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THE RACE: Coca Cola 600

Winston Cup Race #12 of 34 for the 2000 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, May 28, 2000 in Charlotte, NC

  • TV: TBS 6:00pm/et see their Coke 600 site at

  • this is a No Bull Five Event

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,058,165 plus the No Bull Five Million chance

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Coca Cola 600 from NOL

  • 1999 Race Winner: Jeff Burton

  • Race Speed Record: Rusty Wallace, 1995, 151.952mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile quad-oval, 400 laps, 600 miles

  • Practice: Wednesday, May 24th 3:00-5:55pm/et; Thursday, May 25th, 2:30-4:30pm/et and 7:00 - 8:00pm/et; Friday, May 26th none; Saturday, May 27th, 9:00 - 10:00am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, May 27th, after the BGN race, TV-TBS after the BGN, approx 4:05pm/et

  • Qualfying Order - Coca Cola 600: NASCAR Online

  • First Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-25, Wednesday, May 24th at 8:05pm/et, TV-TBS and live via PRN radio/internet(link below)

  • Second-Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 26th-43rd, Thursday, May 25th at 6:00pm/et

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ward Burton, Oct 1994, 185.759mph

  • Race Qualifying Record: Bobby Labonte, May 1999, 185.230mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Bobby Labonte, 185.230mph

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph

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

    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
    Attendence: ~170,000

  • Track Homepage: Lowes Motor Speedway

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

  • Goodyear Tire Notes - The Winston/Coca Cola 600(5-19-2000)


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $110,000 at Lowes Motor Speedway 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(5-6-2000)


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

some Local Newspapers and other Sites that cover the Concord/Charlotte, NC Area:
Charlotte Observer - That's Racin'
Gaston Gazette
Fayetteville Observer-Times
GoCarolina's NASCAR
News and Observer
Winston-Salem Journal/Pitnow
WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC

Weather forecast for Concord, NC by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Concord, NC

Charlotte Review by ARS Racing
Coca-Cola 600 Pre-Race Story - Speedway Illustrated with Gary DeHart

Perfect Paranoia about television coverage of racing


Fans Can Online
Motortrax(NASCAR Online)


  • Some Coke 600 Stats: 12 of all the 80 Lowe's races have been won by the pole starter - 15%. Lowest start of a Coca-Cola winner: 20th, 1960 by Joe Lee Johnson (first race at Lowe's). Lowest Lowe's, 22nd, 10/94 and 10/99. 64 of the 80 Lowe's races have been won from the Top 10 - 80%(TNN Motorsports Race Stats)(5-27-2000)

  • From the TNN Site: Coca Cola 600 Race Stats by their stat guru Bill Sloboda(5-27-2000)

  • Race ODDS: Stardust NASCAR Odds - Coca Cola 600(WRAL)(5-25-2000)

  • WRAL: NASCAR - Coca Cola 600 Preview(5-24-2000)

  • No Bull Five: the Coca Cola 600 is one of five 2000 No Bull Five events. The No Bull 5 drivers and fans were paired before approximately 3,000 race fans at a fan-hospitality party prior to the 16th running of The Winston, NASCAR's all-star event. The drivers competed in a racing video game and were then paired with the Winston No Bull 5 fans based on their respective finishing position. The pairings: Wendell Culver, New Haven, KY is paired with #99-Jeff Burton; John Warner, Milwaukee, is paired with #6-Mark Martin; Doug Robinson of Hattiesburg, MS, is paired with #18-Bobby Labonte; Edward Rzonca, Bellmore, NY, is paired with #94-Bill Elliott; and Jim Tolan, Lake Ariel, PA, is paired with #20-Tony Stewart. The five eligible drivers are the top-5 finishers from the Las Vegas race. Should one of the drivers with the Coca-Cola 600, the driver and his fan will each take home the $1 million bonus(NOL)(5-23-2000)

