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THE RACE: Dura-Lube 500(500k)

Winston Cup Race #32 of 34 for the 2000 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, November 5, 2000 in Phoenix, AZ

  • Time Difference: Phoenix is two hours behind Eastern time(ET), all times here ET

  • TV: TNN 2:00pm/et

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,084,404

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Dura-Lube 500 from NOL

  • 1999 Race Winner: Tony Stewart

  • Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 118.132mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.0 mile oval, 312 laps, 312miles (500k)

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Friday, Nov 3rd 12:30 - 1:25pm/et and 2:35 - 3:15pm/et; Saturday, Nov 4th 10:30 - 11:30am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Nov 4th 1:30 - 2:30pm/et (before the BGN race), TV-none


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Nov 3rd at 11:30am/et

  • Qualfying Order - Dura-Lube 500: at That's Racin' or NASCAR Online

  • First Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-25, Friday, Nov 3rd at 4:15pm/et, TV-TNN tape delay on Saturday, Nov 4th at 9:00am/et and live via MRN radio/internet

  • First Round Qualifying Results: Phoenix 1st Round Qualifying Results page

  • 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, Nov 4th at 12:15pm/et

  • Second-Round Qualifying Results: Phoenix 2nd Round Qualifying Results page

  • Starting Grid

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: John Andretti, Nov 1999, 132.714mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: John Andretti, 132.714mph

  • Track Specs:
    Degree of Banking: Turns 1-2: 11 degrees; Turns 3-4: 9 degrees
    Frontstretch: Length: 1,179 feet, Banking: None
    Backstretch: Length: 1,551 feet, Banking: None
    Pit Road: Length: 1,140

  • Track Homepage: Phoenix International Raceway

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

    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS of All past races at Phoenix

    See the my All Time Phoenix Race and Pole Winners(10-22-2000)


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Phoenix International Raceway for leading the points and winning the race.(Bobby Labonte last won the award, $50,000 at Lowes/Charlotte on Oct 8, 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(10-22-2000)


Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including RealAudio coverage
MRN Affiliate List for your local station

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Phoenix, AZ Area:
Arizona Republic
Access Arizona

Weather forecast for Phoenix, AZ by The Weather Channel

Weather Underground - Phoenix, AZ

Track Information for the Fans:
Phoenix Review by ARS Racing

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

Radio Stuff:
  • Tune into Racing Roundup-Arizona sponsored by Performance Parts Distributors in Tempe when they broadcast live from the Media Center at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, November 4, 2000 between 8:00 and 9:00 AM on Xtra Sports 910 AM KGME. Join Jamie Reynolds, Darrell LaMoure, Chris Hines and the rest of the crew for another special edition of Racing Roundup-Arizona as they bring you all the NASCAR action live from Phoenix International Raceway.

  • The finish line is at the Arizona Center Hooters on Thursday, November 2, 2000 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, when the number one motorsports show in Arizona, RACING ROUNDUP-ARIZONA welcomes all your favorite drivers… and more, in conjunction with the Phoenix International Raceway Kickoff to Pit Stop Weekend Street Festival. Join Jamie Reynolds, Darrell LaMoure, Chris Hines and the rest of the crew for this special edition of RACING ROUNDUP-ARIZONA…broadcasting live from Hooters at the Arizona Center on Xtra Sports 910 AM KGME.


    Fans Can Online


    • Frontstretch: Raceday - Dura-Lube 500(11-5-2000)

    • Labonte's Points: If Bobby Labonte leaves Phoenix with a 302-point lead, he would only have to take the green flag in Homestead and Atlanta to win the championship. Labonte leads Dale Earnhardt by 201 points(Roanoke Times)(11-1-2000)

    • Total Sports: Lee Montgomery's Race Preview - Dura-Lube 500(11-3-2000)

    • CBS: Winston Cup preview -- Dura-Lube 500(11-3-2000)

    • AutoRacing1: Phoenix Preview by Frank Ryan(11-3-2000)

    • Phoenix Stats: None of the 12 Phoenix races have been won by the pole winner. Average starting position of Phoenix race winners: 13.0. Lowest start of a Phoenix winner: 29th by Ricky Rudd, 1995. Most Phoenix poles: 2 - Geoffrey Bodine, Rusty Wallace, Bill Elliott, Ken Schrader. Most Phoenix wins: 2 - Davey Allison. Most common starting position of all Phoenix race winners: 3rd, twice, and 13th, twice. Eight drivers have won a pole at Phoenix. Most DNFs in a race: 16, 1989. Fewest DNFs in a race: 2, 1998, 1999. Average finish of pole winner: 13.1. Mark Martin has finished either first (1993) or second (five times) in six of the last eight Phoenix races. Terry Labonte is the only driver to be running at the end of all 12 Phoenix races(TNN)(11-2-2000)

