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Winston Cup Race #35 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, November 18, 2001 in Hampton, GA

  • TV: NBC - 12:30pm/et, re-aired on TNT Tuesday, Nov 20th, 1:00am/et
  • Pre-Race Show: 12:00noon/et - Hosted by Bill Weber

  • NASCAR on TV and TNT TV Schedule and CNN/SI Schedule

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach

  • Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,126,672 (last year $2,900,522)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: NAPA 500 from

  • 2000 Race Winner: Jerry Nadeau, 141.296mph, started 2nd

  • Race Record: Dale Earnhardt, Nov 1995, 163.633mph(before track conguration)

  • Race Record: Bobby Labonte, Nov 1997, 159.904mph(after track conguration)

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

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Friday, Nov 16th 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; and Saturday, Nov 17th 10:00 - 10:45am/et
  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Nov 17th 11:15am - 12:00noon/et on TV-TNT tape delay at 12:00noon/et


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Nov 16th, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: - NAPA 500

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, Nov 16th at 3:00pm/et, TV-TNT live and via PRN Radio(link below)

  • 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/Event Qualifying Record: Geoffrey Bodine, Nov 1997, 197.478mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Jeff Gordon, 194.274mph, finished 4th

  • 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

    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 $70,000 at Atlanta for leading the points and winning the race (Jeff Gordon last won the award, $60,000 at Kansas on Sept 30, 2001). 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(11-11-2001)


Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network(PRN), with live RealAudio coverage
Airtime: 12:00noon/et with Announcers: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
Turn Reporters: Chuck Carland and Rob Albright
Pit Reporters: Brett McMillan, Steve Richards and Pat Patterson

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations
  • Scanner Frequencies: are linked on my Racing Links Page/ Scanners Section

    Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Hamton/Atlanta, GA area:
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Augusta Chronicle
    Macon Telegraph
    Savannah Morning News

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


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


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


    • Air Dam Rules Change: A technical bulletin to Winston Cup teams allows Fords to add one-half inch to the air dams of their race cars while removing one inch from the two-inch extension given to Dodges in August. But no change was made to the Pontiac Grand Prix (or the Chevy Monte Carlo) by Tuesday's NASCAR bulletin.() AND On Tuesday, NASCAR officials informed teams that, effective immediately, the Ford Taurus will receive a half-inch kickout on its nose, while the Dodge Intrepid will have that same area reduced by one inch(

    • Atlanta Facts: Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with four Bud Poles at Atlanta. There have been five different winners in the last five NASCAR Winston Cup Series races held at Atlanta (drivers being: Harvick(3/01), Nadeau(11/00), Earnhardt(3/00), B Labonte(11/99), and Gordon(3/99)). Bobby Labonte has four victories at Atlanta. Three have occurred in the season-finale (1996, 1997 and 1999). His only victory in the spring race came in 1998. The last two race winners at Atlanta have posted their first career NASCAR Winston Cup victories: Jerry Nadeau in November 2000 and Kevin Harvick in March 2001.(NASCAR PR)(11-13-2001)

    • : NAPA 500 Race Info

    • CBS Sportsline: NAPA 500 Preview

    • CNN/SI: NAPA 500 - Hoping for a rerun

    • FoxSports: NAPA 500 preview - Totally NASCAR's Homestead preview

    • Frontstretch: Raceday Today - NAPA 500

    • NAPA 500 Race Page

    • Yahoo: NAPA 500 - Preview

    • Crew Chief Club

    • National Association of Pit Crew Members (NAPCM)


    news and links

    • Bobby Labonte wins as Nadeau runs out of gas: #18-Bobby Labonte won the NAPA 500 at Atlanta when #25-Jerry Nadeau ran out of fuel in turn four, Nadeau wiggled the car trying to get some fuel to pick up but could not, Labonte sped by for his 2nd win of the 2001 season. Labonte started from the farthest back (39th) then any Winston Cup race winner has since 1953. Labonte has now won four races after starting with a provisional (only 4 drivers have done that six times). #24-Jeff Gordon was 6th and clinced the Championship, all he needed was a 32nd or better today. See for NAPA 500 Results(11-18-2001)