  • Petty Honor: To honor the memory of Adam Petty, killed in a practice-session crash last Friday at NHIS, Lowe's Motor Speedway officials have placed a 4-foot by 6-foot flag in Victory Lane at the speedway. The flag is embroidered with the words, "In Memory of Adam Petty #45 1980-2000." The flag will fly over Victory Lane for the next two weekends. Victory Lane celebrations for The Winston and next Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 will be conducted on the frontstretch and the speedway's Victory Lane will remain empty for those two races in honor of Petty(That's Racin')(5-19-2000)

  • Time Capsule: Cars racing through space? Tracks with tunnels and loops? Amusement parks in the infields? What does the future hold for NASCAR? NASCAR 2000 is giving NASCAR fans a chance to predict the future of racing during Speed Weeks at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte, with the NASCAR 2000 Time Capsule. Fans can visit the NASCAR 2000 merchandise trailer Wednesday, May 24 between 10am and 6pm, fill out the prediction form and drop it in a time capsule that, once sealed, will not be opened for 50 years. NASCAR 2000 is a campaign exploring the future of stock car racing, examining new-millennium developments in technology, the evolution of facilities and the plans for increased fan interaction at the tracks and through television coverage. Driving the campaign is the vision of those closest to the action -- drivers, crew chiefs, owners, manufacturers, engineers, television personalities and artists. Copies of all NASCAR 2000 media releases and graphic support, including the NASCAR 2000 logo, are available for editorial use(That's Racin'/Cotter Group)(5-19-2000)

  • Lowes Motor Speedway Site:
    Speedway Rescue Personnel Ready for Race Weeks

    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS news and links

  • Coca Cola 600 winner at Lowes Motor Speedway. First time ever! A rookie won the Coca-Cola 600. #17-Matt Kenseth gets his first Winston Cup win. The last time two rookies won Winston Cup races in the same year was 1981 when Ron(not Ken) Bouchard and Morgan Shepherd won in their rookie season. Kenseth is the fourth driver to get their first Winston Cup win in the Coca Cola 600, the others: David Peason 1961; Jeff Gordon 1994; and Bobby Labonte 1995(they were not rookies). Kenseth is the 11th different driver to win in the 12 Cup races run in 2000. The last three season each had 11 different winners, for the whole season. For results of the race see NASCAR Online, goracing, Racin' Network or That's Racin'. Will update my stats pages Monday in the AM(5-29-2000)

  • Happy Hour practice is over for the Coca Cola 600. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr was fastest at 177.392mph. Pretty quiet Happy Hour. #85-Darrell Waltrip was the slowest at 168.528mph. Tim Fedawa practiced the #43 STP/Cheerios Pontiac, it'll a be a raceday decision whether John Andretti will start and then let Fedawa take over in relief or if Fedawa starts the race(see next story about Andretti). See the speeds at NASCAR Online and That's Racin'(5-27-2000)

  • Starting Gird Links and 2nd round qualifying is over for the Coca-Cola 600. #9-Stacy Compton was the fastest with a speed of 179.021mph but he couldn't crack the top 36 and had to take a provisonal. Seven cars made 2nd round attempts, none from the top 36. Of the seven drivers only one was faster then their first round speed(#9), four were slower(#'s 15,44,90, and 27), #71-Marcis and #66-Waltrip had no speed, Marcis elected not to make the attempt and DW car got out of shape and he aborted the run. Missing the race are: #44-Steve Grissom(31st in owners points but out of provisionals), #66-Darrell Waltrip(40th but out), #90-Ed Berrier(45th); #71-Dave Marcis(46th) and #15-Ted Musgrave(48th). For info on provisionals, the rules, the owners points, see my Provisional Page. See the starting grid Racin' Network, That's Racin' and NASCAR Online(5-24-2000)

  • Saturday AM Practice os over for the Coca Cola 600. #18-Bobby Labonte was the fastest at 178.956mph. The #85-Kmart Ford, listed with Carl Long drivng but probably Darrell Waltrip in the car, was the slowest at 167.105mph. See speeds at Racin' Network and NASCAR Online. See an image of the #85 Big Kmart/Rt 66 Ford at TachZone(5-27-2000)

