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THE RACE: Winston 500 presented by UPS

Winston Cup Race #30 of 34 for the 2000 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, October 15, 2000 in Talladega, AL

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

  • TV: ESPN 1:00pm/et

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $2,795,869, plus a possible 1 million to a No Bull 5 Winner

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

  • 1999 Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt

  • Overall Race Record: Mark Martin, May 1995, 186.288mph

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

  • Pit Road Speed: 55mph


  • Practice: was to be an open practice on Thurs for the new rules but looks like that will not happen now;
    Friday, Oct 13th 12:00noon - 2:00pm/et; Saturday, Oct 14th 9:15 - 10:30am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Oct 14th 12:45-1:45pm/et, TV-ESPN2 4:30-5:30pm/et same day tape


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Oct 13th at 11:30am/et

  • Qualfying Order - Winston 500: NASCAR Online or That's Racin'

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-25, Friday, Oct 13th at 4:00pm/et, TV-ESPN2 live 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: 2 lap for positions 26th-36th, Saturday, Oct 14th at 11:45am/et

  • Track Qualifying Record(no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph

  • Track Qualifying Record(Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388(15/16th inch plate)

  • Event Qualifying Record: Bill Elliott, July 1986, 209.005mph(unrestricted)

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Joe Nemechek, 198.331mph

    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

    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS of All past races at Talladega

    See the my All Time Talladega Race and Pole Winners(10-8-2000)


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Talladega 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(10-1-2000)


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 Newspapers and other Sites that cover the Talladega, AL Area:
Fans Guide to Talladega
Alabama Live
Alabama Live - Diehard 500 section
Anniston Star
Birmingham Post Herald
Daily Home
Gadsden Times
Tuscaloosa News

Weather forecast for Talladega, AL by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Talladega, AL

Track Information for the Fans:
The Racing Edge

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


Fans Can Online


  • No Bull Five UPDATE and the fans: the Winston 500 at Talladega is a No Bull Five event. The five drivers eligible for the $1 million bonus are: #24-Jeff Gordon; #3-Dale Earnhardt; #6-Mark Martin; #1-Steve Park; and #99-Jeff Burton(9-10/10-8-2000)
    UPDATE: The fans who will be paired with drivers for the Winston 500 are: Lisa J. Grupe-Bailey of Westville, IL; Kimberly A. Reynolds of Lebanon, OH; Johnny W. Moore of Mansfield, GA; Richard Sturtz of Mt. Savage, MD; and Gloria Lingle of Dongola, IL.(Talladega Superspeedway PR), not sure how the drivers and the fans will be paired(10-10-2000)
    UPDATE 2: hearing the pairing will take place Thursday, Oct 12th at 7:00pm/ct with some sort of skeet shooting event at Sellwood Farms, a skeet/sporting clays/hunting preserve near Talladega in Alpine, AL(10-11-2000)
    UPDATE 3: the pairings:
    Lisa Bailey with #99-Jeff Burton(starting 37th)
    Kim Reynolds with #6-Mark Martin(starting 27th)
    Johnny Moore with #1-Steve Park(starting 10th)
    Gloria Lingle with #24-Jeff Gordon(starting 8th)
    Richard Sturtz with #3-Dale Earnhardt(starting 20th)(10-13/14-2000)

  • Frontstretch: Raceday - Winston 500(10-15-2000)

  • Talladega Stats: 12 of all the 62 Talladega races have been won by the pole starter: 19 percent. Last Winston 500 won by the pole winner: Sterling Marlin, 1995. Lowest start of a Winston 500 winner: 27th, 1999 by Dale Earnhardt. 49 of all the 62 Talladega races have been won from the Top 10: 79 percent. Most common starting position of all Talladega race winners: second, 16 times. First win: Seven drivers won their first race at Talladega: Richard Brickhouse (inaugural Talladega race), Lennie Pond, Ron Bouchard, Dick Brooks, Bobby Hillin Jr., Phil Parsons and Davey Allison -- the only Winston Cup win for all but Allison (actually make that eight drivers - Ken Schrader won his first at Talladega in 1988). Most cars starting a race: 50, 1970-1975. Driver with most DNFs: Darrell Waltrip - 12. Average finish of pole winner: 15.0. The all-time NASCAR record for most lead changes is 75 in the May 1984 race. That's a lead change in more than one in every three of Talladega's 188 race laps.(FROM the TNN Motorsports page)(10-13-2000)

