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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO


THE RACE: CarsDirect.com 400

Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • NOTICE - TIME: Las Vegas is in the Pacific time zone(pt) or three(3) hours behind the Eastern Time Zone, all times listed here are in Eastern(et). The race starts at 11:30am/pt or 2:30pm/et. Getting questions on this for some reason, anyhow. Good Time Zone site: Rough Guides/Time Zones and a US Time Zone map at: More.net(2-29-2000)

  • TIME: Las Vegas is 3 hours behind the Eastern Time Zone, all times here Eastern(et)

  • Race: Sunday, March 5, 2000 in Las Vegas, NV

  • TV: ABC 2:30pm/et

  • Purse: $4,122,916

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: CarsDirect.com 400 from NOL

  • 1999 Race Winner: Jeff Burton

  • Race Speed Record: Mark Martin, 1998, 146.554mph

  • List of all past Las Vegas Winners

  • Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles

  • Practice: Friday, March 3rd 1:00-3:55pm/et; Saturday, March 4th, 12noon-1:30pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Mar 4th, after the BGN race(7:15pm/et approx), TV-10:30pm/et taped

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 3rd at 12:30pm/et

  • Qualfying Order: CarsDirect.com 400 by That's Racin' and Cardirect.com 400 qual order from NOL

  • First Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-25, Friday, March 3rd at 5:00pm/et, TV-ESPN2 and live via MRN radio/internet(link below)

  • Second-Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 26-36, Saturday, March 4th at 2:30pm/et

  • Track Qualifying Record: Bobby Labonte, 170.643mph, March 1999

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Bobby Labonte, 170.643mph

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph

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


  • Track Specs: Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    Front straight: 2,275 feet
    Back straight: 1,572 feet
    Banking: Corners:12 degrees, Front Straight: 8 degrees, Back Straight: 3 degrees

  • Track Homepage: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The 76 Challenge Bonus looks like this no longer exists

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Las Vegas 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(2-20-2000)


WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE, LOCAL NEWS

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


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


Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Las Vegas NV Area:
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Sun
Jayski's Driver Appearance Page
Las Vegas.com - events


WEATHER FORECASTS:
Weather forecast for Las Vegas, NV by The Weather Channel


TRACK INFO FOR THE FANS:
Las Vegas Pre-Race Story - Speedway Illustrated



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PREVIEW, FACT SHEETS and MISC News

  • Rain? In Vegas? Rain showers and possible snow are in the forecast for Las Vegas starting Sunday, which would certainly hamper racing attempts in the Carsdirect.com 400, see the Press Release: Vegas Rain, from the Williams Company and a story at Total Sports: Rain could send crews scrambling. The forecast: is mostly cloudy with a chance of showers, with periods of rain Sunday night, so we may luck out, since the race is early in Vegas(11:30am/et-2:30pm/et)(3-5-2000)

  • Get Healthy: The Pfizer "Tune-Up For Life" mobile health screening unit will be parked on the LVMS midway this weekend and will offer race fans a variety of health screenings. The 50-foot mobile unit is staffed by health-care professionals and will include screenings on a variety of medical conditions such as hypertension, prostate disease, erectile dysfunction and high body fat. Pfizer, the manufacturer of Viagra, has signed Winston Cup drivers Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin and Bobby Labonte to encourage fans to be diagnosed and treated for common medical conditions. Viagra also sponsors Jeff Fuller's #27 CUP Pontiac(Las Vegas Sun)(3-3-2000)

  • Visitors at Vegas: Expected to be in attendance at LVMS this weekend are several members of the rock group Van Halen(one of my faves, hey who is the lead singer now). Instead of requesting tickets to one of the luxury suites, however, the unidentified band members wanted tickets in the grandstand, according to an LVMS official(Las Vegas Sun)(3-3-2000)

  • Las Vegas Fact Sheet (RaceWire)(3-3-2000)

  • Carsdirect.com 400 Breakdown by Ron Buck of ESPN(3-2-2000)

  • Rudd 25th: Ricky Rudd, driver of the #28 Texaco Ford, celebates his 25th anniversary of his first Winston Cup Start this weekend. Rudd made his first start on March 2, 1975 at Rockingham(NOL)(3-1-2000)

  • Ford goes for 500: If a Ford wins the Las Vegas race, it would be their 500th Winston Cup victory - the most of any manufacturer(2-29-2000)

  • Did ya know? Dale Jarrett has been atop the Winston Cup standings for 26 straight races -- since May of last year at Richmond(Daily Press)(2-29-2000)

  • Rockingham ODDS: Las Vegas Stardust NASCAR Odds(Stardust)(3-2-2000)