  • Twilight Practice for the Coca Cola 600 is over. #2-Rusty Wallace was the fastest at 177.409mph. Slowest was #13-Robby Gordon at 170.395mph. Forty Two of the 43 cars practiced, missing? the #85 Ford of Carl Long. See the speeds at Racin' Network and That's Racin'(5-25-2000)

  • Qualifying Notes: #15-Ted Musgrave's Ford was aqua blue on the front and dark blue on the back and had Lazydays as the sponsor on the hood and 1/4 panels, not sure but I think they are an RV company. #5-Terry Labonte is sporting the CherryBerry Swirl/Froot Loops scheme. #75-Wally Dallenbach has the RedCell/Dinner and a Movie/Pepcid AC scheme on his Ford. The #13 Ford of Robby Gordon is bright orange with Burger King on the hood and Turtle Wax on the 1/4 panels(5-24-2000)

  • 1st Thursday Practice is over for the Coca Cola 600. #9-Stacy Compton was the fastest at 178.873mph in the heat of the day, 2nd was #6-Mark Martin at 177.865mph. 47 cars practiced, #55-Kenny Wallace did not practice, #13-Robby Gordon was the slowest at 171.075mph. Speeds as you can see are much slower then Wednesday nights qualifying which doesn't bode well for drivers who need to crack the top 36 where the speed to beat is 181.044mph. 2nd round qualifying is at 6:00pm/et tonight - no TV. For practice speeds see NOL or Racin' Network. There will also be a short practice after 2nd round tonight(5-25-2000)

  • New Track Record - 1st Round Qualifying for the Coca Cola 600 is over. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr wins the pole with a new track record of 186.034mph, almost a mile per hour over 2nd fastest #25-Jerry Nadeau. The pole is Earnhardt Jr's first career pole and make him eligible for the Bud Shootout in 2001. With 2nd round qualifying being at 6:00pm/et on Thursday and temps will be warmer, it will be tough to crack the top 36. If things were to stay the same, the following drivers would miss the race(Correction): #44-Steve Grissom(31st but out of provisionals - missed this earlier), #66-Darrell Waltrip(40th in owners points and out of provisionals until Sears Point), #90-Ed Berrier(45th); #71-Dave Marcis(46th) and #15-Ted Musgrave(48th). To see where the drivers/team stack up in provisionals, see my Provisional Status page. #85-Carl Long is presently 35th and could make his first Cup race of the year. See the 1st round results at NOL and Racin' Network(5-24-2000)

  • Wednesday Practice is over at Lowes for the Coca Cola 600: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr was fastest at 184.143mph. #66-Darrell Waltrip was slowest at 177.965mph. The record Coca Cola 600 pole speed is 185.230mph set last year by Bobby Labonte, track record was set in Oct 1994 by Ward Burton at 185.759mph. See the speeds at NOL and Racin' Network(5-24-2000)

  • 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,


  • Walkway Lawsuit: Five people injured when a pedestrian walkway collapsed at Lowe's Motor Speedway and two of their spouses filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the track's parent company and the construction firm that built the bridge. The lawsuit, filed in Rowan County Superior Court, accuses Speedway Motorsports Inc. and Tindall Corp. of negligence in the May 20 accident that injured 107 people. At least 15 people remained hospitalized Wednesday, two in critical condition(WRAL/AP)(6-1-2000)

  • Pre-Race Accident UPDATE: Four persons were slightly injured in the pit area by debris from an explosion during the pre-race show. The show involved several military planes flying over the track, with explosions of plywood structures timed to appear as though the track was being bombed by the planes. One of the staged explosion's scattered some plywood debris from props along the front straightaway. Each was standing behind pit wall. Two people walked away from the scene and refused treatment. Two were treated and released from the infield care center with minor abrasions. Wayne Deloria, pit crew coordinator for the #32-Scott Pruett Ford, later returned to the care center complaining of dizziness and appeared disoriented. He was taken by ambulance to Carolinas Medical Center for precautionary tests(SpeedVision and That's Racin')(5-29-2000)
    UPDATE: Wayne Deloria, a pit crew coordinator for Scott Pruett's Winston Cup team who was injured during a prerace show Sunday at Lowe's Motor Speedway, is recovering well, team spokeswoman Pam Colbert said Wednesday(St Petersburg Times)(6-1-2000)

