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THE RACE: Pennsylvania 500 Presented by America Online

Winston Cup Race #19 of 34 for the 2000 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, July 23, 2000 in Long Pond, PA

  • TV: TBS 1:05pm/et

  • TBS Superstation Site

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $2,658,590

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Pennsylvania 500 from NOL

  • 1999 Race Winner: Bobby Labonte

  • Track/Event/Race Speed Record: Rusty Wallace, July 1996, 144.892

  • Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 200 laps, 500 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Friday, July 21st 11:00am - 2:00pm/et; Saturday, July 22nd 9:30 - 10:50am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, July 22nd, after the ARCA race, TV-TBS at 3:35pm/et


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 21st at 10:30am/et

  • Qualfying Order - Pennsylvania 500: NASCAR Online

  • First Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-25, Friday, July 21st at 3:00pm/et, TV-none 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-43rd, Saturday, July 22nd at 11:30am/et

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, June 2000, 171.625mph

  • Event Qualifying Record: Mike Skinner, July 1999, 170.451mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Mike Skinner, 170.451mph

    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval
    Banking: turn 1: 14 degrees, turn 2: 8 degree, turn 3: 6 degrees;
    Straights: Front - 3740 feet, Long Pond(between turns 1 and 2) - 3055 feet, North(between turns 2 and 3) - 1780 feet

  • Track Homepage: Pocono Raceway

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

  • Goodyear Tire Notes - Pocono(7-20-2000)



  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $180,000 at Pocono for leading the points and winning the race.(Dale Jarrett last won the award, $10,000 at Daytona) The $340,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if he is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finisher in the point standings(7-9-2000)

  • Leader Bonus: The Winston Cup leader bonus began in 1996 and has never been higher than it will be at at Pocono. The bonus goes to a driver who wins a race and is the points leader at the end of that race. It begins at $10,000 and rolls over each week it isn't won. Dale Jarrett won it by winning the Daytona 500 to start the season, but it hasn't been won since and stands at $180,000. That breaks the record set back in 1996. Jeff Gordon won an additional $160,000 when he won at Talladega in July of that year. The $180,000 is also more than 28 of the 34 winner's payouts from last year's NASCAR Winston Cup season. Just three drivers will have a shot at the $180,000 bonus in the Pennsylvania 500. Labonte enters the race with a 45-point lead over Dale Earnhardt in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings. Third-place Dale Jarrett trails Labonte by 68 points(7-9/20-2000)


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

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

some Local Newspapers and other Sites that cover the Pocono area:
Citizens Voice
Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Inquirer
Pocono Record
Scranton Times

Weather forecast for Long Pond, PA by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Long Pond, PA

Pocono Review by ARS Racing
The Racing Edge

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


Fans Can Online


  • Race ODDS: NASCAR Odds - Pennsylvania 500(SportsFax News)(7-21-2000)

  • Some Pocono Stats: Six of all the 45 Pocono races have been won by the pole starter - 13%. Last Pennsylvania 500 won by the Pole Winner: 1994 by Geoffrey Bodine. 33 of the 45 Pocono Races Have Been Won from the Top 10 - 73%. 24 Drivers Have Won a Pole at Pocono(TNN Race Stats)(7-20-2000)

  • Starting Stuff: The farthest back a winner has started for the Pennsylvania 500 is 16th. That's where Dale Earnhardt started for the second race at Pocono Raceway in 1987. The farthest back of either races a winner has started is 27th - Terry Labonte started in this position and won the 1995 Pocono 500. Third has been the most productive starting position at Pocono, providing eight race winners(NASCAR PR)(7-18-2000)

  • From the TNN Site: Pennsylvania 500 Race Stats by their stat guru Bill Sloboda(7-20-2000)

  • WRAL: NASCAR - Pocono Preview(7-19-2000)

  • Pocono Quick Facts(TNN)(7-19-2000)

  • The Crew Chief Club


  • Wallace wins at Pocono in the Pennsylvania 500 presented by AOL. On the last lap while leading #12-Jeremy Mayfield lost a tire and #2-Rusty Wallace, his teammate, was able to hold off #99-Jeff Burton for the win. The victory was Wallace's 51st which ties him for 8th with Jeff Gordon. Much attrition in the race with 14 DNF's(did not finish). #01-Ted Musgrave came home 16th in the former SABCO #42 car and Rich Bickle, who got in the #5 Kelloggs Chevy during the first caution to relieve Terry Labonte, finished 11th, which will is credited to Labonte. See results at NASCAR Online, That's Racin' or Racin' Network. Unofficial Points Standings at Racin' Network(7-23-2000)

  • Happy Hour at Pocono is over for the Pennsylvania 500. #17-Matt Kenseth was the fastest at 165.629mph. No incidents or accidents during the practice. See speeds at NASCAR Online or Racin' Network(7-22-2000)

