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THE RACE: MBNA Platinum 400

Winston Cup Race #13 of 34 for the 2000 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, June 4, 2000 in Dover, DE

  • TV: TNN 12:30pm/et

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,213,309

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: MBNA Platinum 400 from NOL

  • 1999 Race Winner: Bobby Labonte

  • Race Speed Record: Derrike Cope, 1990, 123.960mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.0 mile oval, 400 laps, 400 miles

  • Practice: Friday, June 2nd 11:00am - 12:30pm/et and 1:20 - 2:00pm/et; Saturday, June 3rd 9:30 -10:45am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 3rd, after the BGN race, TV-??

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 2nd at 10:30am/et

  • Qualfying Order - MBNA Platinum 400: NASCAR Online

  • First Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-25, Friday, June 2nd at 3:30pm/et, TV-tape delay on TNN, Saturday, June 3rd at 9:00am/et; and live via MRN radio/internet(link below)

  • Second-Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 26th-43rd, Saturday, June 3rd at 11:30am/et

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, Sept 24, 1999, 159.964mph

  • Race Qualifying Record: Bobby Labonte, June 6, 1999, 159.320mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Bobby Labonte, 159.320mph

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph

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

    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.0-mile oval
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 9 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1,076 feet; Backstretch - 1,076 feet
    Attendence: ~120,000

  • Track Homepage: Dover Downs International Speedway

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

  • Goodyear Tire Notes - MBNA Platinum 400(6-1-2000)


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $120,000 at Dover Downs 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(5-28-2000)


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

some Local Newspapers and other Sites that cover the Dover, DE area:
Wilmington News Journal
Dover Post
News Zap
Newark Post
Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Inquirer

Weather forecast for Dover, DE by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Dover, DE

MBNA Platinum 400 Pre-Race Story - Speedway Illustrated with Gary DeHart

Perfect Paranoia about television coverage of racing, rate the race coverage


Fans Can Online
Motortrax(NASCAR Online)


  • Dover Stats: 10 of all the 60 Dover races have been won by the pole starter - 16.7%. Lowest start of an MBNA Platinum 400 winner: 37th, 1995 by Kyle Petty, also the lowest ever at Dover. 50 of the 60 Dover races have been won from the Top 10 - 83%. The last 10 MBNA Platinum races have been won by 10 different drivers. The most recent repeat winner is Dale Earnhardt, 1989 and 1993(TNN)(6-4-2000)

  • From the TNN Site: MBNA Platinum 400 Race Stats by their stat guru Bill Sloboda(6-4-2000)

  • Some Notes: Dale Earnhardt is the only Cup driver to recorded nine top-10 finishes in 12 races this season. Ward Burton has raced more laps than any driver this season, 3,928 of 3,931 laps raced in the first 12 races(Speed Magazine) and Darrell Waltrip, who does not have a provisional available until Sears Point, failed to qualify for both Dover races last year (Roanoke Times)(5-31-2000)

  • The Crew Chief Club

  • Dover Race Fact Sheet (RaceWire)(6-2-2000)

  • WRAL: NASCAR - MBNA Platinum 400 Preview(6-1-2000)

  • Race ODDS: Stardust NASCAR Odds - MBNA Platinum 400(WRAL)(6-1-2000)

    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS news and links

  • Dover Winner: #20 Tony Stewart wins at Dover in the Home Depot Pontiac. Only five drivers were left on the lead lap at the end of the race. Stewart is the 12th driver in thirteen Cup races. See results at NOL, That's Racin' and Racin' Network(6-5-2000)

  • Blaney's 3rd Car: during Happy Hour practice, #93 Dave Blaney wrecked. It was his backup car after the primary car was too damaged in a 1st round qualifying wreck. The team is bringing a third Pontiac from their shop on NC for the race. It's not the first time it has happened, in Sept 1992, eventual 1992 Winston Cup Champ, Alan Kulwicki had to truck a 3rd car up to Dover after wrecking twice(6-4-2000)