    • Stats via the TNN Site: Dura-Lube 500 Race Stats by their stat guru Bill Sloboda(11-2-2000)

    • RaceComm: Dura-Lube 500 Preview(11-1-2000)

    • That's Racin': This week's race - Dura-Lube 500(11-1-2000)

    • NASCAR Online: Race facts - Dura-Lube 500(11-1-2000)

    • Frontstretch: Track Pack - Phoenix Stats(11-1-2000) - NOTE: this page states that Kulwicki had 6 career wins, he had 5

    • Dura-Lube 500 Quick Facts(TNN)(11-1-2000)

    • WRAL: NASCAR - Dura-Lube 500 Preview(11-1-2000)

    • The Crew Chief Club


    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS news and links

    • Phoenix Winner: #99-Jeff Burton wins the Dura Lube 500 in the CITGO Ford, the first win for CITGO since March 20th, 1993 when Morgan Shepherd won at Atlanta in the #21 CITGO Ford. The win is Burton's 4th of the 2000 season and he won both the Phoenix BGN and Cup races this weekend. The unofficial results can be seen at NASCAR Online(11-5-2000)

    • Happy Hour practice is over at Phoenix. #36-Ken Schrader was the fastest in the Pedigree Pntiac with a speed of 129.827mph. See the speeds at NOL and a story on SpeedVision(11-4-2000)

    • 2nd Round qualifying is over at Phoenix. The fastest in 2nd round was #01-Ted Musgrave with a speed of 131.277mph, but it was not fast enough to crack the top 36. Nine drivers made 2nd round attempts with four going faster then their 1st round(#'s 01,7,60,13) and five going slower(#'s 25,9,44,90,71), none were able to crack the top 36. The five drivers/teams missing the race were: #44-Grissom(39th in owners points); #9-Compton(40th); #90-Stricklin(43rd); #13-Gordon(44th); #71-Marcis(45th). #01-Musgrave and #60-Bickle used provisionals and are now out of provisionals for the rest of the season.
      For the race grid see my: Dura-Lube Starting Lineup
      For 2nd round results see my: 2nd Round Qualifying Chart for Phoenix
      For 1st round results, see my: 1st Round Qualifying Chart for Phoenix(11-4-2000)

    • Saturday AM Practice is over at Phoenix. #10-Johnny Benson was the fastest in morning practice for the Dura Lube 500 with a speed of 129.612mph, which is slow compared to 1st Round Qualifying, the speed would had been 47 fatest of 48 speeds during 1st round. So things do not look good for many of the drivers who need to crack the top 36 to make the race. See the speeds at NOL. 2nd round qualifying is scheduled for 12:15pm/et(11-4-2000)

    • Robby Gordon: what happened to Gordon in 1st round qualifying? Gordon lost control leaving the fourth turn on the start of his qualifying lap, slid into the wall with his right rear quarterpanel, turned into the inside wall on the frontstretch and then backed back into the frontstretch wall. They were working on a backup #13 Menards/Turtle Wax Ford for 2nd round qualifying(11-3-2000)

    • First Round Qualifying is over at Phoenix for the Dura Lube 500. #2-Rusty Wallace wins the pole, his 9th of 2000, with a new track record of 134.178mph. 14 drivers broke the old track record set in 1999 of 132.714mph: #'s 2,99,77,10,1,36,55,6,18,02,50,17,93,26. #02-Ryan Newman will make his Winston Cup debut starting 10th. Other good runs by #50-Craven(starts 11th), #77-Pressley(starts 3rd) and #93-Blaney(starts 13th). #13-Robby Gordon had no recorded speed, no idea if he took a qualifying run or had a problem during the run. The five teams/drivers that would miss the race IF things stayed the same are: #44-Grissom(39th in owners points), #9-Compton(40th), #90-Sticklin(43rd), #13-Gordon(44th), and #71-Marcis(45th). #66-Darrell Waltrip is on the edge, qualifying 34th, but he has a provisional to use if needed, but would probably not use it and save it for Atlanta if needed. To see the speeds and where things stand after First Round, see my: 1st Round Qualifying Chart for Phoenix(11-3-2000)

