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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
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THE RACE: UAW-GM Quality 500

Winston Cup Race #29 of 34 for the 2000 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, October 8, 2000 in Concord, NC

  • TV: TBS 1:05pm/et

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $2,432,382

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: UAW-GM Quality 500 from NOL

  • 1999 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon

  • Event Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Oct 1999, 160.306mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile quad oval, 334 laps, 501 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph

    All Time Winners, Pole Winners, Event Names: see the LMS Site -Past Winners Page


    Practice

  • Practice: Wednesday, Oct 4th 3:00pm - 6:00pm/et;
    Thursday, Oct 5th 2:30 - 4:30pm/et;
    Saturday, Oct 7th 9:00 - 10:00am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Oct 7th, after the BGN race, TV-TBS


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Wednesday, Oct 4th at 1:30pm/et

  • Qualfying Order - UAW-GM Quality 500: NASCAR Online or That's Racin'

  • First Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-25, Wednesday, Oct 4th at 8:00pm/et, TV-TBS live and live via PRN 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, Thursday, Oct 5th at 6:00pm/et

  • Track Qualifying Record: Dale Earnhardt Jr, May 2000, 186.034mph

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

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Bobby Labonte, 185.682mph


    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


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at Charlotte/Lowes for leading the points and winning the race.(Bobby Labonte last won the award, $40,000 at Darlington on Sep 3, 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(10-1-2000)


WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE, LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO

Some TBS TV Stuff:
  • Not only can you catch the live broadcast of the NASCAR UAW-GM 500 on TBS, but you can also see from THE DRIVER'S SEAT. For the race, on Oct 8th, 12:35 pm/et, there will be live, in-car cameras available only at TBSsuperstation.com. Visitors can watch the race from inside the car of six different drivers. The UAW-GM 500 is an important race and these live webcams give you the best seat in the house! Also, for you true speed-freaks, TBS is now offering different bandwidth options on their webcams. They have the usual Realplayer Surestream option, as well as a new 300k Windows Media Player stream for those visitors with high-speed web access! Catch all of the action, as it happens(TBS Superstation Site)(10-1-2000)



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
The Herald(Rock Hill)
News and Observer
Winston-Salem Journal/Pitnow
WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC


WEATHER FORECASTS:
Weather forecast for Concord, NC by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Concord, NC

Track Information for the Fans:
Charlotte Review by ARS Racing
GoingToTheRace.com
The Racing Edge

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



IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

Fans Can Online

PREVIEWS, FACT SHEETS and MISC News

  • Frontstretch: Raceday - UAW-GM Quality 500(10-8-2000)

  • CBS: Winston Cup preview -- UAW-GM Quality 500(10-5-2000)

  • Stats via the TNN Site: UAW-GM Quality 500 Race Stats by their stat guru Bill Sloboda(10-5-2000)

  • Total Sports: Lee Montgomery's Race Preview(10-5-2000)

  • WRAL: NASCAR - UAW-GM Quality 500 Preview (10-5-2000)

  • That's Racin': This week's race - UAW-GM Quality 500(10-5-2000)

  • NASCAR Online: Race facts(10-5-2000)

  • Some LMS Stats: 12 of all the 81 Lowe's races have been won by the pole starter - 15%. Last UAW-GM 500 won by the pole winner: 1982 by Harry Gant. Lowest start of a UAW-GM winner: 22nd, twice, Dale Jarrett, 1994, Jeff Gordon, 1999. 64 of the 81 Lowe's races have been won from the Top 10: 79%. Most common starting position of all Lowe's race winners: 1st and 2nd - 12 each. Caution-free races at Lowe's: No Lowe's race has been caution free. Average finish of pole winner: 13.5 (TNN Stats)(10-5-2000)

