor plate races in 2000. Driver Tony Stewart finished 17th at the Daytona 500, and then settled for a 34th place finish here in April after being involved in the same incident that collected his teammate Bobby Labonte. Stewart's most recent restrictor plate effort resulted in a sixth place finish at Daytona, which is one of his 10 top 10 finishes in the second half of the season.

22 Ward Burton and his Caterpillar Grand Prix has collected 18 top 10 finishes this season, three of which are credited to this chassis. He finished eighth in the season-opening Daytona 500, posted a 10th with this piece here in April and then finished seventh at Daytona in July.

27 This chassis was last run when Mike Bliss drove it to a 28th place finish at Daytona in July. The chassis was new when it ran here in April and finished 24th. His best finish of the year came four weeks ago in New Hampshire where he posted a 19th place.

36 Ken Schrader posted his best finish of the season (ninth) with this chassis in the season-opening Daytona 500, but hasn't run it in either of the other two plate races. Here in April the team finished 36th after being sidelined in the same wreck that claimed fellow Pontiac drivers Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart.

43 The Cheerios/STP Grand Prix driven by John Andretti this week is brand new, but has been tested here. Andretti, who is ranked 22nd in the Winston Cup standings, has scored three finishes of 13th or better in the past five weeks and has gained three spots in the points during that stretch.

44 This version of the Hot Wheels Pontiac, which has two restrictor plate starts on it this year, was driven for the first time here in April. The run resulted in a ninth place finish, which still stands as the team's top finish of 2000. This weekend team owner Kyle Petty will attempt to qualify the car on Friday before turning it over to Steve Grissom for the race. Grissom will be in Texas at the start of the weekend for the Craftsman Truck Series race.

93 Dave Blaney is hoping the fourth restrictor plate race of his rookie season will yield better results than the first three. He has run them all in this chassis and owns a top finish of 24th, which came in July at Daytona. He finished 27th at the Daytona 500 and 30th here in April. This chassis has been to wind tunnel with the new aerodynamic package mandated for this week's event.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Ward Burton , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Johnny Benson , Rick Mast , Steve Grissom , Mike Bliss , Dave Blaney , A.J. Foyt
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing