Rudd Hopes To End Draught

With 775 career Winston Cup starts, you would think Ricky Rudd had his name in the Talladega Superspeedway record book with a win. But the driver of the Motorcraft Ford hasn't tasted victory in 53 starts at the Alabama facility, despite a record of 10 top-five finishes and 13 top-10's.

Rudd looks to break that streak this weekend in the Aaron's 499. And with those 53 starts, he has a wealth of experience on his side in making it around the 2.66-mile superspeedway.

"You run three-wide, four-wide and it's all about choosing the right line," said Rudd who will start 37th in Sunday's race. "It's very similar to pulling up to a toll booth and jumping into the shorter line and somebody drops their quarters. All of a sudden that line is moving slower."

But the magic question everyone wants to know is how do you choose the right line.

"I haven't quite figured that out," Rudd said. "I don't know if anybody has figured out when you are in the middle of the pack which line you should get into - unless you are in a DEI car and then you can make it five-wide and you don't need any help.

That's about it. Everybody in that race at one time or another will probably find themselves up at the front of the pack either leading the race or in the top-three, and it not unusual 10 laps later to be running dead last. You'll go to the front of the pack and you'll go to the back of the pack."

Rudd, in his first season as driver of the Wodd Brother Motorcraft Ford, has turned in a fairly steady early season. He has notched a Top 5 finish in the first seven races and finds himself twelfth in the point standings, but 310 behind leader Matt Kenseth.

Sunday's Aaron's 499 will take the green flag at 1 p.m. (ET).

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