  • No Bull 5 Contestants at Vegas are: Johnnie Bowser, Charlotte; Richard Cartwright, Wetumpka, AL; Rosemarie Lechleidner, Moorestown, NJ; Harry Hamner, Rumford, ME; and Joyce Williams, Port Isabel, TX(That's Racin')(2-25-2000)

  • No Bull Five for Las Vegas: #88-Dale Jarrett, #99-Jeff Burton, #94-Bill Elliott, #2-Rusty Wallace, and #6-Mark Martin(2-20-2000)

  • What are the Odds? Johnnie Bowser is one of the No Bull 5 Contestants for next weeks race at Las Vegas. Guess what? This is his second shot at the No Bull 5 contest prize. He was a No Bull 5 contestant at last years Southern 500 at Darlington. He was then paired with Mark Martin. Jeff Burton and another contestant won the million. This is the third year for the No Bull 5 contest, and the Las Vegas race will be the 12th event in which the $1 million prize was offered to a fan. Bowser is the first fan to have his name selected twice(That's Racin')(2-25-2000)

  • Las Vegas and King: Richard 'The King' Petty will visit the gaming capital of the world to act as grand marshal for the CarsDirect.com 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Prior to the start of the third annual event, seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Richard Petty will give the drivers the command to start their engines by saying the four most famous words in motorsports, "Gentleman, start your engines." Moments after the command, Scott Painter, founder and vice chairman of CarsDirect.com, will wave the green flag to signal the start of the 267-lap race, which will be televised live on ABC Sports. Bill Boyd, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Boyd Gaming, will serve as the grand marshal for the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on March 4. Long-time Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton will serve as the honorary starter for the Sam's Town 300(LVMS PR)(2-22-2000)

  • From the TNN Site: CarsDirect.con 400 Race Stats by their stat guru Bill Sloboda(3-3-2000)


    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, RESULTS

  • Race declared over: The CarsDirect.com 400 at Las Vegas has been called and #99-Jeff Burton has been declared the winner and wins another #1 million(ESPN). Burton's win made Joyce Williams of Port Isabel, TX, a winner on Sunday. That's the eighth time in 12 races the bonus has been offered that a driver and a fan both won $1 million. Results at NASCAR Online(NOL), Racin' Network and That's Racin'(3-5-2000)

  • Rookies UPDATE: Rookie qualifying was mixed with #32-Pruett 2nd, #8-Earnhardt Jr 3rd, #17-Kenseth 21st, #27-Fuller 22nd, up front and #9-Compton 32nd, #93-Blaney 36th, #90-Berrier 43rd and #14-Bliss 45th having trouble(3-3-2000) -- UPDATE: #9-Compton 32nd, #93-Blaney 36th. #90-Berrier and #14-Bliss DNQ'd(3-4-2000)

  • Happy Hour Troubles: the #3-Dale Earnhardt and #31-Mike Skinner cars had ignition box problems early in Happy Hour practice, ironically both at the same time in the session. Both got repaired and were out on the track later in practice(ESPN2 Coverage)(3-5-2000)

  • Happy Hour: at Las Vegas is over. #6-Mark Martin was the fastest with a speed of 165.975mph. NOL, That's Racin' and Racin' Network have the speeds up. Fords were 1-5 in the practice(3-4/5-2000)

  • 2nd Round Qualifying is over at Las Vegas. #66-Darrell Waltrip was the fastest with a speed of 167.593mph. But it was not fast enough to make the top 36 and DW will use his 2nd Champions Provisional of 2000. No one could crack the top 36. None of the drivers from 26-36 made a 2nd round attempt. Of the nine(9) drivers who made 2nd round attempts, four were faster(#'s 66,14,75 and 43) and five were slower(#'s 41,11,90,71 and 89). Two ROTY candidates missed the race, #90-Ed Berrier and #14-Mike Bliss. #11-Brett Bodine, #71-Dave Marcis and #41-Rick Mast missed the race as well as did Winston West driver #89-Austin Cameron. #43-John Andretti made an attempt but was relegated to using his first provisional since the 1997 fall Rockingham race, a streak of 71 races. Others taking provisionals were: #22-Burton, #94-Elliott, #55-Wallace, #44-Petty and #75-Dallenbach. For info on provisionals, see my Provisionals Status page. For results of 2nd round and the lineup, see the CarsDirect.com 400 starting lineup/2nd round results page. For a more convential lineup see NASCAR Online(NOL)(3-4-2000)

  • Sat AM Practice wreck: During practice, Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon, tangled on the track, causing slight damage to both cars. Earnhardt's car had some damage to the nose. Gordon scratched the wall. Both cars were to be repaired(SpeedVision)(3-4-2000)

