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THE RACE: Pepsi 400 presented by Meijer

Winston Cup Race #22 of 34 for the 2000 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, August 20, 2000 in Brooklyn, MI

  • TV: ESPN 1:00pm/et

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $2,167,970

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Pepsi 400 from NOL

  • 1999 Race Winner: Bobby Labonte

  • Race Record: Bobby Labonte, August 1995, 157.739

  • Track/Race Length: 2.0 mile D-shaped oval, 200 laps, 400 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Friday, Aug 18th 11:00am - 12:25pm/et and 1:35 - 2:30pm/et; Saturday, Aug 19th 9:00 - 10:00am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Aug 19th, after the BGN race, TV-ESPN2 6:00pm/et tape delay


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 18th at 9:30am/et

  • Qualfying Order - Pepsi 400: That's Racin' or NASCAR Online

  • First Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-25, Friday, Aug 18th at 3:30pm/et, TV-ESPN2; and live via MRN radio/internet

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

  • Second-Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 26th-36th, Saturday, Aug 19th at 10:45am/et

  • Track Qualifying Record: Bobby Labonte, June 2000, 189.883mph

  • Race Qualifying Record: Ward Burton, August 1999, 188.843mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Ward Burton, 188.843mph


    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
    Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: frontstretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
    Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet; Front stretch Length: 2,229 feet
    Pit lane is 50 feet wide and contains space for 44 individual pit areas


  • Track Homepage: Michigan International Speedway

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

  • Goodyear Tire Fast Facts - Pepsi 400(8-17-2000)


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    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Michigan 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(8-13-2000)


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PREVIEW, FACT SHEETS and MISC News

  • Race ODDS: NASCAR Odds - Michigan(SportsFax News)(8-18-2000)

  • Some Michigan Stats: 13 of all the 62 Michigan races have been won by the pole starter - 21%. Last Pepsi 400 won by the pole winner: 1995 by Bobby Labonte. Lowest start of a Pepsi 400 winner: 24th, 1992 by Harry Gant. Michigan record 28th, 6/00 by Tony Stewart. 53 of the 62 Michigan races have been won from the Top 10 - 85%.(TNN - Pepsi 400 Race Stats(8-17-2000)

  • WRAL: NASCAR - Michigan Preview(8-17-2000)

  • From the TNN Site: Pepsi 400 Race Stats by their stat guru Bill Sloboda(8-17-2000)

  • Provisionals: There are now six drivers out of provisionals, #9-Compton, #66-Waltrip, #27-Bliss and #90-Stricklin, #44 Hot Wheels and #60 Power Team teams, all must make the races with speed until another provisional is allotted at Darlington, or two 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(8-13-2000)

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QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS news and links

  • Wallace wins at Michigan: #2-Rusty Wallace led the most laps and pulled off the victory at Michigan in the Pepsi 400, the win was Wallace's 52nd breaking a tie with Jeff Gordon for 8th place on the all time win list. Pole Sitter, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr ended up 31st, his brother Kerry wrecked early in the race and finished 43rd. Two drivers used provisionals and ended up with top-10 finishes, #3-Earnhardt(6th) and #26-Spencer(7th). #5-Terry Labonte made a nice return, finishing 20th as did #12-Jeremy Mayfield, finishing 13th. Both Labonte and Mayfield missed the last two races due to concussions. See the unofficial results at NOL or Racin' Network(8-18-2000)

  • Happy Hour Practice is over at Michigan for the Pepsi 400. #2-Rusty Wallace was the fastest at 184.213mph. #5-Terry Labonte was 10th fastest at 182.287mph and ran 29 laps. Have heard of no incidents at all. The practice can be seen on ESPN2 tonight at 6:00pm/et. See the speeds at NASCAR Online or That's Racin'(8-19-2000)

  • 2nd Round Qualifying is over at Michigan for the Pepsi 400. #90-Hut Stricklin and #71-Kerry Earnhardt tied for the fastest speed in 2nd round qualifying, the honor goes to Stricklin whose team is higher in owners points (44th to 45th) so Stricklin is eligible to run the Bud Shootout Qualifier at Daytona in Feb 2001. Thirteen drivers made attempts, ten were faster then their first round speeds(#'s 17,27,43,90,71,11,01,66,96,44) and three were slower(#'s 4,9,95). Six of those thirteen raced into the starting grid: #'s 90,71,17,43,27 and 96. #96-Andy Houston makes his Winston Cup debut on Sunday as does #71-Earnhardt. Missing the race are: #60-Bodine(35th in owners points but out of provisionals), #9-Compton(36th but out, misses his first race of 2000), #66-Waltrip(37th but out), #44-Petty(38th but out), #85-Long(50th), #95(57th). #3-Dale Earnhardt had to use a provisional for the first time in the 2000 season, #13-Robby Gordon got the final provisional spot. Starting grid links at NASCAR Online, That's Racin' or Racin' Network(8-19-2000)