  • Walk of Fame: Four members of the racing community will be inducted into the Talladega/Texaco Walk of Fame just off the square in downtown Talladega, AL. Current drivers Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Hamilton as well as the late NASCAR lengends, Tim Flock and Fireball Roberts will be inducted at 8:00pm/et Friday night(Walk of Fame Site)(10-13-2000)

  • Stats via the TNN Site: Winston 500 Race Stats by their stat guru Bill Sloboda(10-13-2000)

  • Total Sports: Lee Montgomery's Race Preview(10-13-2000)

  • RaceComm: Winston 500 Preview(10-13-2000)

  • WRAL: NASCAR - Winston 500 Preview(10-12-2000)

  • NASCAR Online: Race facts(10-11-2000)

  • Talladega Extended Practice UPDATE: NASCAR may extend the final Happy Hour practice Saturday at Talladega to allow teams additional track time to work with new rules for the race, which NASCAR issued last month(see below for info). NASCAR will evaluate the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday morning to determine whether to extend the Saturday afternoon session(That's Racin'). Also, supposedly teams will be allowed to practice on Thursday if they wish, a day earlier t hen normal(10-9-2000)
    UPDATE: from what I hear, there will be no extra practice session on Thursday to test the new Aero Rules at Talladega(10-11-2000)

  • 9th is It: If #18-Bobby Labonte finishes ninth or better in each of the remaining five Cup races, he will win the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup championship, regardless of any other driver's performance(NASCAR Online)(10-9-2000)

  • That's Racin': This week's race - Winston 500(10-10-2000)

  • Talladega Stuff: Since 1976, Talladega Superspeedway has been the host of seven of the 10 most competitive NASCAR Winston Cup Series races. The 1984 Winston 500 produced 75 lead changes in 188 laps. The farthest back a driver has started and won the race is 36h. Jeff Gordon accomplished this in the spring race earlier this season. Earnhardt leads all drivers with nine wins at Talladega. He won both events at this track in 1999. Back on May 7, 1972 a driver from Owensboro, Ky., made his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series start at Talladega. He started 25th and finished 38th(NASCAR PR)(10-10-2000)

  • Gibbs Hot Streak: the Joe Gibbs Racing team has a nice streak going, three Cup wins in a row, Stewart at Dover and Martinsville, and Labonte at Lowes. Plus the team has won four out of the last six counting Labonte's win at Darlington(10-9-2000)

  • Streaking: Ricky Rudd has 8 Top-10's in a row. Jeff Burton has 10 Top-10's in the last 11 races. Tony Stewart has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races. Bobby Labonte has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races. Mark Martin has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.(Catchfence-Rumblings)(10-9-2000)

  • Aero Rules UPDATE 4: Expect aerodynamic rules changes to be announced by NASCAR for Talladega (Oct 15th) sometime this weekend(RPM 2Night)(9-9-2000)
    UPDATE: the rules were never announced, not sure when we will hear anything(9-12-2000)
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR Senior Vice President Mike Helton said a rule change for the Talladega race will be announced this week. Officials have considered a variety of changes to the cars after an aerodynamics test at Daytona this summer. Winston Cup Director Gary Nelson said a spoiler change is one of the options being considered(Times-Dispatch) AND NASCAR still hasn't announced its Talladega rules, but the new rules are now expected to include a break for Chevrolets, which will be allowed to run a 57-inch-wide rear spoiler while Ford and Pontiac teams will have to run a larger 59-inch spoiler(PitNow) AND a column at That's Racin': Rule changes expected for Talladega AND the print version of the Speedway Scene reports that the spoilers will be 53 inches for the Chevy and 55 inches for the Ford and Pontiac. Also says there may be a raised air dam(bottom front of the car), a roof spoiler(have to say, these look weird) and the rear spoiler supposedly have a higher angle of 65-70 degrees as compared to the normal setting of 45 at Talladega/Daytona and be a 2-inch taller rear spoiler. The restrictor plate would be increased from 7/8-inches to 1-inch(9-17-2000)
    UPDATE 3: NASCAR announced a series of rule changes for the Oct. 15 running of the Winston 500 at Talladega, they are:
    Rear Spolier: will change from 57 to 59 inches on Fords and Pontiacs, while the Chevy stays at 57 inches and all manufacturers will be required to all have rear spoiler angles of between 70 and 71 degrees, an increase from the mandated 45 degrees
    Resrtictor Plate: an increase from the 7/8-inch plates used in the previous restrictor-plate races this year at Talladega and Daytona to a 1-inch carburetor restrictor plates
    Flange(wickerbill): all three manufacturers will have to use 1-inch-deep forward-facing flanges on top of their rear spoilers
    Front Air Dams: increased to a 4-inch minimum ground clearance, from 3 1/2 inches
    Roof Deflectors: use 1 3/8-inch-tall and 40-inch-wide air deflectors located 10 inches behind the windshields on the car roofs(That's Racin')(9-19-2000)
    UPDATE 4: NASCAR is also opening the Talladega race weekend a day early and allowing teams all day Thursday, Oct. 12, to practice in preparation for the race(That's Racin')
    AND Driver Johnny Benson tested at the track Tuesday with the changes in place and turned a fast lap that would have qualified him in the first round at last spring’s event. After that session, Benson and crew chief James Ince both said they don’t believe the changes will alter the quality of the race noticeably(Anniston Star)(9-20-2000)

