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THE RACE: Sharpie® 500

Winston Cup Race #24 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Saturday, August 25, 2001 in Bristol, TN

  • TV: TNT - 8:00pm/et
  • Pre-Race Show: 7:30pm/et - Hosted by Bill Weber
  • NASCAR on TV and TNT TV Schedule
  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach

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

  • Purse: $3,914,417 (last year $2,372,017)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Sharpie® 500 from

  • 2000 Race Winner: Rusty Wallace, 85.394mph

  • Track Race Record: Charlie Glotzbach, July 1971, 101.074mph

  • Track/Race Length: 0.533 oval, 500 laps, 266.5 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph


  • Practice: Friday, Aug 24th 11:30am - 1:30pm/et
  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, Aug 24th 5:45 - 7:15pm/et, TV-CNN/SI


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Aug 24th, 10:30am/et

  • Qualfying Order: or

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, Aug 24th at 3:00pm/et, TV-CNN/SI and live 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

  • Race/Event Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, August 2000, 125.447mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Steve Park, March 2000, 126.370mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Rusty Wallace, 125.447mph

  • Track Specs:
    0.533-mile concrete oval
    Degree of banking in corners: 36 degrees
    Degree of banking in straights: 16 degrees
    Straightaways are 650 feet long.
    Concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide.
    Seating capacity: ~147,000
    Bristol has two pits roads: 21 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch(1 must be shared)

  • Track Homepage: Bristol Motor Speedway

    PAST RACE WINNERS of All past races at Bristol

  • All Time Bristol Winners and Pole Sitters (BMS Site)


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Bristol for leading the points and winning the race (Jeff Gordon last won the award, $10,000 at Watkins Glen on Aug 12, 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(8-19-2001)


Radio Coverage:

Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network(PRN), with live RealAudio coverage
Airtime: 7:30pm/et with Announcers: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
Turn Reporter: Chuck Carland
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 Bristol, TN Area:
    Bristol Herald Courier
    Greenville Sun
    Kingsport Times-News
    The Tennessean

    Weather forecast for Bristol, TN by The Weather Channel
    Weather Underground - Bristol, TN
    Weather Point - Bristol, TN
    The Weather Pit

    Bristol Review by ARS Racing


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



    news and links

    • Stewart Wins at Bristol: #20-Tony Stewart held off a challenge from #29-Kevin Harvick to win the Sharpie 500 Saturday night at Bristol. Harvick, trying to become the first driver to sweep a BGN-Cup doubleheader in the same Bristol weekend, clawed past Gordon on the next lap and ran up on the new leader's bumper in traffic a couple of times thereafter. #24-Jeff Gordon finished 3rd and increased his points lead over Ricky Rudd to 308 points with #88-Dale Jarrett now 379 behind in 3rd. #5-Terry Labonte got his 3rd top 10 of the year finishing 10th, his last one? Bristol in the spring. #4-Kevin Lepage and #30-Jeff Green led laps for the first time this season in Cup. See for Sharpie 500 race results; and for Unofficial Standings(8-25-2001)

    • Cool: that was a great rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by the Drivers Children at Bristol(8-25-2001)

    • Happy Hour practice is over at Bristol, #21-Elliott Sadler is fastest at 120.460mph, 2nd is #30-Jeff Green at 119.993mph with #88-Dale Jarrett third at 119.947 and #28-Ricky Rudd 4th at 119.925. See for the speeds(8-24-2001)

    • Backstretch Pits: Only three drivers in the history of Bristol has ever won a race after pitting on the backstretch. Davey Allison(started 19th) in the spring 1990 race, Dale Earnhardt(26th) in the 2nd 1999 race, and Elliott Sadler(38th) in the spring 2001 race. Bristol has two pit roads, 21 on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch, 1 is shared, until a driver falls out of the race(8-24-2001)