  • Saturday AM Practice at Michigan for the Pepsi 400. #96-Andy Houston was the fastest at 189.145mph, followed by #71-Kerry Earnhardt at 188.887 and #90-Hut Stricklin at 188.664. Seven drivers were over the 36th fastest speed of 187.173mph. Slowest was #85-Carl Long at 174.587mph. See the speeds at Racin' Network. 2nd round qualifying happens at 10:45am/et, should have results by 11:30am/et or so(8-19-2000)

  • Qualifying Notes: #55-Kenny Wallace has HALO on the 1/4 panel, HALO is a brand from Cooper Lighting, one of the co-sponsors on the car. #14-Rick Mast is using a in-house David Evans built engine (called a Foyt-Coyotte). #13-Robby Gordon is back to the orange paint scheme and has Turtle Wax on the hood. #77-Pressley has an Aqua Jasper Engines paint scheme with a Panther. The #85-Carl Long Ford is bare, no sponsors, painted yellow and blue(8-18-2000)

  • 1st Round Qualifying is over at Michigan for the Pepsi 400. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr won the pole by shattering the track record of 189.883mph with a run of 191.149mph. #88-Jarrett and #14-Mast also broke the track record. 17 cars broke the old race qualifying record. All six teams out of provisionals, #'s 9-Compton, 27-Bliss, 44-Petty, 60-Bodine, 66-Waltrip and 90-Stricklin failed to qualify in the first round and will either stand on their times or make a 2nd round run. Four of the Six, 9-Compton, 44-Petty, 66-Waltrip and 90-Stricklin must make a run as they are out of the top 36. If things stay as the are, those four drivers, #96-Houston and #95-Keith would miss the race. #85-Carl Long, who was the slowest at 177.791mph would get the final provisional spot as the #85 team is 50th in Owners Points. #71-Kerry Earnhardt did not make the top 36 but is in line for a provisional. Should be an interesting second round qualifying session, especially if the temps are cooler at 10:45am/et Saturday. See the results at NOL, That's Racin' or Racin' Network(8-18-2000)

  • Practice at Michigan is over for Friday before qualifying. #88-Dale Jarrett was the fastest at 191.092mph. Slowest was #85-Carl Long at 170.273mph. Looks to be a sure bet that the track record of 189.883mph, set in June by #18-Bobby Labonte will be broken. Eight drivers were faster then that track record and Eighteen were faster then the race qualifying record, set last August by Ward Burton, 188.843mph. See the speeds at NOL or Racin' Network(8-18-2000)

  • Qualifying Order is up at That's Racin's and at NOL. See above for the link. 49 driver going for the first 25 with 2nd round qualifying filling in 26-43, so six will go home. #90-Hut Stricklin is scheduled out first and #6-Mark Martin is scheduled to be the final qualifier. Qualifying is scheduled to start at 3:45pm/et(was 3:30pm/et) today, and to be televised via ESPN2 and on radio via MRN(8-18-2000)

  • Rain at Michigan: rain postponed BGN qualifying yesterday and it held it again this morning. Only ten BGN cars got out before it rained, Mark Martin crashed in his attempt but is ok. Cup practice was supposed to start at 11:00am/et, but obviously that has not happened. The rain was light and the BGN cars are back on the track. Weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks good, Sunny and Cool(70's)(8-18-2000)

  • Entry List is up for the Pepsi 400. See the link above. Some notes: Todd Bodine is listed in the #5 Kelloggs Chevy which is supposed to have a Frosted Flakes scheme. Kerry Earnhardt of course will run Dave Marcis's #71. Carl Long is scheduled to run the unsponsored #85 Mansion Motorsports Ford. David Keith will attempt to make his first Cup race in the #95 Sadler Bros Ford. Andy Houston will be in the #96 Ronald McDonalds Ford owned by Cal Wells. Ricky Craven is back, in the #50 Midwest Transit Chevy. 49 drivers are listed(8-15-2000)

  • 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

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

  • Rain: The thatlook.com 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 21 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(8-13-2000)