    • Friday Practices are over: at PIR for the Dura Lube 500. Fastest in the AM Practice was #77-Robert Pressley at 132.802mph, slowest was #5-Terry Labonte at 128.351mph. Fastest in the PM Practice was #10-Johnny Benson at 132.993mph, slowest was #71-Dave Marcis at 128.792mph. Track record is 132.714mph by John Andretti last year. See the speeds at NOL: AM Practice and PM Practice(11-3-2000)

    • Qualifying Order is up for the Dura-Lube 500. See the links above. First scheduled out is #27-Mike Bliss, last scheduled out is #93-Dave Blaney. 1st round qualifying is scheduled to start at 4:15pm/et, No LIVE TV, but will be shown on TNN at 9:00am/et Saturday(11-3-2000)

    • Entry List for Phoenix is up. See the link above. 48 drivers/teams listed, including #02-Ryan Newman, #96-Andy Houstom, #13-Robby Gordon(11-1-2000)

    • Some Phoenix Stuff: There has never been a driver to win from the pole position at Phoenix. Ricky Rudd holds the record for starting the farthest back in the field and winning a race at PIR. Rudd started 29th to win the race in 1995. Nine drivers entered into this weekend's race have won a race at PIR: Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt, Mark Martin, Terry Labonte, Bobby Hamilton, Ricky Rudd, Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart. The late Davey Allison won two races at PIR - more than any other driver(NASCAR PR)(10-30-2000)

    • 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 31 races - 25.8%, that equates to approx 9 for the year, so they modern era record looks out of reach(10-22-2000)

    • 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,


    • Phoenix to honor the Military: Phoenix International Raceway has announced a special discount offer for all military personnel for this weekend’s 4-day Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500 NASCAR event. Anyone who presents their valid military I.D. will receive free admission on Thursday, November 3, 2000(PIR PR)(10-30-2000)

    • PIR Supermarket: Phoenix International Raceway has announced a new marketing partnership agreement with Albertsons that includes race sponsorship plus an all-new, mini-sized Albertsons grocery store at the track during NASCAR Weekend. The new Albertsons Raceway Market will be located in the center of the Cruise America Motorhome City area, at the southwest side of the property, to serve the thousands of NASCAR fans who stay in their motorhomes. It will open Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000 at noon and remain open until 10 p.m. that night. Albertsons Raceway Market will then be open from 6:00 AM until 10:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of race week.(PIR PR)(10-28-2000)

    • Phoenix Grand Marshal and National Anthem: United States Senator Jon Kyl has been announced as the Grand Marshal for the November 2-5 Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500, Outback Steakhouse 200, and Albertsons/Osco Drug125 NASCAR weekend at Phoenix International Raceway and Capitol recording artist Steve Wariner has accepted an invitation from Phoenix International Raceway to sing the National Anthem prior to the start of Cup race(PIR PR)(10-25-2000)

    • Phoenix Testing: Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman, spent two days at Phoenix International Raceway this past week working on qualifying setups in preparation for the upcoming Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. Busch, who will be in the Cup series full time next season driving the #97 Roush Racing Ford Taurus. Busch is still unsure about 2001 sponsorship for the #97 Ford which currently carries the John Deere colors and he will have a special paint job for the Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500. Busch made contact with the wall during the two-day test but was not injured. Ryan Newman will be driving #02 ALLTEL-sponsored cars for Penske Racing South next season in a variety of series, 4 ARCA races, 12 Busch races and 7 Winston Cup races; and then, hopefully, a full Cup season in 2002 with an eye on Rookie-of-the-Year honors. Newman ran a top 25 time compared with last year’s times(PIR PR)(10-21-2000)

    • Phoenix Four Races: Phoenix International Raceway has released its 2001 schedule which culminates with a new date and additional race for its fall NASCAR weekend. Next year, the NASCAR Winston Cup Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500, NASCAR Busch Series Outback Steakhouse 200 and NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series 125 races will be joined by a 150 mile race for the NASCAR Craftstman Truck Series. The October 25-28, 2001 race weekend will be one week earlier than its traditional date on the calendar(PIR PR)(8-29-2000)

    • Phoenix Race Date Moved back a week? To avoid a conflict with the CART season finale at California Speedway in 2001, the Cup race at Phoenix likely will be held in late October rather than the first Sunday in November. CART released its schedule last week, and next year's finale is Nov. 4.(Arizona Republic) but supposedly Talladega and Rockingham already announced their Fall 2001 dates: Oct 21st/Talladega, Oct 28th/Rockingham.(8-12-2000)
    • 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)

    • 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 - Phoenix International Raceway