    • Qualifying at Bristol: #30-Jeff Green wins the pole at 123.674mph, his first Winston Cup pole and the 14th different pole sitter in 2001. There are now 19 drivers eligible for the Budweiser Shootout. #31-Mike Skinner is on the outside pole at 123.674. There was no real pole progression, #31-Skinner went out 1st, was on the pole until Green took it over when he went out 15th and held on to the pole. #09-Geoffrey Bodine makes his first 2001 Cup start 13th with a speed of 122.638mph. Missing the race (DNQ's) were: #92-Stacy Compton(37th in owners points); #90-Stricklin(40th, will have to go for his 300th Cup start next week at Darlington); #45-Kyle Petty(42nd), 71-Marcis(47th); #85-Carl Long(53rd also wrecked his car in qualifying); and #13-Hermie Sadler(54th). See , and MotorsportsOne for resyults/lineup(8-24-2001)

    • 1st Friday Practice at Bristol had #30-Jeff Green as the fastest with a speed of 125.609mph with #(29-Kevin Harvick second at 125.117mph. Slowest was #13-Hermie Sadler at 120.984 and #85-Carl Long at 120.976. See for Winston Cup practice speeds(8-24-2001)

    • Qualifying Order is posted, above for the links. Forty Nine(49) drivers/teams listed to make attempts (no #37 or 50). First scheduled out is #31-Mike Skinner and last scheduled out is #44-Buckshot Jones. Qualifying will be televised commercial-free on CNNSi at 3:00pm/et, PRN will cover qualifying as well as I will tally the top five here(8-24-2001)

    • No Commercials: The NASCAR Winston Cup Bud Pole Qualifying broadcast from Bristol will be presented commercial-free. During the broadcast shown on CNNSi, every driver at Bristol attempting qualify will be shown live, flag to flag. There will be only one break at the beginning, and one at the end of the show, once the field has been set.( Buzz)(8-23-2001)

    • Bristol Facts from NASCAR: There have been 81 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Bristol since the track opened in 1961. Thirty-four drivers have posted Bud Poles at Bristol; 16 have scored more than one. The race has been won from the Bud Pole on 19 occasions at Bristol, the most of any starting position (23 percent). Tony Stewart won the Bud Pole for the Goody's Headache Powder 500 in the fall of 1999, breaking a streak of five consecutive Bud Poles by the Wallace family. Kenny won the Bud Pole for the 1997 Goody's Headache Powder 500 and Rusty won the other four. The furthest back in the field that a race winner has started was 38th by Elliott Sadler in the 2001 Food City 500 (not the Sharpie 500, you'd think NASCAR would get these things right). A total of 29 drivers have won NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Bristol since 1961; 12 have won more than once. Rusty Wallace leads all active drivers at Bristol with nine victories. In the 40 years of twice-yearly NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing at Bristol (1961 to 2000), a sweep of both races in the same year has occurred 13 times (32.5 percent). Rusty Wallace was the most recent driver to win both Bristol races in the same year (2000). There has been only one race run caution-free at Bristol, the 1971 Volunteer 500, won by Charlie Glotzbach.(NASCAR PR)(8-22-2001)

    • Milestones: #90-Hut Stricklin is scheduled to make his 300th career Winston Cup start at Bristol, #43-John Andretti is scheduled to make his 250th(8-22-2001)

    • Entry List is up for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol. See the link above and other info. 49 drivers/teams are listed including the return on Geoffrey Bodine in the #09 Smirnoff Ice Ford. Also #13-Hermie Sadler, #30-Jeff Green, #71-Dave Marcis, #85-Carl Long and #96-Andy Houston. Had heard the #50 Midwest Transit team and Rich Bickle would run the race but they are not yet on the list (8-21-2001)

    • Back to 2 laps UPDATE: 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: 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)

    • Qualifying Rules Changed UPDATE: 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)

