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THE RACE: Southern 500

Winston Cup Race #24 of 34 for the 2000 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, September 3, 2000 in Darlington, SC

  • TV: ESPN 1:00pm/et

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $2,602,838

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

  • 1999 Race Winner: Jeff Burton

  • Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1998, 139.031

  • Track/Race Length: 1.366 mile oval, 367 laps, 501.3 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Friday, Sept 1st 11:30am - 1:55pm/et; Saturday, Sept 2nd 9:30 - 11:00am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 2nd, after the BGN race, TV-ESPN2 tape delay, Sunday, Sept 3rd at 2:30am/et


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Sept 1st at 11:00am/et

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

  • First Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-25, Friday, Sept 1st at ~3:30pm/et(after BGN), TV-ESPN2; and live via MRN radio/internet

  • 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, Sept 2nd at 11:30am/et

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ward Burton, March 1996, 173.797mph

  • Event Qualifying Record: Kenny Irwin Jr, Sept 1999, 170.970mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Kenny Irwin Jr, 170.970mph

    Track Specs:
    Track: Banking: Turns 1/2 - 25 degrees; Turns 3/4 - 23 degrees; Straights - 2 degrees.
    Straights: Frontstretch 1,229 feet; Back - 1,229 feet. Repaved in 1995

  • Track Homepage: Darlington Raceway

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

  • Goodyear Tire Fast Facts - Southern 500(8-30-2000)


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 at Darlington for leading the points and winning the race.(Bobby Labonte last won the award, $190,000 at Indy on Aug 5, 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(8-27-2000)


Radio Coverage:
Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including RealAudio coverage
MRN 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 Darlington, SC Area:
The State
The Myrtle Beach Sun News
GoUpstate - Spartanburg Herald Journal
Charleston Post-Courier

Weather forecast for Darlington, SC by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Darlington, SC

Darlington Review
The Racing Edge

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


Fans Can Online


  • Some Darlington Stats: 19 of all the 94 Darlington races have been won by the pole starter - 20%. 85 of the 94 Darlington races have been won from the Top 10 - 90%. Last Southern 500 won by the pole winner: 1990 by Dale Earnhardt. Lowest start of a Southern 500 winner: 43rd in 1950 (first Southern 500 - get this: three abreast starting, 75 cars). Only two Southern 500 winners in the last 40 races started outside the Top 10: 1983 (14) and 1995(15)(TNN)(9-1-2000)

  • Stats the TNN Site: Darlington Race Stats by their stat guru Bill Sloboda(9-1-2000)

  • That's Racin': This week's race - Darlington(9-1-2000)

  • Total Sports: Lee Montgomery's Race Preview(9-1-2000)

  • CBS: Winston Cup preview -- Southern 500(9-1-2000)

  • WRAL: NASCAR - Pepsi Southern 500 Preview (8-30-2000)

  • DW, #800 and Darlington Notes: If Darrell Waltrip starts in this weekend's race at Darlington, it would be his 800th NASCAR Winston Cup Series career start. Only two drivers are ahead of him with career starts: Richard Petty (1,177) and Dave Marcis (874 - note: Marcis has 752 Modern-Era starts and 122 career starts prior to 1972). Dale Jarrett has a chance to join an elite list of those that have won what some dub "the Crown Jewels" in NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing: the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte), Winston 500 (Talladega) and the Southern 500 (Darlington). Jarrett has won the spring race at Darlington, twice, but never the fall event. If he wins, he would join Buddy Baker, Bobby Allison, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon as those that have accomplished this feat(NASCAR PR). What about Richard Petty? He also won all four(8-29-2000)

  • Provisionals: There are now six drivers out of provisionals, #9-Compton, #66-Waltrip, #27-Bliss and #90-Stricklin, #44 Hot Wheels and #60 Power Team teams, all must make the races with speed until another provisional is allotted at Darlington, which is the next race up, so all six get a provisional to use at Darlington if needed and if they are high enough in points. But the drivers/teams without provisionals could still get into a race using a provisional - If one or a few of the teams without provisionals fail to get in on speed, then the part time teams(don't attempt all races and are deep in the OWNERS points) get a shot at the provisionals, lining up by Owners Points(only if they have owners points). If spots are still available, then the teams without provisionals or owners points get placed in the field by fastest qualifying speed until all 43 spots are filled. For more info on provisionals see my Provisionals Status and Owners Points page(8-27-2000)