    • Happy Hour Practice: at Atlanta for the NAPA 500, top five were:
      1)  #20-Stewart 182.531mph
      1)  #93-Blaney 181.961
      1)  #40-Marlin 181.938
      1)  #25-Nadeau 181.812
      1)  #32-Craven 181.628
      slowest: #47-Lance Hooper 175.094mph.
      The top five in terms of laps run(with 5 minutes left in the practice) were: #20-Stewart 54 laps; #6-Martin 46 laps; #25-Nadeau 45 laps; #99-Burton 40 laps; and #92-ompton 38 laps
      See for the Speeds from Saturday's final practice(11-17-2001)

    • Little E Wins the Pole at Atlanta: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr won the Budweiser pole at Atlanta for the NAPA 500 with a speed of 192.047mph, much faster then anyone else including #6-Mark Martin who will start on the outside pole with a speed of 190.463. #13-Hermie Sadler, #30-Jeff Green, #47-Lance Hooper, #48-Jimmie Johnson and #85-Carl Long are among the part-timers who made the field. See or MotorsportsOne for the speeds/line-up(11-16-2001)

    • Missing the race at Atlanta. #97-Kurt Busch(29th in owners points but out of provisionals, his first DNQ of the year), #31-Robby Gordon(30th); #01-Jason Leffler(36th); #14-Ron Hornaday(39th and out); #90-Rick Mast(40th); #71-Dave Marcis(47th); #46-Frank Kimmel(61st); #41-Mark Green(none)(11-16-2001)

    • Provisionals for the NAPA 500 go to: #28-Ricky Rudd(2nd in owners points); #29-Kevin Harvick(6th); #18-Bobby Labonte(9th); #36-Ken Schrader(19th); #25-Jerry Nadeau(20th); #77-Robert Pressely(25th); and #5-Terry Labonte(26th). Ford more info, see my Provisional page(11-16-2001)

    • Pit Road changes this weekend: Beginning with Sunday's NAPA 500 at Atlanta, NASCAR will extend the area on pit road where the pit road speed is enforced to 150-feet beyond the first pit stall. Currently, pit road speed ends at the end of the first stall, producing fast racing near the exit of pit road as drivers attempt to get out first. NASCAR will use the pit road extension this weekend and at New Hampshire and evaluate the move in the off-season. Sources confirmed Friday that NASCAR is also exploring lowering pit road speeds at some tracks. The current pit road speed at Atlanta is 45 mph.()(11-16-2001)

    • Pole Progression at Atlanta for the NAPA 500:
      #92-Stacy Compton, 1st out to qualify, 189.228mph, starts 9th
      #15-Michael Waltrip, 3rd out, 189.720, starts 5th
      #6-Mark Martin, 7th out, 190.463, starts 2nd
      #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 43rd out, 192.047 (11-16-2001)

    • Saturday AM practice: at Atlanta. #20-Tony Stewart was the fastest at 184.033mph with #26-Jimmy Spencer at 183.698 2nd fastest. Slowest was #13-Hermie Sadler at 176.989, #85-Carl Long didn't practice. See for Saturday's early practice speeds(11-17-2001)

    • Friday Practice: at Atlanta had #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr the fastest at 189.377mph with #22-Ward Burton the 2nd fastest with a speed of 189.370. Slowest of the 51 cars were #47-Lance Hooper at 182.422 and #14-Ron Hornaday at 181.408. See for Friday's practice speeds(11-16-2001)

    • Qualifying Order for the NAPA 500 is up. 51 cars are listed including #13-Hermie Sadler, #23-Hut Stricklin, #30-Jeff Green, #46-Frank Kimmel, #47-Lance Hooper, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #71-Dave Marcis, #-85-Carl Long and #41-Mark Green. No #89-Morgan Shepherd as was on the Entry List. First scheduled out is #92-Stacy Compton, last scheduled out is #26-Jimmy Spencer. See above for the link and other race info. Qualifying will be televised on TNT this week, live at 3:00pm/et, can be heard via radio/internet at PRN, and at

    • Qualifying at Atlanta should be quite interesting. Five full-time teams are out of provisionals - #4-Bobby Hamilton Jr., #7-Kevin Lepage, #14-Ron Hornaday, #44-Buckshot Jones, and #97-Kurt Busch, so they'll have to qualify at least 36th to be assured of a starting spot. BUT I get asked this often when this situation arises (and answer it on my Racing FAQ and Provisional pages):
      Q)  What happens if at least 43 cars attempt a race but more then one team is out of provisionals and fails to qualify for the race with still a spot open in the field?
      A)  If one or more 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. If spots are still available, then the teams without provisionals get placed in the field by fastest qualifying speed until all 43 spots are filled(11-16-2001)

