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THE RACE: Tropicana 400

Winston Cup Race #18 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, July 15, 2001 in Joliet, IL

  • NOTE: Joliet, IL is in the Central Time Zone(ct), all times here are Eastern Time(et) 1 hour ahead of ct

  • TV: NBC 2:30pm/et, re-aired on TNT Wednesday, July 18th, 12:00am/et
  • Pre-Race Show: 2:00pm/et - Hosted by Bill Weber
  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach

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

  • Purse: $3,976,953 (new race)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Tropicana 400 from NOL

  • 2000 Race Winner: none, new race

  • Race Speed Record: none, new race

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

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Thursday, July 12th, 3:00 - 4:25pm/et and 6:05 - 7:30pm/et; Friday, July 13th 12:00noon - 1:55pm/et; Saturday, July 14th 12:30 - 1:15pm/et
  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, July 14th, 2:00-2:45pm/et, TV-CNN/SI


  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, July 12th, 2:00pm/et

  • Qualfying Order: Tropicana 400 qualifying order - or Tropicana 400 qualifying order

  • First Round Qualifying:2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, July 13th at 4:05pm/et, TV-CNN/SI and live via MRN radio/internet(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 Qualifying Record: none, new race

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: none, new race

    Track Specs:
    1.5 mile tri-oval
    18 degrees in the turns
    11 degrees in the front stretch
    5 degrees in the back stretch
    Attendence: ~75,000 another 10,000 in the infield

  • Track Homepage: Chicagoland Speedway

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


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 at Chicagoland for leading the points and winning the race (Jeff Gordon last won the award, $60,000 at Michigan on June 10, 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(7-7-2001)


Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including RealAudio coverage
Airtime: 2:00pm/et with Announcers: Barney Hall and Joe Moore
Turn Reporters: Kurt Becker and Dave Moody;
Pit Reporters: Jim Phillips, Winston Kelley and Preston Root

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

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Joliet/Chicago, IL Area:
Belleville News-Democrat
Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Tribune
Daily Herald
Joliet Herald News
Rockford Register

Weather forecast for Joliet, IL by The Weather Channel
Weather Point - Chicago/Midway
Weather Underground - Joliet, IL
The Weather Pit



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



news and links

  • Harvick wins at Chicago: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, his 2nd win of the 2001 season and the 2nd in his 17th Winston Cup start. #77-Robert Pressley had a great run and finished a career best 2nd, his previous best finish of third came in 1998 at Texas and Pressley's first top five since Michigan on June 2000 when he finished 5th. The Winston Cup points lead really tightened up with #24-Jeff Gordon and #88-Dale Jarrett tied with the lead at 2,515 points with #28-Ricky Rudd just 18 behind. Gordon is technically still the points leader - based on more second-place finishes that Jarrett so far this year. See for Tropicana 400 results, Winston Cup points (after Chicago), and Winston Cup race points for Chicago (7-15-2001)

  • How did the Rookies do at Chicagoland?
    #01-Jason Leffler, 180.929, started 15th, finished 24th, 9 rookie points
    #14-Ron Hornaday, 180.923, started 16th, finished 40th, 7
    #19-Casey Atwood, 180.789, started 17th, finished 28th, 8
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 182.182, started 6th, finished 1st, 21
    #96-Andy Houston, 180.953, started 14th, finished 43rd, 6
    #97-Kurt Busch, 179.820, started 31st, finished 8th, 13(7-13-2001)

  • Inaugural Facts: Only nine drivers have competed in all nine inaugural Winston Cup races at new tracks since 1988: Brett Bodine, Bill Elliott, Dale Jarrett, Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, and Rusty Wallace. (Daytona Beach News Journal). The Races: 1988-Phoenix(won by Alan Kulwicki); 1989-Sears Point(Rudd); 1993-New Hampshire(R Wallace); 1994-Indianapolis(J Gordon); 1997-Texas(J Burton); 1997-California(J Gordon); 1998-Las Vegas(Mark Martin); 1999-Homestead(Stewart); 2001-Chicago(?)(7-15-2001)

  • Blue Light Special: The Tropicana 400 marks the first time the same sponsor has occupied both slots on the front row since 1984. The Fords of both polesitter Todd Bodine and Jimmy Spencer are sponsored by Kmart. Budweiser-sponsored Chevrolets driven by Darrell Waltrip and Neil Bonnett were the last to pull the feat(Gaston Gazette)(7-15-2001)