  • The Crew Chief Club



  • Southern 500 at Darlington was won by #18-Bobby Labonte(and his pit crew). Labonte is only the third driver ever to win from a provisional starting spot(Labonte and Jeff Burton did so in 1999). The weather played havic with the race and the TV coverage. Rain caused a two hour plus delay after 38 laps and caused the race to be called 39 laps early(328 of the 367). See unofficial results at NOL or Racin' Network(9-3-2000)

  • Practice Wrecks: Winston Cup Points leader, #18-Bobby Labonte, wrecked during Friday's practice when his throttle hung (don't ask how, don't know). The primary car was too damaged and Labonte will use the backup. Labonte was not hurt. #9-Stacy Compton spun and wrecked in practice also, having to go to a backup car for qualifying(ESPN2's Qualifying coverage)(9-1-2000)

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Southern 500 is over. #22-Ward Burton was the fastest at 163.494mph. #22-Ward Burton and #99-Jeff Burton both scraped the wall during the practice but were not damaged much and the cars will be repaired. Also of note, in the AM practice, #16-Lepage ran over a brake rotor(NOL), from the #75 car and wrecked the #16 Ford, #75-Dallenbach also wrecked during the AM practice when he lost the rotor(NOL). Both will go to a backup for the race and fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race. See the speeds at NOL, That's Racin' or Racin' Network. Happy Hour practice will be shown tape delayed on ESPN2 at 2:30am/et on Sunday morning(9-2-2000)
    UPDATE: #75-Wally Dallenbach will NOT go to a backup car as the team was able to repair the #75 Scooby Doo Ford(9-3-2000)

  • 2nd Round Qualifying is over. Only two car went out: #1-Steve Park was the fastest at 164.232mph and #9-Stacy Compton ran a lap of 163.751mph. Compton will be the only driver missing the race (shame they can't let one more car in, but I guess rules are rules). #66-Darrell Waltrip had to use a Champions Provisional to get in as Compton's team was higher in Owners Points (37th to 38th). Waltrip is now out of provisionals or any kind until race 32, at Phoenix in November(seems far away). DW has had a tough time at Darlington this year, he has had to take a champion provisional at both races there. See the starting grid at NASCAR Online(NOL), That's Racin' or Racin' Net. Also see a story about 2nd round at SpeedVision(9-2-2000)

  • Saturday AM Practice is over for the Southern 500 at Darlington. Speeds were much slower then Friday. #1-Steve Park was the fastest at 163.576mph, which would had been the slowest timed lap of Friday(which was 164.926). The driver who needs to find some speed or miss the race is #9-Stacy Compton, he was 2nd fastest at 162.629mph but need to runs faster then the #36th qualifier, #44-Steve Grissom, who is 36th with a speed of 165.906mph. Grissom was slowest in the practice session at 156.801mph, I imagine he'll stand on his time. See the practice speeds at NOL or Racin' Network. 2nd round is scheduled to be run at 11:30am/et(9-2-2000)

  • 1st Round Qualifying is over at Darlington for the Pepsi Southern 500. #12-Jeremy Mayfield wins the Bud Pole with a speed of 169.444mph, his 2nd pole of the 2000 season. #10-Johnny Benson will be on the outside pole. If things stayed the same, the one driver who would miss the race would be: #9-Stacy Compton(37th in owner points). #66-Darrell Waltrip would use a Champions Provisional and be out of provisionals until the 32nd race of the season at Phoenix. #5-Terry Labonte never made his run as he blew an engine during his qualifying lap, same thing happened to #1-Steve Park. #9-Compton, having a tough weekend, spun his backup car during his qualifying run and recorded no speed. See speeds at NOL or Racin' Network(9-1-2000)

  • Progression of the Pole: #43-Andretti, 2nd out to qualify, ran 166.141mph; #33-Nemechek, 4th out 166.698; #36-Schrader, 5th out 168.538; #12-Mayfield, 11th out 169.444 who hung on to win the pole(9-1-2000)

  • Friday Practice is over for the Southern 500. #22-Ward Burton is the fastest at 168.891mph - not even close to the track record of over 173mph and #94-David Green is the slowest at 163.641mph. See NOL or Racin' Network for the speeds(9-1-2000)

  • Qualifying Order is Up for the Pepsi Southern 500. See the links above. First scheduled out is #5-Terry Labonte; final scheduled out is #90-Hut Stricklin(it says Ed Berrier, but that is incorrect). 44 drivers/teams will make an attempt, starting at 3:30pm/et today, shown live on ESPN2 and heard live in MRN radio(9-1-2000)