  • Lowes Facts: Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip lead all drivers with the most wins at Lowe's Motor Speedway with six wins. Five of Waltrip's wins took place in the Coca-Cola 600. Darrell Waltrip's most recent win at Lowe's Motor Speedway occurred in the 1989 Coca-Cola 600. Like father, like son - seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series Champion Dale Earnhardt got his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series career start at Charlotte on May 5, 1975. His son, Dale Earnhardt, Jr, also made Charlotte his first career start in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series on May 30, 1999. Dale, Jr., also posted his first career NASCAR Winston Cup Series pole at Charlotte just one year after his debut in the series. Jeff Gordon, Ward Burton and Brett Bodine all collected their first NASCAR Winston Cup Series Bud Pole Awards at Charlotte in the fall race (10/6/93, 10/5/94 and 10/4/90, respectively). NASCAR Winston Cup Series current point leader Bobby Labonte and Raybestos Rookie of the Year leader Matt Kenseth scored their first-ever NASCAR Winston Cup Series career wins at Charlotte (5/28/95 and 5/28/00, respectively) as did Jeff Gordon in the Coca Cola 600 (5/29/94)(NASCAR Fact Sheet/PR)(10-3-2000)

  • Some Lowes Starting Stats: 12 of all the 81 Lowe's races have been won by the pole starter - 14.8%. Lowest start of a UAW-GM Quality 500 winner: 22nd, 10/94(Dale Jarrett) and 10/99(Jeff Gordon). 64 of the 81 Lowe's races have been won from the Top 10 - 79%(10-1-2000)

  • Provisionals: There are six drivers out of provisionals after Martinsville, #66-Darrell Waltrip, #44-Steve Grissom, #60-Joe Bessey, #75-Wally Dallenbach, #90-Hut Stricklin and #9-Stacy Compton. They must make the races with speed until another provisional is allotted at Phoenix, which is three races away. 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(10-1-2000)

  • The Crew Chief Club


RACE ODDs


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS news and links

  • UAW-GM Quality 500 winner is #18-Bobby Labonte, his 4th of 2000. Labonte's win is the first for Pontiac at Lowes/Charlotte since Rusty Wallace in 1990. Labonte 2nd win at Lowes/Charlotte (he won in the #18 Chevy in the 1995 Coca-Cola 600.) The win helped Labonte increase his Winston Cup Drivers Points lead from 213 over Dale Earnhardt to 252 over Jeff Burton (Earnhardt falls to 3rd). See race results at NASCAR Online(10-8-2000)

  • Happy Hour practice is over at Lowes Motor Speedway. #12-Jeremy Mayfield was the fastest at 179.444mph. It was not happy at all for #66-Darrell Waltrip first had a loose oil line and caused a red flag then wrecked when something broke on the from end of the car/or had a cut tire, causing a 2nd red flag. DW will have to go to a backup car and fall back to the end of the field before the start of the race, he was scheduled to start 34th. #1-Steve Park crashed with a few minutes left in Happy Hour and will have to go to a backup car, he was to start 39th, so he will not have to fall back far(but the team may try to fix the #1 Chevy that was wrecked). #55-Kenny Wallace had engine problems and the team will put a new motor in the car. Speeds can be seen at NOL or the Racin' Network(10-7-2000)

  • 2nd Round Qualifying is over at Lowes Motor Speedway for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Concord, NC. No drivers were able to go fast enough to make the top 36 in speed. Fastest in 2nd round qualifying was #32-Scott Pruett at 181.525mph. Eight drivers made 2nd round attempts(#'s 01,1,9,32,44,50,71,85). Dave Marcis ran the #71 car in place of Kerry Earnhardt but couldn't make the field in the backup. See my 2nd Round Results page for who missed the race and the speeds ran in 2nd round and who stood. Kurt Busch took the #97's team 14th provisional. #01-Ted Musgrave's team is now out of provisionals until Phoenix(unless he can get into the top 25 in Owners Points, then the team can use unlimited provisionals). For the starting lineup, see my Starting Grid Page(10-5-2000)