  • Sat Morning Practice: speeds were slow with #90-Ed Berrier having the fastest speed early in the session at 166.077mph, which would be 44th fastest in qualifying. See the speeds at NOL and Racin' Network. 2nd round qualifying is at 2:30pm/et(3-4-2000)

  • 1st Round Qualifying is over at Las Vegas for the CarsDirect.com 400. #28-Ricky Rudd won the pole with a new track record of 172.563mph, the first pole for Rudd in the #28 and the first in crew chief Michael McSwain's career. Eight drivers, #'s 28,32,8,18,6,88,7 and 10, broke the old record of 170.643mph ran by Bobby Labonte last year. The six drivers/team that would miss the race IF things stay the same: #11-Brett/Todd Bodine(34th in 1999 owners points), #41-Rick Mast(37th), #71-Dave Marcis(39th), #90-Ed Berrier(40th), #14-Mike Bliss(n/a), #89-Austin Cameron(n/a). #66-Darrell Waltrip at present would use a Champ Prov to get into the race, for info on provisionals, see my Provisional Status Page. See 1st round results at NOL, That's Racin' and Racin' Network. Plus an ironic story at That's Racin': Rudd, Pruett stem tide of front-row challengers by David Poole(3-3-2000)

  • Qualifying Notes: #43-John Andretti blew and engine during his qualifying lap and didn't complete his run, he will make a 2nd round attempt. #75-Wally Dallenbach was excused from going out 20th as the team had a problem with the car, started to go out 36th but brought the car back in, finally went out 39th but was very slow. #14-Mike Bliss blew an engine late in Friday's practice. #11-Brett Bodine was feeling ill and had his brother Todd Bodine qualify the car, but he didn't make the top 25(EPSN2 Qualifying coverage)(3-3-2000)

  • Friday Practice: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr at 171.167mph was the fastest followed by #12-Jeremy Mayfield 170.293mph. #71-Dave Marcis and #89-Austin Cameron were the slowest. See the speeds at NOL(3-3-2000)

  • Qualifying Order is up on That's Racin' and NOL, see above link. There were 48 cars entered, add Winston West driver, Austin Cameron to the mix in the #89 car. Qulaifying goes off at 5:00pm/et on ESPN2. About Cameron's attempt, from the Racing West site: Austin Cameron, a winner in the NASCAR Winston West, one of NASCAR's premeir divisions will be at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. The young gun will attempt to make the field for the NASCAR Winston Cup event on Sunday presented by CarsDirect.com. With a new car from RCR and a new engine from Maropulus(3-3-2000)

  • How to break a tie? Example: Four drivers were tied for 23rd starting spot at Atlanta with a speed of 190.949mph, the tie is broken by owners points standings, the drivers tied at 23rd are: #12-Mayfield(11th in owners points); #23-Spencer(18th); #28-Irwin(20th); #94-Elliott(21st) so they line up like this: 23rd: #12; 24th: #23; 25th: #28; and 26th: #94(unless someone goes faster in 2nd round qualifying. 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,


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • LVMS: NASCAR weekend at LVMS includes 103 competitors(3-1-2000)

  • Scouts invited to LVMS events: Las Vegas Motor Speedway would like to invite members of local Scouting organizations to the speedway to enjoy the Sam's Town 300 with no admission charge. Scouts will be admitted free if accompanied by a paying adult. The scout must be in uniform to take advantage of this unique offer(LVMS PR)(3-1-2000)

  • Vegas Traffic: Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials and state and local law-enforcement agencies unveiled a new traffic and transportation plan that will improve significantly the flow of traffic in and out of the speedway during the March 2-5 NASCAR weekend. Approximately a quarter of a million people are expected to visit the speedway during the four-day weekend. The CarsDirect.com 400 NASCAR Winston Cup event, scheduled for Sunday, March 5, is expected to attract more than 140,000 spectators, making it the largest one-day spectator event in Nevada's history. The widening of Las Vegas Boulevard from two lanes to seven traffic lanes, a new right-of-way from Interstate 15 at the Speedway Boulevard exit and a secured bus route from the Las Vegas Strip and downtown will alleviate much of the traffic congestion usually associated with such a large event. LVMS officials are encouraging all commercial vehicles and people needing credentials to use Las Vegas Boulevard. All private passenger vehicles should use Interstate 15 and exit at Speedway Boulevard. Race fans are encouraged, however, to use the Citizen's Area Transit(LVMS PR)(2-26-2000)