  • No Bull Five: the Winston 500 at Talladega is a No Bull Five event. The five drivers eligible for the $1 million bonus are: #24-Jeff Gordon; #3-Dale Earnhardt; #6-Mark Martin; #1-Steve Park; and #99-Jeff Burton(9-10/10-8-2000)

  • Provisionals: There are seven drivers out of provisionals after Martinsville, #66-Darrell Waltrip, #44-Steve Grissom, #60-Joe Bessey, #75-Wally Dallenbach, #90-Hut Stricklin, #01-Ted Musgrave and #9-Stacy Compton. They must make the races with speed until another provisional is allotted at Phoenix, which is two races away. But the drivers/teams without provisionals could still get into a race using a provisional - If one or a few of the teams without provisionals fail to get in on speed, then the part time teams(don't attempt all races and are deep in the OWNERS points) get a shot at the provisionals, lining up by Owners Points(only if they have owners points).
    If spots are still available, then the teams without provisionals or owners points get placed in the field by fastest qualifying speed until all 43 spots are filled. For more info on provisionals see my Provisionals Status and Owners Points page(10-8-2000)

  • The Crew Chief Club



  • Lead Changes: The 49 lead changes among 21 drivers was and the most different leaders since Talladega in July 1986 (26) and the most lead changes since Talladega July 1989 (49)(NOL)(10-16-2000)

  • WOW! What a race: 21 different leaders and 49 lead changes at Talladega in the Winston 500. #3-Dale Earnhardt wins the race, coming from 17th in the final five laps. Earnhardt also wins his first Winston No Bull Five Million Dollar bonus, also a fan, Richard Sturtz of Mt. Savage, MD wins a million dollars. #55-Kenny Wallace was 2nd, tied for his best career finish and his first top five/ten of 2000. For unofficial results of the race, see NOL or Racin' Network(10-15-2000)

  • Happy Hour practice is over. #2-Rusty Wallace was the fastest at 192.703mph, as the teams did run the smaller plates(see next story). #24-Jeff Gordon had a shock come off the car and it tore up the tire which in turn tore up the fender and hood, Gordon said during an interview that he would have to go to a backup car, which would require him to to fall to the back of the field from 8th, his scheduled starting spot. See the speeds at That' Racin'. More info on the plate changes at NOL: New plate changes outlook at Talladega and from SpeedVision: NASCAR Cuts Plate Size, Speeds Down(10-14-2000)

  • More Plate News: hearing that the smaller restrictor plates during Happy Hour practice at Talladega Saturday. But with a twist, as there was some mix-ups in handing out the plates, so while most teams practiced with a 15/16ths plate, some practiced with a 7/8ths plate and a few with a 29/32nds plate. So there were some pretty upset teams in the garage once they realized what had happened. That's All I know at this point - AND from That's Racin': NASCAR swaps plates between practices, including - Five of the cars originally went out for the final practice with incorrectly sized plates, which had been grabbed by mistake from NASCAR's supply and handed out. Winston Cup series director Gary Nelson said the mistake was discovered and rectified within a few minutes(10-14-2000)