  • 2nd Round Qualifying is over for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono. #01-Ted Musgrave was the fastest by far of the five drivers who made attempts in 2nd round. Musgrave's lap of 169.786mph moved him all the way up to 26th and would had been 22nd fastest in 1st round. Of the five drivers, four went faster(#'s 60,01,66 and 85) and one went slower(#4) but only Musgrave was able to race into the field. Drivers missing the race are: #60-Geoffrey Bodine who is 35th in owners points but out of provisionals and #85-Carl Long who is 50th in owners points and never seemed to get up to speed to make the race in his 1999 Ford Taurus. See the starting grids at NOL or Racin' Network(7-22-2000)

  • Saturday AM Practice at Pocono is over. #01-Ted Musgrave was the fastest at 168.488mph. No one went faster then the 36th fastest speed of 168.941mph needed to get into the field. See the speeds at NASCAR Online or Racin' Network(7-22-2000)

  • 1st Round Qualifying at Pocono is over for the Pennsylvania 500. #20-Tony Stewart wins the pole, his first of the 2000 season, with a new event and track record of 172.391mph. Two other drivers went faster then the track record, #2-Wallace and #6-Martin. Fifteen drivers went faster then the event record(of 170.451 set in 1999). If things stayed the same as they stand, the two drivers who would miss the race are: #60-Geoffrey Bodine(35th in owners points but out of provisionals) and #85-Carl Long(50th). For more info on provisionals or owners points see my Provisional Status page. #01-Ted Musgrave, in the former #42 car the the late Kenny Irwin drove until his death at NHIS two weeks ago, was 38th fastest at 138.183mph. See NOL, That's Racin' or Racin' Network for speeds(7-21-2000)

  • Friday's practice is over for the Pennsylvania 500. #6-Mark Martin was the fastest at 171.831mph, slowest was #85-Carl Long at 161.565mph. The event qualifying record is 170.451mph by Mike Skinner last July and the track record is 171.625mph by Rusty Wallace this past June. Only Martin was faster then the track record while 12 drivers were faster then the even record. See the speeds at NOL and Racin' Network(7-21-2000)

  • Qualifying Order is up at NOL: for the Pennsylvania 500. See the link above. 45 cars listed, no #50-Ricky Craven. #71-Dave Marcis is scheduled to go out first while #93-Dave Blaney is scheduled out 45th. No TV coverage of qualifying(boo!) but it can be followed on NOL or the MRN Radio via the internet or on the actual radio(7-21-2000)

  • Penn 500 at Pocono Entry List: is up at NOL, see the link above. 46 cars are listed including #85-Carl Long and #50-Ricky Craven, but it was mentioned a few weeks ago that the #50 team will skip the July Pocono race and return for the Brickyard 400 in August, where it will begin a four-race run with an Internet company as sponsor. Good performances may lead to a full-season deal for 2001(7-18-2000)

  • 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,


  • Pocono Sponsor News: TBS Superstation announced that America Online will be the Presenting sponsor of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Pennsylvania 500 telecast on Sunday, July 23. The race will be called the Pennsylvania 500 Presented by America Online. In addition to Sunday's Winston Cup race, the Superstation has exclusive television rights to telecast the Pepsi ARCA 200. The Superstation's live ARCA race coverage begins Saturday, July 22, at 1:05pm/et. Immediately following the Pepsi ARCA 200, the Superstation's NASCAR Happy Hour coverage will air. Also, a 48-foot-long, America Online-branded tractor-trailer will be on site during the Pennsylvania race weekend. The fully equipped truck will have 10 AOL demo stations, giving event-goers an opportunity to surf the Internet and communicate with other race fans around the world. Those who wish to take a "hands-free" approach can watch an AOL Internet tour in a 10-person theater and pick up a copy of the latest AOL software. AOL will also server as the sponsor for the Turner Broadcasting System, Inc./Galaxy Motorsports #75 Ford's paint scheme(TBS PR)(7-20-2000)

  • Pocono gets a 'presenter': TBS Superstation announced that America Online(AOL) will be the Presenting sponsor of the Winston Cup Pennsylvania 500 telecast on Sunday, July 23. Exclusive, live race coverage of Pennsylvania 500 Presented by America Online will be TBS(Yahoo Biz)(6-22-2000)

