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Winston Cup Race #34 of 34 for the 2000 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, November 19, 2000 in Hampton, GA

  • TV: ESPN 1:00pm/et

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $2,860,522

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: NAPA 500 from NOL

  • 1999 Race Winner: Bobby Labonte

  • Race Record: Dale Earnhardt, Nov 1995, 163.633mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.54 mile quad-oval, 325 laps, 500.5 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Friday, Nov 17th 11:30am - 1:30pm/et; Saturday, Nov 18th 9:30 - 10:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Nov 18th, after the ARCA race, TV-ESPN2 tape delayed 9:30pm/et Saturday night


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Nov 17th at 11:00am/et

  • Qualfying Order - NAPA 500: at That's Racin' or NASCAR Online

  • First Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-25, Friday, Nov 17th at 3:00pm/et, TV-ESPN2 and live via PRN radio/internet

  • First Round Qualifying Results: NAPA 500 1st Round Qualifying Results page

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Winston Cup qualifying via the web

  • Second-Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 26th-36th, Saturday, Nov 18th at 11:00am/et

  • Second-Round Qualifying Results: NAPA 500 2nd Round Qualifying Results page

  • Starting Grid for the NAPA 500

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Geoffrey Bodine, Nov 1999, 197.478mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Kevin Lepage, 193.731mph

  • Track Specs:
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 5 degrees; Straights: Frontstretch - 1471 feet; Backstretch - 1380 feet.

  • Track Homepage: Atlanta Motor Speedway site

  • Scanner Frequencies: are linked on my Racing Links Page/ Scanners Section

    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS of All past races at Atlanta

  • All Time Atlanta Winners and Pole Sitters (AMS Site)


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for leading the points and winning the race.(Bobby Labonte last won the award, $50,000 at Lowes/Charlotte on Oct 8, 2000). The $340,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if he is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finisher in the point standings(11-12-2000)


Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network(PRN), with live RealAudio coverage
go to the Performance Racing Network Affiliate List for your local station

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Homestead/Miami, FL Area:
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Miami Herald

Weather forecast for Hampton, GA by The Weather Channel

Weather Underground - Hampton, GA

TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
Perfect Paranoia about television coverage of racing, rate the race coverage


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  • Frontstretch: Raceday - NAPA 500(11-19-2000)

  • AutoRacing1: NAPA 500 Review by Frank Ryan(11-18-2000)

  • Insider Racing News: NAPA 500 Race Preview by Jim Fitzgerald(11-17-2000)

  • Total Sports: Lee Montgomery's Race Preview - NAPA 500(11-17-2000)

  • CBS: Winston Cup preview -- NAPA 500(11-17-2000)

  • Atlanta Stuff and More: More races have been won from the pole position at Atlanta than any other starting position - 13 times. Dale Earnhardt leads all drivers with the most wins at AMS - nine. The Wood Brothers leads all car owners with the most wins at AMS - 12. Earnhardt and Labonte remain the only drivers among the top-40 drivers that do not have a DNF on their 2000-season record(NASCAR PR)(11-15-2000)
    UPDATE - more: Last NAPA 500 won by the pole winner: 1996 by Bobby Labonte. Lowest start of a NAPA 500 winner: 37th by Bobby Labonte, 1999, the Atlanta record. Most Atlanta poles: Buddy Baker - 7; Active driver - Dale Earnhardt. Most Atlanta wins: Dale Earnhardt - 9. 63 of the 81 Atlanta races have been won from the Top 10 - 78%. Most DNFs in a race: 22, 1988. Fewest DNFs in a race: 5, 1998(TNN)(11-16-200)

  • Stats via the TNN Site: NAPA 500 Race Stats by their stat guru Bill Sloboda(11-16-2000)

  • NAPA 500 Quick Facts(TNN)(11-16-2000)

  • NASCAR Online: Race facts - NAPA 500(11-16-2000)

  • That's Racin': This week's race - NAPA 500(11-15-2000)

