Rudd hopes for another win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (June 18, 2001) -- Ricky Rudd is in the mood for ending streaks. On Sunday at Pocono Raceway, the 44-year-old Rudd ended his 88-race winless streak with a victory in the Pocono 500. The last time Rudd claimed victory was...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (June 18, 2001) -- Ricky Rudd is in the mood for ending streaks.

On Sunday at Pocono Raceway, the 44-year-old Rudd ended his 88-race winless streak with a victory in the Pocono 500. The last time Rudd claimed victory was Sept., 1998 at Martinsville Speedway.

On Saturday, July 7, Rudd hopes to end another winless streak in the 43rd annual Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, a race track that the 44-year-old driver still has yet to win a points race.

Rudd, who drives the No. 28 Texaco-Havoline Ford for Robert Yates Racing, has won a non-points race at the "World Center of Racing," capturing a Gatorade 125-mile qualifier during 2000 Speedweeks.

After starting the last two Pepsi 400s from the outside pole, he says he's looking forward to this year's Pepsi 400, especially under the Speedway's lighting system.

"To me, it's a lot more fun at night," said Rudd, who finished fifth in last year's mid-summer classic. "I think the race is better. The track cools down a lot at night. The sun is not beating down on it and the handling improves. The cars drive better at night."

Rudd, a native of Chesapeake, Va., remembers what the Pepsi 400 was like during the day. He made 22 Pepsi 400 starts in the daytime before running the last three at night.

"That was one of those races you use to try not to think about it," said Rudd, who sits third in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship standings. "You worked hard at blocking it out about how hot this race was. At nighttime, the sun is not beating down on you."

Fans can still purchase tickets for the Pepsi 400 weekend online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

-SPR

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robert Yates