  • 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 - Michigan


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • Father and two sons REPOST and History: if Kerry Earnhardt makes the starting field for the Pepsi 400 at Michigan it would be the 2nd time a father raced against his two sons in NASCAR's premier series. On August 3rd, 1960 at Birmingham, AL, #42-Lee Petty raced his sons #43-Richard and #44-Maurice. Richard was 2nd, Lee was 3rd and Maurice was 8th in a 50 mile event with 16 cars starting(Forty Years of Stock Car Racing by Greg Fielden and some research by...)(7-28/8-16-2000)
    UPDATE: All three Earnhardt's made the Pepsi 400 at Michigan and will race there, only the 2nd time ever in Cup history that two sones have raced against their Father(8-19-2000)

  • Labonte to run at Michigan? UPDATE YES: Terry Labonte is expected to return to competition. Labonte practiced Saturday morning in the #5 Chevry Monte Carlo. Lingering trouble from what was thought to have been a concusssion was disagnosed this week as an inner-ear problem(That's Racin'). If Labonte does drive the car, he wil have to fall to the back of the field from the 33rd starting spot where Todd Bodine qualified it. Can only assume, Bodine will stand by in case needed. During the BGN race, Dr Jerry Punch, said Bodine would drive the #5 Car on Sunday. Bodine won the BGN race on Saturday. Also a story at the Insider Racing site, saying: Terry Labonte will run Happy Hour if he feels okay then he will run the Winston Cup race on Sunday. He went to a new doctor this week and was told he had Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Both Labonte and the doctor believe Labonte was healed in the office that day. The Doctor told Labonte to go out and try make himself dizzy, it never happened even with 10 hours at an amusement park riding rollercoasters
    UPDATE: Terry Labonte's two-week absence from racing took another turn Saturday, when he climbed behind the wheel of his #5 Kelloggs/Frosted Flakes Chevy for Happy Hour/final practice and vowed to compete in Sunday's Pepsi 400 at Michigan Speedway. Todd Bodine will stand by on Sunday. Also Sunday, sponsor Kellogg's will announce a sponsorship extension for Labonte and the #5 team(see story below)(SpeedVision)(8-19-2000)

  • #96 or #98? UPDATE, it is #96: Have seen conflicting reports on what number Andy Houston will drive this weekend in the Cup race at Michigan for PPI Motorsports. If you look at their site, www.ppiracing.com, the Press Release lists #98, but they show a drawing of the car and it's #96. NOL lists it as #98 on the Entry List. We'll see for sure tomorrow in qualifying
    UPDATE: I have been informed the number of the PPI Motorsports Ronald McDonald House Charities Ford will be #96 NOT #98, aslo the PPI site has corrected it to read #96(8-17-2000)

  • #95 News: The Sadler Bros #95 Ford team will atempt to make the Pepsi 400 at Michigan with David Keith as the driver and some sponsorship help from www.visualbible.com, who also was on the car at Indy when Keith missed the Brickyard 400 by a spot. The #95 Ford will be powered by Robert Yates Engines. The team also plans to attepmt the Southern 500 at Darlington(Sept 3rd)(8-17-2000)

  • Labonte to sit another week UPDATE 3: Terry Labonte tested at Bristol on Monday in his son Justin's #44 BGN car. He ran five laps and after the test, decided to sit out the Cup race this weekend at Michigan. Labonte is still suffering the effects of a concussion he got in an accident at Daytona in the Pepsi 400 on July 1st. No sub has been named as of yet(RPM 2Night). Am hearing that Todd Bodine will drive the #5 Frosted Flakes/Kelloggs Chevy at Michigan for Labonte(8-15-2000)
    UPDATE: Terry Labonte's much-anticipated test session at Bristol Motor Speedway ended quickly Monday morning. After just a handful of laps in the Slim Jim Busch Series entry regularly driven by his son Justin, Labonte retired to the pits. The Kellogg's transporter left the track moments later. "I talked to Terry after he made his run," BMS director of communications Wayne Estes said. "Terry said he just didn't think he was ready to test today." Since Labonte did not drive his Winston Cup car Monday, he(or the team) did not lose one of his allotted (seven) test dates(Bristol Herald Courier(link good for Tues only)
    UPDATE 2: Todd Bodine will drive the #5 Kellogg's Chevrolet for Labonte. As he did at both Indy and Watkins Glen, Labonte will assist DeHart atop the team's pit box AND Brett Bodine, Todd's brother, will drive the #44 Slim Jim Chevy that Labonte had originally intended to drive in Saturday's BGN race(NOL)(8-15-2000)
    UPDATE 3: Labonte, who suffered a broken right arm(leg not arm) and concussion in the wrecks, was scheduled for further medical tests Tuesday(8-15) at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. Labonte's crew chief, Gary DeHart, said Labonte did not feel well after completing four or five laps at Bristol. Todd Bodine has been asked to serve as a possible relief driver for the next three or four races, sources said Tuesday(That's Racin')(8-16-2000)