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway Recordbook

  • Provisionals Used: Four teams that have started every Winston Cup race in 2000 have NOT used a provisional starting position: #6-Martin, #24-Gordon(has never used one), #31-Skinner, and #88-Jarrett(has never used one with the #88 team)(11-11-2000)

  • The Crew Chief Club



  • NAPA 500 Winner - 1st Time Winner - It's Jerry Nadeau! #25-Jerry Nadeau wins the NAPA 500 at Atlanta, his first win in 103 Winston Cup starts. It was the first win by the #25 Hendrick Motorsports Team since Ken Schrader won at Dover on June 2nd, 1991, also the 18th win by the #25 in Winston Cup History. Nadeau is the fourth first time winner in 2000(others - Earnhardt Jr, Kenseth, Park). #3-Earnhardt was 2nd and will finish 2nd in Winston Cup drivers points over #99-Jeff Burton. #66-Darrell Waltrip finished his last Cup race in 34th. Nadeau is the 14th different winner in the 2000 season. #23-Scott Wimmer finished 22nd in his first Winston Cup start and led nine laps. See unofficial results at NASCAR Online(11-20-2000)

  • The RACE rundown: #24-Jeff Gordon led the first lap of the NAPA 500 in Atlanta, the #25-Jerry Nadeau took over a few laps later. The first caution came out on lap 12 when #35-Bodine smacked the wall. NASCAR will throw a caution at lap 35 so teams can check their tires. 2nd Caution came out lap 19 when #21-Elliott Sadler blew an engine, 3rd caution came out on the NASCAR mandated caution on lap 35. 4th caution came out when leader #12-Mayfield lost an engine on lap 52. 5th caution came out on lap 67 when #7-Waltrip smacked the wall, spun out and got stuck in the frontstretch grass. 6th caution came out when #20-Stewart blew a tire and scraped the wall on lap 107. 7th caution came out lap 129 when #7-Waltrip hit the wall hard, spun and caught fire. 8th caution came out on lap 313 when #32-Scott Pruett spun out. On the last(?) pitstops of the race: Nine cars on the lead lap - Two Tires were taken by the #'s 22,25,3,2,40 and 93; Four Tires taken by: #'s 31, 18 and 24. All drivers involved in an accident are OK. DNF's(did not finish) so far: #35-Bodine(accident), #21-Sadler(engine), #12-Mayfield(engine), #6-Martin(engine), #7-Waltrip(accident), #20-Stewart(handling)(11-20-2000)

  • Happy Hour practice on Saturday at Atlanta was cancelled due to rain(11-18-2000)

  • 2nd Round Qualifying is over at AMS for the NAPA 500. Wow! Quite a shakeup. #94- Bill Elliott was the fastest in the cool temps at 192.427mph (would had been 4th in first round), followed by #4-Bobby Hamilton at 192.340mph. Elliott is now in the 2001 Bud Shootout Qualifying race
    From my count, Twenty cars/drivers made 2nd round attempts, with 15 being faster, three slower(#'s 16,27,44) and two recording no speed(#84 and #99). Eleven drivers stood on their first round speed. #35-Geoffrey Bodine was the only driver who stood on his time to make the top 36.
    #23-Scott Wimmer will make his Winston Cup debut in the AT&T Pontiac fielded by Bill Davis Racing.
    Thirteen drivers(including four who stood on their 1st round speeds) missed the race: #16-Lepage(27th in owners points, just missed out, Pressley was in 26th and got the last regular provisional); #27-Bliss(37th); #60-Hermie Sadler(38th and out of provisionals but it didn't matter, stood on speed); #9-Compton(40th-stood on 1st round speed); #44-Grissom(41st); #90-Stricklin(43rd-stood); #71-Trickle(46th-stood); #85-Long(51st); #91-Alexander(52nd); #61-Sauter(63rd); #84-Benning(64th); #41-Larry Foyt(n/a);#80-Shepherd(n/a).
    #66-Darrell Waltrip uses a Champion Provisional for the final race of his career and will start 43rd. #31-Mike Skinner takes his first provisional starting spot of the 2000 season. So only three drivers who have made ALL the races in 2000 did not use a provisional: #6-Martin, #24-Gordon, and #88-Jarrett. Jeff Gordon has never used a provisional in his career.
    See the 2nd round results, who stood, who went faster, etc on my 2nd Round Qualifying Page and how they will line up for the final race of the year on my NAPA 500 Starting Grid Page(11-18-2000)

