October 2, 2001
RUDD LOOKS TO WIN AND
GAIN POINTS AT CHARLOTTE
CONCORD, N.C. - Ricky Rudd, driver of the No. 28 Texaco/Havoline Taurus,
is not only seeking his first championship in 26 years of Winston Cup
racing, but he seeks his first win in 50 attempts at Lowe's Motor
on Sunday in the UAW-GM Quality 500.
"It's really surprising that we haven't won at
Charlotte," Rudd said.
"I've always done well there, just haven't got to victory lane yet.
had won at Pocono either and finally won there in June. Hopefully, we
the same at Lowe's on Sunday."
Rudd has 24 top-10 finishes at Lowe's, more than any
active driver. In
last year's fall event at the track, Rudd led the most laps and was
late in the race when a caution ruined what looked like a winning race
"We had a very good test last week," Rudd
said. "We wanted to try some
different cars, but learned that the car we had last year is still our
shot to win here. We were very good last year and we are a much better
this year than we were a year ago.
"The thing that I'm most proud of is how we've
been running in the last
few races. Earlier this year, I think Jeff Gordon's team was a spot or
better than us. I don't see that now. In the last few races we've been
to run right with them and even out run them at some places. We need to
doing that and see how we end up in November."
Rudd trails Gordon by 222 in the Winston Cup point
standings. So far
this season, Rudd has two wins, one pole, 13 top-five and 20 top-10
A career-first win at Charlotte could help pave the
way for a
career-first championship for Rudd.