    • Entry List is up at for the NAPA 500 at Atlanta. 51 cars/drivers are listed, including: #13-Hermie Sadler, #23-Hut Stricklin, #30-Jeff Green, #46-Frank Kimmel, #47-Lance Hooper, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #71-Dave Marcis, #-85-Carl Long(in his sucessful Dodge), and once again #89-Morgan Shepherd(no idea if he will make an attempt of not but he has won three times at Atlanta). #41-Mark Green(see story below) and #75-Staurt Kirby(was supposed to make an attempt) are not yet listed. See above for the link(11-13-2001)
      UPDATE: make it 52 as #41-Mark Green was added(11-15-2001)

    • Qualifying Rules Changed UPDATE one lap, then back to 2 laps: ESPN2's RPM 2Night mentioned tonight that starting at New Hampshire that qualifying would consist of one lap of qualifying instead of the two laps that have been run this year. The exceptions are tracks smaller then one mile (Bristol, Richmond and Martinsville) and the two restrictor plate tracks, Daytona and Talladega(7-5-2001)
      UPDATE: it was mentioned on FSN's Totally NASCAR show on Thurs that the Cup drivers would run 2 laps of Qualifying for the New England 300 at New Hampshire. The plan is to still have one lap of qualifying at all intermediate tracks (1 to 2 miles in length) but the format will be determined in a track-to-track basis for the rest of the season(7-19-2001)
      UPDATE 2 Back to 2 laps: it was announced at the beginning of CNN/SI's qualifying coverage that qualifying would go back to 2 laps of qualifying at all Super Speedways (1 mile or more) starting this week at Michigan. So I guess that means 2 laps is back for all the tracks since 2 laps were going to be the cast at the two short tracks and restrictor plate tracks. All but the road courses which there will be no more in 2001(8-17-2001)
      UPDATE 3: NASCAR officials have changed their minds again and gone back to two laps during its single round of qualifying. NASCAR announced at Daytona in early July that qualifying would be reduced to a single lap at tracks of 1-mile or longer except for Daytona and Talladega, beginning at New Hampshire on July 22. Teams ran two laps at New Hampshire, however, because of a new sealer that had been applied to the track's surface. The cars then ran one lap for three races, but after complaints from the teams that a single lap prevented them from overcoming a mistake, the policy has been changed again and cars can now once more run a second lap if they choose()(8-18-2001)

    • an interesting point: When NASCAR officials decided to disallow Jerry Nadeau's qualifying time at Daytona in Feb 2001, 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's Provisional Status page

    • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites: NASCAR Online and


    • National Anthem and Military Personal Free on Friday: Award-winning country duo Montgomery Gentry will sing the National Anthem at the NAPA 500. Montgomery Gentry, made up of Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, ended Brooks & Dunn's eight-year reign as the Country Music Association's Duo of the Year by winning the prestigious award in 2000. The NAPA 500 pre-race will also feature the sounds of the Tops in Blue Air Force showcase entertainment group. Tops in Blue has performed at six World Fairs, more than 100 state fairs and festivals and has produced five movies and two albums. AND To honor the brave men and women who defend our country, Atlanta Motor Speedway announced they would continue their tradition of allowing all military personnel and veteran in free to Friday's Georgia-Pacific Qualifying Day. To take advantage of this special offer, military guests should report to any of gates 12-15 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday with a valid photo identification card and one of four forms of military ID. Seats are still available for the NAPA 500 weekend, see the AMS Site for info(AMS PR)(11-13-2001)

    • NASCAR, NHRA and the Army: The United States Army Top Fuel drag racing program is going NASCAR, it was announced today. With its 6,000-horsepower Top Fuel (show car) dragster, an interactive display and a group of recruiters in tow, the United States Army will be a visible element at NASCAR Winston Cup Series tracks the rest of the season. Beginning with last weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway through the race at Atlanta in November, the Army will set up a 50x75 interactive area and four additional 10x10 areas at all of the race venues, primarily, for recruiting purposes. Additionally, the U.S. Army Top Fuel (show car) dragster will be on display each weekend and is scheduled to be started at most of the tracks prior to the Winston Cup race. The U.S. Army has been the primary advertiser on Schumacher’s Top Fuel dragster since the 2000 U.S. Nationals last September(Kermish-Geylin PR)(10-3-2001)