  • Saturday AM practice is over at AMS for the NAPA 500. #13-Robby Gordon was fastest at 190.849mph. Five drivers(#'s 13,32,00,01,4) were faster then the 36th fastest speed in 1st round (ironically Gordon's 188.494mph). See the speeds at Racin' Network(11-18-2000)

  • First Round Qualifying is over at Atlanta for the NAPA 500. #24-Jeff Gordon wins the pole with a speed of 194.274mph, Gordon's third Bud Pole of 2000. On the outside pole is his teammate #25-Jerry Nadeau at 193.299mph. #28-Ricky Rudd spun out and backed into the wall, Rudd is fine but will have to go to a backup car. #71-Dick Trickle is driving the #71 for Dave Marcis this weekend as Marcis' father is ill(was 32nd fastest in 1st round).
    If things were to stay the same (as they are at present), the following 13 teams would miss the race: #01-Hamilton Jr(28th in owners points BUT out of provisionals), #21-Sadler(31st), #27-Bliss(37th), #44-Grissom(41st), #32-Pruett(42nd), #50-Craven(45th), #85-Long(51st), #91-Alexander(52nd), #61-Sauter(63rd), #84-Benning(54th), #80-Shepherd(none), #00-Jones(none), #41-Foyt(none).
    #66-Darrell Waltrip running his final Winston Cup race of his career was 49th fastest of the 56 drivers and at present would need to use a Champions Provisional to make the race and it is available to him for the race. Also, #23-Scott Wimmer is in position to make his Winston Cup debut (he is 35th fastest) in Bill Davis' AT&T sponsored Pontiac.
    Wimmer, #41-Larry Foyt and #61-Tim Sauter made Cup attempts because rain washed out ARCA qualifying and the ARCA field was set by points causing the three to miss the race, so since the cars are basically the same, their teams chose to attempt the Cup race.
    See the results on my 1st Round Qualifying Results page(11-17-2000)

  • Pole Progression for the NAPA 500 as follows:
    #90-Hut Stricklin, went out first, ran 189.448mph;
    #2-Rusty Wallace, went out 3rd, ran 190.424mph;
    #24-Jeff Gordon, went out 7th, ran 194.274mph, and Gordon holds on to win the pole(11-17-2000)

  • Friday Practice is over at AMS for the NAPA 500. #24-Jeff Gordon was the fastest at 193.968mph. Slowest was #84-Norm Benning 172.018mph at and #44-Steve Grissom at 182.801mph. Some standouts: #46-Todd Bodine was 3rd fastest and #01-Bobby Hamilton Jr was 11th. See the speeds of all 56 cars there on NASCAR Online(11-17-2000)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the NAPA 500. See the link(s) above. Hmm...a few surprises added. Up to 56 cars from 53. New additions include #41-Larry Foyt, who is scheduled to go out last, this looks like a 2nd AJ Foyt car as it is a Pontiac and has nothing to do with the #41 Hedrick Motorsports Team(which has been out of action since early in the season), also new entries are ASA drivers #61-Tim Sauter in a Chevy and #23-Scott Wimmer in a Pontiac. #24-Jeff Gordon is the fastest so far in practice at 193.968mph. First scheduled out is #13-Robby Gordon. Qualifying starts at 3:00pm/et and will be televised on ESPN2 and can be heard on PRN via radio and the Internet(11-17-2000)

  • Entry List is up for the NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. See above for the link. 52 cars are listed including: #13-Robby Gordon, #35-Geoffrey Bodine in the Bari Italian Foods Chevy(see their site at, #46-Todd Bodine, Hermie Sadler is in the #60 in the final run for sponsor Power Team, #84-Norm Benning, #85-Carl Long, #91-Blaise Alexander, #00-Buckshot Jones. The #01 entry has Ted Musgrave listed but he won't be driving the car at Atlanta. No #80-Morgan Shepherd listed, not sure if he will go there or not, but plans were to go to AMS(11-13-2000)
    UPDATE: make it 53 as #80-Morgan Shepherd has been added to the entry list for the NAPA 500(11-14-2000)