  • Smaller Plates: After speeds topped 198 mph in Saturday morning's practice, NASCAR ordered a change from the 1-inch restrictor plates to a fifteen-sixteenths-inch plate for Sunday's Winston 500(That's Racin')(10-14-2000)

  • Failed Inspections: Inspections for Winston Cup cars was slow going Friday, as several teams failed to make it through prequalifying inspections on the first try. The teams of Dale Earnhardt, Jeremy Mayfield, Bobby Hamilton, Sterling Marlin, Blaise Alexander and Matt Kenseth had to make many alterations to their cars before they could make it through inspection and onto the track for practice. NASCAR inspectors also collected a group of unapproved fuel-cell containers, from the teams of Kevin Lepage, Michael Waltrip, Mike Skinner and Dale Jarrett(That's Racin')(10-14-2000)

  • 2nd Round Qualifying is over at Talladega for the Winston 500. Looks like seven drivers made 2nd round attempt with only two being able to race into the lineup. Five went faster then first round(#'s 50,66,11,75 and 91), two went slower(#'s 27 and 90). #50-Ricky Craven was the fastest at 186.325mph and will start 26th(would had been 24th in first round). #66-Darrell Waltrip was also able to race in with a speed of 185.668mph and will start 34th. #97-Chad Little in his final ride in the John Deere Ford, uses his 13th provisional and the teams 15th of the year. #2-Rusty Wallace used his first provisional of the 2000 season. #27-Mike Bliss uses a provisional, so the team is out until Phoenix. Missing the race were: #75-Dallenbach(34th in owners points but out of provisionals); #90-Stricklin(43rd and out); and #91-Blaise Alexander(50th) fails to make his Winston Cup debut. See the starting lineup at Racin' Network(10-14-2000)

  • Saturday AM practice at Talladega is over. And WOW, the speeds are very fast, almost pole speed from a year ago. #18-Bobby Labonte was the fastest at 198.475mph(not a typo), not sure if it is the draft or much cooler there today, if these speeds are correct, 2nd round qualifying could be quite interesting. Slowest was #11-Brett Bodine at 183.332mph, quite a difference in the speed range. Speed to beat for those out looking in(#'s 66,90,75) is 185.237mph of #97-Chad Little. See the speeds at Racin' Network or NOL(10-14-2000)

  • First Round Qualifying: is over at Talladega for the final Winston 500(sponsor leaves after this race). #33-Joe Nemechek wins the pole with a speed of 190.279mph, his first of the year which puts him in the Bud Shootout in 2001, the 13th different pole winner in 2000 and Nemechek's 6th career pole. #94-Bill Elliott is on the outside pole with a speed of 190.045mph. #71-Dave Marcis was the surprise of qualifying as he will start 9th with a speed of 188.341mph, it is Marcis' first top Ten or top Twenty starting spot since June 1, 1997 at Dover when he started 5th.
    ESPN2's coverage had #32-Pruett at 184.143mph which was his first lap, his 2nd lap was at 185.643mph(which puts him 33rd fastest instead of 43rd) NOL has the same as I do for his speed.
    If things stay the same, the three drivers missing the race would be: #75-Dallenbach(34th in owners points but out of provisionals), #66-Waltrip(39th but out of provisionals), and #90-Stricklin(43rd and out of provisionals). For info on provisionals see my Provisional Status-Rules/Owners Points Page.
    Steve Grissom will drive the #44 if it makes the race(and it looks like it will as Kyle Petty has the #44 currently 30th), so Grissom would have to fall to the rear of the field at the start of the race.
    See my rundown of Bud Pole Qualifying: First Round Qualifying Results which included both qualifying laps, provisional position, when the driver went out and how many provisionals the team has left(10-13-2000)

  • Pole Progression:
    #91-Alexander 1st out 183.476;
    #24-Gordon 2nd out 188.441;
    #94-Elliott 8th out 190.045;
    #33-Nemechek 11th out 190.279; and Nemechek held on to win the pole(10-13-2000)

  • Happy Hour to be Extended: RPM 2Night's Matt Yocum reported Friday night that the final Winston Cup practice hour, known as 'Happy Hour' will be extended at least 30 minutes on Saturday, which is scheduled to start at 12:45 and will be televised tape-delay on ESPN2 from 4:30-5:30pm/et(no idea if they will extend the show or condense it)(10-13-2000)

