Ricky Rudd Darlington Preview

R.P.M. / TIDE RACING TRANSOUTH FINANCIAL 400 QUICK FACTS DRIVER: Ricky Rudd CREW CHIEF: TBA EVENT: TranSouth 400 TIME: 1:00 p.m. DATE: March 21, 1999 WHERE: Darlington Raceway REASON: Winston Cup Race ...

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TRANSOUTH FINANCIAL 400 QUICK FACTS

DRIVER: Ricky Rudd CREW CHIEF: TBA EVENT: TranSouth 400 TIME: 1:00 p.m. DATE: March 21, 1999 WHERE: Darlington Raceway REASON: Winston Cup Race #5 TRACK: 1.366 mile oval PURSE: $1,852,8819 DISTANCE: 400 miles (293 laps)

FIRST TRANSOUTH 400: 1977: Rudd started 27th and had a difficult time adjusting to the tough Darlington track and finished 22nd, earning $1,300.

BEST FINISH; TRANSOUTH WIN; 1991: In his first year driving a Tide sponsored Chevrolet for Rick Hendrick, Rudd came on strong in the late stages of the race to win over Davey Allison and Michael Waltrip. Rudd was able to stretch his pit stops longer and had fresher tires at the end, which allowed him to pull away for his 12th career victory. He won $62,185 and took over the Winston Cup points lead.

CREW CHIEF: On Monday after the Cracker Barrel 500 at Atlanta, crew chief Bill Ingle and Rudd agreed to part company. For this weekend's TranSouth 400, Rudd, lead mechanic Dave Anthony, engineer Hoyt Overbaugh, mechanics Doug McGill, and Dan Stillman will jointly guide the Tide Team. "We have gotten off to a poor start and I felt we needed a change. In all four races so far I think at best we had a 15th to 20th place car and that's simply not acceptable to me and I know it wasn't to Bill either. I haven't decided who we will replace Bill with because I want to make sure we hire a person who will fit in well with the crew that we have here and that it's someone I can communicate well with on a daily basis. I've already had several calls from people who are interested but I want to carefully think this through. I've got a very talented crew and together we'll jointly "crew chief" this race. Dave has been with me since I started this team and is an excellent mechanic. Hoyt is a very experienced engineer and brings a lot of information to the table. Doug has been our jack-of-all-trades guy and Dan came from the ASA series where he was crew chief with Scott Hanson for 2 years."

PROVISIONAL: Ricky enters the TranSouth 400 ranked 37th in owner points and is aware that a poor qualifying effort could send the team home without being able to utilize a provisional start. Ricky enters this weekend ranked 3rd all time with 544 consecutive starts. "To say we'll be motivated for qualifying will be an understatement. I'm going to approach qualifying like there's no tomorrow for our Tide Team. It will be important to run fast right off the truck because the tires don't last but 4 or 5 laps and because of the tire wear it's important to make all the laps run in practice count. We qualified well in both races last year so I know we have a good base set-up to start with. I haven't missed a race since 1980 and I don't intend to miss this one."

TOUGH TRACK FACTS: Darlington remains as one of Rudd's favorites, as he has 21 top-ten finishes in 42 starts at the South Carolina oval. This will be Ricky's 22nd TranSouth start dating back to 1977. He has a win, 3 top-five and 8 top-ten finishes in this spring event with $306,864 in winnings.

TRANSOUTH 400 RECORD RACES WINS 2ND 3RD 4TH 5TH 6-10TH 11-20TH 21-40 POLES EARNINGS 22 1 0 0 1 1 5 4 10 0 $306,864

CAREER RECORD -DARLINGTON RACEWAY RACES WINS 2ND 3RD 4TH 5TH 6-10TH 11-20TH 21-40 POLES EARNINGS 44 1 0 1 2 3 15 6 16 0 $673,734

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Davey Allison