  • Happy Hour is over at Chicagoland for the Tropicana 400. #24-Gordon was the fastest at 179.152mph. 2nd fastest was #26-Spencer at 179.081, followed by #1-Park at 178.838, #25-Nadeau at 178.737 and #28-Rudd at 178.678. Slowest is #93-Blaney at 174.972. #43-Andretti pancaked the side of the Cheerios Dodge in turn 2 and the team made repairs and was 16th fastest at 178.130(CNN/SI Happy Hour Coverage), see stories at SpeedVision and Frontstretch Trackside Reports. See for Saturday's final Winston Cup practice speeds(7-14-2001)

  • Best Starts: a few drivers will have their best starting positions of the 2001 season at Chicagoland. #66-Bodine is on the pole, previous best was 2nd at California.#26-Spencer starts 2nd, a 5th at Richmond was his best before. #33-Nemechek starts 5th besting his 8th at Martinsville. #11-Bodine ties his best, a 10th at Rockingham as does #01-Leffer who started 15th at Daytona and will do the same on Sunday. #24-Gordon has his worst starting spot of the year, Las Vegas was his worst at 24th. And #15-Waltrip's 35th at Martinsville was his worse, he uses his first provisional of the year to start 39th(7-14-2001)

  • Saturday's 1st Practice is over. The fastest was #88-Dale Jarrett with a speed of 179.057mph. The rest of the top five as follows: #24-Gordon, #29-Harvick, #25-Nadeau, and #20-Stewart. #93-Dave Blaney wrecked at the beginning of practice, totalled the rear of the car and will go to a backup for Happy Hour and the race, he will have to fall to the back of the field before the start of Sunday's race(Dean from Kenny Wallace Racing at the track and Frontstretch Trackside Reports). See for Saturday's early practice speeds(7-14-2001)

  • Some Notes: #99-Jeff Burton's qualifying attempt lasted one lap, and barely one lap. His engine blew coming out of Turn 4, and he was fortunate to post a speed of 179.736 mph. #12-Jeremy Mayfield's will use his third (not fourth) straight provisional, Mayfield is also running the Sony/Vega scheme this week. The first three accidents of the weekend occurred Friday, with no injuries to #31-Mike Skinner, #1-Steve Park or #44-Buckshot Jones. Skinner smacked the Turn 4 wall in the morning's Winston Cup practice. Park spun between the third and fourth turn and hit the wall rear end first a few minutes into the final Busch series practice. After the green waved again, Jones hit the wall. All three were checked out and released from the infield medical center.(Daily Southtown)(7-14-2001)

  • Todd Bodine wins the pole at Chicagoland for the Tropicana 400. #66-Todd Bodine wins his 2nd career pole with a speed of 183.717mph (his other pole was at Watkins Glen in 1997) and puts himself in the 2002 Budweiser Shootout. Bodine's teammate, #26-Jimmy Spencer is on the outside pole with a speed of 183.412. Bodine's pole is also the first ever for car owner Travis Carter.
    Four drivers missed the race: #27-Mike Bliss(44th in Owners Points); #45-Kyle Petty(43rd); #71-Dave Marcis(46th); and #84-Shawna Robinson(50th).
    #15-Michael Waltrip uses his first Provisional of the 2001 season, leaving only three teams that have started every race and not used a provisional in 2001: #'s 3/29-Dale Earnhardt/Kevin Harvick, #24-Jeff Gordon, and 28-Ricky Rudd. #7-Robby Gordon also used the teams last provisional until Bristol (unless the team can get in the top 25 in Owners Points, currently 31st).
    See for Friday's qualifying results and for the Tropicana 400 Starting Lineup and at Motorsports One (7-13-2001)

  • Pole Progression: at Chicagoland
    #30-Jeff Green, 1st out to qualify, 180.006mph, starts 29th
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 5th out, 180.036, starts 28th
    #2-Rusty Wallace, 6th out, 180.584, starts 21st
    #11-Brett Bodine, 7th out, 181.684, starts 10th
    #25-Jerry Nadeau, 13th out, 182.008, starts 8th
    #33-Joe Nemechek, 18th out, 182.340, starts 5th
    #9-Bill Elliott(oops missed him), 20th out, 182.772, starts 4th
    #66-Todd Bodine, 22nd out, 183.717, starts 1st (7-13-2001)

  • Chicago Facts: Twelve drivers competed in all eight inaugural races that have been held on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series since 1988: Brett Bodine, Geoffrey Bodine, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip. Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace and Dale Earnhardt all posted five top-10 finishes in the eight inaugural races, the most of all drivers. Earnhardt did not score a top 10 at Phoenix, New Hampshire or California. Neither Elliott nor Wallace finished in the top 10 in the inaugural race at Texas Motor Speedway, California Speedway or Homestead-Miami Speedway. There have been two NASCAR Winston Cup (Grand National) races in Illinois: on 7/10/54 at Santa Fe Speedway in Willow Springs, IL won by Dick Rathmann and on 7/21/56 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL won by Fireball Roberts(NASCAR PR)(7-11-2001)