  • Friday Practice at Talladega is over. Fastest in the two hour Winston Cup practice session was #1-Steve Park at 191.118mph (over 4mph faster then April's pole speed of 186.969). 2nd fastest was 190.162mph by #55-Kenny Wallace. #3-Earnhardt only ran two laps and was slowest at 164.389mph, must have blown an engine or something, the 2nd to last slowest was #12-Mayfield at 181.800mph. The spread between the top speed and the lowest speed(not counting Earnhardt) is almost 10 mph, that is quite a difference for what the Cup drivers usually do. In the spring the Pole speed was 186.969mph by #12-Mayfield and the slowest was 181.811mph. Pole speed for the Winston 500 last year was 198.331mph by Joe Nemechek. See the speeds at NOL(10-13-2000)

  • Qualifying Order: The Order for Qualifying at Talladega has been posted. See the link above. 46 drivers/team scheduled to make a qualifying attempt. #91-Blaise Alexander is scheduled to make the first attempt(see an image of what the car will look like on my BGN Paint Scheme Gallery - will look like the #01 from last week). Scheduled to go out last of the 46 is #75-Wally Dallenbach in the WCW Ford. Qualifying is set to start at 4:00pm/et on ESPN2 and MRN Radio(10-13-2000)

  • Entry List is Up: for the Winston 500 at Talladega. See the link above. 46 teams are listed, including #91-Blaise Alexander and #50-Ricky Craven. Chad Little makes his final run in the #97 John Deere Ford as Kurt Busch will be at the Texas CTS race and needed to skip at least one of the final five races to stay eligible for the 2001 ROTY Award. Bickle is listed in the #60 but Dick Trickle tested there recently, not sure who will drive(10-10-2000)

  • 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 29 races - 27.6%, that equates to approx 9 for the year, so they modern era record looks out of reach(10-8-2000)

  • 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,


  • No More Winston 500 UPDATE 2: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco is pulling its Winston title sponsorship of Talladega Superspeedway's October race in 2001, ending a 30-year presence, and leaving the track without title sponsors for both of its annual 500-mile NASCAR races. Sears, Roebuck & Co. last spring withdrew its title sponsorship of the Diehard 500 at the track. Talladega officials, though, see it as an opportunity to grab new sponsors eager for exposure at two of NASCAR's top 10 races. A source close to the situation says UPS and Dodge are leading candidates to replace Diehard and Winston. RJR has had to cull its racing sponsorship in the wake of an historic tobacco industry settlement with state attorneys general. Last fall, RJR ended its 26-year affiliation with NASCAR's Winston Racing Series because the weekly short-track program allows 16- to 17-year-olds to participate, in violation of the settlement(Birmingham Business Journal)(8-7-2000)
    UPDATE: a statement for RJR - "As happens every year, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company establishes its brand strategies and objectives for the upcoming year and then evaluates each of its marketing programs against those objectives. We are currently in the process of renegotiating our contracts with several tracks for 2001 including Talladega. Until those decisions and negotiations are complete, it would be inappropriate to discuss the specific nature of any aspect of those negotiations." AND see a column at Alabama Live: Winston to pull its name at 'Dega Winston to quit smoking at 'Dega by Neal Sims; and a story at the Anniston Star: This year’s Winston 500 to be the last by Jimmy Creed(8-9-2000)
    UPDATE 2: The longest continuous race sponsorship in the NASCAR Winston Cup series is coming to an end. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. said Saturday it will sponsor its final Winston 500 next week at Talladega, then end the naming-rights relationship that began in 1971. The company said the decision was based on its desire to refocus its marketing division to other programs in NASCAR. RJR is the title sponsor of NASCAR's top series. The company also sponsors The Winston — the annual all-star race — and the No Bull Five program, which awards $1 million to an eligible driver and a fan if the driver wins a pre-designated race. RJR will announce a new sponsorship program with Talladega at next week's race. The new deal will likely make the race part of next year's No Bull program, possibly with a richer purse(AP)(10-7-2000)

  • Talladega News: Talladega Superspeedway Director of Marketing Troi Hayes, Columbia Records Vice President of Promotion Ted Wagner and members of Ricochet announced today at NASCAR Café plans for the country music group to sponsor Talladega’s qualifying day Friday, Oct. 13.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(6-16-2000)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Track Qualifying Records fall in 2000: In 29 events there have been fourteen(14) track records set, including Bristol, California, Lowes, Michigan, Pocono, Rockingham, Texas, Las Vegas, New Hampshire(July), Sears Point, Pocono(2nd time), Indy, Michigan(2nd time), Martinsville(2nd race). These are TRACK records, not EVENT records(of course we all know there are four races that there is no chance to break the track record, the two each at Daytona and Talladega)(10-8-2000)

