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LOUDON, N.H. - When Ricky Rudd accepted the driving chores in Robert Yates' potent No. 28 Texaco/Havoline Ford, he knew it would take time for the team to win races. What he didn't know was that the team would be sixth in points halfway through...

LOUDON, N.H. - When Ricky Rudd accepted the driving chores in Robert Yates' potent No. 28 Texaco/Havoline Ford, he knew it would take time for the team to win races. What he didn't know was that the team would be sixth in points halfway through its first year together. "We're ahead of where I thought we'd be," Rudd said. "I knew it would take some time for us to get everything right and I think it's come along a little quicker than I expected. I'm a little surprised that we're as high up in the point standings and we've had a couple of races we could have easily won. "Looks are deceiving and everyone looks at the No. 28 Texaco/Havoline car and sees it as the successful car that Davey Allison and Ernie Irvan drove. What people don't realize is that there are very few of the people from that era who are still with us. "This is a new team and new teams have to work together before finding success. We've had six top-five finishes in the last eight races. If we can get circumstances to work out, we should win some races." The NASCAR Winston Cup Series moves to the flat 1-mile New Hampshire International Speedway for Sunday's Jiffy Lube 300. Rudd and crew chief Michael McSwain have had good cars on other flat tracks this season. "Michael McSwain has had very good cars under me at tracks like Martinsville and Pocono. We tested our car at Lakeland (Fla.) last week and I think it's going to be good. "I won the 1994 race in New Hampshire and Ernie Irvan won for Robert in 1996. Robert's car have always ran well on this track and I'm confident we can add to that success this weekend." From the beginning of the season, Rudd has expected his team to perform well in the second half. The second half is here and Rudd is more confident than ever that his expectations will be met.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ernie Irvan , Davey Allison