  • Pole Record: What is the record for the most poles in a season by one driver? In the modern era(1972 to present): Cale Yarborough had 14 poles in 31 starts(45%) during the 1980 season. The overall record was Bobby Isaac who had 20 poles in 50 starts(40%) during the 1969 season(Stock Car Racing Encyclopedia). So far in 2000, #2-Rusty Wallace has 9 in 33 races - 27.3%, that equates to approx 9.2 for the year, so the modern era record is out of reach(11-12-2000)

  • How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers). For provisionals standings see the Jayski Provisional Status page(2-20-2000)

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites: NASCAR Online,


  • Atlanta Testing: #46-Todd Bodine set the pace on a full day of testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a top speed of 188.636mph (29.39 seconds). Winston Cup drivers Jeremy Mayfield, Buckshot Jones, Brett Bodine, and Hermie Sadler, as well as ARCA driver Larry Foyt, were also testing Wednesday at AMS in preparation for the Nov. 17-19 NAPA 500 weekend. Todd Bodine ran his fast lap in a third Haas/Carter Motorsports car, which he will run in the NAPA 500. Bodine is expected to take over the seat vacated when Waltrip retires this season. #11-Brett Bodine was second fastest of the day with a lap of 187.045mph. The track record is held by Geoffrey Bodine, 197.478 mph set in 1997. Geoffrey Bodine is also expected to run the NAPA 500 in a third Andy Petree Racing car, teaming with Kenny Wallace and Joe Nemechek. #12-Jeremy Mayfield’s fast lap of the day was 185.915 mph, and Buckshot Jones, who will run the NAPA 500 with his own team – Buckshot Racing – had a fast lap at 183.942mph. Sadler, a BGN veteran, is expected to run the #60 Power Team Chevy at Atlanta and ran a fast lap of 184.010mph. And in his first laps around Atlanta in an ARCA car, Foyt had a fast lap of 180.525mph(AMS PR)(11-8-2000)

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Past Track News - Atlanta Motor Speedway


  • Trickle in the #71 at AMS? UPDATE: Dave Marcis may turn over his #71 Realtree Chevy to Dick Trickle at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Marcis' father is having surgery today. Marcis will decide today if he'll stay with his father in Wisconsin or race in the Winston Cup finale Sunday(Speed Magazine)(11-16-2000)
    UPDATE: Dave Marcis' father had surgery this week for colon cancer and Marcis skipped Friday's first-round time trials at Atlanta to be with him. Veteran Dick Trickle is subbing for Marcis, 59, who is not expected to be back in time for Sunday's NAPA 500. "I'll be here the whole weekend. Me and the boys are going to have as much fun as we can and see if we can get this thing in the race," Trickle said. (That's Racin')(11-17-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Trickle stood on his speed and failed to make the race(11-18-2000)

  • Alexander Hopes to Debut at Atlanta: Blaise Alexander will attempt to qualify for his first-career NASCAR Winston Cup race this weekend at Atlanta behind the wheel of the #91 Ericsson/BellSouth Mobility Chevrolet fielded by LJ Racing. Alexander is no stranger to the 1.5-mile facility. His season-best finish of seventh place came in the BGN race at Atlanta last March and has raced in two BGN and six ARCA races at Atlanta(SABCO PR), see image of car on my Paint Schemes Gallery(11-14-2000)

