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THE RACE: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500

Winston Cup Race #4 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, March 11, 2001 in Hampton, GA

  • TV: Fox 1:00pm/et(pre-race at 12:30pm/et)
    Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
    Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum and Steve Byrnes

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,223,068 (was $2,265,604 in 2000)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 from NOL

  • 2000 Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt, 131.759mph

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

  • Track/Race Length: 1.54 mile quad-oval, 325 laps, 500.5 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Friday, Mar 9th from 10:45am - 12:45pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Mar 10th at 11:00am - 12:00noon/et, TV-FX at 3:30pm/et(tape delay)


  • Qualfying Order - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500: at or NASCAR Online

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, Mar 9th at 3:00pm/et, TV-FSN(Fox Sports Net) and live via PRN radio/internet

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

  • Second-Round Qualifying: there is no longer a 2nd round of qualifying

  • Track Qualifying Record: Geoffrey Bodine, Nov 1997, 197.478mph

  • Event Qualifying Record: Bobby Labonte, 194.957mph, March 1999

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Dale Jarrett, 192.574mph

  • Track Specs:
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 5 degrees; Straights: Frontstretch - 1471 feet; Backstretch - 1380 feet.

  • Track Homepage: Atlanta Motor Speedway site

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

    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS of All past races at Atlanta

  • All Time Atlanta Winners and Pole Sitters (AMS Site) doesn't include 2000 winners


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 at Atlanta for leading the points and winning the race(for some reason #15-Waltrip was not listed as winning this at Daytona in 2001 by NASCAR. Bobby Labonte last won the award, $50,000 at Lowes/Charlotte on Oct 8, 2000). The $360,000 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(3-4-2001)


Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network(PRN), with live RealAudio coverage
go to the Performance Racing Network Affiliate List for your local station
Airtime: 12:30pm/et with Announcers: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow, Turn Reporters: Chuck Carland and Robin Albright and Pit Reporters: Brett McMillan and Steve Richards

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

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Atlanta/Hampton, GA Area:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Savannah Morning News

The Weather Pit
Weather forecast for Hampton, GA by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Hampton, GA
Weather Point - Hampton, GA


  • TV Show: WSB's half-hour preview show of the March 11 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 has been scheduled to air March 3, 2001, at 1 p.m. The preview show - hosted by WSB sports reporters Bill Hartman, Chuck Dowdle and Kristy Deer - will feature the top NASCAR Winston Cup drivers as they prepare to tame the high banks of Atlanta's 1.54-mile quad-oval. The program will feature the return of Dodge to Atlanta Motor Speedway, with Dawsonville native Bill Elliott and rookie Casey Atwood leading the charge for Ray Evernham's team. WSB will also highlight Atlanta's winningest driver, Dale Earnhardt, who edged Bobby Labonte by .010 seconds last year in a race that has been heralded as both the best finish and the best race of the year by newspapers and magazines across the country.


    Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
    looks like this is all that there is out there now....


    • Some Atlanta Facts: Bill Elliott leads all active drivers each with four Bud Poles at Atlanta.
      Buddy Baker scored seven Bud Poles at Atlanta, more than any other driver.
      There have been 19 different Bud Pole winners in the 22 races at Atlanta since November 1990. Rusty Wallace (fall 1990 and spring 1993) and Bobby Labonte (fall 1996 and spring 1999) are the only repeat Bud Pole winners in the 22--race period. Qualifying for the spring race in 1990 was rained out
      Fireball Roberts (1960), Cale Yarborough (1978), Buddy Baker (1979) and Alan Kulwicki (1989) are the only drivers to win both poles in the same year at Atlanta
      Thirteen races at Atlanta have been won from the Bud Pole, more than any other starting position.
      Nine drivers have won from the second-place starting position giving 29 percent of the victories posted there to the front-row starting spots.
      Forty-nine victories (59 percent) have come from the top five.
      Dale Earnhardt scored nine victories at this track, the most of any driver, Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with five Atlanta victories.
      There have been five sweeps at Atlanta since the track opened in 1960: Marvin Panch (1965), Bobby Allison (1972), David Pearson (1973) and Bill Elliott (1985 and 1992).
      There have been four different winners in the last four NASCAR Winston Cup races held at Atlanta.: Jeff Gordon (1999 Cracker Barrel 500), Bobby Labonte (1999 Napa 500), Dale Earnhardt (2000 Cracker Barrel 500) and Jerry Nadeau (2000 Napa 500).
      The Wood Brothers (12) and Junior Johnson (nine) are the winningest car owners at Atlanta. The Wood Brothers last won there in the spring of 1993 with Morgan Shepherd as their driver.
      Chevrolet leads Ford in NASCAR Winston Cup Series victories at Atlanta by two victories (27-25). The remaining 31 victories are distributed between six different car models.(NASCAR PR)(3-5-2001)

    • : Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 Race Info

    • CBS Sportsline: Cracker Barrel 500 Preview

    • Raceday Today - Cracker Barrell 500(3-11-2001)

    • Sporting News: This Week In NASCAR(3-9-2001)

    • NASCAR - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 Preview(WRAL)

    • Yahoo: Cracker Barrel Old Country 500 - Preview

    • Crew Chief Club


    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS news and links

    • Incredible, Amazing, Unreal! what else can you say. What a shocking and welcome upset win at Atlanta. #29-Kevin Harvick, a rookie in his third Winston Cup race, who took over for the late Dale Earnhardt in the Richard Childress Racing GM Goodwrench Chevy (changed to #29 from #3), WON the Cracker Barrel 500 by .006 seconds over #24-Jeff Gordon. Harvick's margin of victory was .006 of a second --- a few inches. One year ago, Earnhardt had won by .010 of a second over Bobby Labonte. The car was the same car that Dale Earnhardt used at the fall Atlanta race(not won with in the spring as reported). Harvick becomes the 159th driver to win in the history of the Winston Cup series. Harvick is 11th in points after four races despite getting no driver points for the first race. All three Hendrick drivers finished in the top five, #24-Gordon was 2nd, #25-Nadeau was 3rd and #5-Terry Labonte was 5th. Gordon takes over the Winston Cup Points lead by 37 over #88-Jarrett, third is #10-Johnny Benson and former leader #40-Marlin falls to 4th after blowing an engine. It's the first time Gordon has led the points since Feb 1999. See a story at :
      Harvick wins a thriller and
      Cracker Barrel 500 results(3-11-2001)

    • Back of the Field: #12-Jeremy Mayfield was forced to start in the rear of the field yesterday after missing driver introduction. He was sick with the stomach flu but that was no excuse, according to NASCAR officials(Winston-Salem Journal). #4-Robby Gordon and #97-Kurt Busch also missed driver intorductions and had to go to the rear of the field before the start of the race(3-12-2001)

    • Rookies at Atlanta: the six Rookie of the Year candidates finish at Atlanta was mixed, their starting and finishing spots, including Kevin Harvick's amazing win:
      #29-Kevin Harvick, started 5th and WON THE RACE
      #14-Ron Hornaday started 15th, finished 39th
      #01-Jason Leffler started 22nd, finished 32nd
      #96-Andy Houston started 29th, finished 21st
      #97-Kurt Busch started 36th, finished 10th(his career best and first top 10)
      #19-Casey Atwood missed the race(3-11-2001)

    • Rookies Standings: have not yet updated my Rookie of the Year page but a quick Unofficial calculation has the ROTY standings as follows:
      #29-Kevin Harvick 46 points (21 for Atlanta, 1 to make the race, 10 for being the highest finishing rookies and 10 bonus for winning)
      #14-Ron Hornaday 39
      #97-Kurt Busch 34
      #01-Jason Leffler 32
      #19-Casey Atwood 29
      #96-Andy Houston 19(3-11-2001)