    • Aircraft Ban at Stadiums UPDATE: Effective as of noon yesterday (9-20-01) the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has banned all aircraft from flying within 3 miles of major professional and college sporting events and any other large open air gathering. This protected "no-fly zone'' extends up to an altitude of 3,000 feet above such facilities, which by definition, include race tracks. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown, said the regulation applies to all types of aircraft including small planes, blimps, balloons and gliders. "We issued this to cover everything,'' Brown said. ``It's a blanket order so that it would include a state fair, a high school football game.'' This ban could change how we view races on TV if the helicopter that relays in-car camera signals would be out of effective signal range above the 3000-foot ceiling or prevented from remaining in the air space at that height by conflicts with scheduled air traffic. It appears blimps will also be prevented from providing their normal overhead views as well. Radio traffic between NASCAR, teams, track officials, spotters and drivers is direct and will not be impacted.(Speedway Illustrated)(9-21-2001)

    • 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 Motor Speedway


    • Hooper and Petree UPDATE: it was reported during NAPA 500 Happy Hour coverage on TNT that the #47-Lance Hooper car is from Andy Petree Racing and is being used to test the new one engine rule for 2002, practice, qualifying and racing on one engine, so APR can get results and see how it works out, get a head start for 2002. Hooper starts from 36th(11-17-2001)
      UPDATE: The #47 Chevrolet fielded by owner Andy Petree attempted to run the same motor for qualifying, practice and the race in anticipation of next year's single-engine rule. The engine blew 106 laps into the race.(St Petersburg Times/AP)(11-19-2001)
    • Two Martins at Atlanta: Mark Martin will not be the only Martin competing at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Matt Martin, Mark's nine-year-old son, will also be aiming for a win. While Mark will be concentrating on the Winston Cup race on Sunday, Matt will be focused on his Bandolero race after Saturday's ARCA event. Matt has just started racing a Bandolero this year and earned a third place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway earlier this month. Both Martins are still looking for their first win of the season in their respective divisions, so hopefully Atlanta can be a family sweep for them.(Roush Racing PR)(11-14-2001)

    • Foyt to field 2nd car at Atlanta: Mark Green will make his Cup Series debut driving a second Conseco Pontiac this weekend in the NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Team owner A.J. Foyt is fielding the #41 Conseco Pontiac as a thank you to Green for helping out Foyt's son Larry in his rookie year in the BGN. Larry Foyt finished 22nd in the standings in his Harrah'.s No. 14 Chevy. "Mark has been very helpful as a driving coach to Larry this year at those events that I could not make," said Foyt, who fields the #14 Conseco Pontiac for driver Ron Hornaday. "I wanted to thank Mark and the timing worked out for me to do it this weekend. Now that the Busch season is over, we're borrowing Larry's crew so there will be no strain on my regular Conseco NASCAR team. In fact, I think it can help my whole Team Conseco operation because we'll be getting feedback from two teams."
      "I'm tickled to be driving in this situation," said Green. "I really enjoyed working with Larry this year. I drove for him at Richmond when he was hurt in September so we already have that communication going with his crew chief Jon Wolfe and his guys. It's great to be associated with such good people and, on top of that, to be driving for A.J. Foyt just makes it extra special."(Foyt Racing PR)(11-13-2001)

