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THE RACE: Diehard 500

Winston Cup Race #9 of 34 for the 2000 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, April 16, 2000 in Talladega, AL

  • Talladega is in Central time, all times listed here are Eastern Time(1 hour ahead)

  • TV: ABC 1:00pm/et

  • Purse: $2,904,027

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

  • 1999 Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt

  • Race Speed Record: Mark Martin, 5/1997, 188.354mph

  • Track/Race Length: 2.66 mile tri-oval, 188 laps, 500.08 miles

  • Practice: Friday, Apr 14th 12:15-2:15pm/et; Saturday, Apr 15th, 9:15-10:30am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Apr 15th, 2:00-3:00pm/et (before the BGN race), TV-ESPN2 6:00-7:00pm/et same day tape

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Apr 14th at 11:30am/et

  • Qualfying Order - Diehard 500: NASCAR Online and That's Racin'

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-25, Friday, Apr 14th at 4:00pm/et, TV-ESPN2 and live via MRN radio/internet(link below)

  • Second-Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 26th on back, Saturday, Apr 15th at 11:45am/et

  • Track/Race Qualifying Record: Bill Elliott, 4/1987, 212.809mph(un-restricted)

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Ken Schrader, 197.765mph

  • Pit Road Speed: 55mph

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

    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
    Turns: Banking: 33 degrees Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
    Trioval: Banking: 18 degrees
    Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
    Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only(Talladega Website)

  • Track Homepage: Talladega Superspeedway

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


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $80,000 at Talladega 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(4-10-2000)


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  • Did ya Know? The last three winners at Talladega have started 17th or worse. In the previous 50 races here, only two winners started further back than 15th and Not only have nine different drivers won the nine races this year, but nine different drivers have led the most laps each race(News and Observer)(4-17-2000)

  • A few notes: The #15 Ford with Ted Musgrave driving is White with a light blue stripe down the center of the car and light blue numerals on the doors. #6-Mark Martin has the Eagle One scheme as noted before, mostly black with some orange(4-14-2000)

  • Some Talladega Stats: 12 of all the 61 Talladega races have been won by the pole starter - 15%. 49 of the 61 Talladega races have been won from the Top 10 - 80%. Last DieHard 500 won by the pole winner: 1998, Bobby Labonte (only time in last 14 races). Lowest start of a DieHard 500 winner: 18th, 1997 by Mark Martin. There were a record 75 lead changes in the 1984 race. See the full run down of stats at the TNN Motorsports site, including a rundown of restrictor plate and engine changes at the restrictor plate tracks since 1987. And did you know that only nine drivers have been in all 49 restrictor plate races (1988 Daytona 500 - 2000 Daytona 500). Dale Earnhardt, Sterling Marlin, Mark Martin, Terry Labonte, Bill Elliott, Ken Schrader, Michael Waltrip, Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace. NOTE: while the 1987 Winston 500(April 1987) at Talladega with Bobby Allison's sccident and to slow the cars down was the reason for restrictor plates, they did not go into use until the 1988 Daytona 500. Smaller carborators were used in the 1987 Pepsi 400 in Daytona and at Talladega in the Diehard 500, then held in July(4-13-2000)

  • From the TNN Site: Diehard 500 Race Stats by their stat guru Bill Sloboda(4-13-2000)

  • Diehard 500 Race Fact Sheet (RaceWire)(4-13-2000)

  • Race ODDS: Stardust NASCAR Odds - Talladega(WRAL)(4-13-2000)

  • CBS: Diehard 500 preview(4-12-2000)

  • WRAL: NASCAR - DirecTV 500 Preview(4-12-2000)

  • That's Racin': Talladega Race Page(4-12-2000)

  • Dale Earnhardt's win in October's Winston 500 at Talladega was the farthest any driver has ever started at Talladega(27th) an won. It was the 5th time a driver has won both Talladega races in the same season and Earnhardt is the only driver to do it twice(also in 1990). Others: 1982-Darrell Waltrip; 1975-Buddy Baker; and 1970-Pete Hamilton(10-17-1999)

  • Some Talladega stats: 12 of all the 61 Talladega races have been won from the pole starter - 20%. 50 of 61 Talladega races have been won from the Top 10 - 83%.(TNN Race Stats)

