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THE RACE: Food City 500

Winston Cup Race #6 of 34 for the 2000 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, March 26, 2000 in Bristol, TN

  • TV: ESPN 1:00pm/et

  • Purse: $2,307,231

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Food City 500 from NOL

  • 1999 Race Winner: Rusty Wallace

  • Spring Race Speed Record: Charlie Glotzbach, 1971, 101.074mph

  • Track/Race Length: 0.533 mile oval, 500 laps, 266.5 miles

  • Practice: Friday, Mar 24th 11:00am-12:15pm/et; 1:15-1:45pm/et; Saturday, Mar 25th, 9:30-11:00am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Mar 25th, after the BGN race, TV-ESPN2 Same Day Tape 10:00pm/et

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Mar 24th at 10:30am/et

  • Qualfying Order: Food City 500 qualifying order and at That's Racin'

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-25, Friday, Mar 24th at 3:00pm/et, TV-ESPN2 live and live via PRN radio/internet(link below)

  • Second-Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 26th on back, Saturday, Mar 25th at 11:30am/et

  • Track/Race Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, 1999, 125.142mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Rusty Wallace, 125.142mph

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph

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

    Track Specs:
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 36 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 16 degrees;

  • Track Homepage: Bristol Motor Speedway

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

  • Goodyear Tire Notes - Bristol(3-23-2000)


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at Bristol for leading the points and winning the race.(Dale Jarrett last won the award, $10,000 at Daytona) 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(3-19-2000)


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Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Bristol, TN Area:
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  • CNN/SI: Food City 500 Glance(3-24-2000)

  • From the TNN Site: 400 Race Stats by their stat guru Bill Sloboda(3-24-2000)

  • ODDS: Stardust NASCAR Odds - Bristol(WRAL)(3-23-2000)

  • CBS: Food City 500 preview(3-22-2000)

  • Bristol Race Fact Sheet (RaceWire)(3-22-2000)

  • NASCAR - Food City 500 Preview(WRAL)(3-21-2000)

  • Food City 500 Quick Facts(TNN)(3-21-2000)

  • Short Track Streak: Eleven different drivers have won the last eleven short-track races(in order): Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, John Andretti, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Rudd, Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Terry Labonte, Bobby Hamilton(3-19-2000)

  • Bristol Stuff: Ten times in the history of the race has the pole position winner gone on to win the spring race. The farthest back any driver has ever started and won in the race was in 1994 when Dale Earnhardt started 24th and won(3-19-2000)

  • Backstretch: Only two drivers in the history of Bristol has ever won a race after pitting on the backstretch. Davey Allison(started 19th) in the spring 1990 race and Dale Earnhardt(26th) in the 2nd 1999 race(3-19-2000)

  • Starting Spots: 18 of the 78 Bristol races have been won by the pole starter(23%). 68 of the 77 Bristol races have been won from the Top 10(88%). (3-19-2000)

    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS news and links

  • Earnhardt Jr: Dale Earnhardt Jr. failed to qualify in the top 10 for the first time this season. He was the only who had done it thru five races, he qualified 12th at Bristol(3-25-2000)

  • Happy Hour practice is over at Bristol. #21-Elliott Sadler was the fastest at 121.551mph. See the speeds at That's Racin', NOL, and Racin' Network and a story at SpeedVision(3-25-2000)

  • 2nd Round Qualifying is over at Bristol for the Food City 500. #93-Dave Blaney was the fastest of the ten drivers who made 2nd round attempts with a speed of 124.597mph, which would had been 16th fastest on Friday during first round. Blaney will start 26th. Also racing into the field was #10-Johnny Benson. They were the only two to race into the top 36. Of the ten drivers who made attempts three were faster(#'s 10,71 and 93), six went slower (#'s 13,16,41,50,75 and 90), #32-Scott Pruett had no speed as he crashed on his first lap during his attempt, he is ok, but missed the race. Getting knocked out of the top 36 and having to use provisionals were #42-Kenny Irwin and #27-Jeff Fuller. #71-Dave Marcis, #50-Ricky Craven and #90-Ed Berrier all missed their 4th races of the season. To see who took provisionals and why, see my Provisional Status page, to see who has used Prov's for each race, see my Provisional's Used by Race page. Staring Lineup can be found at NOL and Racin' Network(3-25-2000)