  • Earnhardt (Kerry) wrecks: Kerry Earnhardt wrecked the #71 Realtree Chevy during practice at Lowes Motor Speedway (2:30-4:30pm). Dave Marcis will climb in a backup car and try to make it in the race during 2nd round qualifying(TachZone with images)(10-5-2000)

  • Saturday AM Practice: #25-Jerry Nadeau led Saturday's practice for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowes with a speed of 181.836. No word in if any incidents occurred. See the speeds at NOL or Racin' Network. Happy Hour practice will be run after the BGN race this afternnon and televised on TBS(10-7-2000)

  • Thursday Practice is over at Lowes Motor Speedway. #01-Ted Musgrave was the fastest #01 at 180.228mph, which would not be quick enough to get into the top 36 (181.824mph by Hut Stricklin) but speeds should pick up a bit for 2nd round at 6:00pm/et but not much. See the speeds at NASCAR Online(10-5-2000)

  • CORRECTION - First Round Qualifying is over at Lowes Motor Speedway. #24-Jeff Gordon wins the pole with a speed of 185.561mph. Outside pole was #18-Bobby Labonte at 185.516mph. #44-Steve Grissom crashed during his attempt and needs to qualify in the second round. If things stayed the same, the following seven drivers would miss the race: #9-Compton(38th in owners points and out of provisionals); #44-Grissom(38th and out); #32-Scott Pruett(40th); #71-K Earnhardt(45th); #50-Craven(46th); #91-Gunselman(49th); and #85-Long(50th). See 1st round results at my 1st Round Results page(10-4-2000)
    Correction: sorry folks I had two mistakes on the Results page. I had #90-Stricklin 37th and missing the race, but he was really 36th and at this time is in depending on 2nd round qualifying. #01-Ted Musgrave drops to 37th and at this time would use a provisional to get in and #32-Scott Pruett would miss the race if things stayed the same. Also I had #21-Sadler and #75-Dallenbach flip-flopped, they are correct now and all speeds have been checked. I was listening to PRN's broadcast via the internet and wrote down the speeds incorrectly, TBS failed to report cars that they missed during their many commercials and I messed Hut and Wally's speeds up(10-5-2000)

  • Wednesday Practice is over for the UAW-GM Quality 500. #88-Dale Jarrett was the fastest of the 50 drivers with a speed of 184.350mph, 2nd quickest was #12-Jeremy Mayfield at 184.300mph. Slowest was #91-Larry Gunselman 173.032mph. See the speeds at NOL or the Racin' Network. http://tachzone.rivals.com/default.asp?sid=779">TachZone is reporting that #91-Gunselman and #27-Mike Bliss crashed in the practice session. Gunselman was practicing the #91 car late on Wednesday afternoon when he broke loose in turns one and two and backed into the wall. Gunselman was uninjured in the accident but the LJ Racing team does not have a back up car available. Team owner Joe Falk reported that the car was far too damaged to make a qualifying attempt on Wednesday night, but believes they can repair the car in time for second round qualifying on Thursday(6:00pm/et). #27-Mike Bliss crashed in turn three and hit the wall. Bliss was uninjured but will have to go to a backup car. So there will only be 49 cars make an attempt tonight(10-4-2000)

  • Qualifying Order is up at NOL. See the link above. 50 cars are scheduled to make an attempt. First Scheduled out is #12-Jeremy Mayfield, last scheduled out is #98-Jeff Fuller. 1st Round qualifying will be televised live on TBS at 8:05pm/et and via radio on PRN(10-4-2000)

  • UPDATE Entry List is up at NOL for the UAW-GM Quality 500. See the link above. A few more teams then normal, 51 are listed on the Entry List, including: #13-Robby Gordon, #19-Casey Atwood(thought his next race was Homestead?), #71-Kerry Earnhardt(see story), #85-Carl Long, #91-Larry Gunselman in Joe Falks Chevy(had not heard of this), #96-Andy Houston(see story), and Jeff Fuller returns to Cup in the #98 MacPherson Motorsports Ford(see story)(10-2-2000)
    UPDATE: Atwood has been removed from the Entry List, so we now have 50 drivers/teams who plan to make an attempt, that means seven(7) will go home(10-3-2000)