  • Friday Practice at Chicagoland is over. Finally some speeds: #66-Todd Bodine was the fastest at 183.443mph, followed by #25-Jerry Nadeau at 183.206. Slowest were #71-Dave Marcis at 174.995 and #30-Jeff Green at 172.889. See for the Friday Practice Session Results. Heard #31-Mike Skinner hit the wall and may have to go to a backup, but he is ok, he ended up 15th fastest. (Dean of Kenny Wallace

  • Robinson hits wall: I hear #84-Shawna Robinson hit the wall in the 2nd practice Thursday, causing minimal damage to the #84 Tropicana Ford. Supposedly the only incident during either Cup practice(7-13-2001)

  • 2nd Thursday Practice is over at Chicagoland. Fastest was #6-Mark Martin at 183.867mph followed by #25-Jerry Nadeau at 183.399. Slowest were #2-Rusty Wallace at 178.012 and #22-Ward Burton at 177.678. #30-Jeff Green and #71-Dave Marcis did not practice(no idea why). See for Winston Cup practice speeds - Thursday #2(7-12-2001)

  • 1st Thursday Practice is over at Chicagoland. Fastest was #9-Bill Elliott at 182.593mph followed by #2-Rusty Wallace at 182.506. Slowest were #88-Dale Jarrett at 175.776 and #84-Shawna Robinson at 174.576. See for Winston Cup practice speeds - Thursday #1(7-12-2001)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the Tropicana 400. See the link(s) above. 47 drivers listed for 43 spots. First scheduled out is #30-Jeff Green, last(and 47th) scheduled out is #77-Robert Pressley. Qualifying is Friday, July 13th (yikes Friday the 13th) at 4:00pm/et and will be televised on CNN/SI (7-12-2001)

  • Entry List is up for the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. See the link above. 47 drivers are listed, including #30-Jeff Green in the AOL Chevy, #71-Dave Marcis in the Realtree Chevy and #84-Shawna Robinson in the Tropicana Ford. The #7 team still has Mike Wallace listed in their Ford. #50-Rick Mast will skip the race(7-11-2001)

  • Qualifying Rules Changed: 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)

  • 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


  • Chicago Backstretch not Straight? When Matt Kenseth came to Chicagoland Speedway for a test last month, he didn't really expect to find that there isn't any back straightaway. "I'm not sure what happened, but the backstretch isn't straight," he said. "The front straightaway is round like Las Vegas, but the back straightaway is hard to explain." Kenseth and his fellow drivers will have a while to get used to the layout in two practice sessions on Thursday()(7-12-2001)

  • Chicagoland Cooler Policy UPDATE no coolers: hearing from a few readers: Chicagoland Speedway has a policy that coolers, food, or beverages are not permitted into the speedway. Complaints/Comments can be directed to As stated here many times, I do not do polls, campaigns or the like. On the site, on the ticket order page, it states "For the comfort and security of our guests, coolers are not permitted."(6-28-2001)
    UPDATE: When the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series visit the brand new Chicagoland Speedway the weekend of July 14-15, a new tradition may be started. In addition to hosting its first NASCAR events, it will also break with tradition by allowing no coolers to be brought into the grandstands(

  • Joliet Hotel Rooms, booked and a hotel fire: The Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet is opening up to ticketholders this weekend for the first time, and hotel rooms are booked all the way to Bloomington for the upcoming weekend of NASCAR racing in July. "We are just so, so busy," said Kathy Fordonski, special event lodging specialist for the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitor's Bureau, which is coordinating hotels for the event among 12 area convention bureaus. We are sending people south about 90 miles to Bloomington," Fordonski said. "North, it's all the way into the northern (Chicago) suburbs. Everything east of the track is totally full. West, it's all the way to Ottawa." The 2,300 or so rooms in the Joliet area are totally booked for the July 14-15 weekend, when the Speedway will host its inaugural races, the NASCAR Busch Series Hills Bros. 300 and the NASCAR Winston Cup Tropicana 400. Track officials are expecting at least a near sellout of the 75,000 grandstand seats, and more fans are expected in the nearby RV parking areas. It is likely that all 12 convention bureaus, stretching as far as Rockford and the Quad Cities, will have their hotels completely sold out by race weekend, Fordonski said.(Daily Southtown)
    AND A hotel fire that spread through the attic of the Comfort Inn South early Tuesday didn't harm anyone, but put 67 local rooms out of commission less than three weeks before one of the biggest tourist events ever in Joliet. Management expects to find out today what it needs to do to reopen the hotel on South Larkin Avenue and whether it can be done before the first NASCAR races at the new Chicagoland Speedway(Herald News)(6-28-2001)

