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THE RACE: Pontiac Excitement 400

Winston Cup Race #11 of 34 for the 2000 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Saturday, May 6, 2000 in Richmond, VA

  • TV: ESPN 7:30pm/et

  • Purse: $2,303,277

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Pontiac Excitement 400 from NOL

  • 1999 Race Winner: Dale Jarrett

  • Race Speed Record: Rusty Wallace, 1997, 108.499mph

  • Track/Race Length: 0.75 mile oval, 400 laps, 300 miles

  • Practice: Friday, May 5th 12:30-1:55pm/et and 3:00-4:30pm/et; Saturday, May 6th, 11:30am-12:30pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, May 6th, after 2nd round qualifying until 3:00pm/et, TV-none

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, May 5th at 11:30am/et

  • Qualfying Order - Pontiac Excitement 400: NASCAR Online and That's Racin'

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-25, Friday, May 5th at 5:30pm/et, TV-ESPN2 and live via MRN radio/internet(link below)

  • Second-Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 26th-43rd, Saturday, May 6th at 1:45pm/et

  • Track/Race Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, May 1999, 126.499mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Jeff Gordon, 126.499mph

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph

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

    Track Specs:
    Short Track: 0.75-mile oval, 60-foot width with 10-foot apron
    Banking: turns: 14 degrees; frontstretch 8 degrees; backstretch 2 degrees
    Seating Capacity: almost 96,000
  • Track Homepage: NEW SITE - Richmond International Raceway

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


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $100,000 at Richmond 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(4-30-2000)


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  • From the TNN Site: Pontiac Excitement 400 Race Stats by their stat guru Bill Sloboda(5-5-2000)

  • Pontiac Excitement 400 Quick Facts(TNN)(5-5-2000)

  • WRAL: NASCAR - Pontiac Excitement 400 Preview(5-4-2000)

  • Race ODDS: Stardust NASCAR Odds - Richmond(WRAL)(5-4-2000)

  • Richmond Race Fact Sheet (RaceWire)(5-3-2000)

  • Some Richmond Notes: Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip lead all active drivers with six victories at Richmond. Dale Earnhardt has five. ... Richard Petty is the all-time Richmond leader with 13 race wins and eight poles. ... Fords have won five of the past seven Richmond races. ... The first of Tony Stewart's three wins last year came in the fall race at Richmond. Stewart has yet to lead a lap this season(That's Racin')(5-3-2000)

  • Ten Different Winners: Jeremy Mayfield is the tenth different Winston Cup winner in the first ten races in 2000. This extends the NASCAR all time record to ten, beating last races ninth. The old record was seven that happened in 1991 when the first seven winners were Ernie Irvan, Dale Earnhardt, Kyle Petty, Ken Schrader, Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip. Also happened in 1964 when Ned Jarrett, Fireball Roberts, Wendell Scott, Richard Petty, Dan Gurney, Junior Johnson, Bobby Isaac won the first seven races that season. The 2000 winners: Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Ward Burton, Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and now Jeremy Mayfield. The record only for the start of a season. A different driver won 13 races in a row back in 1961. The "modern-era" record, covering the years since 1972, is 11 different winners in a row in 1985(4-30-2000)

    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS news and links

  • Richmond Winner: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr won the Pontiac Excitement 400 and becomes the first repeat winner in the 2000 season and only the third rookies to win more then one race in a Cup season (Davey Allison 1987 and Tony Stewart - 3 wins in 1999). Oops, he jumped on the car roof too. #60-Geoffrey Bodine couldn't run the complete race and enlisted the services of little brother Todd, who went out early in the race with the #91 car. Todd made up 2 laps lost on the driver exchange and finished 13th for his brother. #20-Tony Stewart led his first lap in the 2000 season. See results at NASCAR Online, Racin' Network, Total Sports and That's Racin'(5-7-2000)

  • Happy Hour: at Richmond for the Pontiac Excitment 400 had #91-Todd Bodine as the fastest with a speed of 121.490mph. The the #88-Dale Jarrett and #60-Geoffrey Bodine cars did not practice in Happy Hour. Speeds can be seen at That's Racin', Racin' Network and NASCAR Online(5-6-2000)