  • Rules: No rules changes are expected at least until after the Feb 27th race at Rockingham. Winston Cup director Gary Nelson said NASCAR is willing to live with cars that are "equivalent" rather than "equal."(Gaston Gazette)(2-17-2000)

  • 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 - Las Vegas


    DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • Graves back to Cup..for a race UPDATE 2 delayed: NASCAR Winston West regular Brendan Gaughan will try his hand at NASCAR Winston Cup racing with former Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Andy Graves in the CarsDirect.com 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race on March 5 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gaughan, a 24-year old Las Vegas native, is the full-time driver for Orleans Racing, which is located in LVMS's Research and Development Center. The state-of-the art race shop is home to a full-time NASCAR Winston West team, part-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck team and the future home of a cutting-edge engine building complex. Graves, who joined Chip Ganassi's CART team this year after a 10-year history with Hendrick Motorsports, will assist the team with building its 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, advise them on race and qualifying setups and act as crew chief on race day. The car will be the #62 NAPA Auto Parts/The Orleans Casino Chevrolet(LVMS PR)(2-8-2000) -- UPDATE: hearing Gaughan's Cup debut will not happen at Vegas and will be delayed -- UPDATE 2: Orleans Racing has made a last-minute decision not to enter next weekend's CUP race at Las Vegas, delaying the debut of Brendan Gaughan. The reason: rain. The team was not able to secure a testing date as rain left only a few open test dates which were booked by the IRL. Gaughan was able to sneak onto the track for a brief shakedown session Thursday morning with one of the team's Winston West engines in the new car and chassis, but some minor bugs were discovered. The team will focus on qualifying for the April 30 Cup race at California(Las Vegas Review)(2-25-2000)

  • Bodine Sub UPDATE: TNN's Raceday reports that garage talk has either Todd Bodine or Buckshot Jones subbing for Geoffrey Bodine in the #60 Power Team Chevy at Rockingham next week. Team over Joe Bessey will make his decision on Monday(TNN)(2-20-2000) -- UPDATE: Ted Musgrave will drive the #60 Chevy at Rockingham this coming weekend(RPM2Nite) NOL reports it is on a "race-to-race basis"(NOL)(2-21-2000)

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


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

  • Park's Colors: Steve Park's #1 Pennzoil Chevy will have a different look at Vegas, the car has a 'Mission To Mars' movie paint scheme on it, orange and black. This one-time paint job celebrates Pennzoil Synthetic motor oil's Hollywood debut in Touchstone Pictures' new film "Mission To Mars," which is scheduled for nationwide release on March 10. Pennzoil Synthetic motor oil with Pennzane is featured in the film, which depicts a manned space mission to Mars. See an image of the car at NASCAR Online(3-3-2000)

  • #75 WCW News and an Image: World Championship Wrestling (WCW) debuts its Winston Cup race car in the CARSDIRECT.com 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 5. NASCAR veteran Wally Dallenbach will be behind the wheel of the Galaxy Motorsports #75 Ford Taurus in 2000, including five races for WCW, 14 for TBS Superstation and two for Cartoon Network. "We're excited about racing this season," said Dallenbach. "Galaxy Motorsports is a new team this year and we expect great things from our partnership with WCW." "WCW is thrilled to participate in this unique sponsorship deal with our sister companies again this year," said Casey Collins, director of licensing and motorsports at WCW. "The team at Galaxy Motorsports bring a wealth of talent and experience in NASCAR and Wally Dallenbach finished in the top 20 in the standings in 1999. World Championship Wrestling couldn't ask for a better partnership!" In conjunction with the race weekend, WCW wrestler Jeff Jarrett will sign autographs at the WCW Nitro Grill at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino on Friday, March 3 from 6pm - 8pm. The New World Order's "Chosen One," Jarrett will also be at the track on Saturday, hanging out with the WCW race team. WCW has been active in NASCAR since 1996, running limited schedules in both the Winston Cup and Busch Series with drivers including Kyle Petty, Elliot Sadler and Jerry Nadeau. World Championship Wrestling is a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company. WCW produces and markets television programs and live events featuring wrestling superstars. "This Week in WCW Motorsports" airs Wednesdays during Thunder on TBS. For more information check out WCW.com.(Turner PR) just got an image of the car, see it at my Paint Schemes Gallery(3-2-2000)

  • 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)

  • DW Correction: I stated a while back that Darrell Waltrip would run a special paint scheme at both the Bud Shootout Qualifier and the Daytona 500. Actually DW will run the #66 NASCAR 500/BIG Kmart Ford in the blue, purple and black trim at the Qualifier and the special paint scheme "Flame Car" will be run at the Daytona 500 and the following races during the 2000 season: Las Vegas, Bristol March race, California, Michigan June race, New Hampshire July race, Indianapolis, Darlington September race, Charlotte October race, Phoenix, and Atlanta November race(1-21-2000)