  • 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 28 races - 28.6%, that equates to approx 10 for the year, so they modern era record looks out of reach(10-1-2000)

  • 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/RACE NEWS

  • Shortage of Tires? UPDATE 2: Just as the Winston Cup garage was closing Friday afternoon at Lowe's Motor Speedway, NASCAR officials handed out a rather cryptic statement: "Currently, we are in conversations with Goodyear regarding the quantity of tires for the NASCAR (Grand National) Series and the NASCAR Winston Cup series races here at Lowe's Motor Speedway," the statement said. Goodyear official Phil Holmer said that the tire supplier is trying to keep NASCAR apprised of the availability of tires for this weekend's race, but declined to elaborate on the reason behind any potential shortage in the number of tires available for this weekend's races(That's Racin')
    UPDATE: Goodyear officials are shipping in more tires to make up for a shortage at the track this weekend. A problem developed this week, and the company originally did not have enough right-side tires manufactured to make it through the weekend. Officials said it should not be a problem(Times-Dispatch). Am hearing that they are shipping in Dover tires for the BGN teams and all the Charlotte tires will be used by the Winston Cup teams
    UPDATE 2: In response to what was characterized this morning by BGN head man John Darby as an "extreme shortage" of appropriate tires for the BGN and WC runners at Lowe's this weekend, Goodyear and NASCAR have made a tire change for this weekend's racing. Basically, the Lowe's right-side tires originally allocated for the BGN racers are now going to be re-allocated for the Winston Cup racers. What will the BGNers race? They get to install some of the infamous right-side tires recently used at Dover(more at TNN)(10-6-2000)
    UPDATE 2: a bunch of columns on the tire situation on my Story/Column Links page(10-7-2000)

  • Lowes Walkway: Workers will start building a new pedestrian bridge today(Friday) at Lowe's Motor Speedway, where more than 100 people were injured in May when the walkway collapsed. The 320-foot bridge that stretches from the track to a parking lot should be finished by early next week, speedway spokesmen said. They said race fans can use it during next month's UAW-GM Quality 500. Investigators blamed the collapse on corroded cables, which strengthened the bridge's concrete support beam. The rust was from a form of salt that had been mixed into concrete grout, used to plug holes at the center of the walkway. The new construction and the speedway's second walkway - built in 1996 farther down U.S. 29 - will be safe, officials said.(Charlotte Observer)(9-22-2000)

  • Soft Walls at LMS: Lowe's Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler announced Wednesday his speedway will install new "soft wall" technology on the inside of Turns 2 and 4 in time for the Oct. 8 UAW-GM Quality 500 Winston Cup race. Wheeler said he came to the decision after reviewing the engineering results from an Aug. 29 crash test at the speedway, as well as other research data. The energy-absorbing material the speedway will use in the turns in the same it tested in August, an encapsulated polystyrene barrier produced by Cellofoam in Conyers, Ga. The material was originally designed for us in the manufacture of floating boat docks. The new walls will replace the tire and water barrels currently used in these locations on the track(That's Racin')(9-19-2000)

  • Rain: The Southern 500 was the fifth Cup race this season to be affected by rain having a two hour rain delay after 38 laps and being shortened to 328 laps instead of the 367 scheduled. Others: Las Vegas was shortened by 119 laps. Michigan fell six laps short in June. Pocono was postponed to the next day(a Monday). New Hampshire only went 273 of 300 laps in July(9-4-2000)

  • Track Qualifying Records fall in 2000: In 28 events there have been fourteen(14) track records set, including Bristol, California, Lowes, Michigan, Pocono, Rockingham, Texas, Las Vegas, New Hampshire(July), Sears Point, Pocono(2nd time), Indy, Michigan(2nd time), Martinsville(2nd race). 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)(9-29-2000)

