[The following are facts and figures regarding the cars Pontiac teams will be running during this weekend's Winston Cup event at Richmond International Raceway.] No. 10 Johnny Benson is now behind the wheel of the Pontiac Grand Prix chassis ...
[The following are facts and figures regarding the cars Pontiac teams will be running during this weekend's Winston Cup event at Richmond International Raceway.]
Johnny Benson is now behind the wheel of the Pontiac Grand Prix chassis that last appeared at Phoenix in November 2000, when it qualified fourth and finished 16th. Benson was forced to switch to his backup car following a spin and contact with the wall during the early portion of Friday morning's practice at Richmond International Raceway.
Conseco Pontiac driver Ron Hornaday ran solidly around the top 10 with this chassis at Chicagoland before an engine failure dropped him to 40th in the final standings. Hornaday is looking to improve on the 31st place finish he posted here at Richmond during the spring event in May.
Bobby Labonte gets his 10th shot at the Winston No Bull 5 $1 million bonus this weekend with the same chassis he drove to a seventh place finish at New Hampshire on July 22. Labonte, who is coming off last week's third place finish in the Southern 500, finished 10th here in May during the Pontiac Excitement 400.
Four of Tony Stewart's 12 Winston Cup victories have come behind the wheel of this chassis, including both of his wins here at Richmond. The driver of the Home Depot Grand Prix comes to RIR this weekend looking for his third straight short track win, after triumphs here in the Pontiac Excitement 400 and at Bristol two weeks ago. Stewart, who finished fourth last week at Darlington, enters this weekend's event just 20 points out of third in the Winston Cup point standings. This car has also visited victory lane at Martinsville (fall 2000) and Homestead (fall '99).
Duke's Mayonnaise Pontiac driver Rick Mast is wheeling a brand new chassis that he tested here at Richmond two weeks ago. According to crew chief Barry Dodson, the two-day test was very successful and has the team hopeful they can improve on what was a competitive run here in the spring.
M&M's Grand Prix driver Ken Schrader scored a 10th place finish with this chassis at Texas, then the team tore it apart and turned it into a short track machine. The new version was tested at Lakeland earlier this week and according to crew chief Newt Moore, it performed very well despite track temperatures that topped the 130-degree mark.