  • 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 Superspeedway


  • Bickle in the #60: Rich Bickle will drive the #60 Power Team Chevy fielded by Bessey Motorsports at Talladega(Power Team Site)(10-11-2000)

  • Grissom Double Duty: Steve Grissom will drive Petty Enterprises’ #43 Dodge truck in the race Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, then fly to Talladega, Ala., where he will drive the #44 Pontiac in Sunday’s Winston 500. Kyle Petty, formerly the driver of the #44, will qualify the car for Grissom at Talladega(Gaston Gazette)(10-11-2000)

  • Alexander Readies for Cup debut: BGN regular (#81 TracFone/WCW Chevy) Blaise Alexander will make his NASCAR Winston Cup debut in the Oct. 15 Winston 500 at Talladega. The Montoursville, Pa.-native will pilot the #91 Ericsson Chevy fielded by LJ Racing/Team SABCO in the final restrictor-plate event on the 2000 Winston Cup schedule. Alexander is not the only newcomer in the Winston Cup garage from the Team SABCO camp. While the Winston 500 marks the first Cup appearance for Ericsson and BellSouth Mobility, neither company is a stranger to the NASCAR Busch Series nor Team SABCO. BellSouth Mobility and Ericsson currently are featured as the primary and associate sponsors, respectively, on the #01 Team SABCO Busch Series entry. Ericsson is extending that relationship via its primary sponsorship on the #91 Chevrolet in this weekend's 500-mile event with BellSouth Mobility as the associate sponsor. Alexander has set his goals for Sunday's race one step-at-a-time. Alexander already has logged several laps on the 2.66-mile superspeedway. He placed his #81 Chevy in the 20th starting spot in the April Touchstone Energy 300 Busch Series event and ran in the top 10 most of the day until he became involved in an accident. Ben Holm, Alexander's Busch Series crew chief, will call the shots for the Ericsson Chevrolet, while his crew turns the wrenches and pits the car during Sunday's event(SABCO PR)(10-10-2000)

  • Big Rigs UPDATE: Talladega Superspeedway is talking with Jimmy Spencer and other Winston Cup drivers about driving in the Monster truck race on the eve of the Oct. 14 Winston 500(AJC)(7-1-2000)
    UPDATE: You might think going around Talladega Superspeedway at 200 mph, four cars wide would satisfy thrill seekers like Jimmy Spencer and Elliott Sadler. In a normal "White Knuckle Weekend" it would, but this October Mr. Excitement and the man with the thick Virginia drawl will square off in a Monster Truck race on the eve of the NASCAR Winston Cup Winston 500. At 8:00pm on Oct. 14 under temporary lights, the two NASCAR Winston Cup drivers will wrap their hands around the steering wheel of a Monster Truck, a vehicle weighing in at more than 10,000 pounds and propelled by engines that generate 2,500 horsepower. These trucks can cover Talladega’s 600-foot course in under 10 seconds(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(8-7-2000)

  • 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


  • Alabama Paint Scheme for the #32: the #32 Tide Ford of Scott Pruett will carry a special University of Alabama crimson color scheme for the upcoming Winston 500 at Talladega(Shoals Times Daily)(8-23-2000)

  • #12 and baseball UPDATE: during October the #12 Mobil 1 Penske-Kranefuss Ford will have a MLB(Major League Baseball) World Series paint scheme. The car driven by Jeremy Mayfield, will be unveiled at Indy on August 3rd(Winston Cup Scene)(7-27-2000)
    UPDATE: Jeremy Mayfield and Major League Baseball announced a partnership Thursday that will allow MLB to showcase its 2000 World Series by displaying its logo on Mayfield's #12 Fords in two races in October: Talladega and Rockingham. Mayfield will also attend at least one World Series game as part of the promotion(That's Racin')(8-4-2000)