  • Happy Hour at Dover is done. #33-Joe Nemechek was the fastest at 153.938mph. #43-Kyle Petty practiced the #43 car, see story below. #93-Dave Blaney wrecked and will have to go to a backup car for the race and fall to the back of the field before the start, joining Bill Elliott who wrecked in the AM practice and has to use a backup.See the speeds at Racin' Network(6-3-2000)

  • Elliott to the Back: #94-Bill Elliott, who qualified second-fastest during Friday's first round of qualifying at Dover, lost control of his Ford and hit the wall between the third and fourth turns during Saturday morning's practice session. Elliott was uninjured in the accident, but damaged the rear end of his #94 Ford bad enought that the team had to pull out the backup car for Sunday's race. Elliott will have to move to the back of the field before the start of the race(goracing)(6-3-2000)

  • 2nd round qualifying at Dover for the MBNA 400 is over. Pretty interesting session that ended up with Kyle Petty missing the race. Eleven driver made 2nd round attempts, ten(#'s 14,3,17,44,90,5,32,71,27,93) were faster, only #97-Chad Little was slower. Five drivers improved their positions: #17-Matt Kenseth was the fastest at 156.169mph, which would had been 15th in 1st round. #3-Earnhardt and #14-Mast moved up and #93-Blaney and #32-Pruett were able to moved into the top 36. Actually all five moved above the 26th fastest in first round, #36-Schrader, who will now start 31st. The other five who went faster were not able to crack the top 36. #44-Kyle Petty was one of the driver not able to get into the top 36 and with no provisionals left for the #44 team, Petty will miss the race. The other driver missing the race is #85-Carl Long who wrecked his lone car in 1st round. #71-Dave Marcis was not fast enough but will use the final provisional. #27-Mike Bliss also used a provisional, the teams fifth and is now out until Sears Point. #97-Chad Little is now the 2000 provisional leader with six used, see my Provisional Status page for info on Provisionals. See starting grid at Racin' Network or NASCAR Online(6-3-2000)

  • 1st Round Qualifying is over at Dover for the MBNA Platinum 400. #2-Rusty Wallace wins his fourth pole of the year with a lap of 157.411mph. Outside Pole(2nd) is #94-Bill Elliott. The two drivers/teams who would miss the race if things stayed the same are: #85-Carl Long(50th in owners points) wrecked on before he took the green, and from what MRN Radio reported the car is pretty bad as it hit both ends, as far as I know, Long has no backup(unless DW wants to give up his backup) and #44-Kyle Petty(31st in owners points but out of provisionals). #93-Dave Blaney hit the wall prior to finishing his lap and crossed the line spinning. Blaney said he would need to go to a backup. #44-Kyle Petty qualified 20th in the BGN race but failed to qualify for the Cup race and was the 37th fastest. Second round could prove interesting for a change as temps will be close to 20 degrees lower Saturday. See 1st round results at NOL and Racin' Network. To see where the drivers stand in Provisionals and the rules, see my Provisional Status Page(6-2-2000)

  • Saturday AM Practice: at Dover is over. #32-Scott Pruett was the fastest at 156.526mph. #44-Kyle Petty, who must race his way into the top 36 to make the race was fourth at 156.128mph (would had been 15th fastest in 1st round). Much cooler at the track today and of the 44 cars practicing, nine were above the 36th fastest speed of 1st round, with the top five being drivers who were 36th or worse in 1st round. Could make for a rare interesting 2nd round. #85-Carl Long, who crashed his only car before he started his 1st round attempt, will not make an attempt, leaving 44 cars trying for 43 spots. See speeds at Racin' Network and NOL)(6-3-2000)

  • Friday PM practice is over at Dover. Fastest was #33-Joe Nemechek at 157.922mph. Track record is 159.964mph set by Rusty Wallace last September, the race qualifying record is 159.320mph by Bobby Labonte. If temps stay as hot as they are now, it is doubtful a record will be set. Slowest was #85-Carl Long at 151.489mph. #66-Darrell Waltrip was 39th fastest and needs to get in with speed as he is out of provisionals, as is #44-Kyle Petty, but Petty was 13th in the PM practice. See the speeds at NOL and Racin' Network(6-2-2000)