  • No Bridge: Lowe's Motor Speedway officials said they will not open the remaining pedestrian bridge over U.S. 29 this weekend even though it's safe(Roanoke Times)(5-27-2000)

  • Walkway/Bridge Updates/Articles: Chloride may have rusted steel in walkway from Total Sports/AP; and Report On Walkway Collapse Expected Thursday from goracing by Bill Kiser; and Private pedestrian bridges will be inspected by state by Debbie Cenziper of the Charlotte Observer and from the 3pm news conference: Chloride mix caused corroded steel supports that failed in walkway(5-25-2000)
    UPDATE: Bridge Collapse Blamed on Chloride in Grout from SpeedVision by John Davison; and Bridge improperly constructed from the Roanoke Times by Dustin Long(5-26-2000)

  • Lowes Hotel: Ambassadors Services Group has teamed with Lowes Motor Speedway to offer race fans discounted hotel reservations for the Cup races and Auto Fairs. For more info, see the Lowes Motor Speedway site or the Ambassadors Services Group site(Lowes PR)(3-2-2000)

  • 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 - Lowes Motor Speedway


  • Andretti Hurt UPDATE: John Andretti, driver of the #43 STP/Cheerios Pontiac, was transported to University Hospital this morning for a chest X-ray. Greg Steadman, crew chief for Andretti said, "We're still trying to find out John's condition. Todd Bodine ran about 10 laps for us in practice to help us out. We're trying to decide what we're going to do, but we won't know until we get the particulars on John's condition. We're going to be prepared. We've talked to a couple of guys about standing by tomorrow night in case we need them. Either way, we'll be ready to go." See the stories at TachZone and NASCAR Online which reports: John Andretti complained of sharp pain in his ribs and had to be helped from his car during a practice session at Lowe's Motor Speedway (Sat morning) and transported to a nearby hospital for tests
    UPDATE: Andretti was back at the track before the Busch race started and, while he is pretty sore, he is planning on starting the #43 STP/Cheerios Pontiac. Andretti cracked a rib in the wreck in the Winston. When he got in the car and started practice, apparently the g-forces broke it the rest of the way. Tim Fedewa will practice the car this afternoon and Andretti will start the race tomorrow with Fedewa relieving(5-27-2000)

  • Dillon to relieve Mast: TachZone is reporting that #21 BGN driver, Mike Dillon, will be standing by to replace Rick Mast in the #14 Conseco Pontiac for the Coca-Cola 600. Mast is apparently feeling a little under the weather this weekend, after a bout of food poisoning. Mast will start the race, and turn the wheel over to Dillon at some point, depending on how he feels. The driver change has been approved by NASCAR, and padding has been fitted in the seat to allow for Dillon's smaller frame. Dillon has run in relief in a few other Cup races in the past(5-28-2000)

  • Todd on standby: Todd Bodine practiced in the #60 Power Team Chevy on Saturday morning at Lowes. Brother Geoffrey will have Todd standing by on Sunday night in case he is unable to complete all 600 miles. Todd drove in relief for Geoffrey at Richmond and brought the car to a 13th place finish(TachZone)(5-27-2000)

