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THE RACE: Global Crossing @ The Glen

Winston Cup Race #21 of 34 for the 2000 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, August 13, 2000 in Watkins Glen, NY

  • TV: ESPN 12:30pm/et

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $2,242,334

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Global Crossing @ The Glen from NOL

  • 1999 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon

  • Race Record: Mark Martin, August 1995, 103.300

  • Track/Race Length: 2.45 mile road course, 90 laps, 220.5 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph

    Practice and Qualifying Revised Schedule:

    Practice: Saturday, Aug 12th, 8:00am - 9:15am/et

    Qualifying: Saturday, Aug 12th, 10:00amet, TV-ESPN2, MRN Radio, only one round

    Qualifying Order: Global Crossing @ The Glen: at NASCAR Online or That's Racin'

    Track Specs:
    a 2.45-mile paved road course.
    It has 11 turns with a variety of banking in turns ranging from 6 degrees to 10 degrees.
    The length of the frontstretch is 2,150 feet and the length of the backstretch is 2,600 feet.
    Watkins Glen International has hosted the Global Crossing at The Glen since 1986.

  • Track Homepage: Watkins Glen Intl Speedway

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

  • Goodyear Tire Fast Facts - Watkins Glen(8-10-2000)

    Watkins Glen Wins


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Watkins Glen 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(8-5-2000)


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  • Watkins Glen Quick Facts(TNN)(8-12-2000)

  • Race ODDS: NASCAR Odds - Watkins Glen(SportsFax News)(8-11-2000)

  • From the TNN Site: Watkins Glen Race Stats by their stat guru Bill Sloboda(8-10-2000)

  • Some Watkins Glen Stats: Five of the 14 Watkins Glen races have been won by the pole starter - 36%. Last Watkins Glen won by the pole winner: 1998(Jeff Gordon). Lowest start of a Watkins Glen winner: 13th, twice, 1989 (Rusty Wallace) and 1996 (Geoffrey Bodine). Average finish of pole winner: 9.9. The August 15, 1999, Watkins Glen race was Ernie Irvan's last NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. It was his 313th race, the 23rd on a road course. Three of Irvan's 15 wins were road course races (Sears Point - 2, Watkins Glen - 1). He finished the 1999 Watkins Glen in 41st place, a DNF due to engine failure. Four drivers are tied for the most career wins on a road course, six(6): Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon. Mark Martin has 21 Top 10's in 22 road course races(TNN)(8-10-2000)

  • Did ya know? UPDATEs road courses REPOST: 24 of all the 84 Winston Cup road course races have been won from the pole - 28.6%; Ford has the most road course wins in NASCAR Winston Cup - 28, 13 of which have been in the Modern Era (since 1972). Chevrolet has 25 road course wins, 23 in the Modern Era(TNN Stats)(6-26-1999)
    UPDATE: - Make that 25 of 85, 29.4%, Chevy now has 26 road course wins(6-27-1999)
    UPDATE 2: Make that 25 of 86, 29.1%, Chevy now has 27 road course wins(6-26/8-9-2000)

  • WRAL: NASCAR - Watkins Glen Preview(8-9-2000)

  • Provisionals: One more driver/team used their last provisional at Indy until Darlington(9/3): #9-Stacy Compton. There are now six drivers out of provisionals, the one mentioned here and the #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, or three more races to go. 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(8-5-2000)

  • Need a Scorecard at Watkins Glen? gonna be a batch of different drivers and driver team combos at Watkins Glen, here are a few of the changes: Ron Hornaday for injured Terry Labonte in the #5 Kelloggs Chevy; Tom Hubert in for injured Jeremy Mayfield in the #12 Mobil 1 Ford; PJ Jones in the #01 BellSouth Chevy; Brian Simo in the #90 Hills Bros Ford; Ron Fellows in the #87 Bullyhill Chevy; Boris Said in the #23 Federated Auto Parts Ford; Todd Bodine in the #34 I Love NY Chevy.(8-8-2000)