  • Some Richmond Stats: 16 of the 78 Richmond races have been won by the pole starter - 21%, 2 in 23 races on 3/4 mile. Last Pontiac Excitement won by the pole winner: 1992 by Bill Elliott (only Pontiac Excitement won from the pole since 1980). Lowest start of a Pontiac Excitement winner: 28th, 1971 by Richard Petty; 1999 - 21st. 63 of the 78 Richmond races have been won from the Top 10 - 81%. Dave Marcis has ran 53 of the 78 Richmond Races, Darrell Waltrip has run 51. The first 24 races at Richmond were on a 1/2 mile dirt track. From the second race in 1968 to the first race in 1988, Richmond was a 1/2 mile paved track (40 races). The track was rebuilt to its present configuration for the Sept. 1988 race. Races on the 1/2 mile track were 500 laps from 9/70 to 9/75, 400 laps starting 2/76.(TNN Motorsports)(5-5-2000)

  • 2nd Round Qualifying is over at Richmond for the Pontiac Excitement 400. Four drivers made 2nd round attempts, none of the drivers were fast enough to make the race on speed, in fact all four were slower then their first round attempts. #14-Rick Mast was the fastest of the four at 121.830mph, but missed the race. Others making runs were #44-Petty, #90-Berrier and #66-Waltrip. #71- Dave Marcis did not make an attempt or the race. #66-Darrell Waltrip misses his first race of 2000 as he was not fast enough and is out of provisionals until Sears Point. #44-Petty made the race using his fifth and last provisional available until Sears Point(the 16th race). #35-Jerry Nadeau and #7- Michael Waltrip used their first provisionals of the year, leaving ten drivers who have made all 11 races and not used a provisional(see my Provisional page for that list, who had to use provisionals and who missed the race). For the starting grid see NASCAR Online and Racin' Network(5-6-2000)

  • the Sat Practice session is over at Richmond for the Pontiac Excitement 400. #44-Kyle Petty was the fastest at 121.659mph. The speeds were much slower which do not bode well for #14-Mast; #66-Waltrip, #90-Berrier and #71-Marcis who at present do not have the speed or the provisionals to make the field. See the speeds at NASCAR Online and the Racin' Network. 2nd round qualfying comes up at 1:45pm/et. Probably only the four drivers making an attempt(5-6-2000)

  • corrections - 1st Round Qualifying is over at Richmond for the Pontiac Excitement 400. #2-Rusty Wallace wins the pole with a speed of 124.740mph in the Miller Lite Ford, his third pole of the year. #1-Steve Park just missed getting his 2nd career pole(not first..forgot Bristol) with a speed of 124.499mph. #60-Geoffrey Bodine will start 4th in his comeback from the CTS accident and will make his first Cup start of 2000. If things stayed the same the following four(not three) drivers would miss the race: #66-Darrell Waltrip(38th in owners points but out of provisionals), #14-Rick Mast(44th) who is from Virginia, #90-Ed Berrier(45th) in Junie Donlavey's hometown Ford, and #71-Dave Marcis(46th). It will be tough for anyone to race into the top 36 on Saturday as it is supposed to be hot at Richmond on Saturday(85-90 degrees). For info on provisionals see my Provisional Status page. See 1st round results at NASCAR Online, Racin' Network(5-5-2000)

  • Notes from Qualifying: #25-Jerry Nadeau ran a backup car during 1st round qualifying as his backed into the was during practice; #7-Michael Waltrip's Chevy has New Holland Construction on the hood and Philips Light Bulbs on the 1/4 panels - both are associate sponsors for the team, Waltrip also pancaked the right side of the car during his run and was the slowest; #6-Mark Martin has MaxLife, a Valvoline product on the 1/4 panels; (5-5-2000)

  • 2nd Cup Practice for Friday is over at Richmond. #28-Ricky Rudd was the fastest at 124.132mph. Seems the heat of the day is keeping the speeds down. Slowest was #13-Robby Gordon at 118.874mph. #60-Geoffrey Bodine was 26th. To see where teams stack up for provisional stating spots, see my Provisional Status page. For practice speeds, see Racin' Network and NOL(5-5-2000)