  • 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


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • Trickle to run the #60 at Lowes: Dick Trickle will drive the #60 Power Team Chevy for Bessey Motorsports this weekend in the Cup race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Trickle made three starts in the #60 Chevy earlier in the 2000 season driving the car in the spring events at Texas, Talladega and California(Power Team Site)(10-3-2000)

  • Another Earnhardt at Lowes UPDATE: Kerry Earnhardt, son of Dale Earnhardt will attempt to make the UAW-GM Quality 500 Winston Cup race at Lowes Motor Speedway(Winston Cup Scene). No word on what car/team, probably #71(9-29-2000)
    UPDATE: Kerry Earnhardt will attempt to run the Marcis Auto Racing #71 Team Realtree Chevrolet in the Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend. Earnhardt made his Winston Cup debut in the Realtree Chevrolet at Michigan's August event. Earnhardt qualified the Realtree machine in the 27th position, just one position shy of a qualifying spot for the prestigious Bud Shoot Out Qualifier. He finished the race 43rd due to an accident in the first portion of the race, caused by an extremely loose condition in the car. Earnhardt ran the ARCA spring event at Lowe's, finishing second in a neck and neck battle with race winner Lyndon Amick. Similar to Earnhardt's last Winston Cup run, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. will prepare the #71. Dave Marcis will be on-hand and calling the shots from the garage and pits(Champion Sports Group PR)(10-2-2000)

  • 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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

  • #13 the Wolfman and a new crew chief: It was a dark day back in September when Team Gordon left Richmond. The familiar #13 Ford Taurus was left without a qualifying position sending Robby Gordon into a funk. His mind was filled with questions about how one car can be so good, and yet another so bad. A monster began to brew, ready to rear its ugly head. So ready that the ugly head reared itself and appeared plastered on the hood and side panels of Gordon¹s neon-orange, Duracell/TurtleWax Menards stock car. It¹s the Wolf Man and he¹s arrived with a vengeance to dig his newfound claws into the Lowes Motor Speedway this week, beginning with tonight¹s qualifying. Team owner Mike Held says, "There were some changes we needed to make to avoid what happened at Richmond as we move down the road and continue to build this team for next season. So we made them. One was to turn the reigns over to a new crew chief. We brought in Mark Tutor and he¹s been very good for us. He helped us recognize that fundamental problems in our chassis were the main reason for our struggles at Richmond and also at some of the other tracks we had been to earlier this year." Tutor was the crew chief last season for Cale Yarborough¹s #98 team, a season in which the team qualified for every race, using only one provisional, that for a rain event. Team Gordon's Wolf Man liveried car will run only at this weekend¹s Charlotte race as part of Universal Studios¹ October promotion, "Monsters of the Speedway" along with Bobby Labonte¹s Frankenstein car(Team Gordon PR) see an image of the car at my Paint Scheme Gallery(10-4-2000)

  • Lot of Paint Schemes at Lowes: gonna be many different looking schemes on the cars at Lowes Motor Speedway this weekend for the Cup race, including: #13-Wolfman/Duracell Ford, #18-Frankenstein/Interstate Batteries Pontiac; #32-Give the Kids the World/Tide Ford; #36 Halloween/M&M's Pontiac; #96-McDonalds Happy Meals Ford See images for most of these on my Paint Scheme Gallery or at TachZones Lowes Images pages(10-4-2000)

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


STATS and STUFF

  • Labonte needs 6th: If #18-Bobby Labonte finishes sixth or better in each of the remaining seven races, he will clinch the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Championship, regardless of any other driver's performance(NASCAR PR/Fact Sheet)(10-3-2000)

  • 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(9-3-2000)

  • Stats: Driver Averages at Lowes(note: large page, takes a bit to load)(10-3-2000)

  • NOL Stats: NASCAR by the Numbers

  • 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? Four drivers have made all 28 races and not have a top five, #55-Wallace, #4-Bobby Hamilton, #36-Ken Schrader and #43-John Andretti(10-1-2000)