  • The Crew Chief Club


  • Park wins his first Cup race at Watkins Glen: #1-Steve Park wins his first Winston Cup race by dominating the Global Crossing @ The Glen and holding off #6-Mark Martin and breaking Jeff Gordon's road course streak at six. Park wins in his 77th Winston Cup start. Not sure, but I think it is the first win by a Pennzoil Sponsored car(as a primary sponsor). Also, it was the first Winston Cup win by a car #1 since David Pearson did it in 1980 at Darlington (see my Winners by Car# page). #1 Crew Chief Paul Andrews has led three drivers to their first Cup wins: Alan Kulwicki in 1988, Jeremy Mayfield in 1998 and now Steve Park. There have now been 13 winners in 2000, the most since there were 14 in 1991. There have now been three first time winners in 2000, #8-Earnhardt Jr, #17-Kenseth and now #1-Park, the most since 1994. Also Park came from the furthest starting spot(18th) ever at The Glen to win the race. #13-Robby Gordon came up from starting 42nd to finish 4th, a move of 38 spots. For the results of the race, see NOL or Racin' Network(8-13-2000)

  • Happy Hour Plus Practice is over at Watkins Glen. #24-Jeff Gordon was fastest at 121.381, followed closely by #87-Ron Fellows at 121.375mph. Boris Said practiced the #26 Jimmy Spencer Ford to help Spencer with the setup. #34-Todd Bodine and #55-Kenny Wallace were involved in an incident that left Bodines Chevy in the 'kitty litter'/gravel. It started raining and a few of the drivers went out and tested the 'wet weather' tires and windshield wiper, #13-Gordon, #34-Bodine, #99-Burton, #44-Petty, #6-Martin and #33-Nemechek. See the speeds at That's Racin' or Racin' Network(8-12-2000)

  • Qualifying Cancelled by Rain: after 11 drivers went out, a brief rain shower at Watkins Glen held up qualifying and eventually cancelled it. So how do they lineup? Provisionals are not used in case of rain. There are four steps to set the field in the case of rain: #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points; #2) - Race winners from the current season not already in the field; #3) - Past Winston Cup Champions not in by 1 and 2; #4) - Qualifying draw order. NASCAR does not use the "the postmark on the entry blank" as was used in the past. Step #4) used to field by the drivers/teams who got their entry blanks in first, now they use qualifying draw. So the first 35 would be set by Owner Points(see my Provisional Status/Owners Points page for the standings). The #66-Darrell Waltrip will be 36th. Then from the qualifying order, 37th thru 43rd will be: 37th) #27-Bliss; 38th) #44-Petty; 39th) #14-Mast; 40th) #87-Fellows; 41st) 9-Compton; 42nd) #13-Gordon; and 43rd: 34-Bodine. Missing the race are: #23-Boris Said(the fastest car all weekend); #32-Scott Pruett; #71-RK Smith; #11-Brett Bodine; and #90-Brian Simo. Finally....see the starting grids at: NASCAR Online. And see an informative story at SpeedVision: Field at Glen Set by Points, Draw, with comments by Brett Bodine and #32 owner Cal Wells(8-12-2000)

  • AM Saturday Practice at Watkins Glen. #23-Boris Said was the fastest with a speed of 123.301mph. Twenty one drivers went over the track record of 121.234mph, set my Rusty Wallace last year. It is cloudy/overcast at the Glen, so speeds should be very fast. Three drivers crashed during practice, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr and #2-Rusty Wallace both hit the styrofoam barriers and will go to backup cars, #60-Geoffrey Bodine also wrecked in the esses, causing heavy damage to the right side of the car and a back-up car was needed. See the speeds at NOL, That's Racin' or Racin' Network(8-12-2000)

  • Practice at The Glen on Friday Afternoon after the rain wiped out qualifying. Fastest was #23-Boris Said with a speed of 121.521mph. #71 is listed as RK Smith, so Dave Marcis must be taking the weekend off from driving the car. Road Racer Ron Fellows, in the #87 Chevy, was 27th fastest at 119.111mph. Three drivers posted low or no speeds, #97-Little(15mph), #22-Burton and #28-Rudd(no speed), not sure what happened there. And #75-Dallenbach was not listed, no idea what happened there. Track Record(in current configuration) is Rusty Wallace at 121.234mph. Said and #24-Jefff Gordon ran faster then that during the practice. See the speed at NOL or That's Racin'(8-11-2000)