    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS news and links

  • Wow, what a race: #24-Jeff Gordon wins at Talladega and his 50th career Winston Cup win, the 11th driver in history to do so. It was #24 crew chief, Robbie Loomis's first win with the #24 team. Gordon who started 36th(almost had to take his first career provisional), breaks the record for the worse starting spot to win a CUP race at Talladega. Gordon snaps a 13 race streak of not winning a race, the first since Charlotte last October. #31-Mike Skinner was close to his first win but ended up 2nd, his career best finish. #6-Mark Martin is now the point leader over #18-Bobby Labonte. See results at NASCAR Online(NOL)(was incorrect but seems ok now), Racin' Network and Total Sports(4-16-2000)

  • Top 25: #24-Jeff Gordon qualified outside of the top 25 for the first time since Oct 1998 in Charlotte, a streak of 47 races. Also failing to qualify for the top 25 for the first time this year(making all the races) are #18-Bobby Labonte(46th) and #25-Jerry Nadeau(28th). Only two drivers have made ALL nine Cup races and qualified for all the races in the top 25: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr and #31-Mike Skinner(4-15-2000)

  • Rookies do Good: Six of the Rookie of The Year candidates made the field in 1st round qualifying: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(6th), #32-Scott Pruett(15th), #92-Dave Blaney(16th), #27-Mike Bliss(18th), #9-Stacy Compton(22nd) and #90-Ed Berrier(23rd). Only #17-Matt Kenseth failed to qualify on day one, he was 35th(4-15-2000)

  • Talladega Speed: Jeremy Mayfield's pole speed at Talladega was the fifth slowest pole speed in the history of Talladega and the first at less than 190 mph since 1976(NOL/ESPN2 Qualifying) and was the slowest pole-winning speed at Talladega since David Pearson drove his Mercury to the top spot at 184.926mph -- in 1974(News and Observer)(4-15-2000)

  • Happy Hour at Talladega is over. #26-Jimmy Spencer was the fastest at 194.511mph. Drafting speeds are pretty fast. See Happy Hour speeds at NOL and Racin' Network. Happy Hour can be seen on ESPN2 at 6:00pm/et Saturday night(4-15-2000)

  • 2nd Round Qualifying is over at Talladega for the Diehard 500. #55-Kenny Wallace was the fastest at 185.344mph and will start 26th(would had been 23rd in first round). #71-Dave Marcis made an attempt and stayed in the top 36 and moved up to 27th. The only other driver to race into the top 36 was #60-Dick Trickle who will start 31st. Some team's/driver's high up in the points will miss the race: #16-Kevin Lepage(24th in owners points), #21-Elliott Sadler(31st), #11-Brett Bodine(35th), #41-Gary Bradberry(39th), and #14-Rick Mast(42nd). #66-Darrell Waltrip will use the past champion provisional to make the race and is now out of provisionals until race #16 at Sears Point in June. #20-Tony Stewart took another provisional. Point Leader #18-Bobby Labonte used his first provisional of the 2000 season as did #1-Steve Park and #17-Matt Kenseth, info on Provisinals can be seen on the Provisional Status page. See stating grid at NOL, Racin' Network, That's Racin', Motorsports One(4-15-2000)

  • Saturday AM practice: wow, NOL had the speeds up and they are fast. #1-Steve Park ran 193.889mph and many were right behind him. Seems like quite a pickup over Friday's speeds. Slowest was #21-Elliott Sadler at 183.571mph, that is quite a difference. See the speeds at NOL and Racin' Network(4-15-2000)

  • 1st round Qualifying is over at Talladega for the Diehard 500. #12-Jeremy Mayfield wins the pole with a speed of 186.969mph, just beating #94-Bill Elliott who had a speed of 186.936mph. The rules changes have really slowed down the cars. If things stay the same the following five drivers would miss the Diehard 500: #55-Kenny Wallace(34th in owners points), #11-Brett Bodine(35th), #60-Dick Trickle(36th), #41-Gary Bradberry(39th) and #14-Rick Mast(42nd). #66-Darrell Waltrip at present would need to use a champions provisional. To see where the teams stand in owners points and provisionals, see the Provisional Status page. #99-Jeff Burton had no speed as his oil pump failed and he never got up to speed. See the qualifying results at NOL and Racin' Network(4-14-2000)