  • Musgrave out at Atlanta? UPDATE 3 Hamilton Jr in and A switch: hearing Ted Musgrave will not drive the #01 BellSouth Chevy at Atlanta and that Chad Little may drive the car. Also hearing Rick Mast will be the 2001 driver of the #01 BellSouth Dodge and it was also reported on TNN's Raceday
    UPDATE: have confirmed Musgrave will not drive the #01 BellSouth/Peach Bowl Chevy at Atlanta but hearing it will not be Chad Little
    UPDATE 2: Team SABCO is giving Bobby Hamilton, Jr., the opportunity to compete in only his second NASCAR Winston Cup event. Hamilton, Jr., will drive the #01 Coors Light Chevrolet in the season finale NAPA 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Wanting to keep a more experienced driver in the sponsor’s (BellSouth) hometown market, Team SABCO chose veteran Sterling Marlin to wheel the #40 BellSouth/Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chevrolet entry(SABCO PR) AND surprise - RPM2 Night reports that Hamilton Jr is being looked at as the possible driver of the #01 Ganassi Racing Dodge for the 2001 season(11-13-2000)
    UPDATE 3 hearing that Hamilton, Jr is not under consideration for the #01 ride in 2001 and that Atlanta is a one race deal only, stong rumor still has Rick Mast getting the ride in 2001. Hamilton Jr supposedly will stay in the #26 Carroll Racing BGN Chevy with Dr Pepper as the sponsor(11-14-2000)

  • Benning to attempt last two Cup races: Norm Benning will attempt to qualify for the final two races of the 2000 Winston Cup season, to be held at Homestead and Atlanta. With backing from his ARCA sponsor SoBe Healthy Beverages, the Benning Motorsports team, led by crew chief Linda Nicholas, will enter a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in both events(#84). Benning has been in the top 10 in the ARCA Bondo/Mar Hyde Series standings throughout the season, and has announced his return to that series in 2001. "We’ll run the full ARCA schedule again in 2001," says Benning, "and SoBe will be back as our sponsor. We’re looking forward to the new tracks on the schedule. This is what I wanted. I don’t like some of the smaller tracks." Benning also expects to enter several Winston Cup races in 2001, with backing from SoBe. First on his list will be the Daytona 500. "We’ll enter both the ARCA and Winston Cup races at Daytona in February," says Benning. He also may see some additional action at Daytona. "I’ve been asked by Bobby Brown to drive in the 24 Hours of Daytona in a Ferrari," says Benning. "I’m going to test a car at the Carolina Road Course on the 30th and 1st (of November and December, respectively)." Benning’s 2001 season may also include some additional events. "We’re looking at a lot of things next year," he says. "That could include some trucks as well."(Motorsports Fan Report)(11-9-2000)

  • Geoffrey at Atlanta: Geoffrey Bodine will run a 3rd Andy Petree Racing Chevy at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The car will be #35 and crew chiefed by Chris Carrier, no word on a sponsor(APR Site). Bodine will run the #98 Miccosukee MacPherson Motorsports Ford at Homestead(11-7-2000)

  • Shepherd at HMS and AMS CORRECTION: starting all over here - Morgan Shepherd will be attempting to qualify for both the Homestead and Atlanta Cup races this year. Shepherd will be driving the #80 Hoover Motorsports Ford(NOT the #05 Pontiac). Shepherd/Hoover Motorsports are searching for sponsors to run a full season of Winston Cup in 2001(Shepherd PR), this is right from Shepherd and his real PR people(11-1-2000)

  • Mikey at Homestead? UPDATE probably not: hearing that Michael Waltrip was testing a Dale Earnhardt Inc Chevy at Homestead this week. Waltrip is of course going to drive the #15? NAPA Auto Parts Chevy for DEI in 2001 and rumor has it that he MAY drive the last two Cup races(Homestead and Atlanta) of the season in the car. Waltrip presently drives the #7 Ultra Motorsports Chevy(10-26-2000)
    UPDATE: RPM2 Night reported that Waltrip said it was unlikely that he would drive for his new DEI team at Homestead and/or Atlanta. BUT, just in case #7 owner Jim Smith and sponsor Nations Rent changes their minds and lets Waltrip out of his contract, DEI has two Chevy;s ready for Waltrip to drive, for Homestead the car would be sponsored by Aaron's Rent and the Atlanta car is a NAPA Auto Parts scheme(11-3-2000)