    • Hermie to run at Homestead and Atlanta: #13-Hermie Sadler announced today sponsors for his final two Winston Cup events in 2001. Sadler will compete at Homestead and Atlanta with sponsorship from Little Trees and Lotto South respectively. In Homestead, Sadler will sport the colors of Car-Freshner Corporation, makers of the popular "Little Trees" air fresheners. In Atlanta, Sadler will introduce "Lotto South," a new multi-state lottery game involving Georgia, Kentucky and Virginia. Car-Freshner Corporation sponsored Sadler in the Busch Series for Innovative Motorsports in 2000 and the Virginia Lottery has sponsored Sadler in numerous Winston Cup races this season. Sadler is also proud to initiate the marketing efforts of Lotto South.. "Being a part of the launch of Lotto South is a tremendous honor for me and my team," stated Sadler. ."We plan to create a great deal of exposure and excitement for Lotto South in the Southeast, and participating in the Winston Cup Season's race in Atlanta will do just that.. In addition to having the Lotto South car on the track, we will also have a booth at the track, selling Lotto South tickets and Georgia Lottery tickets.. I'll be visiting the booth throughout the weekend and all of the events with the Lottery.have been.a lot of fun." Sadler is still unsure of his plans for 2002 but knows these two races are very important. "As I've said many times, I just want to race competitively. Finishing the season with two good runs will help.. We'll just see what happens."(Sadler Enterprises PR) AND The Hermie and Elliott Sadler Fan Club has a limited number of die-cast cars of the #13 Original Virginia Lottery Chevrolet Winston Cup Car. Just recently, they have been available to the general public.. The Fan Club is now offering these cars to the general public, autographed by Hermie Sadler. For more info on how to order, see my Collectible News and Links page(11-5-2001)

    • #93 Crew Chief on the move? UPDATE: hearing current #93 Bill Davis Racing crew chief, Doug Randolph will be moving over to Chip Ganassi Racing in 2002, supposedly as the crew chief of the #01 car (Jimmy Spencer?)(10-21-2001)
      UPDATE: Beginning with this weekend's race at Rockingham, Philippe Lopez has joined the #93 Amoco/Siemens Dodge team as Crew Chief for driver Dave Blaney. Lopez, 38, comes to the Bill Davis Racing Team after serving in the same capacity for several NASCAR Winston Cup Series standouts, including three-time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip, Steve Park and Ward Burton. Lopez and new BDR driver for 2002, Hut Stricklin will again join forces in the 2002 Cup season as Crew Chief and driver of the Hill Brothers Coffee Dodge at BDR. Stricklin will also join Burton and Blaney in a third BDR Dodge Intrepid for the Winston Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in two weeks(#23 Hills Bros Dodge). In addition to Lopez, Jimmy Penland will take over as Car Chief for the #93 Dodge, replacing Car Chief Tom Hubert who assumed the job on an interim basis in mid-summer. Penland moves to the #93 team from a similar role with Crew Chief Tommy Baldwin, Jr. with the #22 Caterpillar Dodge team at BDR. Doug Randolph, Crew Chief for the #93 team since July, 2000, has left BDR for another position in the sport. Lopez joins the #93 Amoco/Siemens team on a weekend when they return to a track (NCS) where Blaney performed well during in the spring, qualifying 16th and finishing ninth. The team will also feature its green-and-yellow BP car design at Rockingham for the fourth and final time during the 2001 season.(BDR PR)(11-1-2001)

    • Kirby Plans...and a sponsor? Stuart Kirby made his Winston Cup debut at Charlotte. Kirby drove for Bob Schacht Motorsports [#75 Ford], a team he ran six ARCA races with earlier this year. Kirby hopes to run the car at Atlanta next month, but plans for 2002 depend on sponsorship. He'd like to stay with Schacht in either the Busch or Winston Cup Series.(Winston Cup Scene), hearing Kirby is close to signing Mac Tools as a sponsor, not sure if it is for Cup or ARCA and also hearing Combos/M&M Mars is interesting in working with Kirby, unsure of what level(10-11-2001)

    • Kimmel to Cup? UPDATE: Frank Kimmel, current ARCA point leader and two-time champion, may venture into Winston Cup next season for three races. The only track that was mentioned for sure was Charlotte. His current sponsor, Advance Auto Parts, may be the one backing the effort. The 38-year old native of Jeffersonville, Ind., was the series rookie of the year in 1992 and was a runner-up in championship points in 1994, '97 and '99.( Buzz)(6-23-2001)
      UPDATE: During the next three months, Kimmel and his sponsors hope to build a similar foundation in Winston Cup. Advance Auto is committed to supporting Kimmel in his bid to race in Winston Cup events later this year at Charlotte, Martinsville and Atlanta. He will continue to race on the ARCA series, in which he has an 835-point lead in his bid for a third championship in four years. One reason that Kimmel and Co. chose Winston Cup over other NASCAR circuits is the similarity of the cars he will be driving. He drives a Jack Roush Ford in ARCA and will be driving a Roush Ford in Winston Cup(Roanoke Times)(8-3-2001)