    • Bickle in the #60 at Phoenix: Rich Bickle will drive the #60 Power Team Chevrolet fielded by Bessey Motorsports in next weekend’s NASCAR Winston Cup event at the Phoenix International Raceway(Power Team Site)(10-25-2000)

    • Penske/Newman/ALLTEL News: Officials of ALLTEL and Penske Racing South announced today a 23-race "blended" 2001 schedule for driver Ryan Newman in preparation for a full NASCAR Winston Cup effort in the 2002 season. ALLTEL will sponsor the former USAC champion in a schedule next season that will see the 22-year-old Purdue University senior compete in four ARCA, twelve BGN and seven CUP events. The Ford Taurus cars and teams for all races will be fielded out of Penske Racing South's Mooresville, N.C., shop. Penske Engines Company will supply all of the racing engines. ALLTEL also announced that Nokia will participate as an associate marketing sponsor for the 2001 racing season, continuing its racing affiliation with ALLTEL. Plans call for Newman to make his Cup debut driving an ALLTEL-sponsored Ford Taurus in this year's Nov. 5 race at Phoenix. At Penske Racing South, Newman will become a teammate to former Cup champion and 53-time series race winner Rusty Wallace. Wallace likes what he sees in this young driver(Tom Roberts/ALLTEL PR) Newman will drive the #02 Ford(10-4-2000)

    • 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


    • #36 to the Dogs UPDATE image: The familiar "M&M's"® Pontiac will sport a different paint scheme at Phoenix this weekend. PEDIGREE® Brand Food for Dogs will be the primary sponsor of the #36 Pontiac in support of their national crusade to aid homeless pets. M&M/MARS, the manufacturer of "M&M's"® Chocolate Candies, is a sister company to Kal Kan Foods, Inc., manufacturer of PEDIGREE® Brand Food for Dogs(IMG Motorsports PR)(11-1-2000)
      UPDATE: see an image of the car in my Paint Scheme Gallery(11-2-2000)

    • #11 Scheme at Phoenix: hearing that Brett Bodine will be running a different paint scheme on the #11 Ralph's Supermarkets Ford at Phoenix. Instead of the car being all red, the front end and roof will be white with red sponsor decals on the hood - red and black numbers on the roof AND from The #11 Ralphs Ford will showcase a new paint scheme for Phoenix. "This is one of our Ralphs' "host" races where they entertain their guests and we wanted to have something a little different."(10-28-2000)

    • Pruett Scheme UPDATE: the #32 Tide Ford fielded by PPI Motorsports and driven by Scott Pruett was to run a special fan designed "Give the Kids the World" Tide car at Lowes Motor Speedway but failed to make the race, but the team announced that the car will return at Homestead to show off its multicolor livery(PPI Site)(10-7-2000)
      UPDATE: A special paint scheme will be run on the #32 Tide Ford driven by Scott Pruett at Phoenix(not Homestead as previously reported). The signature design benefits Give Kids The World. Heather Mason, 13, of Berkeley, Ill., created the outer-space themed design featured on the Tide Ford. Heather’s paint scheme was the winning entry in the annual Tide race car coloring contest at Give Kids The World. Heather, who is battling an inoperable brain tumor, first visited the Give Kids The World village in 1997. Why Phoenix and not Homestead as was planned after Lowes? Heather will have the opportunity to see her grandfather, Chuck Castle, of Mesa, AZ for the first time in three years during her visit to Phoenix for race weekend. Castle retired to Mesa from the Chicago area five years ago(PPI Site). See an image of the car on my Paint Schemes Gallery(10-25-2000)

    • #97 Paint: driver Kurt Busch is still unsure about 2001 sponsorship for the #97 Ford which currently carries the John Deere colors and he will have a special paint job for the Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500(PIR PR)(10-21-2000)

    • The Grinch car? UPDATE: hearing that Terry Labonte will run a "Grinch" paint scheme late in the season to promote the November release of the movie version of "The Grinch" starring Jim Carrey(8-19-2000)
      UPDATE: the scheme will be run by Labonte at Phoenix and Homestead to promote the Nov 17th opening of "The Grinch" a movie starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch (based on Dr. Seuss' book and the all time favorite cartoon, 'The Grinch that Stole Christmas'), the scheme will also feature the Grinch's dog Max and Cindy Lou Who(NOL)(8-29-2000)
      UPDATE 2: See an image of the Scheme on the Paint Schemes Gallery(8-30-2000)