  • Todd Bodine at Atlanta: have heard that Todd Bodine will drive a third Travis Carter Ford at Atlanta in the Winston Cup finale(10-16-2000)
    UPDATE: Bodine will drive the #46 Kmart Ford at Atlanta(11-7-2000)

  • See the 2000 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and see the 2001 Team Chart for next season's teams


  • STP Colors one more time UPDATE 2: John Andretti will run the STP colors one last time on the #43 Petty Pontiac at the season finale at Atlanta(RPM 2Night/ESPN2)(6-26-2000)
    UPDATE: The 2000 Cup season comes to a close this weekend as John Andretti and the #43 Cheerios/STP Pontiac head to Atlanta, driver John Andretti and the team look to end their season on a high note and will do it by carrying the colors of STP for one final time as a tribute to the company’s longtime relationship with Petty Enterprises(Williams Company PR)(11-13-2000)
    UPDATE 2: John Andretti will have the 1972 STP scheme on the car with a BIG 'STP' symbol on the hood, PLUS it was announced on RPM2Night that STP signed on through 2002 to be an associate sponsor on the #43 Dodge(11-17-2000)

  • Motorcraft Gets Early Start: Motorcraft, the Ford Motor Company brand of quality automotive components, will return to sponsoring the Wood Brothers' #21 Ford at Atlanta this weekend. Originally Motorcraft was to return to NASCAR competition next February at the 2001 Daytona 500. Motorcraft reached agreement with the Wood Brothers and their longtime sponsor, CITGO, on a late-season sponsor swap(NOL) - see images of the car in the 2001 section of the Paint Schemes Gallery(11-14-2000)

  • #88 five year thank you car: Ford Quality Care and Ford Credit will commemorate their five-year sponsorship of the #88 Robert Yates Racing Taurus driven with a special paint scheme at Atlanta for the NAPA 500. Dale Jarrett's car will carry the original 1996 paint scheme with a special message of thanks to the team. The racecar, originally a Ford Thunderbird, was first seen on the racetrack at Daytona Speedweek where Jarrett teamed up with rookie crew chief Todd Parrott to win what was then the Busch Clash and the 1996 Daytona 500. Ford Quality Care and Ford Credit joined Robert Yates Racing five years ago to sponsor what has since become one of the most successful and consistent teams in NASCAR Winston Cup. The message on the decklid will read "Robert Yates Racing, Thanks for 5 great years. Your friends at QC and Ford Credit." See an image of the car at my Paint Schemes Gallery(Ford Racing PR/Campbell & Co)(11-10-2000)

  • Benson Announcement UPDATE 2: there will some sort of announcment by Johnny Benson at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct 11th(today)
    UPDATE: hearing the announcement will be a new paint scheme featuring the Aaron's 312 Busch Series race and will be on the car for the NAPA 500 only. The Aaron's 312 will be March 10, 2001 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
    UPDATE 2: Johnny Benson and his Aaron's Racing team announced Wednesday they would run a specially designed paint scheme for the season-ending NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. For the Nov. 19 race only, Benson's #10 Pontiac will feature the splashy black and yellow logo of the Aaron's 312 Busch Series race, which will be held March 10, 2001, at Atlanta Motor Speedway(AMS)(see an image at the AMS Site)(10-11-2000)

  • Wallace scheme: hearing Rusty Wallace will run a special Miller scheme on the #2 Ford at Atlanta in November's season finale. Supposedly a 10th Anniversary car (between Miller and Wallace)(9-2-2000)

  • STP Colors one more time: John Andretti will run the STP colors one last time on the #43 Petty Pontiac at the season finale at Atlanta(RPM 2Night/ESPN2)(6-26-2000)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Jayski's Paint Scheme Gallery, choose current news

STATS and STUFF thru the race before this one

  • Different Winners in 2000: There have been 13 different race winners in 2000, the most in a single season since 1991 when there were 14, which is a record for NASCAR's modern era, which began in 1972. The drivers who have won so far in 2000 with two races to go: Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, Steve Park, Jeremy Mayfield, Ward Burton and Jeff Gordon. Terry Labonte, Joe Nemechek and John Andretti are the drivers who earned victories in 1999 and have not won yet in 2000. Two drivers who won in 1998 Bobby Hamilton and Ricky Rudd, have not won since(11-10-2000)