    • 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, Racin Network, and


    • Sad News - One dies at Bristol UPDATE: An out-of-town race-goer was electrocuted Sunday morning while taking down a flagpole at a campground near Bristol Motor Speedway. The electric shock caused an explosion that reportedly was heard miles away. Two other campers suffered an electric shock as they tried to remove the 20-foot-tall pole from the soaked ground and it became entangled in power lines, police said. A man in his 40s or 50s died instantly, Bristol Tennessee Police Lt. Mike Vance said. His 16-year-old son and a woman were seriously injured and were taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center. Their conditions were not known Sunday night. The three were not identified pending notification of next of kin, police said. Vance said he believed they were from Michigan. They, and others in their party, had been camping at 149 Old Thomas Bridge Road, the lieutenant said. It was not raining at the time, but Vance said the ground was soaked.(Bristol Herald Courier)(8-27-2001)
      UPDATE: An auto racing fan was electrocuted and his son and a woman were seriously injured while taking down a banner at their campsite near Bristol Motor Speedway, authorities said. Bradley McNeice, 42, of Goodrich, Mich., was killed instantly in the Sunday morning accident as he was loading his camper following the Sharpie 500 NASCAR race Saturday night. McNeice, his 16-year-old son, William McNeice, and Christina Ulman, 45, of Fair Haven, Mich., were taking down a banner on a 20-foot pole when it became entangled in power lines, police said. McNeice and his son went into cardiac arrest, according to police dispatchers. The son was upgraded Monday from critical to stable condition at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Ulman was moved to the Erlanger Burn Center in Chattanooga.(ESPN/AP)(8-27-2001)

    • Dodge Rules Change: NASCAR officials announced that modifications to the front air dam for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series 2001 Dodge Intrepid will go into effect beginning with next weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This modification will allow Intrepid teams to extend their front air dam two inches forward below the bumper from the current measurement. The front air dam is described as the area below the bumper. The bumper will remain in its standard position(NASCAR PR)(7-27-2001)

    • 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 - Bristol


    • #4 to help out: Trula Cronk Home For Children, part of Free Will Baptist Family Ministries in Camp Creek, will get some special recognition at this weekend’s Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Morgan-McClure No. 4 Kodak Chevy will carry the home’s logo and web site on its rear deck lid in an effort to bring national attention to the ministry and help raise financial support for the home. This should allow millions of people across the country the country. The car will display which will hopefully draw interested persons attention to the home.(Greeneville Sun)(8-23-2001)

    • Geoffrey Bodine returns to Cup UPDATE 2 Smirnoff Ice the sponsor: FSN's Totally NASCAR resports that Geoffrey Bodine is expected to run two Cup races for his brother Brett at Bristol and Homestead. Brett is supposedly close to signing two major sponsors. Brett drives and ownes the #11 Ralphs Supermarkets Fords, past rumors had the car number as #91(7-3-2001)
      UPDATE: Since being let go from his #60 Chevrolet Winston Cup ride last year, Geoffrey Bodine has been striving to get back into NASCAR's top level. Well, it looks like he's going to do just that for at least one race. The elder Bodine will attempt to qualify for the August 25 night time event at Bristol Motor Speedway in a deal with Brett Bodine. He was supposed to run one race in Charlotte this year, but that deal fell through. "This deal is a definite," Geoffrey said. "Right now, it looks like it's going to be a go for the Bristol event."( Buzz)(7-8-2001)
      UPDATE 2: Brett Bodine Racing will field a second Ford Taurus for Geoffrey Bodine for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 25th. A premium malt beverage, launched in the U.S. in January of this year, Smirnoff Ice will make its NASCAR debut as the sponsor of the #09 entry from the Mooresville, NC based operation. Owner Brett Bodine looks forward to the opportunity. "I have been committed to assisting my brother in any way possible to stay in this sport. It just took some time to put a deal together that was right for all of us. It's a great opportunity to introduce a new sponsor to NASCAR Winston Cup racing and at the same time see Geoffrey continue his long Winston Cup racing career. We hope this is a beginning of more things to come," stated Brett. Geoffrey added his enthusiasm, "This is something my brother and I have dreamed about. Racing together is one thing, but racing together as a team is another. I hope and dream that everything will work out for the best. It's exciting to have things come together for us and I look forward to showcasing a new sponsor and having Brett as a teammate." Smirnoff Ice ( is a lightly carbonated, citrus flavor malt beverage from Guinness Bass Import Co/UDV North America Inc., a division of Diageo plc in the USA and Canada, one of the world's leading consumer brand companies which operates in over 200 markets worldwide and has international sales of 17.3 billion dollars(Brett Bodine Racing PR), being asked so....Why is Smirnoff Ice ok but Crown was no ok'd by NASCAR for the #27 Eel River Racing team? As far as I know, NASCAR doesn't allow hard liquior sponsors (Whiskey, Vodka, etc) but allows Beer. Malt Liquior etc, Smiroff Ice is similar to a Malt Liquor, like Zima. Have a problem with that line of thinking? Feel free to contact NASCAR, see my Racing FAQ page for contact info and a link to their feedback form(7-11-2001)