  • DW another ride?? UPDATE 2 (it's long): not sure what this is about but saw this in a story on NOL about Darrell Waltrip missing the race and Robby Gordon making it: Waltrip is still holding out hope that a ride will open up for him in his last Coca-Cola 600. "We're working on some things," he said. "Maybe somebody needs a driver. Maybe that'll work out for me, I hope. There are a couple of possibilities there."(NOL) and from That's Racin': Waltrip may very well wind up driving the #85 Ford owned by Mansion Motorsports in Sunday's race. Driver Carl Long posted the 35th fastest speed in Wednesday first-round qualifying, but negotiations were under way on Thursday evening for Waltrip's team to purchase that ride and put Waltrip in the car on Sunday. A decision on that should be made by Friday morning(That's Racin'). Noticed during twilight practice tonight, only 42 or the 43 cars practiced, missing? the #85 Ford of Carl Long. More on this as it plays out or fades out(5-25-2000)
    UPDATE: from what I hear it looks like DW will be racing in the Coca Cola 600 this weekend. Something should be announced sometime this morning. DW would drive the #85 Kmart/Rt 66 Ford that Carl Long qualified into the race on Wednesday. The car, a 1999 Ford bought at a Roush auction, was reskinned into a 2000 version by Long and one paid workers and a few volunteers at Mansion Motorsports, which is owned by black businessman Thee Dixon. Long is hoping to make a go of it with Dixon but sponsorship has been hard to find. Long is also looking for oppurtunities in Busch and the Truck series. See the #85 Teams News page for more info on the team
    UPDATE 2: Yep, DW will be in the Coca Cola 600. Darrell Waltrip and his Winston Cup team owner Travis Carter(#66 Ford) came to agreement Friday with Carl Long, driver of the #85 Ford, and his car owner Thee Dixon for Waltrip to drive Long's car in Sunday's race and move his Big Kmart sponsorship to the team for the race. Long made the field after posting the 35th-best qualifying speed. Waltrip failed to make the field during Wednesday night's first round session and failed to complete his lap during Thursday's second round. Sunday would have been Long's first Winston Cup start. He has competed at Charlotte previously in the Automobile Racing Club of America series(That's Racin') AND ....Negotiations began immediately. By lunch time Friday, crewmen had begun applying Kmart decals and trading out parts on Dixon's blue, yellow and pink Ford, a surplus Jack Roush car bought at auction. Dixon, one of few black men to try out in NASCAR, is a painting contractor and sometime racer from Raleigh, N.C. He has brought out cars, usually without success, at Daytona and Charlotte. This week, Dixon sprung for a Roush engine, put employee Long in the car, and made the show. The price of the deal is not known. These usually come in at plus-or-minus $50,000. Long, 32, from Roxboro, N.C., has made occasional starts in Craftsman Trucks and in ARCA. Long's comment: "I'm going to do everything I can do to work with the guys on the 66 team to get Darrell the best run we can give him in that car," said Long, who refers to Dixon as Mr. Dixon. "I think it's motivation. I can get on the radio and say, 'Darrell, I know damn well if I can drive it, you ought to be able to.' more comments from Long at SpeedVision and see the story at goracing: "Ol' D.W.'s" Gets Ride For Coca-Cola 600. Jayski Note: Long who hopes to drive more races for Dixon is looking for full time rides in CUP, BGN or CTS. Long had put in for the #50 truck try outs but didn't get chosen to test the truck. Also, Dixon will get the owners points for wherever DW finishes, DW gets the drivers points and #66 owner Carter will get 22 owners points after the car failed to make the race, tied for 4th slowest but higher in owners points then #71 Dave MArcis who will get 19 owners points(5-26-2000)

  • Reffner backup for #13: Wednesday's opening practice for the Coca Cola 600 marks the beginning of the second leg of Robby¹s Gordon's "Double Time" race slate this weekend. Gordon will race both the Indy 500 Sunday morning, May 28, then travel immediately to Charlotte to race in the NASCAR event which begins that evening at 6:15pm. It was announced that Team Menard CTS driver Bryan Reffner will be Gordon's backup. Reffner will practice Thursday and Saturday in Team Gordon's Turtle Wax/Burger King Ford Taurus to get a feel for what to expect should he be in position to race on Sunday. Gordon will practice through the day Wednesday and qualify under the lights that night before boarding a plane to Indianapolis. Thursday morning Gordon will run in what will be the final shakedown of his Indy car during Indy¹s "Carburation Day" practice session. Following the shakedown Robby returns immediately to Charlotte to take part in Winston Cup practice(Team Gordon)(5-23-2000)