  • Qualifying Order is up: See above for link. Scheduled to go out first in the 90 degree heat at Dover is #27-Mike Bliss, scheduled out last of the 45 drivers is #24-Jeff Gordon(6-2-2000)

  • Friday AM practice is over at Dover. Fastest was #12-Jeremy Mayfield at 158.248mph. Track record is 159.964mph set by Rusty Wallace last September, the race qualifying record is 159.320mph by Bobby Labonte. If temps stay as hot as they are now, it is doubtful a record will be set. See the speeds at NOL and Racin' Network(6-2-2000)

  • UPDATE Dover Entry List is up. See the link above. 46 drivers listed including #50 Ricky Craven who may or may not run the race. Not listed is #85-Carl Long who is supposed to make an attempt at Dover. Hard to believe the posted purse/awards at Dover is higher then the Coca-Cola 600: $3,213,309 to $3,058,165(not counting the possibility of the No Bull million) #50-Craven has been removed and #13-Gordon will not race at Dover, so it is down to 44 driver, not counting if Carl Long shows up with the #85 as is expected(5-30/31-2000)
    UPDATE: subtract #50-Ricky Craven, add #85-Carl Long, #13-Robby Gordon is still listed, but will not be in Dover. Anyhow, there will be 45 cars attmepting to make the 43 car field(6-2-2000)

  • 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,


  • Dover and Money: The Dover, Del., chamber of commerce has concluded that the June 2-4 Cup/BGN race weekend scheduled for Dover Downs will bring in about $37 million to the local economy. The estimate includes tickets, gas, food, lodging and concessions and is, according to the Chamber, a conservative figure. The study did not use so-called multipliers that calculate the number of times dollars are supposedly respent within the community(Gaston Gazette)(5-19-2000)

  • Dover Lights? UPDATE I hear Dover Downs is studying the possibility of adding lights, and running both Cup races on Saturday nights, possibly starting as soon as next September(9-27-1999)
  • UPDATE: while the track won't have lights for the 2000 fall events, I am hearing that Lucas Electric Company/Musto Lighting recently met with Dover Downs reps about the possibility of installing lights in the future(5-11-2000)

  • 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 - Dover


  • Kyle to sub for Andretti: Kyle Petty, who Saturday failed to qualify for at Dover for the Cup race in the #44 Hot Wheels Pontiac, will stand by in relief for injured teammate John Andretti at Dover Downs. The car has been fitted with Petty's seat. Andretti will run the car until the first caution then Petty will finish out the race(SpeedVision)(6-3-2000)

  • #50 to skip Dover? UPDATE yes and.. The #50 Midwest Transit team may skip Dover next week to focus on Michigan(NOL Notbook)(5-29-2000)
    UPDATE: Craven will run Michigan, then skip Pococo and Sears Point and return to action at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona(6-2-2000)

  • #43 Relief UPDATE: hearing Tim Fedawa will help out the the #43 STP/Cheerios Pontiac team and injured driver John Andretti, not sure yet in what capacity(5-31-2000)
    UPDATE: John Andretti hopes to drive Sunday until the first caution, when he will turn the car over to Tim Fedewa(That's Racin')(6-1-2000)

  • Gordon Skips Dover UPDATE: The #13 Robby Gordon team is skipping Dover and will concentrate on testing and re-organizing their efforts(RPM 2Night)(5-31-2000)
    UPDATE: Team Gordon has decided to skip this weekend's race in Dover to focus and restructure its effort for the remainder of the season. The team has outlined a plan for the balance of the 2000 schedule that will maximize the ability of the team to perform at a level consistent with Team Gordon's expectations. The schedule will consist of 7 of the next 11 races through August with a re-evaluation for the remainder of the 2000 Winston Cup schedule. In between races, Team Gordon plans to use its time implementing a heavy testing schedule that will also include boosted efforts in research and development. In the short term, Team Gordon has decided to focus on its road course and intermediate track programs. Wind tunnel testing and more in-depth engineering work is also planned(Team Gordon)(6-1-2000)