  • Long at Michigan: the #85 Mansion Motorsports team plans on being at Michigan this coming weekend with Carl Long as the driver. For more info on the team and Long, see my #85 Team News and Links page for....news and links. Long also hopes top run at Bristol on Aug 26th(8-15-2000)

  • Stricklin in the #90, rest of the year: Hut Stricklin was named driver of #90 Hills Bros Coffee Ford for the remainder of the season, according to team owner Junie Donlavey. Stricklin has been with the team for three weeks, finishing well at Indianapolis and acting as the crew chief for Brian Simo at Watkins Glen last week, Simo failed to make the race when Qualifying was rained out. Donlavey has not hired another crew chief because Stricklin, who has been calling the shots for himself, said he wants to take the time to hire someone he is sure will complement him(Keystone Marketing/Hills Bros Racing)(8-15-2000)

  • New Faces at Michigan: some recaps on past stories of a few drivers who will attempt Michigan that have not run the Cup series before: Kerry Earnhardt will drive the #71 Realtree/Marcis Racing Chevy and Andy Houston will run Cal Wells #98 McDonalds/PPI Motorsports Ford(8-15-2000)

  • Kelloggs to Re-up with Hendrick/Labonte: Kelloggs will announce at Michigan that thay are returning to the #5 Hendrick Motorsports chevy for another three years. The current deal ends at the end of this season. Kellogg's will also present driver Terry Labonte with a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with the No. 655 displayed on the side in honor Labontes record of Winston Cup 655 consecutive starts(That's Racin')(8-12-2000)

  • Mayfield to return, Kyle drives for free: Jeremy Mayfield is expected to return to for next weekend's Cup race at Michigan. Mayfield was injured in a practice crash at Indy and suffered a concussion. He sat out the Brickyard 400 and will site out the Watkins Glen race. Kyle Petty, who substituted for Mayfield last weekend at Indianapolis, told Penske-Kranefuss Racing this week he would not accept payment for his services as driver last weekend. Petty's payment, estimated by team officials as "several thousand" dollars, was donated to the Kyle Petty Charity Ride. Tom Hubert, who works for Bill Davis Racing and has a lot of road racing experience, is substituting for Mayfield this week(That's Racin')(8-11-2000)

  • Hut at the Glen and beyond: Although Hut Stricklin will not drive the #90 Hills Bros Coffee Ford at Watkins Glen, he will serve as crew chief with oversight from team owner Junie Donlavey. Road Racer Brian Simo will drive the car at the Glen(Keystone Marketing). Also, look for Stricklin to return to the seat of the #90 Ford at Michigan and run the rest of the season for Donlavey(8-11-2000)

  • Valvoline Announcement? UPDATE: hearing that Valvoline will announce it's 2001 Winston Cup sponsorship plans at Michigan on August 19th. It's seems to be pretty much a given that they will sponsor the #10 MB2 Motorsports Pontiac and driver Johnny Benson, and some sort of ownership in the team(8-3-2000)
    UPDATE: Valvoline Inc. has found a new Winston Cup NASCAR driver to sponsor in the 2001 season: #10 Johnny Benson. But the Lexington company and Benson's team aren't racing to confirm the deal. While neither side is commenting, observers and a stock car racing Web site (http://www.jayski.com) are reporting the two have reached an agreement. Curiously, both Valvoline and MB2 Motorsports, which owns Benson's team, have news conferences scheduled for Aug. 19 at the Michigan Speedway(Kentucky Herald Leader)(8-10-2000)

