The following are facts and figures regarding the cars Pontiac teams will be running during this weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway. No. 10 Valvoline Grand Prix driver Johnny Benson is on a roll again, with...
The following are facts and figures regarding the cars Pontiac teams will be running during this weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Valvoline Grand Prix driver Johnny Benson is on a roll again, with three top five finishes in the last four races. His fifth place finish at Michigan helped him climb back to ninth position in the Winston Cup points - his highest ranking since mid-July when he ran this chassis at Chicagoland Speedway.
Rookie Ron Hornaday, who won at Bristol in the Craftsman Truck Series, is running the same chassis he drove to a 35th place finish at Dover Downs back in June. Hornaday, who owns one top 10 finish this season, has posted two top 20 efforts in the past eight weeks.
Interstate Batteries Grand Prix driver Bobby Labonte climbed to seventh in the Winston Cup points with a 19th place finish last weekend at Michigan, which equals his highest ranking of the 2001 season. Labonte finished 13th here in the spring behind the wheel of this chassis. He last competed in it at Dover, posting a 12th place result.
Home Depot Pontiac driver Tony Stewart won the pole and finished second in this event last season, and is hoping to improve on that this weekend with his traditional concrete chassis. In 10 starts at Bristol and Dover with this chassis, Stewart has two wins, six top fives and seven top 10s and has led 1,044 of a possible 4,500 laps (23.2 percent). It is the only car he has ever run on the series' concrete tracks.
Duke's Mayonnaise driver Rick Mast made his debut for Eel River Racing in this chassis at Pocono in July. Mast, whose top finish in the Winston Cup Series this year is a 14th, has qualified the No. 27 Grand Prix for three of the past four series events.
Ken Schrader qualified this chassis in the 10th position this spring at Bristol and ran as high as ninth before contact with another car sent him into the outside retaining wall. The car has a new front clip and is returning to action this weekend for the first time since then.