  • Saturday AM practice is over at Bristol. #6-Mark Martin was the fastest at followed by #32-Scott Pruett. They were the only two cars to go faster then the 36th fastest speed of 123.554mph held by #27-Jeff Fuller. Could see some 2nd round qualifiers make the top 36 today. See speeds at Racin' Network(3-25-2000)

  • 1st Round Qualifying at Bristol is over. #1-Steve Park wins his first CUP pole with a speed of 126.370mph, crushing the old record of 125.142mph set last year. Six drivers went faster then the track record. #55-Kenny Wallace is on the outside pole. #66-Darrell Waltrip, out of provisionals, not only qualified in 1st round, he will have a front stretch pit stall. With Bristol having two pit roads and 21 pit stalls on the front stretch, #14-Dick Trickle got the last front stretch pit stall. The four drivers who would miss the race IF things stayed the same are: #32-Scott Pruett(43rd in owners points), #90-Ed Berrier(46th); #71-Dave Marcis(47th) and #50-Ricky Craven(49th). #44-Kyle Petty, also out of provisionals, was 33rd fastest. See NOL and Racin' Network have the 1st round speeds(3-24-2000)

  • Friday PM Practice at Bristol is over. Had seven drivers faster then the track record of 125.142mph set by Rusty Wallace last year. Once again #1-Steve Park was the fastest at 125.880mph. Could have a new track record in qualifying today. See the speeds at NASCAR Online(NOL), That's Racin' and Racin' Network(3-24-2000)

  • Friday AM Practice at Bristol is over. Could have a new track record in qualifying today. Three drivers went faster in the AM practice then the track record set last year by Rusty Wallace (125.142mph). #1-Steve Park was the fastest at 125.329mph, followed by last weeks race winner at Darlington, #22-Ward Burton 125.256 and 3rd was #99-Jeff Burton at 125.182mph. See the speeds at NASCAR Online(NOL), That's Racin' and Racin' Network(3-24-2000)

  • How to break a tie? 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,


  • Pit Roads: Bristol has two pit roads, 21 on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch, 1 is shared(3-19-2000)

  • 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 - Bristol


  • DW to switch to #26? UPDATE 2: TNN's Raceday is reporting that next week at Bristol, Darrell Waltrip and teammate Jimmy Spencer may switch cars so Waltrip can take advantage of the provisionals the #26 has. The #26 is also 25th in owners points and if it stays there the team would not be charged a provisional...should be interesting if it happens(3-19-2000)
  • DW UPDATE: #66 Darrell Waltrip abruptly parked his car on Lap 132 at Darlington on Sunday. He had been in the garage earlier, and the team had made adjustments on the car. This time, he climbed out and went in his hauler to change. Waltrip said he couldn't go fast enough to stay out of the other drivers way. Waltrip has used four champion provisionals in five races this season and cannot use another until Martinsville. That means he has to qualify at Bristol and Texas, or go home. There is talk that Carter might put Waltrip in the #26 (his teammate) next week at Bristol (moving Spencer to 66) so that DW can use the 26's provisional if necessary. Team members would not confirm that, saying they'd know more early this week(SpeedVision)(3-20-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Owner Travis Carter grimaced when asked if driver Darrell Waltrip, out of provisionals, would switch cars with teammate Jimmy Spencer for Sunday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Reports had surfaced that Carter would have his drivers trade cars because Spencer has enough points to make the race. Will it happen? Not likely. “Every man’s got to stand on his own two feet,” Carter said(Times-Dispatch)(3-20-2000)

  • Top 10's: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the only drivers who have qualified in the top 10 for all five CUP races in 2000(3-19-2000)

  • See the 2000 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team


  • The Kodiak colors will be on the #9 car this week with driver Stacy Compton(3-23-2000)

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


  • NOL Stats: NASCAR by the Numbers

  • Stats: Bristol Speedway Averages(3-22-2000)

  • Manu Lap Leaders: Chevrolet drivers have led 425 of the 1,359 laps completed in 2000 while Ford has led 387 laps and Pontiac has led 547(3-19-2000)

  • Consecutive Starts: Terry Labonte has 641 consecutive Winston Cup starts, Dale Earnhardt is next with 618(3-19-2000)