  • Pardus to skip Talladega: The #65 team and driver Dan Pardus who attempted the Daytona 500 has decided not to attempt qualifying for next Sunday's DieHard 500 at Talladega becasue if of the costs of running a restrictor plate car. Pardus says the team might attempt to qualify for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte(Speed Magazine)(4-9-2000)

  • Another Entry UPDATE oops: #95 David Keith has been added to the CUP entry list at Atlanta in the Sadler Brothers Ford(AMS PR) -- UPDATE: From the #95 team: The Sadler Brothers team did have plans to run at Atlanta, however they will not go to Atlanta or Texas as previously planned. The team plans to run the Southern 500 at Darlington, and the NAPA 500 at Atlanta in November, also the previous scheduled The Coca-Cola 600 at Lowes, The Brickyard 400 at Indy, and the Pepsi 400 at Michigan(3-8-2000)

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


  • Wood Bros Paint UPDATE: The Wood Brothers have decided to decorate Elliott Sadler's #21 CITGO Ford identical to the paint scheme David Pearson drove from 1972 - 1978 in honor of the 70's decade. Pearson drove the famed Wood Brothers #21 car to 43 victories and 51 poles. During the 1970's at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the Wood Brothers posted 14 pole positions, 12 of which were consecutive, and accumulated 3 wins(Cox Marketing PR). See an image of the scheme in the Paint Schemes Gallery(5-23-2000)
    UPDATE: added a real image of the car sent in from Cox Marketing, see it in the Paint Schemes Gallery(5-24-2000)

  • Melling Racing Notes for the Coca Cola 600: The #9 Ford driven by rookie Stacy Compton will be adorned by the Kodiak colors. Chassis MRE 23, built in-house, will makes it's debut this weekend as well. It is the fourth new chassis the team has built in-house this season. The team plans on only running their new chassis by the end of the season. Melling Racing and Compton will test at Pocono following the Coke 600 before heading to Dover(Melling Racing PR)(5-23-2000)

  • #5 Paint Scheme UPDATE 3: not sure where but hear Terry Labonte will run the #5 Cherry Berry Swirl/Froot Loops paint scheme in the near future. He tends to run them at the Winston or at Michigan, home of his sponsor Kelloggs(4-12-2000)
    UPDATE: was sent a image of a diecast for the car from a diecast site by quite a few readers, see it at the Paint Scheme Gallery(4-18-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Labonte will defend his title in the annual all-star race, The Winston, behind the wheel of a specially designed red and blue Chevrolet Monte Carlo featuring Toucan Sam and Kellogg's Froot Loops cereal with CherryBerry Swirls(Summit Marketing Group)(5-13-2000)
    UPDATE 3: the team decided not to run the CherryBerry Swirl scheme at The Winston but is supposed to run the scheme at the Coca-Cola 600(5-23-2000)

  • #90 Green: Hills Bros Decaffeinated Coffee is one of several different Hills Bros Coffee flavors that Sara Lee Coffee & Team produces. The shade of green on the car matches the color of the decaffeinated coffee cans that are distributed throughout the United States. Berrier will drive the Hills Bros Decaffeinated Coffee Ford in the Winston Open and the Coca-Cola 600. See the car in the Paint Schemes Gallery(Hills Bros Racing Site)(5-19-2000)

  • Added #36 Image UPDATE: added a #36 Diecast Green M&M's Image, not sure where it will be run, supposedly at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona on July 1st, see the image at the Paint Schemes Gallery
    UPDATE: the latest Action catalog says the scheme will be run at Lowes for the Winston Open and the Coca-Cola 600, supposedly another scheme will be run at Daytona(5-11-2000)