    • See the 2001 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and the 2002 Team Chart


    • The Grinch on the #26? UPDATE 2: been sent an image of the #26 Kmart/The Grinch Ford diecast, not sure if it will run at Homestead, Atlanta (NHIS?) or if it just a diecast deal. The movie will be released on video/DVD, Nov 20th, it was a huge hit (and great movie) last holiday season and was featured on the #5 Chevy(thanks J. Parker)
      UPDATE: been told this scheme will run at Atlanta next weekend(11-8-2001)
      UPDATE 2: One of the world's most infamous holiday characters will be making a very special appearance at the Atlanta Motor Speedway's NAPA 500. "THE GRINCH (tm)" from Universal Studios Home Video's "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (tm)," will adorn Jimmy Spencer's No. 26 Kmart Ford November 16-18 as Kmart and Universal celebrate the release of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (tm)" on Video and DVD. Capitalizing on the record-breaking box office opening in 2000 and a total box office gross of $265 million, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (tm)" is poised to set new records with its Video and DVD release on November 20th.(Golin/Harris PR)(11-9-2001)
      AND for fun: What if we took NASCAR and made it Who-ville for a day, who would be the GRINCH and what role would he play? Who would be the Mayor of Who-ville NASCAR? Won't forget Cindy Lou-Who, she wouldn't be too far. Oh there's one more, we aren't quite done, THE GRINCH's trusty dog Max could add to the fun. He's coming to NASCAR get ready young and old, to promote the home release of THE GRINCH so the story is told. Here are Jimmy Spencer's picks: Grinch: Kyle Petty; Max: Kenny Schrader; Mayor: Tony Stewart; Cindy-Lou: Cielo Garcia(11-9-2001)

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


    • Hamilton - 36 races - no DNF UPDATE: #55-Bobby Hamilton has been running at the end of 36 consecutive races(counting last season since he DNF'd at Phoenix), which is the circuit's longest active streak. No other drivers have made all the races in 2001 and not DNF'd(did not finish). See my DNF Page for past DNF's and who has the most.(11-11-2001)

    • Top Fives: There have been 34 different Cup drivers (add #19-Atwood at Homestead) 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(11-11-2001)

    • Top Tens: There have been 45 different Cup drivers (add #01-Leffler and #31-Green at Homestead) 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(11-11-2001)

    • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 224 provisional starts (32 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001 or Dover 6/2001), drivers have accumulated 2 Wins, 12 Top 5's and 31 Top 10's. #45-Kyle Petty was the highest provisional starter/finisher at Homestead with a 16th. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(11-11-2001)

    • No Laps Lead by Labonte yet: #5-Terry Labonte remains the only driver to race in all 34 events this season and not lead at least one lap. The last time Labonte led a lap was the Winston 500 last October at Talladega. 47 drivers have now led laps, no new lap leaders at Homestead. See the Bonus Points/Laps Led page(11-11-2001)

    • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 642 consecutive starts followed by Rusty Wallace at 551, Ken Schrader with 521 and Mark Martin has 435 consecutive Cup starts. Terry Labonte had 655 (and holds the all time record) 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(11-11-2001)

    • 2000 winners who have not won in 2001: Mark Martin, Jeremy Mayfield, Matt Kenseth and Jerry Nadeau. Terry Labonte and John Andretti earned victories in 1999 and have not won since.(11-11-2001)

    • Chevy Clinches 2001 Manufacturers Championship: Chevy leads the Manufacturers Championship by 24 points over Ford (235 to 211) and has clinched the 2001 Manufacturers Championship. See my Manufacturers Points page for more info and standings(11-11-2001)

