Now that NASCAR has dropped the other shoe -- making an expected aerodynamic change to the new Chevrolet Monte Carlos -- people in the Ford camp are taking it all in stride.
''If this will stop all the rhetoric and them go racing, then let's do it,'' said Jay Novak, Ford's program manager for racing technology.
Beginning this week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Chevys will get an extra two inches of extension on the front air dam, which in turn should give them more front downforce.
''I think it's going to make more of the Chevys competitive,'' Novak said.
WINNER, LOSER: Dave Blaney still has a bad taste in his mouth -- and he's still winless -- a year after what might have been his first NASCAR victory.
Blaney, rookie teammate of Ward Burton for Bill Davis Racing in Winston Cup, drove in the Busch Series last year for the same team.
At the race last March at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Blaney's Pontiac followed the winning Chevrolet of Mike Skinner across the finish line in the Busch race on the 1 1/2-mile tri-oval.
After almost eight hours of post-race inspections and discussions, Blaney was declared the winner when NASCAR determined that Skinner's car had an unapproved engine part.
JUNIOR LEADS: After the first three races of the season, the top rookies, as expected, are Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth.
The two former Busch Series stars are separated by just three points, with Earnhardt out front after being the top-finishing rookie in the last two races.
In fact, the third-generation NASCAR driver started third and finished 10th in Las Vegas -- his best Winston Cup finish since a career-best 10th in Richmond last fall.
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