  • NOL Stats: NASCAR by the Numbers

  • No Top 5's: Three drivers have made all 33 races and not have a top five, #4-Bobby Hamilton, #36-Ken Schrader and #43-John Andretti(11-12-2000)

  • Top Fives: There have been 28 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at Homestead) score a Top-5 in 2000....1999's total was 28 and 1998's total number was 27(11-12-2000)

  • Top Tens: There have been 41 different Cup drivers(add Casey Atwood at Homestead) score a Top-10 in 2000.....1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(11-5-2000)

  • Provisonal Finishes in 2000: In 224 provisonal starts(32 races x 7, Watkins Glen qualifying rained out), drivers have accumulated 1 Win, 3 Top 5's and 14 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(11-12-2000)

  • Lap Leader/Bonus Points: 47 drivers have led at least one Winston Cup lap in 2000(no new drivers at Rockingham). All drivers who have made all the Cup races have now lead a lap in 2000. To see who has led laps and who leads in the bonus points, see my Bonus Points Leaders Page(11-12-2000)

  • Consecutive Starts: Dale Earnhardt has 646 consecutive Winston Cup starts, Ricky Rudd is next with 607 followed by Rusty Wallace at 516, Ken Schrader with 486 and Mark Martin 400. Terry Labonte had 655 but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his record streak(11-12-2000)

  • No Top Fives Since.... It has been a while since some drivers have had a top five finish on the Winston Cup circuit. Here are those with the longest streak of races without a top-five finish:

       Driver          Races  Finish    Track           Date
       Dave Marcis      314     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     197     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        126     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        91     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little       87     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Darrell Waltrip   78     5th     California      5-3-98
       Ken Schrader      75     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     67     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Ted Musgrave      52     5th     Phoenix         10-25-98
       Ricky Craven      52     3rd     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Dick Trickle      49     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Derrike Cope      46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Steve Grissom     45     4th     New Hampshire   9-14-97
    Dave Marcis has not had a top 10 since April 10, 1994 in the Food City 500 at Bristol, he finished 10th.
    Regular Drivers Without a Career Top Five
       Driver         Races
       Elliott Sadler  68
    Cup drivers(not including 2000 rookies)
    (data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(11-12-2000)
  • 1999 winners who have not won in 2000: Terry Labonte, Joe Nemechek and John Andretti are the drivers who earned victories in 1999 and have not won yet in 2000. Two drivers who won in 1998 Bobby Hamilton and Ricky Rudd, have not won since(11-12-2000)

  • No Wins Ever.... Some regular drivers in Winston Cup who have never won a Cup race and how many starts they have:

    Active Drivers	
    Driver        Races Run
    Michael Waltrip  461
    Rick Mast        337
    Ted Musgrave     298
    Hut Stricklin    271
    Dick Trickle     266*
    Wally Dallenbach 224
    Kenny Wallace    218
    Chad Little      216
    Robert Pressley  169
    Johnny Benson    161
    Ricky Craven     143
    Mike Skinner     143
    Steve Grissom    141
    Todd Bodine      109*
    Jerry Nadeau     102
    Kevin Lepage      96
    David Green       78*
    Elliott Sadler    68
    All Time - Over 400 Starts	
    Driver          Races Run
    JD McDuffie       653
    Buddy Arrington   560
    Neil Castles      497
    Michael Waltrip-x 461
    Jimmy Means       455
    Cecil Gordon      450
    G.C. Spencer      415
    *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (11-12-2000)(UMI Press Guides Stats/Winston Cup Updates)

  • Drivers with the longest streak since they won a CUP race:

       Driver          Races Run   Last Win   Track
       Dave Marcis      479        2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     326        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     302        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Darrell Waltrip  250        9/6/92     Darlington
       Jimmy Spencer    201        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     192        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       162        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  147        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  119        8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    92        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        74        9/27/98    Martinsville    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (11-12-2000)(UMI Press Guides Stats/Winston Cup Updates)

