Derrike Cope made his name by winning the 1990 Daytona 500, but over the past decade, he has become better known for unconventional sponsorship deals and his racing daughters than his greatest triumph. In 2002, Cope’s self-owned No. 37 Ford was mostly sponsored by musicians and rock festivals, with the Poison paint scheme perhaps the most egregious.
Cope brought the car to Pocono in July, where he completed 154 of 175 laps before losing an engine and finishing 35th. That was better than his Pocono run in June, where a car sponsored by Alabama finished the race but came home 38th. Cope wouldn’t do any better until the season finale at Homestead, where he finished 34th.