  • Qualifying Postponed: 1st round Qualifying for the Global Crossing @ The Glen at Watkins Glen has been postponed and the field will be set in one round of time trials Saturday at 10:00am/et.(NOL) NASCAR VP, Mike Helton said the priority is to get practice in for the Cup drivers and that use of wet tires would be an option if they need to qualify in wet conditions on Saturday. Helton also said the tires are not 'rain tires' but 'wet tires' and that the tires are not designed to run in heavy rain but wet conditions on the track. Qualifying will be be televised on ESPN2 Saturday morning at 10:00am/et(8-11-2000)

  • 1st Practice at Watkins Glen was stopped at Watkins Glen after a few laps when rain fell. Looks like only 26 of the 48(not 49) cars got out with #24-Jeff Gordon being the fastest at 121.323mph.(EPSN2 Qualifying Coverage)(8-11-2000)

  • Qualifying Order is up at NOL: See the link above. 48 cars/drivers scheduled to attempt a qualifying attempt in first round at 2:00pm/et today (live on ESPN2 and MRN Radio). First Scheduled out: #77-Robert Pressley; Last Scheduled to go out: #22-Ward Burton. RK Smith is listed in Dave Marcis' #71, not sure if that is correct, Smith attempted to make the road course race in Sears Point for Marcis, but is a west coast driver(8-11-2000)

  • 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,


  • Watkins Glen Singer: Lindsay Fellows, daughter of road racing whiz Ron Fellows, will sing the American and Canadian national anthems prior to Sunday's Global Crossing @ The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. The U.S. Air Force Special Tactics and Rescue Specialist (STARS) Team and the National Warplane Museum will also participate in the opening ceremonies celebration. Ms. Fellows will sing both national anthems, which is a tradition at Watkins Glen. She gave a stirring performance of the Canadian National Anthem prior to the 1999 Bully Hill 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Watkins Glen. The 16 year old, who celebrated her birthday on August 5, has been studying voice for about 18 months. She is the oldest child of Ron and Linda Fellows(Watkins Glen PR)(8-11-2000)

  • Spencer Grand Marshal and Speaks: Jimmy Spencer, driver of the #26 Big Kmart Ford, will be talking with fans in a Fan Forum scheduled for Saturday(Aug 12th) of the Global Crossing @ The Glen weekend. Spencer will be handling questions from fans in the Pit Terrace Grandstand following Saturday’s Happy Hour afternoon practice session, scheduled to start at approximately 3:00 p.m. Track officials also announced today that Jimmy Spencer will be the Grand Marshal for The Glen 100K NASCAR Featherlite Modified event.(The Glen PR)(8-9-2000)

  • Fan News for The Glen: Fans visiting Watkins Glen International this year for the annual NASCAR Winston Cup Series race will see several guest improvements. Shuttle bus service, showers and a midway will all be new additions available for the fans at this year’s Global Crossing @ The Glen weekend. Shuttle buses will be handling the transportation needs for the large audience attending the upcoming race weekend at Watkins Glen. Campers attending the Global Crossing @ The Glen will have access to portable showers throughout the entire weekend. Also new for the weekend is a carnival-like midway area. The midway, which will offer games for both children and adults, will be free of charge. For more info in detail, see the Watkins Glen Site(8-7-2000)

  • Watkins Glen Gran Marshal: Watkins Glen International announced that Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno will be the Grand Marshal for the Global Crossing @ the Glen that will take place August 13. Bruno will give the command “Gentleman, Start your engines”. Senator Bruno is the New York State Senate Majority leader. He was appointed in 1995 after serving in the Senate for nearly twenty years.(Watkins Glen PR)(8-7-2000)

  • Watkins Glen Tix: Watkins Glen International announced that fans will be able to “stake their claim” during the GOLD rush for the Global Crossing @ The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup Series race August 10 - 13. The Glen is now offering tickets in the Gold Grandstand for only $60, a 25% discount off the regular admission. See the Watkins Glen site for more info(8-4-2000)

  • 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)

  • Did ya know? UPDATEs road courses: 24 of all the 84 Winston Cup road course races have been won from the pole - 28.6%; Lowest start of a Sears Point winner: 13th by Davey Allison, 1991; The winner of the Save Mart has gone on to win the championship once in the last 10 seasons(1998-Gordon); Ford has the most road course wins in NASCAR Winston Cup - 28, 13 of which have been in the Modern Era (since 1972). Chevrolet has 25 road course wins, 23 in the Modern Era(TNN Stats)(6-26-1999)
    UPDATE: - Make that 25 of 85, 29.4%, Chevy now has 26 road course wins(6-27-1999)
    UPDATE 2: Make that 25 of 86, 29.1%, Chevy now has 27 road course wins(6-26-2000)