  • The Military Cars UPDATE 2: For the first time, all five branches of the Armed Forces came together to target NASCAR fans in support of their recruiting efforts, through a special program with a Tribute to Freedom in the Millennium theme. Action Performance Companies Inc, Jay Howard Events Inc., five NASCAR Winston Cup drivers and their respective sponsors developed the program, which features race cars spectacularly painted with military service branch themes. The cars were unveiled today at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, during a pre-race entertainment extravaganza including a skydiving exhibition by the U.S. Army Silver Wings Parachute Team, musical performances by the Band of the Air Force Reserve and fly-by aircraft demonstrations. Gen.(ret.) Colin Powell, Grand Marshal of the race, was among high-ranking military VIPs who gathered at the start/finish line to shake the hands of drivers Mike Skinner, Bobby Hamilton, Ricky Rudd, Dale Jarrett and Jerry Nadeau, as each brought their military-themed cars on-track for the very first time. All five Tribute to Freedom in the Millennium cars will make their race debuts on Memorial Day weekend at the Coca-Cola 600. #31-Mike Skinner will drive the Army scheme, #4-Bobby Hamilton the Navy, #28-Ricky Rudd the Marines, #88-Dale Jarrett the Air Force, and #25-Jerry Nadeau the Coast Guard(Business Wire)(3-12-2000)
    UPDATE: see some diecast images at Racing Angels. also of note: while military cars were run in the 1991 Daytona 500, it was a tribute by NASCAR for Desert Storm and out troops, not a recruiting effort by the services(3-14-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Racing Angels also sent me a few images of the real cars from the announcement at Atlanta on Sunday. Also an image from the new and quite improved Ricky Rudd site of the #28 and some other good images of the cars. See the images in the Paint Scheme Gallery and a story and some nice images at TachZone(3-15-2000)
    UPDATE 3: Found a picture of the 1991 Armed Forces cars ran in the Daytona 500, check it out at my Paint Scheme Gallery(3-15-2000)

  • Earnhardt Paint UPDATE 3 the real car: General Motors, Richard Childress Racing, Action Performance Companies Inc., and renowned pop artist Peter Max will hold a special press conference and race car unveiling event to be held during the Grand Opening festivities of the new NASCAR Cafe in Las Vegas on March 2nd at 7:15pm/pt. A live Webcast on also will be held to cover the unveiling. Max has designed a special paint scheme for the #3 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by legendary seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt(Yahoo Biz)Thanks Tony for the heads up -- UPDATE: the car will be run at The Winston and be called the Millenium Car(2-28-2000) -- UPDATE 2: the official announcement is not until tonight but a reader sent a diecast image of the car, supposedly the one, it's pretty colorful, see my Paint Schemes Gallery for the image(3-2-2000) -- UPDATE 3: Earnhardt will run the scheme in The Winston and the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowes Motor Speedway. Also got a 'real' image of the car in my Paint Schemes Gallery(3-3-2000)

  • #97 Special Scheme: For the first time since 1997, the #97 John Deere Ford will have a new look on May 28th. The car will feature the FFA emblem on its hood while racing in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Placement of the FFA emblem on the hood of the #97 is included in Phase I of an enhanced partnership between John Deere and FFA. Phase II, Community Connection, involves local FFA chapters selling co-branded merchandise. The FFA emblem and John Deere logo are prominent on the items, signifying a solid partnership. Profits from the sale of the co-branded merchandise will be used to develop and produce educational and community- wide FFA events. Several events leading up to and during race day will showcase how FFA makes a positive difference in schools and communities. FFA is a national organization of 451,997 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. Local, state and national programs provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. FFA’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. FFA’s Internet web site,, can provide additional information about the National FFA Organization(Lowes Motor Speedway PR) Have had an image on the Paint Scheme Gallery since Dec 1, 1999, check it out(5-14-2000)