  • Drivers with the current streak of consecutive seasons with at least one win a year:

    Have already won in 2000 and extended or started their streaks:
       Driver          Years   Last Win
       Rusty Wallace     15    Bristol, Aug 2000
       Dale Jarrett       8    Rockingham, Oct 2000
       Jeff Gordon        7    Richmond, Sept 2000
       Bobby Labonte      6    Charlotte, Oct 2000
       Jeff Burton        4    Phoenix, August 2000
       Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
       Dale Earnhardt     3    Talladega, Oct 2000
       Tony Stewart       2    Homestead, Nov 2000   
       Ward Burton        1    Darlington, Mar 2000
       Dale Earnhardt Jr  1    Richmond, Apr 2000
       Jeremy Mayfield    1    Pocono, June 2000
       Matt Kenseth       1    Charlotte, May 2000
       Steve Park         1    Watkins Glen, Aug 2000
    Thru 1999 season:
       Driver          Years   Last Win
       Terry Labonte      6    Texas, Apr 1999
       John Andretti      1    Martinsville, Apr 1999
       Joe Nemechek       1    New Hampshire, Sept 1999
    All Time Record is Richard Petty - 18 years from 1960-1977
    (11-12-2000)(info gathered using the 2000 UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide and Winston Cup Updates)

  • 43rd Fact: Last driver to win from the 43rd starting spot was Fonty Flock at Raleigh, NC in 1953, the only other driver to do so was Johnny Mantz in the 1950 Southern 500

  • Provisional Starting Winners: Jeff Burton was the first driver to win from a provisional starting spot EVER at New Hampshire in 1999 and that is the farthest back any driver has won from since Kyle Petty won from 37th at Dover in June 1995(in 1995 37th was not a provisional starting spot). Bill Elliott also won from 38th spot in the 1988 Pepsi 400. In fact ALL the provisional starters for the race finished in the top 25 at NHIS(7-11-1999)
    UPDATE: Add Bobby Labonte as the 2nd ever provisional winners by winning the 1999 NAPA 500 at Atlanta(11-21-1999)
    UPDATE 2: Add Bobby Labonte as the 3rd ever provisional winners by winning the 2000 Southern 500 at Darlington(9-3-2000)

  • Amazing Finishes: Races won from a starting position of 35 or worse in the history of NASCAR
    Starting Position  Race                                 Driver
     43                1950 Southern 500, Darlington        Johnny Mantz
     43                1953 Raliegh, NC                     Fonty Flock   
     38 provisional    1999 Jiffy Lube 300, Loudon          Jeff Burton
     38                1988 Firecracker 400, Daytona        Bill Elliott
     37 provisional    1999 NAPA 500, Atlanta               Bobby Labonte
     37 provisional    2000 Southern 500, Darlington        Bobby Labonte
     37                1995 Miller 500, Dover               Kyle Petty
     37                1959 Lakewood Speedway, Atl, GA      Lee Petty
     36                2000 Diehard 500, Talladega          Jeff Gordon
     35                2000 Cracker Barrel 500, Atlanta     Dale Earnhardt

  • One owner, three winners? That's Racin' brings up a good question. When was the last time a team owner had three different drivers win in the same season? as Jack Roush has now done this year with Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth. The last to do it was Rick Hendrick in 1989 with Darrell Waltrip (six wins), Ken Schrader (one win) and Geoffrey Bodine (one win)(That's Racin') Technically, Mark Martin is listed as the owner of Kenseth's car and Robert Corn is listed as the owner on the Burton car, but all fall under the Roush Racing umbrella(5-31-2000)

  • Winners: So far in 2000, there have been 13 different winners in the season. 1999 was the fifth straight year that there have been 11 different winners in a season (1995-99). Every winner in 1999 was from a multi-car team. The last time a single-car team scored a victory was by Ricky Rudd at Martinsville in September 1998(NOL)(8-4-2000)

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