  • 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)

  • Track Qualifying Records fall in 2000: In 20 events there have been twelve(12) track records set, including Bristol, California, Lowes, Michigan, Pocono, Rockingham, Texas, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Sears Point, Pocono(2nd time) and Indy. These are TRACK records, not only EVENT records(8-4-2000)

  • 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 - Watkins Glen


  • Herzog Motorsports to run at the CUP race at Watkins Glen? UPDATE - NO: Stan Herzog of Herzog Motorsports(#92 ALLTEL BGN Chevy) confirmed that his team might race in Winston Cup as early as the Aug. 13 race at Watkins Glen. That will probably be contingent on how well BGN driver Jimmie Johnson performs June 25, when the BGN is at Watkins Glen. Herzog plans to field a Winston Cup team in at least five races next season and will have a full Winston Cup team in place by 2002. However, Herzog said there is a slight possibility a full Winston Cup effort could be in place for 2001, but everything would have to fall into place soon. Herzog won’t be able to announce its 2001 Winston Cup intentions until September(St. Joseph News-Press)(6-15-2000)
    UPDATE: just a follow up on an almost 2 month rumor that is not going to happen(8-10-2000)

  • Mayfield May Miss Watkins Glen too? UPDATE yes: Jeremy Mayfield, who suffered a closed-head injury in a practice-session wreck Friday at Indianapolis and sat out the Brickyard 400, may miss next weekend's race at Watkins Glen as well. Mayfield was released from Methodist Hospital late Friday afternoon and returned to his home in Cornelius, N.C., Friday night. He watched Saturday's race on TV. Kyle Petty, who did not qualify his own car for the race, substituted for Mayfield and finished 32nd. Mayfield's team owner, Michael Kranefuss, said Saturday that Mayfield would be re-evaluated early this week to ensure he is ready to return to the car. Mayfield suffered a mild concussion in a wreck at Daytona in July and Kranefuss said doctors want to make sure there are not compounding, lingering effects. A decision regarding Mayfield's status for next week is expected by Wednesday(That's Racin')(8-5-2000)
    UPDATE - Hubert to fill in for Mayfield: Road racing expert Tom Hubert will start and race the #12 Mobil 1 Taurus this weekend at Watkins Glen. Jeremy Mayfield, a two-time race winner this season and regular driver for the team since 1996, will sit out recovering from a concussion suffered in an accident during practice last week at Indianapolis. Hubert, who turned 36 this past Sunday, is a native of Cottonwood, CA, with stock car racing experience in all major divisions. He stunned the NASCAR world a year ago when he qualified fourth at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway oval for its Winston Cup event, and has Winston Cup experience on the road courses at Watkins Glen and Sonoma, CA. Mayfield, 31, was injured during a third-turn accident in practice Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when his car hit oil, spinning it around and slamming it into the wall on the driver's side first. He was examined and released by Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and returned to his North Carolina home late Friday evening. Mayfield plans to be back in the #12 at Michigan(Williams Company)(8-8-2000)

  • Todd Bodine to race Cup at Watkins Glen? UPDATE 3 an IMAGE: hearing that there will be an announcement made this week at NASCAR Night in the Heights, Elmira NY that Todd Bodine would drive the Cup race at Watkins Glen with an assoc sponsor who is coming aboard his #66 BGN team(6-22-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing the sponsor is I LOVE NY(6-24-2000)
    UPDATE 2: On Thursday, 6/22, at "NASCAR Night in the Heights" in Elmira Heights, NY... Todd Bodine and team co-owner Frank Cicci announced that the NY State Tourism Board will sponsor a #34 car for the Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen(Aug. 10-12). It will have a red,white and black paint scheme with an "I Love New York" sponsor-logo. Also, the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles honored the Bodine brothers. New York State has issued three different license plates featuring each of the Bodines. New Yorkers have the option of using a "Bodine/NASCAR" plate for a small additional fee(WETM-TV Report)(6-25-2000)
    UPDATE 3: see what the #34 I Love NY Chevy that Todd Bodine will drive at Watkins Glen will look like at my Paint Schemes Gallery(see #34)(8-8-2000)