  • Qualifying Order is up at NOL(NASCAR Online) and That's Racin' for the Pontiac Excitement 400, see the link at my Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond race info page. 47 cars to make attempts, with #27-Mike Bliss scheduled to run first at 5:30pn/et this afternnon(ESPN2-TV, MRN-radio). Last scheduled out is #8-Dale Earnahrdt Jr. #60-Geoffrey Bodine makes his return to Cup racing today, scheduled to make an attempt 45th of the 47 drivers(5-5-2000)

  • 1st Cup Practice at Richmond is over. #1-Steve Park was the fastest at 124.120mph. Bodine is up in the top five and DW is the slowest. Track Record is 126.499mph, set in May 1999 by Jeff Gordon. Speeds can be see at Racin' Network, That's Racin' and NOL(5-5-2000)

  • How to break a tie? 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,


  • RIR Testing UPDATE: Testing at RIR - Richmond International Raceway was rained out today. Some team supposedly there were #36-Kenny Schrader, #90-Ed Berrier, #91-Todd Bodine, #16-Kevin Lepage, #22-Ward Burton and #93-Dave Blaney. Teams are expected to return Wednesday. No new on if #60-Geoffrey Bodine was there or not as reported before. Also a few BGN teams were there to test: #24-David Green(yes, helping out), #18-Jason Leffler, #21-Mike Dillon, #2-Kevin Harvick, #45-Adam Petty and #98-Elton Sawyer(4-18-2000)
    UPDATE: Twentysome teams tested Wednesday at RIR including #'s 91, 22, 36, 16, 90, 93, 60, 55 from CUP and BGN cars #'s 98, 21, 2, 18, 45, 20, 24, 82, 19, 44, 11, 63, 50, 74, 83, 92, 33 and a 2nd #18 team(what will be the #29 car with Curtis Maekham). The #50 Dr Pepper and #63 Superflo cars crashed. #50 driver Tony Roper was taken by ambulance to local hospital. No word on his condition or injuries. Only unofficial speed I heard was #91-Todd Bodine at 123mph, last years pole was is 126.499mph by Jeff Gordon(4-20-2000)

  • 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 - Richmond


  • Jarrett #400: Dale Jarrett, driver of the #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford will start his 400th career Cup race at Richmond(5-5-2000)

  • Little 200: Chad Little, driver of the #97 John Deere Ford, will be making the 200th CUP start this weekend at Richmond as is his teammate #99-Jeff Burton(5-5-2000)

  • Burton 200: Jeff Burton, driver of the #99 Exide Batteries Taurus, will be making the 200th start of his NASCAR Winston Cup career this weekend at Richmond(Ford Racing/Campbell and Co)(5-4-2000)

  • #7 Team: Talk continues about Jim Mattei selling or taking on a partner for his race team, which fields #7 Chevy for driver Michael Waltrip. The discussion centers on Jim Smith, who owns the #2 CTS team(Mike Wallace). One source(That's Racin' source) said Sunday that Smith may be in Richmond next weekend to make an announcement about becoming involved in the team(That's Racin')(5-1-2000)

  • #41 News: Speedway Scene is reporting: "The now plucked Larry Hedrick team may be taking the California and Richmond races off but don't count them among the deceased just yet. Hope looms large for the struggling team after primary sponsorship with Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce apparently didn't yield much more than 11 million shares of worthless paper posing as shares of stock in the mysterious company that's left a trail of wake of worthless motorsports sponsorships over the past few years. The hopeful news for Hedrick's #41 comes from a large sponsorship that will push the nearly defunct team into the class of "well funded" on the Winston Cup tour. Expect the team to return to action at Charlotte after the lofty sponsorship news is released in the next couple of weeks."(Speedway Scene). NOTE: one rumor a few weeks ago has New Holland as the sponsor, but it is probably part of the sponsorship package(4-29-2000)

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


  • Team Gordon Paint UPDATE 3 have an image: expect an announcement soon that Robby Gordon's #13-Menards/Duracell Ford Taurus will carry a special promotional paint scheme for the Fontana(California) and Richmond races(Team Gordon PR)(4-13-2000)
    UPDATE: Flintstones, meet the Flintstones......I hear the car will be done up in a Flintstone scheme as a way to promote the upcoming Universal Studios(an assoc sponsor) movie(4-22-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Beginning with this weekend's California 500 at the California Speedway, as well as next weekend's race in Richmond, Robby Gordon's normally bright-colored, Duracell/Turtle Wax Ford Taurus will take on a different level of recognition, sporting a neon orange paint scheme with Fred Flintstone's trademark, triangle spots, courtesy of Universal Studios and Burger King. It's all part of Universal Studios' kick-off for the theatrical release of "The Flintstones, Viva Rock Vegas" on Friday, April 28(Team Gordon PR)(4-25-2000)
    UPDATE 3: got an image of the car from Team Gordon, check it out at the Paint Scheme Gallery, also added an image of the #6 Eagle One Ford run at Talladega, and a few days ago added the special #33 Oakwood Homes Chevy that will be run at California(4-26-2000)