  • TBS SuperStation: has a huge race weekend planned, with the PEPSI ARCA 200 and the PENNSYLVANIA 500 in the same weekend, July 22nd and 23rd. Not only can you catch the live broadcast of the NASCAR Pennsylvania 500 on TBS, but you can get IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT. For the race, there will be live, in-car cameras available only at Visitors can watch the race from inside the car of any of six different drivers. The Pennsylvania 500 is always one of the biggest races of the year, and these live webcams give you the best seat in the house! Also, for you true speed-freaks, they're now offering different bandwidth options on their webcams. They have the usual Realplayer Surestream option for medium to slow connections--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. On Saturday, July 22 at 6:00 pm/et, you will have the chance to get up-close and personal with one of racing's hottest young stars. Tony Stewart, winner of 3 of his last 6 races and last year's Raybestos Rookie of the Year, will be chatting live on after the PEPSI ARCA 200 completes its broadcast on TBS.(TBS PR)(7-20-2000)

  • Rain: The 300 was the fourth race this season to be impeded by rain. Las Vegas was shortened by 119 laps. Michigan fell six laps short. Pocono was postponed to the next day, Monday. Sunday's race at New Hampshire only went 273 of 300 laps(SpeedVision)(7-10-2000)

  • Track Qualifying Records fall in 2000: In 19 events there have been eleven(11) track records set, including Bristol, California, Lowes, Michigan, Pocono, Rockingham, Texas, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Sears Point and Pocono(2nd time). These are TRACK records, not only EVENT records(7-23-2000)

  • 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 - Pocono


  • AOL and the #75: For the second consecutive race, America Online will serve as the primary sponsor on owner Darwin Oordt's Fords. America Online is also scheduled to be the sponsor along with the Cartoon Network at Dover for the Sept. 24 MBNA Gold 400(Galaxy Motorsports PR)(7-19-2000)

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


  • #75 and AOL UPDATE 2: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc./Galaxy Motorsports #75 Ford's paint scheme and design will heavily feature AOL during the Jiffy Lube 300 in New Hampshire and during the Pennsylvania 500. TBS Superstation's Dinner & A Movie and AOL will co-sponsor the Sept. 24 MBNA Gold 500 in Delaware. Though a first-time sponsor of a Winston Cup entry, America Online is no stranger to the NASCAR circuit. AOL has sponsored Damon Lusk on NASCAR's Southwest Series and currently sponsors ARCA series driver Andy Belmont of the America Online Racing Team(Yahoo Biz)(6-22-2000)
    UPDATE: Actually the #79 TRIX Racing Chevy was entered last year at New Hampshire and Dover(fall races) with AOL as the sponsor with Andy Belmont racing but failed to make the races(6-23-2000)
    UPDATE 2: A new marketing partner will join Galaxy Motorsports when America Online graces the hood of Wally Dallenbach's #75 Ford in three upcoming races, beginning at New Hampshire. America Online will also be the primary sponsor on Dallenbach's car -- and the presenting sponsor of the race -- for the July 23 Pennsylvania 500 Presented by America Online at Pocono. In addition, America Online will share primary sponsorship on owner Darwin Oordt's Ford with the Cartoon Network for the Sept. 24 MBNA Gold 400 at Dover. The America Online Ford will sport a navy blue-and-yellow paint scheme. Galaxy Motorsports employs a rotating sponsorship on its fleet of Fords. TBS Superstation Dinner & A Movie, with associate sponsorship from Pepcid AC and Imodium AD, is the primary sponsor for 11 races this season. Turner Broadcasting System's Cartoon Network and World Championship Wrestling are the primary sponsors for seven races. Rotozip Power Tools is the major sponsor for seven races and RedCell Batteries is the primary for six events this year(Hoagland Communications)(6-30-2000)

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


  • 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 19 races - 36.8%, that equates to 12.5 for the year(7-21-2000)

  • Stats: Driver Averages at Pocono(7-12-2000)

  • NOL Stats: NASCAR by the Numbers

  • Manu Lap Leaders: In 5270 laps ran so far in 2000, Ford drivers have led 2291 laps, Chevy drivers have led 1695 laps, and Pontiac drivers have led 1284 laps(7-9-2000)

  • Top Fives: There have been 26 different Cup drivers(add #25 Jerry Nadeau at NHIS) score a Top-5 in 2000....1999's total was 28 and 1998's total number was 27(7-9-2000)

  • Top Tens: There have been 33 different Cup drivers(none new at NHIS) score a Top-10 in 2000.....1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(7-9-2000)

  • Provisonal Finishes in 2000: In 126 provisonal starts(18 races x 7), drivers have accumulated 0 Wins, 2 Top 5's and 5 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(7-9-2000)

  • Lap Leader/Bonus Points: 42 drivers have led at least one Winston Cup lap in 2000. Two new drivers for 2000 were added when #50-Ricky Craven and #60-Geoffrey Bodine led at New Hamshire. 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(7-9-2000)

  • Consecutive Starts: Terry Labonte has 654 consecutive Winston Cup starts, Dale Earnhardt is next with 631, followed by Ricky Rudd with 592 and Rusty Wallace at 501(7-1-2000)