  • ISC Looking to buy Tracks? International Speedway Corporation appears to be trying to add to its portfolio of race tracks. According to unconfirmed reports, ISC is trying to buy out Tony George's share of the new Joliet-Chicago track, trying to buy Pocono International Raceway, trying to buy Kentucky Speedway, and trying to buy Bob Bahre's New Hampshire Speedway. One report pegs ISC's price point for Pocono at $110 million, to which track owner Dr. Joe Mattioli said "That would be a nice down payment." Mattiolli then denied any sale pending and said he would have two Cup races again next season(Winston Salem Journal)(6-17-2001)

  • Chicagoland BGN Sponsor: Hills Bros Coffee will be the title sponsor of the inaugural BGN race at Chicagoland Speedway. The Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois and Hills Bros agreement designates that the first three BGN races.(Chicagoland PR)(6-14-2001)

  • Tropicana and NASCAR? UPDATE 4 Chicagoland - Tropicana 400: hearing that Tropicana(orange juice....owned by, Pepsi) has some sort of announcement within the next week or so of a major sponsorship in NASCAR(3-7-2001)
    UPDATE: looks like it is some sort of contest where you can win one of 24 Jeff Gordon Signature Chevy Monte Carlo's(3-8-2001)
    UPDATE 2: hearing it could be sponsorship of the Chicagoland Cup race? AND 3-Time Winston Cup Champion Jeff Gordon Will Be On Hand To Help Unveil the Announcement . Chicagoland Speedway and some very special guests will make a MAJOR announcement regarding the upcoming race on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 12noon/et(Chicagoland PR)(3-13-2001)
    UPDATE 3: Chicagoland Speedway announced that it has a four-year sponsorship agreement with Tropican Products and unveiled the name if its inaugural Winston Cup race - the Tropicana 400, which is scheduled for Sunday, July 15th 2001 AND NASCAR announced an all-daylong practice sessions for Winston Cup and BGN competitors Thursday, July 12. Practice will begin at 9:00am and conclude at 5:00pm/ct. "NASCAR wanted to give the drivers and teams a full day to test the track and set-up their cars for the race on Sunday", said Joie Chitwood, Chicagoland Speedway vice president/general manager. The Thursday practice will provide fans the first opportunity to see the cars on the track and see the state-of-the-art facility. NASCAR also announced a one-day qualifying round for both Winston Cup and Busch Series on Friday, July 13th. Friday morning will provide a one hour fifty-five minute practice session for both series beginning with the Busch series at 9:00 am. Busch qualifying is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm with a best of two laps to decide all positions. Winston Cup qualifying is scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm with the same format as the Busch Series(Chicagoland PR). Also hearing Gordon will have a special paint scheme for the event(3-14-2001)

  • 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 - Illinois/Chicago


  • Robinson's Sponsor UPDATE 3: #84-Shawna Robinson's next Cup race attempt will be at the Chicagoland Speedway. Aaron's will not ne the primary sponsor. A sponsor will be named that week for Robinson's effort there, no idea who it is (yet)(FSN Qualifying Coverage on Friday). Aaron's will sponsor Robinson at Indianapolis and Atlanta and possibly at Kansas and Homestead(6-11-2001)
    UPDATE: Event sponsor Tropicana has made a deal with MK Racing to sponsor its #84 Ford in driver Shawna Robinson's planned second Winston Cup event, the July 15 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway( Buzz)(6-19-2001)
    UPDATE 2: not making this up - hearing that Victoria's Secret os talking to Robinson's team about sponsoring her and the team in 2002, not sure as a primary or an assoc(6-21-2001)
    UPDATE 3: Shawna Robinson, the first female to compete in Winston Cup since 1989, may be getting Victoria's Secret as a sponsor next year. Already sponsored by Aaron's for a four-race deal this year, she will have Tropicana orange juice on the car for her next event in Chicago. Rumor has it that the sophisticated lingerie company, known for its eye-appealing catalogs and retail mall stores, has also entered into sponsor negotiations. A spokesperson for Aaron's said they are still in negotiations for next year's sponsorship( Buzz)(6-23-2001)