  • Southern 500 Entry List is up, see above for link. 45 drivers/teams are listed, but #13-Gordon is on the list and he will not run the race, so that leaves 44 drivers for 43 starting spots. All six teams without provisionals, will have one to use once they attempt to make the race, those teams: #9-Compton, #27-Bliss, #44-Grissom, #60-Bodine, #66-Waltrip and #90-Sticklin. So #71-Dave Marcis who is the deepest in Owners Points of those in the entry list, is the one driver who must make the race on speed. For more info on provisionals, see my Provisional Rules and Standings page(8-29-2000)
    UPDATE: also, see an AP story: Darrell Waltrip to start in Southern 500 in part: Darlington Raceway officials said the former Winston Cup champion, whose last victory was the 1992 Southern 500, has earned a provisional start that will put him in Sunday's field if he qualifies in time trials or not(8-30-2000)

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? 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,


  • Track Qualifying Records fall in 2000: In 23 events there have been thirteen(13) track records set, including Bristol, California, Lowes, Michigan, Pocono, Rockingham, Texas, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Sears Point, Pocono(2nd time), Indy and Michigan(2nd time). These are TRACK records, not EVENT records(of course we all know there are four races that there is no chance to break the track record, the two each at Daytona and Talladega)(8-27-2000)

  • Safety Rules: NASCAR officials announced through a technical bulletin to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams that their primary and secondary throttle shafts must each have an independent travel stop to impede the throttle plates from opening beyond vertical. NASCAR officials also announced the addition of an auxiliary ignition on/off button. This button, that will disconnect power to the ignition system, must be mounted on the steering wheel within reach of the driver's thumb. This auxiliary switch must shut off the engine immediately when depressed. These modifications will go into effect beginning with this weekend's Brickyard 400(NASCAR Online and NASCAR PR)(8-1-2000)

  • Rain: The 300 was the fourth race this season to be impeded by rain. Las Vegas was shortened by 119 laps. Michigan fell six laps short. Pocono was postponed to the next day, Monday. Sunday's race at New Hampshire only went 273 of 300 laps(SpeedVision)(7-10-2000)

  • 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 - Darlington


  • Elliott Status UPDATE: Bill Elliott is taking his rehabilitation from surgery on a fractured kneecap one day at a time and remains uncertain for this weekend’s Southern 500. David Green is standing by as a relief driver for the #94 McDonalds Ford(Times Dispatch)
    UPDATE: David Green will drive the McDonald's #94 Ford in this weekend's Cup race - Southern 500 at Darlington. Green is substituting for the injured Bill Elliott, who is recovering from a fractured left kneecap, suffered in a home accident last week (Aug. 22) in Blairsville, Ga. Elliott, who is expected to be in Darlington this weekend, is undergoing therapy at a rehabilitation center near his home in Blairsville and at HEALTHSOUTH Medical Center in Birmingham, AL. When he is at the track, Elliott will receive therapy from the Wake Forest medical unit, provided by Motor Racing Outreach(MRO). Elliott's status will continue to be evaluated on a day-by-day basis(McDonalds Racing)(8-31-2000)

  • Compton Status UPDATE: #9 Kodiak Ford driver, Stacy Compton met with his doctor on Tuesday morning and was told his broken right collarbone is healing faster than planned. He does not plan to have a relief driver this weekend at Darlington(Times Dispatch)
    UPDATE: Stacy Compton will qualify and race the #9 Kodiak/Melling Ford Taurus in this weekend's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Compton qualified the #9 car last week at Bristol, but he sat out the race due to a broken collarbone. Compton broke his right collarbone 10 days ago while playing racquetball. Earlier this week, Compton saw a Charlotte area shoulder specialist who gave Stacy the green light to resume competition. As the team prepares to switch to Dodge in 2001, the Melling team has recently added Mike Steeves, chassis builder; Marc Smith, shock specialist; and Rich Wolsky, mechanic(Melling PR)(8-31-2000)

    Winston Cup Disabled List for the race
    and won't race there
    Driver Car# Injury Return Date Sub/Relief Driver
    Stacy Compton 9 Broken Collarbone Darlington none
    Bill Elliott 94 Broken Knee Richmond David Green

  • R Gordon to skip Darlington: As planned originally in Team Gordon's limited schedule, the #13 team will not be attending this weekend's race in Darlington, SC. Team Gordon and Robby Gordon will resume action the following week with the night race in Richmond, VA. In the meantime, Gordon plans a schedule that will include local testing in preparation for the Richmond race. Other's tentatively scheduled for Gordon and the team: Charlotte, Atlanta, Richmond, Rockingham and Phoenix(Team Gordon)(8-29-2000)

