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THE RACE: Carolina Dodge Dealers 400

Winston Cup Race #5 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, March 18, 2001 in Darlington, SC

  • TV: Fox 1:00pm/et(pre-race at 12:30pm/et)

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes, Jeanie Zelesko

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,069,522

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 from NOL

  • 2000 Race Winner: Ward Burton, 128.076mph

  • Race Record(400 miles): David Pearson, May 1968, 132.703mph

  • Race Record(500 miles): Dale Earnhardt, Mar 1993, 139.538mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.366 mile egg-shaped-oval, 293 laps, 400.2 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Saturday, Mar 17th from 7:45 - 9:30am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Mar 17th after the BGN race, TV-FX


  • Qualifying Draw: Saturday, Mar 17th at 7:00am/et

  • Qualfying Order - Carolina Dodge Dealers 400: at Online but Qualifying was fogged out

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Saturday, Mar 17th at 10:40am/et, TV-FSN(Fox Sports Net) and live via MRN radio/internet

  • will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Winston Cup qualifying via the web using it's Racecast feature

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

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Ward Burton, Mar 1996, 173.797mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Jeff Gordon, 172.662mph

  • Track Specs:
    Track: Banking: Turns 1/2 - 25 degrees; Turns 3/4 - 23 degrees; Straights - 2 degrees.
    Straights: Frontstretch 1,229 feet; Back - 1,229 feet. Repaved in 1995

  • Track Homepage: Darlington Raceway

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


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at Darlington for leading the points and winning the race(Bobby Labonte last won the award, $50,000 at Lowes/Charlotte on Oct 8, 2000). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if he is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finisher in the point standings(3-11-2001)


Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including RealAudio coverage
MRN Affiliate List for your local station
Announcers: Barney Hall and Joe Moore
Turn Reporters: Kurt Becker and Dave Moody
Pit Reporters: Jim Phillips, Winston Kelley and Tony Rizzuti

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

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Darlington, SC Area:
The State
The Myrtle Beach Sun News
GoUpstate - Spartanburg Herald Journal
Charleston Post-Courier

Weather forecast for Darlington, SC by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Darlington, SC
Weather Point - Florence, SC
The Weather Pit

Darlington Review


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


  • Some Darlington Facts: There have been 95 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races held at Darlington since the track opened in 1950, one a year from 1950 through 1956 and two per year since 1957. Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with five Bud Poles at Darlington. Retired driver David Pearson leads all drivers with 12 poles at Darlington. Charlie Glotzbach and Cale Yarborough posted identical qualifying times for the 1968 Southern 500. Glotzbach was credited with the pole because he qualified first. The race has been won from the pole on 19 occasions at Darlington, the most of any starting position (20 percent). The furthermost back that a race winner has started at Darlington was 43rd in the inaugural Southern 500 in 1950 by Johnny Mantz. Since 1955, only Bobby Labonte (37th in the fall of 2000) has won at Darlington from a starting position further back than 15th. Only 10 of the 95 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Darlington have been won from a starting position outside the top 10. Retired driver David Pearson leads all drivers with 10 victories at Darlington. Jeff Burton was the last driver to win both Darlington races in the same year (1999). The race at Darlington has been shortened by rain on eight occasions, six of those in the Labor Day classic. There has been only one race run caution-free at Darlington, the 1963 Rebel 300(NASCAR PR)(3-16-2001)

  • : Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Race Info

  • CBS Sportsline: Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Preview

  • Raceday Today - Carolina Dodge Dealers 400(3-19-2001)

  • Sporting News: This Week In NASCAR - Carolina Dodge Dealers 400

  • NASCAR - Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Preview(WRAL)

  • Yahoo: Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 - Preview

  • Crew Chief Club



  • DJ wins Darlington: #88-Dale Jarrett wins the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington, his 25th of his career and 9th year in a row that Jarrett has had a Cup win. Jarrett had the HANS device on. Jarrett's win is Ford's first of 2001 and the first not in a Chevy. The others in the top five: #1-Park, #12-Mayfield, #26-Spencer and #40-Marlin. Jarrett now leads the Winston Cup points championship by 65 points over #10-Benson and #40-Marlin. 24-Gordon who entered the race leading the points drops to 4th after encountering Overheating problems that cooked his engine and put him out of the race, finishing 40th. Jarrett also becomes the first driver of the year to win the NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus of $50,000 for leading the points and winning the race (Bobby Labonte last won the award, $50,000 at Lowes/Charlotte on Oct 8, 2000). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if he is also the winner. See unofficial results at : Dodge Dealers 400 results and see a story at: Jarrett's Ford first at Darlington.(3-18-2001)