    • Line-Up: Cracker Barrel 500 lineup

    • Happy Hour at Atlanta for the Cracker Barrel 500 is over (will be televised on FX at 3:30pm/et). #25-Jerry Nadeau was the fastest at 187.101mph, follow by #40-Sterling Marlin at 186.642 and #10-Johnny Benson at 185.828. Slowest was #27-Kenny Wallace at 179.772. See the speeds at : Saturday's 'Happy Hour' speeds(3-10-2001)

    • BGN and Cup - double duty: Six drivers will run both the Cup and BGN races at Atlanta:
      Kevin Harvick, #2 Chevy in the BGN starts 2nd, #29 Chevy in Cup starts 5th
      Joe Nemeck, #87 Chevy in the BGN starts 3rd, #33 Chevy in Cup starts 11th
      Michael Waltrip, #99 Chevy in BGN starts 9th, #15 Chevy in Cup 10th
      Todd Bodine, #00 Chevy in BGN starts 11th, #66 Ford in Cup starts 3rd
      Matt Kenseth, #17 Chevy in BGN starts 18th, #17 Ford in Cup starts 38th
      Kenny Wallace, #48 Chevy in BGN starts 34th, #27 Pontiac in Cup starts 42nd
      Carl Long will run the #49 Chevy in the BGN but failed to make the Cup race in the #85 Ford
      AND Todd Bodine has developed flu-like symptoms. Buckshot Jones, whose father owns Bodine's #00 Busch car, is a stand-by driver for today's race(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(3-10-2001)

    • Rookies at Atlanta: the six Rookie of the Year candidates qualifying at Atlanta was mixed, their starting spots:
      #29-Kevin Harvick, starts 5th
      #14-Ron Hornaday starts 15th
      #01-Jason Leffler starts 22nd
      #96-Andy Houston starts 29th
      #97-Kurt Busch starts 36th
      #19-Casey Atwood missed the race(3-10-2001)

    • Some Notes: 36-Kenny Schrader has the Pedigree paint scheme this week. The #50 Midwest Transit Chevy is red and black, no decals except on the TV panel, World Best Buy. #29-Kevin Harvick's GM Goodwrench Chevy scheme is a little different, has a red stripe around the bottom, owner Richard Childress had a hard time finding the car, saying it looked too much like the #11(3-9-2001)

    • Qualifying is Over at Atlanta. #88-Dale Jarrett wins the pole for the Cracker Barrel 500 with a speed of 192.748mph. #24-Jeff Gordon is on the outside pole with a speed of 192.413mph, Jarrett's 2nd pole of the year and in a row(he won it at Las Vegas too) and Jarrett's 12th career pole(sure seemed like he had more). This is the last race where the 2000 Owners Points will be used for provisionals, after Atlanta, 2001 Owners Points are used. Three drivers missed the race: #50-Rick Mast(45th in 2000 owners points), #19-Casey Atwood(48th), and #85-Carl Long(51st). #4-Robby Gordon and #32-Ricky Craven both used the 3rd provisional to get in the race. See my Provisional Status/Info/Rules page for info. Four stats pages updated thru qualifying: Provisionals, Provisionals Used, DNQ's and 2002 Bud Shootout pages

    • Progression of the Pole:
      #20-Stewart 189.021 (went out 1st, will start 35th)
      #96-Houston 189.720 (went out 2nd, will start 29th)
      #45-Petty 190.555 (went out 3rd, will start 18th)
      #12-Mayfield 191.503 (went out 4th, will start 6th)
      #6-Martin 191.887 (went out 5th, will start 4th)
      #88-Jarrett 192.748 (went out 12th, won the pole)