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


    STATS and STUFF

  • 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
                       Since
    
       Brett Bodine     170     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        100     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        73     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little       62     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Johnny Benson     62     5th     Texas           4-5-98
       Hut Stricklin     60     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Robert Pressley   53     3rd     Texas           4-5-98
       Darrell Waltrip   52     5th     California      5-3-98
       Ken Schrader      44     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Derrike Cope      44     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Dick Trickle      43     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Steve Grissom     40     4th     New Hampshire   9-14-97
       Ricky Craven      37     3rd     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Ted Musgrave      35     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.
    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
       Steve Park      58
       Elliott Sadler  37
    Cup drivers(not including 2000 rookies)
    
    (data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(2-27-2000)
    
  • 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  430(corrected)
       Rick Mast        311
       Ted Musgrave     281
       Hut Stricklin    264*
       Dick Trickle     261* 
       Wally Dallenbach 197
       Chad Little      191
       Kenny Wallace    187
       Robert Pressley  138
       Steve Grissom    135*
       Johnny Benson    130
       Ricky Craven     128
       Mike Skinner     112
       David Green       76*
       Kenny Irwin       72
       Jerry Nadeau      71
       Kevin Lepage      66
       Steve Park        58
       Elliott Sadler    38
    
    (3-4-2000)(UMI Press Guides Stats)
    


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

    
       Driver          Races Run   Last Win   Track
    
       Dave Marcis      469        2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     298        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     271        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     270        6/3/90     Dover
       Darrell Waltrip  224        9/6/92     Darlington
       Jimmy Spencer    170        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     163        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       145        6/4/95     Dover
       Ward Burton      129        10/22/95   Rockingham
       Sterling Marlin  116        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  106        8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    61        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        42        9/27/98    Martinsville    
    
    (3-4-2000)(UMI Press Guides Stats)
    


  • Top Fives: There have been 9 different Cup drivers score a Top-5 in 2000....1999's total was 28 and 1998 year's total number was 27(2-27-2000)

  • Top Tens: There were 16 different Cup drivers score a Top-10 in 2000.....1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(2-27-2000)

  • Provisonal Finishes: In 14 provisonal starts(1 races x 7), drivers have accumulated 0 Wins, 0 Top 5's and 0 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page(2-27-2000)

  • Lap Leader/Bonus Points: 16 drivers 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(2-27-2000)

  • 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)

  • Tidbits: from NOL - Only four drivers(7 times) has the driver who won the Daytona 500 also won the Winston Cup Champihinship. Lee Petty in 1959, Richard Petty in 1964-71-74-79, Cale Yarborough in 1977 and Jeff Gordon in 1997. Also every Daytona 500 winner in the last 10 years (1991-2000) has started seventh or better and only eight times in the 42-year history of the Daytona 500 has a driver won from a starting position outside the top-10(NOL Notes)(2-21-2000)

  • Short Track Wins UPDATE 3 the streak lives: Nine different drivers win the last nine short-track races: Dale Jarrett, John Andretti, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Rudd, Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Terry Labonte, Bobby Hamilton and Jeff Gordon(Bristol Spring 98)(8-25-1999) -- UPDATE Make it Ten drivers, add Dale Earnhardt to the mix(8-29-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Make it Eleven different drivers now as Tony Stewart won at Richmond(9-12-1999) -- UPDATE 3 It still stands at eleven since Gordon was first on the list to start the streak, so we still have 11 different winners in the last 11 short track races(10-5-1999)

  • 1999 Short Track Season: The short track 'title' goes to Rusty Wallace by four points over Dale Earnhardt. The top ten: 1) #2-Wallace 891; 2) #3-Earnhardt 887; 3) #6-Martin 838; 4) #88-Jarrett 835; 5) #40-Marlin; 6) #24-Gordon 788; 7) #44-Petty 772; 8) #99-Burton 766; 9) #20-Stewart 734; 10) #31-Skinner 727 (Stock Car Fans Rumblings)(10-3-1999)

  • Stats: Only five times in NASCAR's modern era(1972-present) has the eventual champion not won by the sixth race of the season. Those champions were Benny Parsons in 1973, Terry Labonte in 1984 and 1996, Darrell Waltrip in 1985 and Dale Jarrett in 1999.(2-20-2000)

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


Winston Cup Disabled List for the race
and won't race there
Driver Car# Injury Return Date Sub
Geoffrey Bodine 60 Broken Bones, Concussion April 2000 Ted Musgrave





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