  • Carl Long at Dover UPDATE: If the #85 car with Darrell Waltrip makes it out of the Coca Cola 600 intact, Carl Long plans to load it into the hauler -- which he also drives -- and try to qualify it next week at Dover, DE(Total Sports/AP) see below for complete story. Also, who is Carl Long? See this story from PitNow: Long sells out his dream to Waltrip(5-27-2000)
    UPDATE: Looks like Carl Long will attempt to make the Dover Cup race on June 4th. Some notes: Waltrip's Carter-Haas Motorsports team paid the Dixon's $20,000 tire bill for the race, and will give Dixon all of the money Waltrip earns in the event(ended up being $33,340). Waltrip's team took over the car Saturday night, putting in a new seat and an entirely new setup. Long said it was the right thing to have Waltrip's team take control of the car. Long, who was joined at the track by plenty of friends and family from back in the Triangle, normally employs just four volunteers to help him work. Long said the deal has given Dixon some new hope, and it looks like Dixon will send Long to try to qualify for next week's Winston Cup race at Dover, Del. That's a significant commitment, considering he'll have to pay $45,000 for a qualifying engine and spend $15,000 more to overhaul a different engine for the race(News and Observer)(5-29-2000)

  • Carl Long at Dover: If the #85 car with Darrell Waltrip makes it out of the Coca Cola 600 intact, Carl Long plans to load it into the hauler -- which he also drives -- and try to qualify it next week at Dover, DE(Total Sports/AP) see below for complete story. Also, who is Carl Long? See this story from PitNow: Long sells out his dream to Waltrip(5-27-2000)

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


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


  • Stats: Driver Averages at Dover, 1991-1999(6-1-2000)

  • NOL Stats: NASCAR by the Numbers

  • 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)

  • Manu Lap Leaders: In 3931 laps ran so far in 2000, Ford drivers have led 1772 laps, Chevy drivers have led 1391 laps, and Pontiac drivers have led 768 laps(6-1-2000)

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

  • Top Tens: There have been 29 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at Lowes) score a Top-10 in 2000.....1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(5-28-2000)

  • Provisonal Finishes in 2000: In 84 provisonal starts(12 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(5-28-2000)

  • 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(5-29-2000)

  • Consecutive Starts: Terry Labonte has 648 consecutive Winston Cup starts, Dale Earnhardt is next with 625, followed by Ricky Rudd with 586 and Rusty Wallace at 495(5-28-2000)

  • 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     178     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        106     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        81     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little       72     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Robert Pressley   63     3rd     Texas           4-5-98
       Darrell Waltrip   61     5th     California      5-3-98
       Hut Stricklin     60     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Ken Schrader      54     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Dick Trickle      48     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Derrike Cope      46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Ricky Craven      42     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  47
    Cup drivers(not including 2000 rookies)
    (data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(5-28-2000)
  • 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(5-28-2000)

  • 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  440
       Rick Mast        317
       Ted Musgrave     286*
       Dick Trickle     265* 
       Hut Stricklin    264*
       Wally Dallenbach 204
       Chad Little      201
       Kenny Wallace    197
       Robert Pressley  148
       Johnny Benson    140
       Steve Grissom    136*
       Ricky Craven     133
       Mike Skinner     122
       Todd Bodine      107*
       Kenny Irwin       82
       Jerry Nadeau      81
       David Green       76*
       Kevin Lepage      75
       Steve Park        68
       Elliott Sadler    47
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (5-28-2000)(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     306        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     281        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Darrell Waltrip  233        9/6/92     Darlington
       Jimmy Spencer    180        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     173        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       153        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  126        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  108        8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    71        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        52        9/27/98    Martinsville    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (5-28-2000)(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
       Matt Kenseth       1    Charlotte, May 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
    (5-28-2000)(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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