  • Manu Lap Leaders: In 8348 laps ran so far in 2000, Ford drivers have led 4301(51.5%) laps, Chevy drivers have led 2113 laps(25.3%), and Pontiac drivers have led 1934 laps(23.2%)(10-1-2000)

  • Top Fives: There have been 27 different Cup drivers(no new drivers added at Martinsville) score a Top-5 in 2000....1999's total was 28 and 1998's total number was 27(10-1-2000)

  • Top Tens: There have been 37 different Cup drivers(no additions at Martinsville) score a Top-10 in 2000.....1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(10-1-2000)

  • Provisonal Finishes in 2000: In 189 provisonal starts(27 races x 7, Watkins Glen qualifying rained out), drivers have accumulated 1 Win, 3 Top 5's and 10 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(10-1-2000)

  • Lap Leader/Bonus Points: 46 drivers have led at least one Winston Cup lap in 2000(no new drivers at Martinsville). 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(10-1-2000)

  • Consecutive Starts: Dale Earnhardt has 641 consecutive Winston Cup starts, Ricky Rudd is next with 602 followed by Rusty Wallace at 511, Ken Schrader with 481 and Mark Martin 395. Terry Labonte had 655 but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his record streak(10-1-2000)

  • 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
                       Since
    
       Dave Marcis      312     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     192     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        121     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        91     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little       86     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Darrell Waltrip   73     5th     California      5-3-98
       Ken Schrader      70     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     66     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Ted Musgrave      49     5th     Phoenix         10-25-98
       Ricky Craven      49     3rd     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Dick Trickle      48     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Derrike Cope      46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Steve Grissom     44     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  63
    Cup drivers(not including 2000 rookies)
    
    (data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(10-1-2000)
    
  • 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(10-1-2000)

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

    Active Drivers	
    Driver        Races Run
    Michael Waltrip  456
    Rick Mast        332
    Ted Musgrave     295
    Hut Stricklin    270
    Dick Trickle     265*
    Wally Dallenbach 220
    Chad Little      215
    Kenny Wallace    213
    Robert Pressley  164
    Johnny Benson    156
    Steve Grissom    140
    Ricky Craven     140
    Mike Skinner     138
    Todd Bodine      109*
    Jerry Nadeau      97
    Kevin Lepage      91
    David Green       78*
    Elliott Sadler    63
    
    All Time - Over 400 Starts	
    Driver          Races Run
    JD McDuffie       653
    Buddy Arrington   560
    Neil Castles      497
    Michael Waltrip-x 456
    Jimmy Means       455
    Cecil Gordon      450
    G.C. Spencer      415
    
    *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (10-1-2000)(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      477        2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     321        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     297        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Darrell Waltrip  245        9/6/92     Darlington
       Jimmy Spencer    196        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     187        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       162        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  142        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  118        8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    87        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        69        9/27/98    Martinsville    
    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (10-1-2000)(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    Richmond, Sept 2000
       Bobby Labonte      6    Darlington, Sept 2000
       Jeff Burton        4    NHIS, August 2000
       Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
       Dale Earnhardt     3    Atlanta, Mar 2000
       Tony Stewart       2    Martinsville, Oct 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
    (10-1-2000)(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

  • Provisional Starting Winners: 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)
    UPDATE 2: Add Bobby Labonte as the 3rd ever provisional winners by winning the 2000 Southern 500 at Darlington(9-3-2000)

  • 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 provisional    2000 Southern 500, Darlington        Bobby Labonte
     37                1995 Miller 500, Dover               Kyle Petty
     37                1959 Lakewood Speedway, Atl, GA      Lee Petty
     36                2000 Diehard 500, Talladega          Jeff Gordon
     35                2000 Cracker Barrel 500, Atlanta     Dale Earnhardt
    (9-17-2000)
    

  • 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)(8-4-2000)




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