  • Labonte in or Watkins Glen? UPDATE - Out: during an interview at Indy, Terry Labonte said he would skip Indy and Watkins Glen, test at Bristol on the 14th and decide when he would return to the seat of the #5 Kelloggs Chevy. Labonte sat out at Indy due to continuing complications from injuries suffered at the Pepsi 400 (Dizziness)...BUT in NASCAR Online's Saturday Notebook, Labonte is quoted: "I don't like wearing the headsets in the pits," Labonte said after the race. "I accepted my decision and that was it. I wish I had been out there, but I wasn't. I hope I'll be aback in a couple of weeks. If we can't find anyone to drive my car at Watkins Glen, I may be back next week."(8-7-2000)
    UPDATE: Ron Hornaday has been asked by Rick Hendrick to drive the #5 Kelloggs Chevy at Watkins Glen for ailing Terry Labonte. Hornaday received the ok from DEI and from NAPA AUTO PARTS. Hornaday won at The Glen in the trucks(Champion Sports Group)(8-8-2000)

  • #01 Watkins Glen Driver? UPDATE 2 PJ Jones: hearing #19 Yellow Freight/Pameco BGN driver, PJ Jones will drive the #01 BellSouth Chevy at Watkins Glen and Ted Musgrave will drive the car for the remaining races(8-3-2000)
    UPDATE: P.J. Jones will be the driver of the #01 Chevrolet of Chip Gnassi Racing in next weekend's Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Jones is a regular in the #19 Chevy on the Busch Series and ranks 33rd in the circuit's points standings. He is the son of 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner Parnelli Jones(AJC)(8-6-2000)
    UPDATE 2: BGN rookie contender P.J. Jones will pilot the #01 BellSouth/Team SABCO Chevy in the Aug. 13 Global Crossing at the Glen NASCAR Winston Cup event at Watkins Glen. In the June Busch Series event at the 2.45-mile circuit, Jones posted a career-best ninth-place finish after starting from the fourth position. The 31-year-old also earned a ninth-place NASCAR Winston Cup finish at Watkins Glen in one of six events he entered in 1993 for car owner Harry Melling. Ted Musgrave took the reins of the #01 BellSouth Chevy in the last two races -- the July 23 Pocono race and the Brickyard 400(SABCO PR)(8-7-2000)

  • Labonte to sit out too UPDATE: Terry Labonte said Friday afternoon that he was physically unable to continue his streak of 655 consecutive Winston Cup starts and that Todd Bodine will drive the #5 Kelloggs Chevy at Indy in the Brickyard 400(NASCAR Online). Since Bodine qualified the car, he will start 25th. Dale Earnhardt is next with 632 consecutive starts, followed by Ricky Rudd with 593 and Rusty Wallace at 502
    UPDATE: Labonte said he intends to take the next two races off, Indy and next week at Watkins Glen, and will return at Michigan Aug. 20.(SpeedVision), no word on who will run the #5 Chevy at the Glen. Todd Bodine already has a ride for the race, the #34 I Love NY Chevy(8-4-2000)

  • #90 Driver and Crew Chief Gone UPDATE 3: #90 Ford owner Junie Donlavey, Ed Berrier and crew chief Dean Johnson have agreed “to go their separate ways,” according to Donlavey. “Despite the hard work that everyone has put into this program, we were not getting the results we know we can produce,” Donlavey said. “It’s not any one person’s fault. Everyone put forth their best effort but there was a lack of chemistry on this team, and Ed and Dean and I agreed that it would be best for everyone if we ended the relationship and moved forward.” Berrier was in his rookie season as driver of Donlavey’s Hills Bros Coffee Fords in the Winston Cup Series. Johnson was hired in May as crew chief. The change takes effect immediately. Donlavey has not announced replacements for Berrier or Johnson(Hills Bros Racing/Keystone Marketing) AND Berrier was planning to weigh his options before making a decision on his future. “I’m going to sit back and see what happens,” he said. “I’m not going to try to rush into anything.” Donlavey plans to make the trek to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week. He is considering Hut Stricklin, Gary Bradberry and Morgan Shepherd as possible replacements. Donlavey could make a driver selection today(Richmond Times Dispatch)(7-26-2000)
    UPDATE: no full time driver or crew chief named yet but Brian Simo will run the car at Watkins Glen(Daily Press)(7-27-2000)
    UPDATE 2: hearing that Hut Stricklin will be named to drive the #90 Ford at the Brickyard 400
    UPDATE 3: Hut Stricklin will drive the Hills Bros Coffee Ford in the Brickyard 400, and road-racer Brian Simo will drive the Hills Bros Coffee Ford in the Global Crossing @ The Glen, announced Junie Donlavey, Hills Bros Coffee Racing team owner. Donlavey said he has not decided who will finish the season in the #90 Ford(Hills Bros Racing/Keystone Marketing)(7-28-2000)