    • Cup Practice: have seen no speeds posted yet, but a source at the track got me the top five for Friday's Cup practice at Atlanta:
      1) #88-Dale Jarrett 192.406 mph
      2) #26-Jimmy Spencer 191.715
      3) #24-Jeff Gordon 191.675
      4) #29-Kevin Harvick 191.655
      5) #11-Brett Bodine 191.476
      45) #85-Carl Long 186.692
      46) #17-Matt Kenseth 186.598
      Track Qual Record: Geoffrey Bodine 197.478 in Nov 1997
      Event Qual Record: Bobby Labonte, 194.957 in Mar 1999
      Speeds: see the practice speeds at : Friday's Winston Cup practice speeds
    • Atlanta Qualifying Order is up at . See above for the link. First driver scheduled out is #20-Tony Stewart, last scheduled out is #10-Johnny Benson. 46 drivers are listed to try for 43 starting spots. Qualifying starts at 3:00pm/et and will be televised by FSN and can be heard on radio via PRN(3-9-2001)

    • Entry List is posted at See the link above. 45 cars/drivers are listed, no surprises seen(3-7-2001)
      UPDATE: add #85-Carl Long to the entry list, so that's 46 cars for 43 starting spots(3-8-2001)

    • Rain? UPDATE: hearing that if Qualifying gets rained out in Atlanta on Friday, it would be held early Saturday morning. If rain falls Saturday, then the field would be set using 2000 Owners Points(3-8-2001)
      UPDATE: the radar for the Atlanta area looks 'icky', lots of green near Atlanta and more coming, hoepfully it'll pass by Qualifying time, 3:00pm/et(3-9-2001)

    • an interesting point: When NASCAR officials decided to disallow Jerry Nadeau's qualifying time yesterday, it raised an interesting question. With the Winston Cup series having only one round of qualifying the rest of the season, what happens if an unapproved part is found? According to NASCAR, drivers no longer have to post an official qualifying time to use a provisional, they only have to practice. So a driver could have a penalty on a qualifying issue but still have access to one of the seven provisionals for the race(Richmond Times Dispatch)(2-11-2001)

    • How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) 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, Racin Network, and


    • Ads: Atlanta Motor Speedway has pulled all of its Earnhardt-related advertising going into Sunday's Cracker Barrel 500. Earnhardt is the defending race champion and had been featured on billboards around Atlanta, as well as in TV spots and other advertising. The race program cover shows Earnhardt racing side-by-side with Bobby Labonte to the finish. Track President Ed Clark, a long-time personal friend of Earnhardt's, said the program had been printed before the fatal Daytona 500 crash(Tennessean)(3-9-2001)

    • AMS Grand Marshal: Willard Scott will serve as Grand Marshal for the March 11 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500. Scott, longtime weatherman for NBC's Today Show, made a niche for himself honoring centenarians on the morning program he began working at almost 21 years ago. Scott's lengthy resume also includes being the first Ronald McDonald, anchoring the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade, appearing as Santa Claus at White House events and lighting the national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C. The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 will be Scott's first NASCAR Winston Cup race, an event he is eagerly anticipating.(AMS PR)(3-7-2001)

    • AMS National Anthem: Kicks 101.5 morning show host Moby will sing the National Anthem at the March 11 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500. Moby, a radio veteran of more than 32 years, has spent the last 10 years with Kicks in the Atlanta market. He has been honored as Air Personality of the Year (1999), Radio Personality of the Year (1993, 94, 95, 96), Morning Personality of the Year (1993, 94, 95, 96) and Jock of the Year (1994). He has also been featured on such national programs as Oprah, Nightline and the CBS morning news. A dedicated philanthropist, Moby is also involved with Easter Seals, United Cerebral Palsy, the Georgia Council on Child Abuse, Egleston's Children's Hospital and the Leukemia Society, where he serves on the national board of directors. Moby and his fiance Mary Beth, who will be married this weekend, live in Atlanta with Moby's son Jonah and dog Barney(AMS PR)(3-7-2001)

    • 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 Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Atlanta