  • Lineup: Sunday's Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 lineup

  • Happy Hour (actually 90 minutes) is over at Darlington. The top 10 were:
    #24-Gordon 164.474mph
    slowest #5-Terry Labonte 160.339
    See the full rundown of speeds at : 'Happy Hour' practice speeds(3-17-2001)

  • #27 seen during Happy Hour (or as DW calls it, Rush Hour) on Kenny Wallace's TV-Panel (below the rear spoiler) of the #27 Pontiac: "Catfish, Beth Says Yes". Otherwise the car is clean white as the team is looking for a sponsor (3-17-2001)

  • Qualifying has been Canceled for the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington. The field will be set by the following rules. They do NOT use qualifying order anymore per SpeedVision, the 2001 rules as follows:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
    #2) - Two Race winners from the current or prior season not already in the field
    #3) - Past Winston Cup Champions Not already in?
    #4) - Back to the Owners Points Standings
    Qualifying Order is posted on
    So #99-Jeff Burton and #12-Jeremy Mayfield get starting spots 36(#99) and 37(#12)
    The rest are based on 2001 Owners Points so the remainder of the field is:
    38th - #4-Robby Gordon(36th in Owners Points and yes, Gordon is still in the car, see story below)
    39th - #44-Buckshot Jone (37th)
    40th - #01-Jason Leffler (39th)
    41st - #27-Kenny Wallace (41st)
    42nd - #90-Hut Stricklin (42nd)
    43rd - #45-Kyle Petty (43rd)
    Missing the race is #96-Andy Houston(44th in Owners Points), #50-Rick Mast(45th) and #71-Dave Marcis(49th)(info from SpeedVision), see the for the Starting Lineup in a bit(3-17-2001)

  • AM Practice at Darlington: is over. The top 10 at the end of FSN's coverage at noon/et:
    #6-Martin 165.203
    #20-Stewart 165.009
    #29-Harvick 164.782
    #1-Park 164.656
    #2-Wallace 164.562
    #40-Marlin 164.303
    #93-Blaney 164.227
    #24-Gordon 164.221
    #17-Kenseth 163.947
    #55-Hamiton 163.942
    See the speeds at : Saturday morning practice speeds(2-17-2001)

  • Happy Ninety Minutes: the final Cup practice, traditionally known as 'Happy Hour' will be 90 minutes this afternoon, after the BGN race and televised on FX at 3:00pm/et(3-17-2001)

  • AM Practice delayed by Fog at Darlington. Hearing fog in the Darlington area has put a hold on practice so far at Darlington AND Practice was to begin at 7:45am/et in preparation for Sunday's Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, but widespread heavy fog delayed the action. The practice was to last until 9:30am, but as of 9:00am, the fog remained dense and no cars were on the track(SpeedVision). What happens if qualifying gets rained out? See my Provisional Page for the rules(3-17-2001)

  • Entry List is up for the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at NOL, see the link above. 46 cars/drivers listed, including #71-Dave Marcis. Robby Gordon is listed in the #4 Kodak Chevy(3-13-2001)

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

  • How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers). For provisionals standings see the Jayski Provisional Status page(2-20-2000)

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


  • 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 - Darlington


  • Rudd's 700th: Ricky Rudd will join a select group of drivers this weekend at Darlington Raceway when he makes his 700th career NASCAR Winston Cup start. Rudd will become the fifth driver in series history to achieve that mark. The others are Richard Petty (1,177 races), Dave Marcis (878), Darrell Waltrip (809) and Bobby Allison (717).(RacingExtra)(3-14-2001)

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


STATS and STUFF thru the race before this one

  • The Championship Outlook: Only five times in the modern era(1972-present) has the eventual champion not won in the first six races. This year, that puts Michael Waltrip, Steve Park, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick in the heat of the race(Richmond Times Dispatch), 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(3-13-2001)

  • Third Start Winners/Rookie Winner UPDATE: Kevin Harvick becomes the fifth Winston Cup driver to win in his third Cup start. The others: Dan Gurney at Riverside in Jan 1963, Bill Norton at Carrell Speedway in Gardena, CA in Nov 1951; Johnny Mantz at Darlington in Sept 1950(he also started 43rd) and Bob Flock in 1949 at Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsboro, NC(this was the third ever race in NASCAR)(Fox Race Coverage and the Forty Years of Stock Car Racing - Vol 1)(3-11-2001)
    UPDATE:: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won in only his 12th Winston Cup start in 2000. Ron Bouchard won a Cup race in his 11th start in 1981 at Talladega, Mark Donohue won in his 5th Winston Cup start in 1973 at Riverside, the earliest in the 'modern era'(1972 to present) of Winston Cup, he would only make one more Cup start. Others: Morgan Shepherd won in his 15th start (Martinsville) in 1981, but wasn't named Rookie of the Year. Several other drivers won in their first year, but weren't considered ROTY candidates: Dan Gurney at Riverside in 1963 in his third race and Mario Andretti at Daytona Beach in 1967 in his fifth start. When Kevin Harvik won at Atlanta on Sunday, he broke Bouchards 'Modern Era' mark, this is for a driver who is running a full season, not a one time or part time driver(3-12-2000)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top Fives: There have been 17 different Cup drivers(add #5-Labonte, #25-Nadeau, #29-Harvick at Atlanta) who have scored a Top-5 so far in 2001....2000's total was 28, 1999's total was 28 and 1998's total number was 27(3-11-2000)