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


    • Labonte needs 15th and...: If #18-Bobby Labonte finishes 15th in each of the remaining three races and leads a lap in one, or finishes two races 15th and one 14th, he will clinch the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Drivers Championship, regardless of any other driver's performance. How to figure this? #3-Dale Earnhardt is 2nd in drivers points with 4444 points. If he wins the final three races and leads the most laps, he would get 185 points a race(total 555) for a season ending total of 4999. Bobby Labonte has 4645 drivers points, so he would need to score 354 points to get 5000, an average of 118, a 15th place finish is worth 118 points. Labonte would tie Earnhardt in points in this scenario, but Earnhardt would win as he would have five wins to Labonte's four. So Labonte's 'Magic Number' is a 15th place finish and leading at least one race to get the five bonus points(Earnhardt presently has two wins, Labonte has four), or to make it simple, if Labonte finishes 14th or better, none of the above matters(10-22-2000)

    • 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)
      ALSO: Bobby would be the first former BGN champ(since the series began in 1982, not counting the old Sportsman division) to win the Winston Cup championship(10-1-2000)

    • NOL Stats: NASCAR by the Numbers

    • No Top 5's: Three drivers have made all 31 races and not have a top five, #4-Bobby Hamilton, #36-Ken Schrader and #43-John Andretti(10-22-2000)

    • Top Fives: There have been 28 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at Rockingham) score a Top-5 in 2000....1999's total was 28 and 1998's total number was 27(10-22-2000)

    • Top Tens: There have been 39 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at Rockingham) score a Top-10 in 2000.....1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(10-22-2000)

    • Provisonal Finishes in 2000: In 210 provisonal starts(30 races x 7, Watkins Glen qualifying rained out), drivers have accumulated 1 Win, 3 Top 5's and 14 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(10-22-2000)

    • Lap Leader/Bonus Points: 47 drivers have led at least one Winston Cup lap in 2000(no new drivers at Rockingham). 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(10-22-2000)

    • Consecutive Starts: Dale Earnhardt has 644 consecutive Winston Cup starts, Ricky Rudd is next with 605 followed by Rusty Wallace at 514, Ken Schrader with 484 and Mark Martin 398. Terry Labonte had 655 but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his record streak(10-22-2000)

    • 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      314     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
         Brett Bodine     195     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
         Rick Mast        124     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
         Kyle Petty        91     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
         Chad Little       87     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
         Darrell Waltrip   76     5th     California      5-3-98
         Ken Schrader      73     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
         Hut Stricklin     67     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
         Ted Musgrave      51     5th     Phoenix         10-25-98
         Ricky Craven      51     3rd     Rockingham      10-27-97
         Dick Trickle      49     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
         Derrike Cope      46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
         Steve Grissom     45     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  66
      Cup drivers(not including 2000 rookies)
      (data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(10-22-2000)
    • 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(10-15-2000)

    • 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  459
      Rick Mast        335
      Ted Musgrave     297
      Hut Stricklin    271
      Dick Trickle     266*
      Wally Dallenbach 222
      Kenny Wallace    216
      Chad Little      216
      Robert Pressley  167
      Johnny Benson    159
      Ricky Craven     142
      Mike Skinner     141
      Steve Grissom    141
      Todd Bodine      109*
      Jerry Nadeau     100
      Kevin Lepage      94
      David Green       78*
      Elliott Sadler    66
      All Time - Over 400 Starts	
      Driver          Races Run
      JD McDuffie       653
      Buddy Arrington   560
      Neil Castles      497
      Michael Waltrip-x 459
      Jimmy Means       455
      Cecil Gordon      450
      G.C. Spencer      415
      *not a full time or regular Cup driver
      (10-22-2000)(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      479        2/21/82    Richmond
         Brett Bodine     324        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
         Ken Schrader     300        6/2/91     Dover
         Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
         Darrell Waltrip  248        9/6/92     Darlington
         Jimmy Spencer    199        7/24/94    Talladega
         Bill Elliott     190        9/4/94     Darlington
         Kyle Petty       162        6/4/95     Dover
         Sterling Marlin  145        7/6/96     Daytona
         Geoffrey Bodine  118        8/11/96    Watkins Glen
         Bobby Hamilton    90        4/20/98    Martinsville
         Ricky Rudd        72        9/27/98    Martinsville    
         *not a full time or regular Cup driver
      (10-22-2000)(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    Rockingham, Oct 2000
         Jeff Gordon        7    Richmond, Sept 2000
         Bobby Labonte      6    Charlotte, Oct 2000
         Jeff Burton        4    NHIS, August 2000
         Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
         Dale Earnhardt     3    Talladega, Oct 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
      (10-22-2000)(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

    • 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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