  • Todd Bodine to race Cup at Watkins Glen? UPDATE 2 Yep: hearing that there will be an announcement made this week at NASCAR Night in the Heights, Elmira NY that Todd Bodine would drive the Cup race at Watkins Glen with an assoc sponsor who is coming aboard his #66 BGN team(6-22-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing the sponsor is I LOVE NY(6-24-2000)
    UPDATE 2: On Thursday, 6/22, at "NASCAR Night in the Heights" in Elmira Heights, NY... Todd Bodine and team co-owner Frank Cicci announced that the NY State Tourism Board will sponsor a #34 car for the Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen(Aug. 10-12). It will have a red,white and black paint scheme with an "I Love New York" sponsor-logo. Also, the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles honored the Bodine brothers. New York State has issued three different license plates featuring each of the Bodines. New Yorkers have the option of using a "Bodine/NASCAR" plate for a small additional fee(WETM-TV Report)(6-25-2000)

  • Midwest Transit sponsor? UPDATE 4: hearing the #50 Midwest Transit team is close to a deal with a sponsor for the Brickyard 400, Watkins Glen, Michigan and Bristol and if all goes well, possibly 2001(6-30-2000)
    UPDATE: The Hal Hicks-owned team picks up a sponsor beginning with the race at Indianapolis. The team signed a four-race contract with an Internet company(Times Dispatch)(hopefully NOT Lycos)(7-2-2000)
    UPDATE 3 Craven to Run NHIS: Ricky Craven and his Hal Hicks-owned Midwest Transit Racing team will compete in Sunday's New England 300 at New Hampshire, Craven's home track. The team, running without a primary sponsor, has only competed in races this season it believes it can qualify for and run well in. The team will skip the July Pocono race and return for the Brickyard 400 in August, where it will begin a four-race run with an Internet company as sponsor. Good performances may lead to a full-season deal for 2001(That's Racin')(7-3-2000)
    UPDATE 4: hearing the Internet company that will sponsor Craven and the #50 car is, who has been on the #11 Ford as an associate in the early part of 2000, and has been a sponsor in other auto racing series as well(7-19-2000)

  • Murry at Watkins Glen? Having gotten a taste of NASCAR Winston Cup racing last year at Watkins Glen, road racing veteran David Murry is hoping that experience will sway some Winston Cup teams to consider utilizing his talents at The Glen next month. "I've made some calls to some teams already asking whether they might want my services," said the Atlanta resident. "Some of them have expressed interest, but I haven't had a firm commitment as yet. I'm hopeful that will happen. I'd like to go back there and get somebody in the The Show." Last year, Murry drove for a Cartersville, GA-based ARCA team, Phoenix Air Racing(#61 Ford). He qualified 31st and ran as high as eighth in the race, before an oil line problem surfaced. He eventually finished 36th. "I enjoyed myself last year," added Murry. "I really want to race up there again. I gained so much experience, you can't imagine. Like a lot of drivers, I'd love to eventually go Winston Cup racing full-time. Perhaps, running the road courses might help that cause." Murry, who this year is competing in the American Le Mans Series with a Porsche 911 GT3-R team, said he is so intent on getting a ride at Watkins Glen this year that he will take the trip north at his own expense and "work" the garage when he gets there, if necessary. "You know, maybe there will be a team which doesn't do so hot in first round qualifying that might give me a shot in second-round qualifying. There might be a team which is out of provisionals or doesn't want to use one which may look to me to try to get them in the race. Maybe, their full-time driver is not real comfortable with the road courses, who knows? "Certainly, if a team is interested in seeing what I've done over the years before they call, my web site is I welcome all calls, needless to say."(Kermish-Geylin Public Relations)(7-13-2000)