  • 2nd PPI car at Michigan? UPDATE 3 Yep: hearing that PPI Motorsports, who run Scott Pruett in the #32 Tide Ford, may run CTS driver, Andy Houston at Michigan in a 2nd PPI Ford. No word if McDonald's will be the sponsor. Word is that Houston is a candidate for the full time 2001 ride in the car(8-3-2000)
    UPDATE: on Saturday night's RPM 2Night show on ESPN2, Matt Yocum reported that Andy Houston would be entered in the Pepsi 400 at Michigan. Houston will drive the 2nd PPI Motorsports/Cal Well's Ford(8-7-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Andy Houston has informed his #60 CTS team that he will not return to the team next year but that he has not signed any deals yet and is talking to a few BGN and CUP teams. Matt Yocum, once again reported that Houston will drive a 2nd Cal Wells/PPI Motorsports car at Michigan on August 20th(RPM2Night)(8-8-2000)
    UPDATE 3: PPI Motorsports (PPIM) announced today it will field a second Winston Cup car, the #98 Ronald McDonald House Charities Ford, with driver Andy Houston in the upcoming Pepsi 400 at Michigan Speedway Aug. 18-20, 2000. The car will be fielded alongside the team's #32 Tide Ford, driven by Scott Pruett, as part of PPIM's development toward a full time two-car effort in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in 2001. Andy Houston, 29, of Hickory, N.C., currently stands fourth in the CTS points as driver of the #60 Cat Rental Store Chevrolet for Addington Racing. To date, he has claimed two race wins (Homestead and Portland) and one pole (Pikes Peak) going into this weekend's truck series race at Nashville Speedway. Prior to joining the truck series, Houston competed in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series and the NASCAR Winston Racing Series late model championship, which he won in 1994(PPI Motorsports PR)(8-9-2000)

  • Another Earnhardt in Cup? UPDATE 3 it's OFFICIAL and correction: Kerry Earnhardt, Dale Sr.'s son, is set to make his Winston Cup debut next month at Michigan(PitNow) AND ARCA driver Kerry Earnhardt is contemplating a qualifying attempt in the Winston Cup race at Michigan Speedway on Aug. 20. Earnhardt, the older brother of Dale Jr., won the ARCA race at Pocono last month(Times Dispatch) AND Kerry Earnhardt may join father Dale and younger brother Dale Jr. in the Pepsi 400 in Brooklyn, Mich., on Aug. 20. Kerry, who won the June ARCA race at Pocono, tested in a Winston Cup car recently and his speed would have been seventh fastest in the June Michigan race. "We've got three more ARCA races after this one and that's what we're concentrating on right now," Kerry said. "We'll see how everything goes from here and just see what comes up."(Times Leader). No idea what team, it does not say(7-22-2000)
    UPDATE: TNN's Raceday reports that the Cup run at Michigan by Kerry would be in a DEI car(7-23-2000)
    UPDATE 2: but RPM 2Day reported that Kerry Earnhardt will drive the ARCA car he drove Saturday at Pocono, BUT that Dave Marcis will not run at Michigan and let Earnhardt use the #71 (and owners points/provisional) and the car would be sponsored by Realtree (Marcis's fulltime sponsor and an assoc on the #3 with Kerry's father Dale). If Kerry makes the Cup race, Ron Hornady's #3 NAPA BGN crew will pit the car(ESPN2's RPM 2Day)(7-23-2000)
    UPDATE 3: Continuing a long-standing relationship between Marcis Racing and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI), the two teams join efforts again to qualify the Team Realtree car at the upcoming NASCAR Winston Cup event at the Michigan Speedway. Using DEI equipment and Dave Marcis' five-decade's worth of Winston Cup racing knowledge, Kerry Earnhardt will attempt to qualify the #71 Team Realtree car- making a mark in the history books. At no other time has a father raced against his two sons in NASCAR's premier series. The relationship between Earnhardt, Marcis, and Richard Childress Racing is entirely intertwined. Marcis avidly tests for Earnhardt and Richard Childress Racing, and they share a form of sponsorship from Realtree. Realtree is the primary sponsor of the #71 and an associate sponsor on the #3. Kerry Earnhardt is elated to have the opportunity to race against his little brother and father. "This is a chance to do something no one has done- to race against their father and brother in Winston Cup. I couldn't be more pleased. There'll be a lot of pressure, but it's all worth it for the shot that I'm getting." Currently competing in ARCA, the eldest of the Earnhardt sons has participated in five events. Four of the five races have ended as top three's, winning the ARCA race in Pocono this June. All of his ARCA cars, like the Cup car Kerry will use in Michigan, have been prepared at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Bill Jordan, President of Realtree, said, "we support Dave and Dale in their effort to give Kerry the best opportunity for his debut Cup appearance. We have enjoyed a long relationship with the Earnhardt family. Aside from Dale, Kerry is the next best hunter in the family so it's only natural that we support this effort. There is no doubt he'll do a good job representing Realtree." Dale Earnhardt feels this situation is beneficial for everyone involved. "Dave and I talked about the possibilities of doing this with Kerry a couple of months ago. After he won at Pocono we talked about it again. We presented it to Realtree and they said yes. We all agreed this would be a good thing, so as it stands we'll (DEI) provide the car. Dave will provide tremendous experience, and Kerry, well he has to provide a good qualifying time. Hopefully it will be a big plus for everyone involved."(Champions Sports Group PR) - CORRECTION: actually this would not mark the first time a father raced against his two sons in NASCAR's premier series. On August 3rd, 1960 at Birmingham, AL, #42-Lee Petty raced his sons #43-Richard and #44-Maurice. Richard was 2nd, Lee was 3rd and Maurice was 8th in a 50 mile event with 16 cars starting(Forty Years of Stock Car Racing)(7-28-2000)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