  • #97 Special Paint: The FFA logo will be displayed on the hood of the #97 John Deere Ford in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowes/Charlotte in May 2000. For the story and an image(also in the Paint Schemes Gallery here) see the FFA Website. They are also selling a 1:24th Racing Champions diecast starting Dec 15th at the site. The FFA(Future Farmers of America) is a school-based part of agricultural education programs in public schools, and is federally chartered by Congress through the U.S. Department of Education(thanks to Wayne for the heads up)(12-1-1999)

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


  • Stats: Driver Averages at Charlotte(5-12-2000)

  • NOL Stats: NASCAR by the Numbers

  • Manu Lap Leaders: In 3531 laps ran so far in 2000, Ford drivers have led 1729 laps, Chevy drivers have led 1071 laps, and Pontiac drivers have led 731 laps(5-7-2000)

  • Top Fives: There have been 23 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at Richmond) score a Top-5 in 2000....1999's total was 28 and 1998 year's total number was 27(5-6-2000)

  • Top Tens: There have been 29 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at Richmond) score a Top-10 in 2000.....1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(5-6-2000)

  • Provisonal Finishes in 2000: In 77 provisonal starts(11 races x 7), drivers have accumulated 0 Wins, 2 Top 5's and 4 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(5-6-2000)

  • Lap Leader/Bonus Points: 39 drivers have led at least one Winston Cup lap in 2000. Only one driver who have made all 11 races have not lead a lap, #55-Kenny Wallace. To see who has led laps and who leads in the bonus points, see my Bonus Points Leaders Page(5-7-2000)

  • Consecutive Starts: Terry Labonte has 647 consecutive Winston Cup starts, Dale Earnhardt is next with 624, followed by Ricky Rudd with 585 and Rusty Wallace at 494(5-6-2000)

  • 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
       Dave Marcis      305     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     177     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        105     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        81     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little       71     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Robert Pressley   62     3rd     Texas           4-5-98
       Darrell Waltrip   60     5th     California      5-3-98
       Hut Stricklin     60     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Ken Schrader      53     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Dick Trickle      48     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Derrike Cope      46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Ricky Craven      41     3rd     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Steve Grissom     40     4th     New Hampshire   9-14-97
       Ted Musgrave      40     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.
    Regular Drivers Without a Career Top Five
       Driver         Races
       Elliott Sadler  46
    Cup drivers(not including 2000 rookies)
    (data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(5-6-2000)
  • 1999 winners who have not won in 2000: Terry Labonte, Tony Stewart, 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(5-6-2000)

  • 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  439
       Rick Mast        316
       Ted Musgrave     286*
       Dick Trickle     265* 
       Hut Stricklin    264*
       Wally Dallenbach 203
       Chad Little      200
       Kenny Wallace    196
       Robert Pressley  147
       Johnny Benson    139
       Steve Grissom    136*
       Ricky Craven     132
       Mike Skinner     121
       Todd Bodine      107*
       Kenny Irwin       81
       Jerry Nadeau      80
       David Green       76*
       Kevin Lepage      74
       Steve Park        67
       Elliott Sadler    46
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (5-6-2000)(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      471        2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     305        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     280        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Darrell Waltrip  232        9/6/92     Darlington
       Jimmy Spencer    179        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     172        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       153        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  125        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  107        8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    70        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        51        9/27/98    Martinsville    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (5-6-2000)(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, Mar 2000
       Dale Jarrett       8    Daytona, Feb 2000
       Jeff Gordon        7    Talladega, Apr 2000
       Bobby Labonte      6    Rockingham, Feb 2000
       Jeff Burton        4    Las Vegas, Mar 2000
       Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
       Dale Earnhardt     3    Atlanta, Mar 2000
       Ward Burton        1    Darlington, Mar 2000
       Dale Earnhardt Jr  1    Texas, Apr 2000
       Jeremy Mayfield    1    California, Apr 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
       Tony Stewart       1    Homestead, Nov 1999   
     All Time Record is Richard Petty - 18 years from 1960-1977
    (5-6-2000)(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

  • 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
     36                2000 Diehard 500, Talladega          Jeff Gordon
     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)

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