    • 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*     317     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
         Brett Bodine     233     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
         Rick Mast        143     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
         Kyle Petty       113     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
         Ken Schrader     110     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
         Hut Stricklin     88     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
      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
         Dave Blaney     67
         Stacy Compton   60
         Buckshot Jones  45
      Cup drivers(not including 2001 rookies)
      (* not full time Cup in 2001)
      (compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)
    • 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        354
      Hut Stricklin    305
      Ted Musgrave     299*
      Dick Trickle     267*
      Kenny Wallace    241
      Wally Dallenbach 226*
      Chad Little      216*
      Robert Pressley  202
      Johnny Benson    196
      Mike Skinner     168
      Steve Grissom    141*
      Todd Bodine      143
      Kevin Lepage     123
      David Green       78*
      Dave Blaney       67
      Stacy Compton     60
      Buckshot Jones    45
      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
      (11-11-2001)(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      482*       2/21/82    Richmond
         Brett Bodine     360        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
         Ken Schrader     337        6/2/91     Dover
         Derrike Cope     273*       6/3/90     Dover
         Jimmy Spencer    236        7/24/94    Talladega
         Kyle Petty       184        6/4/95     Dover
         Geoffrey Bodine  122*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
         Terry Labonte     93        3/28/99    Texas
         John Andretti     92        4/18/99    Martinsville
         Mark Martin       59        4/9/00     Martinsville
         Matt Kenseth      56        5/28/00    Lowes
         Jeremy Mayfield   46        6/19/00    Pocono
         Jerry Nadeau      34        11/20/00   Atlanta
         Michael Waltrip   34        2/18/01   Daytona
         *not a full time or regular Cup driver
      (11-11-2001)(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
         Rusty Wallace     16    California, Apr 2001
         Dale Jarrett       9    New Hamsphire, July 2001
         Jeff Gordon        8    Kansas, Sept 2001
         Bobby Labonte      7    Pocono, July 2001
         Jeff Burton        5    Phoenix, Oct 2001
         Tony Stewart       3    Bristol, Aug 2001   
         Steve Park         2    Rockingham, Feb 2001
         Dale Earnhardt Jr  2    Talladega, Oct 2001
         Ward Burton        2    Darlington, Sept 2001
         Michael Waltrip    1    Daytona, Feb 2001
         Kevin Harvick      1    Chicago, July 2001
         Elliott Sadler     1    Bristol, Mar 2001
         Bobby Hamiton      1    Talladega, Apr 2001
         Ricky Rudd         1    Richmond, Sept 2001
         Sterling Marlin    1    Charlotte, Oct 2001
         Ricky Craven       1    Martinsville, Oct 2001
         Joe Nemechek       1    Rockingham, Nov 2001
         Bill Elliott       1    Homestead, Nov 2001
      Thru 2000 season:
         Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, 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
      All Time Record is Richard Petty - 18 years from 1960-1977
      (info from UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guides
      and Winston Cup Updates)(11-11-2001)

    • All Time Winston Cup Starts:

      Richard Petty   1,177
      Dave Marcis       881*
      Darrell Waltrip   809
      Ricky Rudd        729*
      Bobby Allison     717
      Terry Labonte     707*
      Bill Elliott      657*
      * = active drivers(11-11-2001)

    • 18th Different Winner in 2001 a record UPDATE 5 add Elliott: when #22-Ward Burton won the 2001 Southern 500, he became the 15th different Winston Cup winner in 2001, which breaks the record for NASCAR's modern era (which began in 1972) of 14 set in 2000 and 1991. Winners in 2001: #15-Waltrip, #1-Park, #24-Gordon, #29-Harvick, #88-Jarrett, #21-Sadler, #55-Hamilton, #2-Wallace, #20-Stewart, #99-Burton, #28-Rudd, #18-Labonte, #40-Marlin, #22-Burton, #8-Earnhardt Jr.(9-2-2001)
      UPDATE - Make it 16 in 2001: #32-Ricky Craven becomes the 16th different winner in the Cup series in 2001, extending the record(10-15-2001)
      UPDATE 2 - Make it 17 in 2001: #33-Joe Nemechek becomes the 17th different winner in the Cup series in 2001, extending the record(11-4-2001)
      UPDATE 3 - ties an all time record from 1956: there was one other year in which 17 drivers won races. Of course, they weren't called Winston Cup races. For most of NASCAR's history, the top division was called Grand National. In the early years, it was called Strictly Stock. Seventeen different drivers won races in 1956, 45 years ago. They were, in order of points standings and with number of wins in parentheses: Buck Baker (14), Speedy Thompson (8), Herb Thomas (5), Lee Petty (2), Jim Paschal (1), Billy Myers (2), Fireball Roberts (5), Ralph Moody (4), Tim Flock (4), Marvin Panch (1), Paul Goldsmith (1), Curtis Turner (1), Jack Smith (1), Lloyd Dane (2), Eddie Pagan (1), John Kieper (1) and Fonty Flock (1).(GoCarolinas/Monte Dutton)(11-8-2001)
      UPDATE 4: was informed that there are two more drivers who won in the 1956 season (which started in 1955) not listed above, Chuck Stevenson(Lancaster 11/55) and Royce Haggerty (8/56 at Portland OR), so that would be 19 drivers, which could be tied since there is two races to go. Also there were 19 different winners in 1958 and 1961(Stock Car Racing Encyclopedia)(11-10-2001)
      UPDATE 5: Make it 18 in 2001: #9-Bill Elliott becomes the 18th different winner in the Cup series in 2001, extending the (modern era) record(11-11-2001)