  • Nemechek and Charlie Daniels: it was reported on the John Boy and Billy radio show yesterday that the #33 Oakwood Homes Chevy and driver Joe Nemechek run a Charlies Daniels paint scheme at Talladega in October. Just got some images of the car, while it's a partial, it shows the hood with Daniels on it. See the Paint Scheme Gallery for the images. Also of note, the car shown is a 1999 Monte Carlo, no idea if Nemechek is running a 1999 at Talladega or if this is just the show car(6-23-2000)

  • Martin and Zerex: Mark Martin will run a "Zerex" Anit-Freeze scheme in October's Talladega race(3-22-2000)

  • WCW Scheme: Wally Dallenbach will run the WCW(World Championship Wrestling) paint scheme on the #75 Cartoon Network/Red Cell Batteries/Turner Broadcasting Ford for the following races: Las Vegas on March 5th, Atlanta March 12th, The Pepsi 400 at Daytona on July 1st, Bristol on August 26th and Talladega on October 15th(1-25-2000)

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


  • Labonte needs 9th: If #18-Bobby Labonte finishes ninth or better in each of the remaining five races, he will clinch the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Championship, regardless of any other driver's performance(10-9-2000)

  • 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)

  • Stats: Driver Averages at Talladega(note: large page, takes a bit to load)(10-9-2000)

  • NOL Stats: NASCAR by the Numbers

  • No Top 10's and 5's: #55-Kenny Wallace is the only Cup driver to make every race and not have a top-10 finish this season; as for top-5 finishes? Four drivers have made all 29 races and not have a top five, #55-Wallace, #4-Bobby Hamilton, #36-Ken Schrader and #43-John Andretti(10-8-2000)

  • Manu Lap Leaders: In 8682 laps ran so far in 2000, Ford drivers have led 4476(51.6%) laps, Chevy drivers have led 2205 laps(25.4%), and Pontiac drivers have led 2001 laps(23.0%)(10-9-2000)

  • Top Fives: There have been 27 different Cup drivers(no new drivers added at Lowes) score a Top-5 in 2000....1999's total was 28 and 1998's total number was 27(10-8-2000)

  • Top Tens: There have been 37 different Cup drivers(no additions at Lowes) score a Top-10 in 2000.....1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(10-8-2000)

  • Provisonal Finishes in 2000: In 196 provisonal starts(28 races x 7, Watkins Glen qualifying rained out), drivers have accumulated 1 Win, 3 Top 5's and 12 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(10-8-2000)

  • Lap Leader/Bonus Points: 46 drivers have led at least one Winston Cup lap in 2000(no new drivers at Lowes). 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(10-8-2000)

  • Consecutive Starts: Dale Earnhardt has 642 consecutive Winston Cup starts, Ricky Rudd is next with 603 followed by Rusty Wallace at 512, Ken Schrader with 482 and Mark Martin 396. Terry Labonte had 655 but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his record streak(10-8-2000)

  • 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      312     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     193     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        122     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        91     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little       86     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Darrell Waltrip   74     5th     California      5-3-98
       Ken Schrader      71     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     67     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Ted Musgrave      50     5th     Phoenix         10-25-98
       Ricky Craven      49     3rd     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Dick Trickle      49     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Derrike Cope      46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Steve Grissom     44     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  64
    Cup drivers(not including 2000 rookies)
    (data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(10-8-2000)
  • 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(10-8-2000)

  • 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  457
    Rick Mast        333
    Ted Musgrave     296
    Hut Stricklin    271
    Dick Trickle     266*
    Wally Dallenbach 221
    Chad Little      215
    Kenny Wallace    214
    Robert Pressley  165
    Johnny Benson    157
    Steve Grissom    140
    Ricky Craven     140
    Mike Skinner     139
    Todd Bodine      109*
    Jerry Nadeau      98
    Kevin Lepage      92
    David Green       78*
    Elliott Sadler    64
    All Time - Over 400 Starts	
    Driver          Races Run
    JD McDuffie       653
    Buddy Arrington   560
    Neil Castles      497
    Michael Waltrip-x 457
    Jimmy Means       455
    Cecil Gordon      450
    G.C. Spencer      415
    *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (10-8-2000)(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      477        2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     322        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     298        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Darrell Waltrip  246        9/6/92     Darlington
       Jimmy Spencer    197        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     188        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       162        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  143        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  118        8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    88        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        70        9/27/98    Martinsville    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (10-8-2000)(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    Daytona, Feb 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    Atlanta, Mar 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
    (10-8-2000)(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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