  • No Top Fives Since.... It has been a while since some drivers have had even a whiff of success on the Winston Cup circuit. Here are those with the longest streak of races without a top-five finish:

       Driver          Races  Finish    Track           Date
       Dave Marcis      307     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     183     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        111     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        86     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little       78     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Darrell Waltrip   65     5th     California      5-3-98
       Hut Stricklin     60     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Ken Schrader      60     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Dick Trickle      48     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Derrike Cope      46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Ricky Craven      44     3rd     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Steve Grissom     41     4th     New Hampshire   9-14-97
       Ted Musgrave      40     5th     Phoenix         10-25-98
    Dave Marcis has not had a top 10 since April 10, 1994 in
    the Food City 500 at Bristol, he finished 10th.
    Regular Drivers Without a Career Top Five
       Driver         Races
       Elliott Sadler  53
    Cup drivers(not including 2000 rookies)
    (data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(7-9-2000)
  • 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(7-9-2000)

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

    *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (7-9-2000)(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      473        2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     312        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     287        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Darrell Waltrip  237        9/6/92     Darlington
       Jimmy Spencer    186        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     179        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       157        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  132        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  113        8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    77        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        58        9/27/98    Martinsville    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (7-9-2000)(UMI Press Guides Stats/Winston Cup Updates)

  • Drivers with the current streak of consecutive seasons with at least one win a year:

    Have already won in 2000 and extended or started their streaks:
       Driver          Years   Last Win
       Rusty Wallace     15    Bristol, Mar 2000
       Dale Jarrett       8    Daytona, Feb 2000
       Jeff Gordon        7    Sears Point, June 2000
       Bobby Labonte      6    Rockingham, Feb 2000
       Jeff Burton        4    Daytona, July 2000
       Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
       Dale Earnhardt     3    Atlanta, Mar 2000
       Tony Stewart       2    NHIS, Jule 2000   
       Ward Burton        1    Darlington, Mar 2000
       Dale Earnhardt Jr  1    Richmond, Apr 2000
       Jeremy Mayfield    1    Pocono, June 2000
       Matt Kenseth       1    Charlotte, May 2000
    Thru 1999 season:
       Driver          Years   Last Win
       Terry Labonte      6    Texas, Apr 1999
       John Andretti      1    Martinsville, Apr 1999
       Joe Nemechek       1    New Hampshire, Sept 1999
     All Time Record is Richard Petty - 18 years from 1960-1977
    (7-9-2000)(info gathered using the 2000 UMI Official NASCAR
    Preview and Press Guide and Winston Cup Updates)

  • 43rd Fact: Last driver to win from the 43rd starting spot was Fonty Flock at Raleigh, NC in 1953, the only other driver to do so was Johnny Mantz in the 1950 Southern 500

  • Amazing Finishes: Races won from a starting position of 35 or worse in the history of NASCAR
    Starting Position  Race                                 Driver
     43                1950 Southern 500, Darlington        Johnny Mantz
     43                1953 Raliegh, NC                     Fonty Flock   
     38 provisional    1999 Jiffy Lube 300, Loudon          Jeff Burton
     38                1988 Firecracker 400, Daytona        Bill Elliott
     37 provisional    1999 NAPA 500, Atlanta               Bobby Labonte
     37                1995 Miller 500, Dover               Kyle Petty
     36                2000 Diehard 500, Talladega          Jeff Gordon
     35                2000 Cracker Barrel 500, Atlanta     Dale Earnhardt

  • One owner, three winners? That's Racin' brings up a good question. When was the last time a team owner had three different drivers win in the same season? as Jack Roush has now done this year with Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth. The last to do it was Rick Hendrick in 1989 with Darrell Waltrip (six wins), Ken Schrader (one win) and Geoffrey Bodine (one win)(That's Racin') Technically, Mark Martin is listed as the owner of Kenseth's car and Robert Corn is listed as the owner on the Burton car, but all fall under the Roush Racing umbrella(5-31-2000)

  • Winners: 1999 was the fifth straight year that there have been 11 different winners in a season (1995-99). Every winner in 1999 was from a multi-car team. The last time a single-car team scored a victory was by Ricky Rudd at Martinsville in September 1998(NOL)(11-24-1999)

  • UPDATE: Jeff Burton was the first driver to win from a provisional starting spot EVER at New Hampshire in 1999 and that is the farthest back any driver has won from since Kyle Petty won from 37th at Dover in June 1995(in 1995 37th was not a provisional starting spot). Bill Elliott also won from 38th spot in the 1988 Pepsi 400. In fact ALL the provisional starters for the race finished in the top 25 at NHIS(7-11-1999) -- UPDATE: Add Bobby Labonte as the 2nd ever provisional winners by winning the 1999 NAPA 500 at Atlanta(11-21-1999)

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