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

       Driver          Races  Finish    Track           Date
       Brett Bodine     172     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        102     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        76     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little       65     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Johnny Benson     64     5th     Texas           4-5-98
       Hut Stricklin     60     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Robert Pressley   56     3rd     Texas           4-5-98
       Darrell Waltrip   55     5th     California      5-3-98
       Ken Schrader      47     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Derrike Cope      46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Dick Trickle      44     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Steve Grissom     40     4th     New Hampshire   9-14-97
       Ricky Craven      38     3rd     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Ted Musgrave      38     5th     Phoenix         10-25-98
    Dave Marcis has not had a top 10 since April 10, 1994 in
    the Food City 500 at Bristol, he finished 10th.
    Marcis has had no top fives since a 3rd at
    Watkins Glen on August 10, 1987.
    Regular Drivers Without a Career Top Five
       Driver         Races
       David Green     76
       Elliott Sadler  41
    Cup drivers(not including 2000 rookies)
    (data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(3-19-2000)
  • No Wins Ever.... Some regular drivers in Winston Cup who have never won a Cup race and how many starts they have:

       Driver          Races Run
       Michael Waltrip  433
       Rick Mast        313
       Ted Musgrave     284
       Hut Stricklin    264*
       Dick Trickle     261* 
       Wally Dallenbach 199
       Chad Little      194
       Kenny Wallace    190
       Robert Pressley  141
       Steve Grissom    135*
       Johnny Benson    133
       Ricky Craven     129
       Mike Skinner     115
       David Green       76*
       Kenny Irwin       75
       Jerry Nadeau      74
       Kevin Lepage      69
       Steve Park        61
       Elliott Sadler    41
    (3-19-2000)(UMI Press Guides Stats)

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

       Driver          Races Run   Last Win   Track
       Dave Marcis      470        2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     300        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     274        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272        6/3/90     Dover
       Darrell Waltrip  227        9/6/92     Darlington
       Jimmy Spencer    173        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     166        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       148        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  119        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  106        8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    64        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        45        9/27/98    Martinsville    
    (3-19-2000)(UMI Press Guides Stats)

  • Top Fives: There have been 11 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at Darlington) score a Top-5 in 2000....1999's total was 28 and 1998 year's total number was 27(3-19-2000)

  • Top Tens: There were 23 different Cup drivers(add #16-Kevin Lepage and #4-Bobby Hamilton after Darlington) score a Top-10 in 2000.....1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(3-19-2000)

  • Provisonal Finishes: In 35 provisonal starts(4 races x 7), drivers have accumulated 0 Wins, 1 Top 5's and 1 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page(3-19-2000)

  • Lap Leader/Bonus Points: 26 drivers have led at least one Winston Cup lap in 2000. To see who has led laps and who leads in the bonus points, see my Bonus Points Leaders Page(3-19-2000)

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

  • 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                1995 Miller 500, Dover               Kyle Petty
     35                2000 Cracker Barrel 500, Atlanta     Dale Earnhardt

  • Winners: 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)(11-24-1999)

  • UPDATE: 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)

  • Short Track Wins UPDATE 3 the streak lives: Nine different drivers win the last nine short-track races: Dale Jarrett, John Andretti, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Rudd, Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Terry Labonte, Bobby Hamilton and Jeff Gordon(Bristol Spring 98)(8-25-1999) -- UPDATE Make it Ten drivers, add Dale Earnhardt to the mix(8-29-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Make it Eleven different drivers now as Tony Stewart won at Richmond(9-12-1999) -- UPDATE 3 It still stands at eleven since Gordon was first on the list to start the streak, so we still have 11 different winners in the last 11 short track races(10-5-1999)

  • 1999 Short Track Season: The short track 'title' goes to Rusty Wallace by four points over Dale Earnhardt. The top ten: 1) #2-Wallace 891; 2) #3-Earnhardt 887; 3) #6-Martin 838; 4) #88-Jarrett 835; 5) #40-Marlin; 6) #24-Gordon 788; 7) #44-Petty 772; 8) #99-Burton 766; 9) #20-Stewart 734; 10) #31-Skinner 727 (Stock Car Fans Rumblings)(10-3-1999)

  • Stats: Only five times in NASCAR's modern era(1972-present) has the eventual champion not won by the sixth race of the season. Those champions were Benny Parsons in 1973, Terry Labonte in 1984 and 1996, Darrell Waltrip in 1985 and Dale Jarrett in 1999.(2-20-2000)

Winston Cup Disabled List for the race
and won't race there
Driver Car# Injury Return Date Sub
Geoffrey Bodine 60 Broken Bones, Concussion, Back May Ted Musgrave

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