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


  • #01 Special Scheme UPDATE: hearing that Jason Leffler will be running a Special Olympics logo in June on the #01 Cingular Dodge. Cingular is a Special Olympics sponsor and it is part of this years promo(4-24-2001)
    UPDATE: see an image of the car on my Paint Schemes Gallery(5-23-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Cingular Wireless is racing toward its four-year goal of raising $40 million for Special Olympics by painting its #01 NASCAR Winston Cup race car with a Special Olympics paint scheme, and offering customers the opportunity to support the organization through promotional offers. Cingular, an Official Partner of Special Olympics USA and Official Sponsor of Special Olympics Team USA, is in the second year of its support for Special Olympics. To showcase its commitment to Special Olympics, Cingular’s #01 Dodge Intrepid R/T will display a Special Olympics logo for the months of June and July. The new paint scheme will be debuted at the MBNA Platinum 400 at the Dover Downs International Speedway on June 3. Cingular also will sell limited edition, souvenir, die-cast versions of the #01 racecar to commemorate this unique paint scheme and raise money for Special Olympics( A percentage of the proceeds generated from the die-cast car sales will go directly to Special Olympics. Cars will be available in Cingular Wireless retail outlets as well as at many Special Olympics Summer Games being held across the United States. In addition, Cingular Wireless is launching a 60-day promotional drive to collect donations on behalf of Special Olympics. During the promotional months of June and July, consumers who donate $20 to Special Olympics and sign up for service at a Cingular Wireless retail store are eligible for: * An exclusive $35 rate plan offer * An Internet-ready Ericsson handset * A co-branded Cingular/BLOCKBUSTER gift certificate for five free movie rentals good at participating BLOCKBUSTER stores. Donations raised by Cingular will support year-round training and competitions for Special Olympic athletes, who participate in the activities free of charge as well as help send Special Olympics Team USA athletes to the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland. Through last year’s “Be a Hero” promotion, Cingular customers successfully raised $8.9 million for Special Olympics.(Cingular PR)(5-30-2001)

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


  • Bodine - 23 races - no DNF UPDATE: #11-Brett Bodine has been running at the end of 23 consecutive races(counting last season), which is the circuit's longest active streak. Three other drivers have made all the races in 2001 and not DNF'd(did not finish): 9-Bill Elliott, #21-ElliottSalder, and #55-Bobby Hamilton(7-7-2001)

  • Top Fives: There have been 28 different Cup drivers(no new additions at Daytona) 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(7-7-2001)

  • Top Tens: There have been 39 different Cup drivers(add #11-Brett Bodine at Daytona) 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(7-7-2001)

  • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 105 provisional starts(15 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001 or Dover 6/2001), drivers have accumulated 1 Win, 4 Top 5's and 12 Top 10's. #21-Elliott Sadler was the highest at Dayotna with a 3rd and #11-Brett Bodine had a 10th. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(7-7-2001)

  • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 625 consecutive starts followed by Rusty Wallace at 534, Ken Schrader with 504 and Mark Martin has 418 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(7-7-2001)

  • 2000 winners who have not won in 2001: Bobby Labonte, 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.(7-7-2000)

  • 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     216     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        134     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty       102     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Ken Schrader      93     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     77     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Mike Wallace      60     5th     Atlanta         11-13-94
       Robert Pressley   36     5th     Michigan        6-11-00
    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     50
       Stacy Compton   43
       Buckshot Jones  31
    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        345
    Ted Musgrave     299*
    Hut Stricklin    281
    Dick Trickle     266*
    Kenny Wallace    231
    Wally Dallenbach 226*
    Chad Little      216*
    Robert Pressley  186
    Johnny Benson    179
    Mike Skinner     162
    Ricky Craven     161
    Steve Grissom    141*
    Todd Bodine      126
    Kevin Lepage     107
    David Green       78*
    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
    (7-7-2001)(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     344        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     320        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Jimmy Spencer    219        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     210        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       173        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  165        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  120*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Terry Labonte     77        3/28/99    Texas
       John Andretti     76        4/18/99    Martinsville
       Joe Nemechek      54        9/19/99    New Hampshire
       Mark Martin       43        4/9/00     Martinsville
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (7-7-2001)(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    Martinsville, Apr 2001
       Jeff Gordon        8    Michigan, June 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    Atlanta, Mar 2001
       Elliott Sadler     1    Bristol, Mar 2001
       Bobby Hamiton      1    Talladega, Apr 2001
       Ricky Rudd         1    Pocono, June 2001
    Thru 2000 season:
       Bobby Labonte      6    Charlotte, Oct 2000
       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)(7-7-2001)

  • 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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