ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- A week ago, Doug Yates went through as many as 12 engines during practice sessions and qualifying for the Daytona 500 before deciding exactly which ones would be under the hood for Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd.
This week, the decision is easy: The engine both drivers use in their first lap of practice Friday will be the same one they race with Sunday.
NASCAR's single-engine rule goes into effect for this week's Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway. Teams are required to practice, qualify and race with the same engine.
The sanctioning body invoked the rule to control costs. In the past, many teams used different engines for practice, qualifying and the race a specialization that cost about $100,000 a week.
Yates, the chief engine builder for his father's race team, Robert Yates Racing, said teams now must find a balance between speed and durability.
Qualifying engines were built for speed. The components were built to last for a short blast, much like the solid rocket booster on the space shuttle.
Race engines were made
with a more conservative ap proach to survive up to 500 miles of racing.
COWBOYS TO CARS: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apparently has intensified his efforts to buy the controlling interest of Andy Petree Racing.
Jones and Andy Petree met Sunday before the Daytona 500 and an announcement may come at anytime. Jones also met with retired driver Darrell Waltrip to discuss possible involvement in the project.
If the sale happens as expected, the car is likely to be switched from Chevrolet to Ford. It also would carry the colors of the Dallas Cowboys and their sponsors.
Petree operates two cars on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
One is driven by Bobby Hamilton and the other by Mike Wallace, although Wallace's car is without sponsorship and isn't likely to compete beyond this Sunday's race at Rockingham.
GOLDEN MOMENT: Geoffrey Bodine finished first after all.
Two days after his stirring third-place finish in the Daytona 500, the driver enjoyed one of his greatest victories when Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers drove the United States to a gold medal in the women's Olympic bobsled race. It was the first gold medal in U.S. history for a bobsled team.
Bodine helped fund and create the Bo-Dyn sled used by the U.S. Olympic team.
The oldest of three racing brothers missed the race, but he was in Salt Lake City by Wednes day to join in the team's celebration.
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