    • #36 Special Paint Scheme: #36 Ken Schrader will run a special Pedigree Dog Food paint scheme at Atlanta on March 11th. Pedigree Foods will donate $10.00 for every Winston Cup point Schrader earns in the 2001 Cup season(up to $50,000) to Homeward Bound, a charity organization that encourages responsible pet ownership as well as pet adoption. The car will also run at a few other unnamed races in 2001(from the RCCA catalog). See my Paint Scheme Gallery for an image of the car(2-14-2001)

    • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery, choose current news

    STATS and STUFF thru the race before this one

    • Hendrick Motorsports Double wins: Two drivers from Hendrick Motorsports have won at least one Winston Cup race for seven consecutive seasons. No other current multi-car team has done that.(Gordon 1994-2000, T Labonte 1994-1999 and Nadeau in 2000)(11-22-2000)

    • Four 1st Timers: The four first-time winners in 2000 was the most since 1988 when there were also four, those winners: Ken Schrader(Talladega), Alan Kulwicki(Phoenix), Phil Parsons(Talladega), and Lake Speed(Darlington). Parsons and Speed have not won in Cup since and are out of the series. Kulwicki died in an aircraft accident in 1993. Schrader is still active on the Cup circuit and has four career Cup wins. The winners in 2000: Dale Earnhardt Jr(Texas), Matt Kenseth(Lowes), Steve Park(Watkins Glen) and Jerry Nadeau(Atlanta)(11-21-2000)

    • Pontiac Win Record: Pontiac Grand Prix, which clinched its third NASCAR Winston Cup Driver championship and first since 1989, thanks to driver Bobby Labonte, could had set a NASCAR modern-era standard for itself with a victory in Atlanta. Pontiac had 11 wins this season, matching the highest number of wins in a season that was set in 1993(Rusty had 10 of those). Tony Stewart, Labonte's teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, had a series-leading six wins this season, while Labonte had four and Ward Burton one(AP), The All-Time Pontiac Record is held in 1961 with 30. Ford holds the all-time mark of 48 in 1965 while the all time modern-era(1972 to present) is held by Buick with 25 wins in 1982(Winston Cup Updates)(11-18-2000)

    • Different Winners in 2000: There were 14 different race winners in 2000, the most in a single season since 1991 when there were 14, which is a record for NASCAR's modern era, which began in 1972.
      The drivers who won in 2000: Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, Steve Park, Jeremy Mayfield, Ward Burton, Jeff Gordon and Jerry Nadeau.
      Terry Labonte, Joe Nemechek and John Andretti are the drivers who earned victories in 1999 and did not win in 2000. Two drivers who won in 1998 Bobby Hamilton and Ricky Rudd, have not won since(11-21-2000)

    • Single Car Winner: The last time a single-car team scored a victory was by Ricky Rudd at Martinsville in September 1998(8-4-2000)

    • Top Fives: There have been 14 different Cup drivers(add #10-Benson, #40-Marlin, #66-Bodine, #88-Jarrett at Las Vegas) who have scored a Top-5 so far in 2001....2000's total was 28, 1999's total was 28 and 1998's total number was 27(3-4-2000)

    • Top Tens: There have been 23 different Cup drivers(add #6-Martin, #14-Hornaday, #26-Spencer, #29-Harvick, #66-Bodine at Las Vegas) who have scored a Top-10 in 2001.....2000's total was 41, 1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(3-5-2001)

    • Provisonal Finishes in 2001: In 21 provisonal starts(3 races x 7), drivers have accumulated 0 Win, 1 Top 5's and 2 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(3-4-2001)

    • 9 Different Winners in a Row: #24-Jeff Gordon 's victory marks the ninth straight different Winston Cup winner since last fall's race at Charlotte(Roanoke Times). The list: #18-Labonte(Lowes/Charlotte); #3-Earnhardt(Talladega); #88-Jarrett(Rockingham); #99-Burton(Phoenix); #20-Stewart(Homestead); #25-Nadeau(Atlanta); #15-Waltrip(Daytona); #1-Park(Rockingham) and Gordon. The record is 11 in 1985 and 1986. Last season there were 10 in a row, and it started the season(from Daytona thru California)(3-5-2001)