  • 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


  • #21 News and Paint: Elliott Sadler will be racing for a win at the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend, but he'll also be gunning for an even bigger victory -- the end of neuromuscular diseases. Sadler's Wood Brothers owned CITGO Ford will carry a special white and blue paint scheme to promote the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon that benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Elliott Sadler will wear a special MDA driver's suit and helmet, which along with the hood of the #21 car, will be auctioned to benefit MDA following the race. Both events will be held Labor Day weekend: the Telethon on Sept. 3 and 4, and the Southern 500 on Sept. 3 at Darlington. Leading up to the weekend, die-cast models of Sadler's #21 car with the MDA paint scheme are being sold at CITGO-branded convenience stores, gas outlets and various NASCAR souvenir retailers. A percentage of the sale of these unique, 1/64 scale collectible cars will benefit MDA(Cox Marketing). See image of the Scheme on the Paint Schemes Gallery(8-30-2000)

  • Scooby Doo! The #75 Galaxy Motorsports Ford Taurus, driven by Wally Dallenbach, will feature both Scooby-Doo and his pal Shaggy in the car's design at the Southern 500 in Darlington, SC, on Saturday, Sept. 3. Along with Cartoon Network's primary sponsorship, the #75 will also feature associate sponsor RedCell Batteries on the hood. This is the third time Scooby-Doo has been featured on a NASCAR Winston Cup car as part of Cartoon Network's Wacky Racing program(RMI/Atlanta PR). See image of the Scheme on the Paint Schemes Gallery(8-30-2000)

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


    southern 500 wins

  • No Top 10's and 5's: #55-Kenny Wallace is the only Cup driver to make every race and not have a top-10 finish this season; as for top-5 finishes? Five drivers have made all 23 races and not have a top five, #55-Wallace, #4-Bobby Hamilton, #36-Ken Schrader, #43-John Andretti and #97-Chad Little(8-27-2000)

  • Did ya know? If Bobby Labonte wins the 2000 Winston Cup Championship, he and his brother Terry, who won it in 1984 and 1996, will be the first brothers to do so in Winston Cup history. There have been two father-son pairs; Lee and Richard Petty, and Ned and Dale Jarrett(7-6-2000)

  • 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 8 in 23 races - 34.8%, that equates to approx 12 for the year(8-25-2000)

  • Stats: Driver Averages at Darlington(note: large page, takes a bit to load)(8-28-2000)

  • NOL Stats: NASCAR by the Numbers

  • Manu Lap Leaders: In 6420 laps ran so far in 2000, Ford drivers have led 3122 laps, Chevy drivers have led 1798 laps, and Pontiac drivers have led 1500 laps(8-27-2000)

  • Top Fives: There have been 27 different Cup drivers(no new drivers added at Bristol) score a Top-5 in 2000....1999's total was 28 and 1998's total number was 27(8-27-2000)

  • Top Tens: There have been 37 different Cup drivers(add Elliott Sadler at Bristol) score a Top-10 in 2000.....1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(8-27-2000)

  • Provisonal Finishes in 2000: In 154 provisonal starts(22 races x 7, Watkins Glen qualifying rained out), drivers have accumulated 0 Wins, 2 Top 5's and 8 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(8-27-2000)

  • Lap Leader/Bonus Points: 43 drivers have led at least one Winston Cup lap in 2000. No new additionas at Bristol. 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(8-27-2000)

  • Consecutive Starts: Dale Earnhardt has 636 consecutive Winston Cup starts, Ricky Rudd is next with 597 followed by Rusty Wallace at 506, Ken Schrader with 476 and Mark Martin 390. Terry Labonte had 655 but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his record streak(8-27-2000)

  • 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      309     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     187     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        116     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        90     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little       83     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Darrell Waltrip   69     5th     California      5-3-98
       Ken Schrader      65     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     62     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Dick Trickle      48     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Derrike Cope      46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Ricky Craven      46     3rd     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Ted Musgrave      44     5th     Phoenix         10-25-98
       Steve Grissom     41     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  58
    Cup drivers(not including 2000 rookies)
    (data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(8-27-2000)
  • 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(8-27-2000)

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

    *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (8-27-2000)(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      475        2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     316        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     292        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Darrell Waltrip  241        9/6/92     Darlington
       Jimmy Spencer    191        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     183        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       161        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  137        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  116        8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    82        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        64        9/27/98    Martinsville    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (8-27-2000)(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    Daytona, Feb 2000
       Jeff Gordon        7    Sears Point, June 2000
       Bobby Labonte      6    Indianapolis, Aug 2000
       Jeff Burton        4    Daytona, July 2000
       Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
       Dale Earnhardt     3    Atlanta, Mar 2000
       Tony Stewart       2    NHIS, July 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
    (8-27-2000)(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

  • 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)(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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