  • Elliott Anniversary and Paint Scheme: Bill Elliott will celebrate his 25 years in NASCAR Winston Cup racing at the track that has created as many fond memories as any other on the circuit. During Sunday's (Aug. 20) NASCAR Winston Cup event at Michigan Speedway, Elliott will drive a #94-McDonald's special edition red, yellow and silver Ford Taurus that displays his 25th season logo on each side panel. Elliott is the winningest active driver at the track with seven victories. He is third on the all-time win list for Michigan Speedway. He has more pole positions (7) at Michigan than any other active driver. He is second on the all-time list. He has led more laps (872) at the two-mile track than any other active driver. Sunday's race will be Elliott's 613th career Winston Cup start. His career took its green flag on Feb. 29, 1976 in the Carolina 500 at North Carolina Speedway. He drove a powder blue Ford Gran Torino with only one sponsor - Dahlonega Ford, a dealership in Dahlonega, Ga., that was owned by his late father, George Elliott. He qualified 34th, finished 33rd and went home with a $640 check(McDonalds Racing PR)(8-17-2000)

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


STATS and STUFF

  • 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 all 21 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(8-13-2000)

  • 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 21 races - 33.3%, that equates to 11.0 for the year(8-13-2000)

  • Stats: Driver Averages at Michigan(note: large page, takes a bit to load)(8-13-2000)

  • NOL Stats: NASCAR by the Numbers

  • Manu Lap Leaders: In 5720 laps ran so far in 2000, Ford drivers have led 2620 laps, Chevy drivers have led 1776 laps, and Pontiac drivers have led 1324 laps(8-13-2000)

  • Top Fives: There have been 26 different Cup drivers(none new at Watkin Glen) score a Top-5 in 2000....1999's total was 28 and 1998's total number was 27(8-13-2000)

  • Top Tens: There have been 36 different Cup drivers(add Wally Dallenbach at Watkins Glen) score a Top-10 in 2000.....1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(8-13-2000)

  • Provisonal Finishes in 2000: In 140 provisonal starts(20 races x 7, Watkins Glen qualifying rained out), 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(8-13-2000)

  • Lap Leader/Bonus Points: 43 drivers have led at least one Winston Cup lap in 2000. Add Wally Dallenbach at Watkins Glen. 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(8-13-2000)

  • Consecutive Starts: Dale Earnhardt has 634 consecutive Winston Cup starts, Ricky Rudd is next with 595 followed by Rusty Wallace at 504, Ken Schrader with 474 and Mark Martin 388. Terry Labonte had 655 but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his record streak(8-13-2000)

  • 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      308     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     185     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        114     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        89     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little       81     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Darrell Waltrip   68     5th     California      5-3-98
       Ken Schrader      63     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  56
    Cup drivers(not including 2000 rookies)
    
    (data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(8-13-2000)
    
  • 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(8-13-2000)

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

    NEVER WON
    *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (8-13-2000)(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     290        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Darrell Waltrip  240        9/6/92     Darlington
       Jimmy Spencer    189        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     182        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       160        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  135        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  115        8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    80        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        61        9/27/98    Martinsville    
    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (8-13-2000)(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
       Steve Park         1    Watkins Glen, Aug 2000
       
    Thru 1999 season:
       Driver          Years   Last Win
       Terry Labonte      6    Texas, Apr 1999
       John Andretti      1    Martinsville, Apr 1999
       Joe Nemechek       1    New Hampshire, Sept 1999
       
     All Time Record is Richard Petty - 18 years from 1960-1977
    (8-13-2000)(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
    (4-16-2000)
    

  • 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)(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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