This was actually my first NASCAR model of any kind. Even though I had discovered the sport years before, I didn't build NASCAR models until 2000. I was brush painting everything at that time, and most of the results were to be honest, crappy. I didn't want to do a bunch of crappy NASCAR models, so I did none. Until Revell came out with the ProFinish line, which were partially prepainted. For a beginner, they were great, and I got all that I could find- I still have one I have not built yet, saving it for when I get in a really bad slump, and still need to track down a few, just to have a complete collection.
Tony won 3 races in this car, easily beating Elliott Sadler, Buckshot Jones and Stanton Barrett for Rookie of the Year in 1999. It was the first time any rookies had won a race since Davey Allison in 1987.