  • Friday Practice at Talladega is over, so looks like 1st round qualifying will be held at 6pm/et, qualifying will be shown tape delayed tonight at 7:30pm/et on ESPN2. #97-Chad Little was the fastest at 187.963mph. See the speeds at NOL, That's Racin' or Racin' Network, plus SpeedVision has an update on the schedule: Practice Opens; Schedule Revised(4-14-2000)

  • 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,


  • No Re-paving at 'Dega: A repaving project is not in the immediate plans for Talladega Superspeedway, but track operators are preparing for the time when it does come - even if it's sooner than they think. "At this time, there are no plans on the books to repave the track in the year 2000," said Brett Shelton, the speedway's vice president and general manager(Alabama Online)(4-10-2000)

  • Talladega Rules UPDATE: NASCAR Saturday amended its rules revision for Talladega next month, informing teams that it would allow them to use frame bumpers on the front ends of their cars. Even smart crew chiefs seemed puzzled as to what this means. See Ben Blakes story at SpeedVision for the explanation: Blake's Bristol Notebook: Saturday(3-26-2000)
    UPDATE: The bumpers are small rubber pieces attached to the frame, which cushion body-frame contact when the car body drops closer to the ground(That's Racin'), to see an image of a 'bumper', see the story at Speedway Illustrated(3-27-2000)

  • Talladega Repaving? UPDATE 2: hearing that Talladega Superspeedway will be repaved after the April Cup race(3-18-2000)
    UPDATE: being told by the Talladega folks that this is NOT true(3-19-2000)
    UPDATE 2: still getting email on this, so let's make it a little clearer: Was told by the PR people at Talladega that the track will not be repaved this year, tour guides were supposedly erroneously telling folks taking a tour of the track that the repaving would take place after the Cup race(3-22-2000)

  • 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 - Talladega


  • Did Ya Know? Six drivers - Lenny Pond, Richard Brickhouse, Dick Brooks, Bobby Hillin, Phil Parsons and Ron Bouchard - won their first and only Winston Cup Series race at Talladega(Augusta Chronicle)(4-13-2000)

  • Musgrave in the #15: The Ted Musgrave site is reporting: Musgrave Motorsports announced today that Ted Musgrave has accepted the position of driving the #15 Ford Taurus for the Fenley/Moore team. Musgrave will race in the DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 16(Ted Musgrave Site)(4-13-2000)

  • No #91 at 'Dega: Todd Bodine and the LJ Racing crew will make their next race at Richmond International Raceway, in the Pontiac Excitement 400 on May 6. The team will be testing an LJ Racing designed and built car at RIR on April 18 and 19, in preparation for the race. The team is still seeking sponsorship that will allow them to run the full season(LJ Racing). Andy Hillenburg will not run the #91 at Talladega as reported(4-11-2000)

  • 2nd Morgan McClure car? UPDATE: Loy Allen is testing for the Morgan McClure team(#4 Kodak Chevy) at Greenville-Pickens(SC) with regular driver Bobby Hamilton in preparation for the upcoming Martinsville and Talladega races. The way things look right now, they might run a second car at Talladega with Loy Allen as the driver(Morgan McClure PR)(4-4-2000)
    UPDATE: Morgan-McClure Motorsports owner Larry McClure has decided not to enter Loy Allen as a second car at Talladega. Allen had tested a car last week at Talladega for McClure. McClure, owner of the #4 Kodak Chevys for driver Bobby Hamilton, said Sunday it is still likely he will field a second car at some point this season, but he has set no timetable for its debut(That's Racin')(4-10-2000)

  • Elliott #600: #94-Bill Elliott should make his 600th Winston Cup start at Talladega(SpeedVision)(4-9-2000)

  • Fenley-Moore Motorsports: #15-Fenley Moore Motorsports and driver Derrike Cope skipped Martinsville due to a lack of sponsorship. It's the third straight week the team has skipped a race, but it hopes to compete in next Sunday's DieHard 500 at Talladega(Speed Magazine)(4-9-2000)

  • Pardus to skip Talladega: The #65 team and driver Dan Pardus who attempted the Daytona 500 has decided not to attempt qualifying for next Sunday's DieHard 500 at Talladega becasue if of the costs of running a restrictor plate car. Pardus says the team might attempt to qualify for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte(Speed Magazine)(4-9-2000)