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


    • Special #93 Scheme at Bristol: In a special one-race arrangement, Dave Blaney will feature primary sponsorship from Mac Tools as well as a special paint scheme on his #93 Amoco/Siemens Dodge during the Bristol race weekend. The colorful one-race-only paint scheme will also be available for a limited time in die-cast form at traditional NASCAR retail outlets.(Bill Davis Racing Site) see the Paint Schemes Gallery(8-20-2001)

    • Target car at Bristol? UPDATE 2: hearing Ganassi Racing may have a Target sponsored Dodge at the Bristol race on Aug 25th. No word on if it is the #01 or #40 or if it is a third car/team(8-7-2001)
      UPDATE: looks like it'll be the #40 Dodge with Sterling Marlin driving, a Target/Coors Light scheme(8-8-2001)
      UPDATE 2: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced today that the team's #40 Dodge will feature a Target Stores paint scheme for the Aug. 25 Sharpie 500 at Bristol. Ganassi and Target have partnered in the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) FedEx Series since 1990, earning four consecutive titles from 1996-1999. "Our Champ Car team owes much of its success over the years to Target Stores, and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank them for their support and dedication," Ganassi said. "Coors Light, Cingular and Dodge have made this season a very positive experience, and I'm excited to introduce a first-class organization like Target to a well-respected series like NASCAR. This is Target's first stock car experience, so it would be a thrill to go to Bristol and achieve the type of success this partnership is accustomed to producing." Sterling Marlin, who ranks fourth in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings, will drive the bulls-eye-emblazoned Dodge at Bristol. Although the Sharpie 500 marks the only race in which Marlin's car will feature the special paint scheme, Target team members are eager for the green flag to signal its NASCAR debut. "Target Chip Ganassi Racing has produced some impressive results over the years, and we're excited Chip has asked us to be a part of his newest venture," said John Remington, vice president of events marketing and communications for Target Corporation. "Target has enjoyed its involvement in auto racing and is dedicated to continuing its sponsorship in the CART FedEx Series, but we're also very excited for this one-race partnership with Chip at Bristol." Coors Light will remain on the #40 car at Bristol as an associate sponsor, with signage on the upper rear quarter panels, and will again serve as primary sponsor the following weekend in Darlington(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR), see an image of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery(8-10-2001)

    • #22 Special Scheme at Bristol UPDATE: #22-Ward Burton is supposed to have a special "CAT Tracks" scheme to be run at the night race at Bristol. See a layout of the car on my Paint Schemes Gallery(8-8-2001)
      UPDATE: Caterpillar Track-Type Tractors removed 15,000 cubic yards of earth from Bristol Motor Speedway after the World of Outlaws race in June. But from the looks of it, Ward Burton will be driving one of those Caterpillar Tractors in the August 25, 2001 Winston Cup Bristol Night Race. The Caterpillar Dodge driven by Burton will be running a special Track-Type Tractor paint scheme at Bristol. This unique paint job gives Burton's car the appearance of a Tractor. Once again Burton is relying on Caterpillar to give him the right equipment for the job. First it was the C-16 Caterpillar Truck engine paint scheme that powered him in the Winston, now the Track-Type Tractor scheme will help toughen up the Caterpillar Dodge to take on the high banks of Bristol.(Bill Davis Racing PR)(8-22-2001)

    • Some Paint Scheme Rumors: hearing that #6-Mark Martin is running a Viagra car with special ultra reflective metal flake paint for the upcoming Bristol night race(7-27-2001)

    • #10 at Bristol: the #10 Valvoline Pontiac that Johnny Benson drives, will have a special Employee Design Contest Winner at Bristol on August 25th. See an image on my Paint Schemes Gallery(5-24-2001)

    • #17 Paint Scheme for Aug/Sept: The #17 DeWalt Ford will debut its New Products paint scheme which will run from Indianapolis through Dover. The paint scheme is an integration of the new product line and the designs submitted through the DEWALT 2002 Paint Scheme contest. The winners were Robert Williams Lutherville, MD and Brian Grossman of Cincinnati, OH. This scheme will run thru the Sept June race at Dover(Grandstand PR)(7-31-2001)