    • 1st Time winners - ties a record: The four first-time winners in 2001, #15-Michael Waltrip(Daytona), #29-Kevin Harvick(Atlanta), #21-Elliott Sadler(Bristol), #32-Ricky Craven(Martinsville), ties the record that was tied in 2000 when there were four first time winners: Dale Earnhardt Jr(Texas), Matt Kenseth(Lowes), Steve Park(Watkins Glen) and Jerry Nadeau(Atlanta), which previsouly was held in 1988 when the following won for the first time: 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(10-15-2001)

    • 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)

    • Top 10's in restrictor plates: Only two drivers have finished in the top 10 in the three restrictor plate races run so far in 2001 (Daytona - twice and Talladega): #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr (2nd at Daytona, 8th at Talladega, 1st at Daytona) and #7-Mike Wallace (6th at Daytona, 9th at Talladega, 10th at Daytona in the Pepsi 400). Only one more to go, Talladega in October(7-7-2001)

    • Interesting UPDATE: In the past four Winston Cup seasons, the top 10 in points after seven races has provided a good indication of which drivers will be in the top 10 at season's end - 33 of 40 drivers in the final top 10s were there seven races into the season: see the chart at : Signs of things to come?
      UPDATE: and an addition to the story: Others in early season points peril by David Poole(4-6-2001)

    • A Championship Outlook: Only five times in the modern era(1972-present) has the eventual champion not won in the first six races. The winners in the first 6 eaces this year: Michael Waltrip, Steve Park, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler. When did a driver win the Championship and not win a race in the first six? 1973-Benny Parsons; 1984 and 1996-Terry Labonte; 1985-Darrell Waltrip; and 1999-Dale Jarrett(3-25-2001)

    • Single Car Winner: Even though the #21 Wood Brothers team uses Roush chassis and engines, they are considered a single car team, and before Elliott Sadler's win at Bristol. The last time a single-car team scored a victory was by Ricky Rudd at Martinsville in September 1998(3-25-2001)

    • 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)

    • 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

    • Backstretch/Provisional/Backup Car Winner: Only two drivers in the history of Bristol had ever won a race after pitting on the backstretch. Davey Allison(started 19th) in the spring 1990 race and Dale Earnhardt(26th) in the 2nd 1999 race, and now #21-Elliott Sadler who came from 38th, pitting on the backstretch and having to use a provisional to make the race in a backup car only the 4th ever Provisional Starter to gain a win in a Cup race(3-25-2001)

    • 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 winner by winning the 1999 NAPA 500 at Atlanta(11-21-1999)
      UPDATE 2: Add Bobby Labonte as the 3rd ever provisional winner by winning the 2000 Southern 500 at Darlington(9-3-2000)
      UPDATE 3: Add Elliott Sadler as the 4th ever provisional winner by winning the 2001 Food City 500 at Bristol(3-25-2001)
      UPDATE 4: Add Ward Burton as the 5th ever provisional winner by winning the 2001 Southern 500 at Darlington(9-2-2001)

    • 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    2001 Food City 500, Bristol          Elliott Salder   
       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 provisional    2001 Southern 500, Darlington        Ward Burton
       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

    • Did ya know? When Bobby Labonte won the 2000 Winston Cup Championship, he and his brother Terry, who won it in 1984 and 1996, have become 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 AND Bobby Labonte is the first former BGN champ(since the series began in 1982, not counting the old Sportsman division) to win the Winston Cup championship(11-12-2000)

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