    • Lap Leaders: Six drivers led at least a lap for the first time in 2001 at Las Vegas. #10-enson, #17-Kenseth, #20-Stewart, #21-Sadler, #25-Nadeau and #66-T Bodine. Four drivers have led at least a lap in all three Cup races so far in 2001: #6-Martin, #18-Labonte, #24-Gordon and #40-Marlin. 24 Drivers have led a lap so far in 2001. See my Bonus Points/Lap Leaders Page(3-5-2001)

    • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd leads with with 611 followed by Rusty Wallace at 520, Ken Schrader with 490 and Mark Martin 404. Terry Labonte had 655 but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his record streak. Dale Earnhardt had 648 consecutive Winston Cup starts until his death at Daytona(3-4-2001)

    • 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*     314     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
         Brett Bodine     201     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
         Rick Mast        128     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
         Kyle Petty        92     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
         Chad Little*      87     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
         Ken Schrader      79     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
         Hut Stricklin     69     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
         Ted Musgrave*     52     5th     Phoenix         10-25-98
         Dick Trickle*     49     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
         Derrike Cope*     46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
         Steve Grissom*    45     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  72
         Dave Blaney     36
         Stacy Compton   30
         Buckshot Jones  20
      Cup drivers(not including 2001 rookies)
      (* not full time Cup in 2001, data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(3-5-2001)
    • 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
      Rick Mast        339
      Ted Musgrave     298*
      Hut Stricklin    273
      Dick Trickle     266*
      Wally Dallenbach 225*
      Kenny Wallace    222
      Chad Little      216*
      Robert Pressley  173
      Johnny Benson    165
      Mike Skinner     148
      Ricky Craven     147
      Steve Grissom    141*
      Todd Bodine      112
      Kevin Lepage      96*
      David Green       78*
      Elliott Sadler    72
      All Time - Over 400 Starts	
      Driver          Races Run
      JD McDuffie       653
      Buddy Arrington   560
      Neil Castles      497
      Jimmy Means       455
      Cecil Gordon      450
      G.C. Spencer      415
      *not a full time or regular Cup driver
      (3-4-2001)(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      479*       2/21/82    Richmond
         Brett Bodine     330        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
         Ken Schrader     306        6/2/91     Dover
         Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
         Jimmy Spencer    205        7/24/94    Talladega
         Bill Elliott     196        9/4/94     Darlington
         Kyle Petty       163        6/4/95     Dover
         Sterling Marlin  151        7/6/96     Daytona
         Geoffrey Bodine  120*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
         Bobby Hamilton    96        4/20/98    Martinsville
         Ricky Rudd        78        9/27/98    Martinsville    
         *not a full time or regular Cup driver
      (3-4-2001)(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 2001 and extended or started their streaks:
         Driver          Years   Last Win
         Jeff Gordon        8    Las Vegas, Mar 2001
         Steve Park         2    Rockingham, Feb 2001
         Michael Waltrip    1    Daytona, Feb 2001
      Thru 2000 season:
         Rusty Wallace     15    Bristol, Aug 2000
         Dale Jarrett       8    Rockingham, Oct 2000
         Bobby Labonte      6    Charlotte, Oct 2000
         Jeff Burton        4    Phoenix, August 2000
         Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
         Tony Stewart       2    Homestead, Nov 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
         Jerry Nadeau       1    Atlanta, Nov 2000
      Streaks that ended in 2000 that were 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
      (3-5-2001)(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

    • Championship and no poles? ever happen? With Dale Jarrett winning the Cup championship and not scoring any poles in 1999, I was asked, has it ever happened before? Yep, five times, most recently, in 1991 when Dale Earnhardt won the Winston Cup Championship with four wins and NO poles. It also happened in 1983-Bobby Allison; 1980-Earnhardt; 1973-Benny Parsons; and 1950-Bill Rexford(The Stock Car Racing Encyclodepia)(11-14/21-1999)

    • 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

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