  • Gentilozzi and Cup: Trans-Am series champ, Paul Gentilozzi to return to defend his Trans-Am championship, plans to enter the two NASCAR Winston Cup road races this year at Sears Point and Watkins Glen(SpeedVision/Steve Smith)(2-15-2000)
    UPDATE: Gentilozzi didn't attempt Sears Point, no word on Watkins Glen(6-25-2000)

  • Spencer/Said UPDATE 2: Boris Said says he'll run five races in a Jimmy Spencer-owned ride - one in the Truck Series (Portland), two in Busch (Vegas and Fontana) and two in Winston Cup (Sears Point and Watkins Glen)(Speed Magazine)(2-5-2000) -- UPDATE: Jimmy Spencer has put together a five-race deal with Federated Auto Parts to field a car(Chevy) for Boris Said in a pair of Winston Cup races, a Craftsman Truck road race and two Busch races. Said is set for the two Cup road races at Sears Point and Watkins Glen, plus the Busch races at California and Las Vegas and the Truck race at Portland International Raceway(SpeedVision)(2-8-2000)
  • See the 2000 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team


  • Gordon Paint: This weekend Team Gordon's Menards/TurtleWax/Duracell Ford Taurus will take on a new look just for Watkins Glen, highlighting team sponsor Sony Electronics. In place of neon orange, Gordon's car will sport a purple, black and white paint scheme designed by Sony. It's all part of an effort to promote the Sony TechPit product display trailer which is currently touring all of the NASCAR Winston Cup events. The logo of Wega, Sony's state-of-the-art, flat-screen televisions will be featured on the hood with the familiar Sony logo in white on the quarter panels. For a sneak preview of Robby Gordon¹s car for Watkins Glen, check Thursday for pictures(image is not email it to me)(Team Gordon PR)(8-10-2000)

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


  • No Top 10's and 5's: #9-Stacy Compton remains the only Cup driver to make every race and not have a top-20 finish this season, and he's one of two, the other being #55-Kenny Wallace not to have a top-10(Total Sports) and as for top-5 finishes? Six drivers have made a 20 races and not have a top five, the two already mentioned and #4-Bobby Hamilton, #36-Ken Schrader, #43-John Andretti and #97-Chad Little(8-9-2000)

  • 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 7 in 20 races - 35.0%, that equates to 12.0 for the year(8-5-2000)

  • Stats: Driver Averages at Watkins Glen(8-8-2000)

  • NOL Stats: NASCAR by the Numbers

  • Manu Lap Leaders: In 5630 laps ran so far in 2000, Ford drivers have led 2598 laps, Chevy drivers have led 1722 laps, and Pontiac drivers have led 1310 laps(8-5-2000)

  • Top Fives: There have been 26 different Cup drivers(none new at Indy) score a Top-5 in 2000....1999's total was 28 and 1998's total number was 27(8-5-2000)

  • Top Tens: There have been 35 different Cup drivers(add Scott Pruett at Indy) score a Top-10 in 2000.....1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(8-5-2000)

  • Provisonal Finishes in 2000: In 140 provisonal starts(20 races x 7), drivers have accumulated 0 Wins, 2 Top 5's and 5 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(8-5-2000)

  • Lap Leader/Bonus Points: 42 drivers have led at least one Winston Cup lap in 2000. No new leaders at Indy. 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(8-5-2000)

  • Consecutive Starts: Dale Earnhardt has 633 consecutive Winston Cup starts, Ricky Rudd is next with 594 followed by Rusty Wallace at 503, Ken Schrader with 473 and Mark Martin 387. Terry Labonte had 655 but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his streak(8-5-2000)

  • 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      308     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     185     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        113     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        88     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little       80     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Darrell Waltrip   67     5th     California      5-3-98
       Ken Schrader      62     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     61     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Dick Trickle      48     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Derrike Cope      46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Ricky Craven      45     3rd     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Ted Musgrave      42     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  55
    Cup drivers(not including 2000 rookies)
    (data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(8-5-2000)
  • 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(8-5-2000)

  • 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
    (8-5-2000)(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      474        2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     314        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     289        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Darrell Waltrip  239        9/6/92     Darlington
       Jimmy Spencer    188        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     181        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       159        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  134        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  114        8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    79        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        60        9/27/98    Martinsville    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (8-5-2000)(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    Pocono, July 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
    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
    (8-5-2000)(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: 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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