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


    • Bodine - 29 races - no DNF UPDATE: #11-Brett Bodine has been running at the end of 29 consecutive races(counting last season since he DNF'd at Martinsville), which is the circuit's longest active streak. Two other drivers have made all the races in 2001 and not DNF'd(did not finish): 9-Bill Elliott (now 28 races straight) and #55-Bobby Hamilton (now 25 straight without a DNF)(8-19-2001)

    • Top Fives: There have been 30 different Cup drivers(add #17-Matt Kenseth at Michigan) 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(8-19-2001)

    • Top Tens: There have been 40 different Cup drivers (add #19-Casey Atwood at Michigan) 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(8-19-2001)

    • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 147 provisional starts(21 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001 or Dover 6/2001), drivers have accumulated 1 Win, 6 Top 5's and 18 Top 10's. #36-Ken Schrader was the highest provisional starter at Michigan with a 20th. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(8-19-2001)

    • No Laps Lead by Labonte yet: #5-Terry Labonte remains the only driver to race in all 23 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. See the Bonus Points/Laps Led page(8-19-2001)

    • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 631 consecutive starts followed by Rusty Wallace at 540, Ken Schrader with 510 and Mark Martin has 424 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(8-19-2001)

    • 2000 winners who have not won in 2001: Mark Martin, Ward Burton, Jeremy Mayfield, Matt Kenseth and Jerry Nadeau. Terry Labonte, Joe Nemechek and John Andretti earned victories in 1999 and have not won since.(8-19-2000)

    • No Top Fives Since.... It has been a while since some drivers have had a top five finish on the Winston Cup circuit. Here are those with the longest streak of races without a top-five finish:

         Driver          Races  Finish    Track           Date
         Dave Marcis*     316     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
         Brett Bodine     222     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
         Rick Mast        138     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
         Kyle Petty       106     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
         Ken Schrader      99     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
         Hut Stricklin     82     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
         Mike Wallace      63     5th     Atlanta         11-13-94
      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     56
         Stacy Compton   49
         Buckshot Jones  36
      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        349
      Ted Musgrave     299*
      Hut Stricklin    286
      Dick Trickle     266*
      Kenny Wallace    231*
      Wally Dallenbach 226*
      Chad Little      216*
      Robert Pressley  191
      Johnny Benson    185
      Ricky Craven     167
      Mike Skinner     164
      Steve Grissom    141*
      Todd Bodine      132
      Kevin Lepage     112
      David Green       78*
      Dave Blaney       56
      Stacy Compton     49
      Buckshot Jones    37
      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
      (8-19-2001)(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      481*       2/21/82    Richmond
         Brett Bodine     349        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
         Ken Schrader     326        6/2/91     Dover
         Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
         Jimmy Spencer    225        7/24/94    Talladega
         Bill Elliott     216        9/4/94     Darlington
         Kyle Petty       177        6/4/95     Dover
         Geoffrey Bodine  120*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
         Terry Labonte     82        3/28/99    Texas
         John Andretti     81        4/18/99    Martinsville
         Joe Nemechek      59        9/19/99    New Hampshire
         Ward Burton       52        3/19/00    Rockingham
         Mark Martin       48        4/9/00     Martinsville
         Matt Kenseth      45        5/28/00    Lowes
         Jeremy Mayfield   40        6/19/00    Pocono
         Jerry Nadeau      21        11/20/00   Atlanta
         *not a full time or regular Cup driver
      (8-19-2001)(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    Watkins Glen, Aug 2001
         Bobby Labonte      7    Pocono, July 2001
         Jeff Burton        5    Lowes, May 2001
         Tony Stewart       3    Sears Point, June 2001   
         Steve Park         2    Rockingham, Feb 2001
         Dale Earnhardt Jr  2    Daytona, July 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    Pocono, June 2001
         Sterling Marlin      1    Michigan, August 2001
      Thru 2000 season:
         Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
         Ward Burton        1    Darlington, Mar 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
      (info from UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guides
      and Winston Cup Updates)(8-19-2001)

    • 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)

    • 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)

    • 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)

    • 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                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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