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


  • F1/CART Points: What would the standing look lie if F1 or CART systems were used? See RPM Designs

  • Stats: Driver Averages at Richmond(5-4-2000)

  • NOL Stats: NASCAR by the Numbers

  • Manu Lap Leaders: In 3131 laps run so far in 2000, Ford drivers have led 1497 laps, Chevy drivers have led 984 laps, and Pontiac drivers have led 650 laps(4-30-2000)

  • Top Fives: There have been 23 different Cup drivers(add Matt Kenseth and Ricky Rudd from California) score a Top-5 in 2000....1999's total was 28 and 1998 year's total number was 27(4-30-2000)

  • Top Tens: There have been 29 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at California) score a Top-10 in 2000.....1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(4-30-2000)

  • Provisonal Finishes in 2000: In 70 provisonal starts(10 races x 7), drivers have accumulated 0 Wins, 2 Top 5's and 4 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(4-30-2000)

  • Lap Leader/Bonus Points: 38 drivers have led at least one Winston Cup lap in 2000. Only two drivers who have made all 10 races have not lead a lap, #20-Tony Stewart and #55-Kenny Wallace. To see who has led laps and who leads in the bonus points, see my Bonus Points Leaders Page(4-30-2000)

  • Consecutive Starts: Terry Labonte has 646 consecutive Winston Cup starts, Dale Earnhardt is next with 623, followed by Ricky Rudd with 584 and Rusty Wallace at 493(4-30-2000)

  • 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      305     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87				   
       Brett Bodine     176     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        105     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        80     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little       70     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Robert Pressley   61     3rd     Texas           4-5-98
       Darrell Waltrip   60     5th     California      5-3-98
       Hut Stricklin     60     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Ken Schrader      52     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Dick Trickle      48     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Derrike Cope      46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Steve Grissom     40     4th     New Hampshire   9-14-97
       Ted Musgrave      40     5th     Phoenix         10-25-98
       Ricky Craven      40     3rd     Rockingham      10-27-97
    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
       David Green     76
       Elliott Sadler  45
    Cup drivers(not including 2000 rookies)
    (data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(4-30-2000)
  • 1999 winners who have not won in 2000: Terry Labonte, Tony Stewart, 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(4-30-2000)

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

       Driver          Races Run
       Michael Waltrip  438
       Rick Mast        316
       Ted Musgrave     286
       Dick Trickle     265 
       Hut Stricklin    264*
       Wally Dallenbach 202
       Chad Little      199
       Kenny Wallace    195
       Robert Pressley  146
       Johnny Benson    138
       Steve Grissom    135*
       Ricky Craven     131
       Mike Skinner     120
       Todd Bodine      106*
       Kenny Irwin       80
       Jerry Nadeau      79
       David Green       76*
       Kevin Lepage      73
       Steve Park        66
       Elliott Sadler    45
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (4-30-2000)(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      471        2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     304        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     279        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Darrell Waltrip  232        9/6/92     Darlington
       Jimmy Spencer    178        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     171        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       152        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  124        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  106        8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    69        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        50        9/27/98    Martinsville    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (4-30-2000)(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    Talladega, Apr 2000
       Bobby Labonte      6    Rockingham, Feb 2000
       Jeff Burton        4    Las Vegas, Mar 2000
       Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
       Dale Earnhardt     3    Atlanta, Mar 2000
       Ward Burton        1    Darlington, Mar 2000
       Dale Earnhardt Jr  1    Texas, Apr 2000
       Jeremy Mayfield    1    California, Apr 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
       Tony Stewart       1    Homestead, Nov 1999   
     All Time Record is Richard Petty - 18 years from 1960-1977
    (4-30-2000)(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

  • 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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