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

    Winston Cup Disabled List for the race
    and won't race there
    Driver Car# Injury Return Date Sub
    Geoffrey Bodine 60 Broken Bones, Concussion, Back California Dick Trickle


  • Another Martin Scheme: Mark Martin will debut the 2000 #6 Eagle One Taurus at Talladega. This is the third straight season that Martin has driven a car featuring Eagle One colors. In May, 1998, Martin won The Winston in an Eagle One car. (J-Mar Express Newsletter) See images of this years car at my Paint Schemes Gallery(4-11-2000)

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


  • Stats: Driver Averages at Talladega(4-13-2000)

  • Eight Different Winners: Mark Martin is the eighth different Winston Cup winner in the first eight races in 2000. This breaks the NASCAR all time record of 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. and now Mark Martin(4-9-2000)

  • NOL Stats: NASCAR by the Numbers

  • Manu Lap Leaders: In 2693 laps run so far in 2000, Ford drivers have led 1174 laps, Chevy drivers have led 867 laps, and Pontiac drivers have led 642 laps(4-10-2000)

  • Top Fives: There have been 17 different Cup drivers(add Jeff Gordon and Michael Waltrip at Martinsville) score a Top-5 in 2000....1999's total was 28 and 1998 year's total number was 27(4-9-2000)

  • Top Tens: There have been 25 different Cup drivers(add Michael Waltrip at Martinsville) score a Top-10 in 2000.....1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(4-9-2000)

  • Provisonal Finishes: In 56 provisonal starts(8 races x 7), drivers have accumulated 0 Wins, 2 Top 5's and 4 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page(4-9-2000)

  • Lap Leader/Bonus Points: 35 drivers(add #36-Schrader after Martinsville) have led at least one Winston Cup lap in 2000. To see who has led laps and who leads in the bonus points, see my Bonus Points Leaders Page(4-10-2000)

  • Consecutive Starts: Terry Labonte has 644 consecutive Winston Cup starts, Dale Earnhardt is next with 621(4-9-2000)

  • 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
       Brett Bodine     175     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        104     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        78     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little       68     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Hut Stricklin     60     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Robert Pressley   59     3rd     Texas           4-5-98
       Darrell Waltrip   58     5th     California      5-3-98
       Ken Schrader      50     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Derrike Cope      46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Dick Trickle      46     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Steve Grissom     40     4th     New Hampshire   9-14-97
       Ted Musgrave      39     5th     Phoenix         10-25-98
       Ricky Craven      39     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.
    Marcis has had no top fives since a 3rd at
    Watkins Glen on August 10, 1987.
    Regular Drivers Without a Career Top Five
       Driver         Races
       David Green     76
       Elliott Sadler  44
    Cup drivers(not including 2000 rookies)
    (data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(4-9-2000)
  • 1999 winners who have not won in 2000: Terry Labonte, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Joe Nemechek and John Andretti are the drivers who earned victories in 1999 and have not won yet in 2000. Three drivers who won in 1998 Bobby Hamilton, Jeremy Mayfield and Ricky Rudd, have not won since(4-9-2000)

  • 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  436
       Rick Mast        315
       Ted Musgrave     285
       Hut Stricklin    264*
       Dick Trickle     263 
       Wally Dallenbach 200
       Chad Little      197
       Kenny Wallace    193
       Robert Pressley  144
       Johnny Benson    136
       Steve Grissom    135*
       Ricky Craven     130
       Mike Skinner     118
       Kenny Irwin       78
       Jerry Nadeau      77
       David Green       76*
       Kevin Lepage      72
       Steve Park        64
       Elliott Sadler    44
    (4-9-2000)(UMI Press Guides Stats)

  • Drivers with the longest streak since they won a CUP race:

       Driver          Races Run   Last Win   Track
       Dave Marcis      470        2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     303        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     277        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272        6/3/90     Dover
       Darrell Waltrip  230        9/6/92     Darlington
       Jimmy Spencer    176        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     169        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       150        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  122        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  106        8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    67        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        48        9/27/98    Martinsville    
    (4-9-2000)(UMI Press Guides Stats)

  • 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 Raleigh, 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
     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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