Sears Point Team Monte Carlo Friday notes

STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Park will drive a new Monte Carlo at Sears Point. The team recently tested it at Sears Point. Park finished 15th last week at Pocono and ranks 17th in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings ...

STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Park will drive a new Monte Carlo at Sears Point. The team recently tested it at Sears Point. Park finished 15th last week at Pocono and ranks 17th in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings (NWCS).

DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo) Earnhardt will drive new Monte Carlo at Sears Point. Team owner Richard Childress said although its a 2000 model, there's really only one big difference in the car. "It's between the back of the seat and steering wheel," Childress said. Earnhardt, a seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion, finished fourth last week at Pocono and ranks second in the NWCS, 57 points behind leader Bobby Labonte. Earnhardt has 12 top-10 finishes in 15 starts this season.

BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak MAX film Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Hamilton brings a new Monte Carlo to Sears Point. He finished 40th last week at Pocono and ranks 29th in the NWCS. Hamilton finished second behind Jeff Gordon in the 1998 Sears Point race.

TERRY LABONTE (No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Labonte also brings a new Monte Carlo to Sears Point. NASCAR's Iron Man is scheduled to make his 652nd straight start on Sunday. He finished 12th last week at Pocono and ranks 13th in the NWCS.

MICHAEL WALTRIP (No. 7 NationsRent Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Waltrip will race the same Monte Carlo he ran here last season with 2000 Monte Carlo sheetmetal. Crew chief Bobby Kennedy is looking for an improvement on last year's 10th-place run at Sears Point. "It ran good last year, but we think it's going to be better this time around," Kennedy said. "We're all looking forward to this race." Waltrip really hopes to improve over last week's performance at Pocono where he started 12th and finished 43rd, parking early with a blown engine. Waltrip ranks 27th in the NWCS.

DALE EARNHARDT Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Earnhardt Jr. tested recently at Sears Point but chose to race a different 2000 Monte Carlo than the one tested here. It's a brand new car. Earnhardt Jr. finished 19th last week at Pocono and the Winston Cup rookie ranks 14th in the NWCS.

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo) Gordon, a 28-year-old Vallejo, Calif., native, won the pole and race last year at Sears Point. He's going for his third straight win at Sears Point and his sixth straight triumph on a road course. Gordon will race the same Monte Carlo he won both road course races with last season. He finished eighth last week at Pocono and ranks 10th in the NWCS.

JERRY NADEAU (No. 25 Michael Holigan.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Nadeau will race the same Monte Carlo the No. 25 team brought here last season. Nadeau finished 20th last week at Pocono and ranks 30th in the NWCS. Nadeau is a 29-year-old driver from Danbury, Conn., and is in his first season behind the wheel of the No. 25 Hendrick Motorsports Monte Carlo. Friday, June 23, 2000. Sears Point Raceway. Team Monte Carlo Tidbits. Chevrolet notes and quotes. Page 2.

MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Skinner will race a brand new RCR Monte Carlo at Sears Point. Skinner, a Susanville, Calif., native, finished ninth last week at Pocono and ranks 11th in the NWCS. Skinner finished 17th last year at Sears Point.

JOE NEMECHEK (No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Nemechek will drive a brand new Monte Carlo at Sears Point. Nemechek, a 36-year-old driver from Naples, Fla., finished 42nd last week at Pocono and ranks 25th in the NWCS.

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Marlin will drive a brand new Monte Carlo at Sears Point. Marlin, a 42-year-old Tennessee native, finished 22nd last week at Pocono and ranks 21st in the NWCS.

KENNY IRWIN (No. 42 BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Irwin will also drive a brand new Monte Carlo at Sears Point. Irwin started 38th and finished 25th last week at Pocono and ranks 28th in the NWCS.

KENNY WALLACE (No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Wallace, who finished 14th last year at Sears Point, will race a new Monte Carlo here Sunday. "I haven't figured out how to get around this place all together, but I know you've got to be patiently aggressive," Wallace said. "You've really got to get after it in certain areas. You've got to be most aggressive through the esses." Wallace finished 23rd last week at Pocono and ranks 32nd in the NWCS.

GEOFFREY BODINE (No. 60 Power Team Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Bodine will race last year's Monte Carlo with updated 2000 sheet metal at Sears Point. Bodine finished 24th last week at Pocono.

R.K. SMITH (No. 71 Realtree Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Smith is driving for Dave Marcis at Sears Point. Marcis, a 59-year-old NASCAR veteran from Wausau, Wisc., started 43rd and finished 29th in Monday's rain-delayed Pocono 500. It was Marcis' second straight 29th-place finish. He also started 43rd and finished 29th at Dover and failed to qualify the next week at Michigan. Marcis was injured in a racing accident last year at Pocono and did not attempt to qualify at Sears Point. Instead, he put road racer R.K. Smith in his Realtree Monte Carlo. Smith, 62, is a Warren, Pa., native who's been living in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., since 1973. He won the SCCA World Challenge Championship driving a Corvette in 1990 and 1992. Smith didn't qualify for last year's Sears Point road race, but Marcis has decided to give him another shot behind the wheel of the No. 71 Realtree Monte Carlo this weekend.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Dave Marcis , Michael Ho , Bobby Kennedy
Teams Hendrick Motorsports