  • Top Tens: There have been 28 different Cup drivers(add #5-Labonte, #25-Nadeau, #31-Skinner, #36-Schrader, #97-Busch at Atlanta) who have scored a Top-10 in 2001.....2000's total was 41, 1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(3-11-2001)

  • Provisonal Finishes in 2001: In 28 provisonal starts(7 races x 7), drivers have accumulated 0 Win, 1 Top 5's and 2 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(3-11-2001)

  • 10 Different Winners in a Row: #29-Kevin Harvick 's victory marks the tenth straight different Winston Cup winner since last fall's race at Charlotte. The list: #18-Labonte(Lowes/Charlotte); #3-Earnhardt(Talladega); #88-Jarrett(Rockingham); #99-Burton(Phoenix); #20-Stewart(Homestead); #25-Nadeau(Atlanta); #15-Waltrip(Daytona); #1-Park(Rockingham); #24-Gordon(Las Vegas) and Harvick. The modern era (1972-present) record is 11 in 1985 and 1986. The all-time record is 13 in 1961. Last season there were 10 in a row, and it started the season(from Daytona thru California)(3-11-2001)

  • Lap Leaders: Four drivers led at least a lap for the first time in 2001 at Atlanta. #01-Leffer(first in his career), #29-Harvick(first in his career), #77-Pressely and #93-Blaney. Three drivers have led at least a lap in all four Cup races so far in 2001: #6-Martin, #24-Gordon and #40-Marlin. 28 Drivers have led a lap so far in 2001. See my Bonus Points/Lap Leaders Page(3-12-2001)

  • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd leads with with 612 followed by Rusty Wallace at 521, Ken Schrader with 491 and Mark Martin 405. Terry Labonte had 655 but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his record streak. Dale Earnhardt had 648 consecutive Winston Cup starts until his death at Daytona(3-11-2001)

  • 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*     314     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     203     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        128     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        93     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little*      87     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Ken Schrader      80     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     70     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Ted Musgrave*     52     5th     Phoenix         10-25-98
       Dick Trickle*     49     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Derrike Cope*     46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Steve Grissom*    45     4th     New Hampshire   9-14-97
    Dave Marcis has not had a top 10 since April 10, 1994 in the Food City 500 at Bristol, he finished 10th.
    Regular Drivers Without a Career Top Five
       Driver         Races
       Elliott Sadler  73
       Dave Blaney     37
       Stacy Compton   31
       Buckshot Jones  21
    Cup drivers(not including 2001 rookies)
    (* not full time Cup in 2001, data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(3-11-2001)
  • No Wins Ever.... Some regular drivers in Winston Cup who have never won a Cup race and how many starts they have:

    Active Drivers	
    Driver        Races Run
    Rick Mast        339
    Ted Musgrave     298*
    Hut Stricklin    274
    Dick Trickle     266*
    Wally Dallenbach 225*
    Kenny Wallace    223
    Chad Little      216*
    Robert Pressley  174
    Johnny Benson    166
    Mike Skinner     149
    Ricky Craven     148
    Steve Grissom    141*
    Todd Bodine      113
    Kevin Lepage      96*
    David Green       78*
    Elliott Sadler    73
    All Time - Over 400 Starts	
    Driver          Races Run
    JD McDuffie       653
    Buddy Arrington   560
    Neil Castles      497
    Jimmy Means       455
    Cecil Gordon      450
    G.C. Spencer      415
    *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (3-11-2001)(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      479*       2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     331        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     307        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Jimmy Spencer    206        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     197        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       164        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  152        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  120*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    97        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        79        9/27/98    Martinsville    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (3-11-2001)(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
       Jeff Gordon        8    Las Vegas, Mar 2001
       Steve Park         2    Rockingham, Feb 2001
       Michael Waltrip    1    Daytona, Feb 2001
       Kevin Harvick       1    Atlanta, Mar 2001
    Thru 2000 season:
       Rusty Wallace     15    Bristol, Aug 2000
       Dale Jarrett       8    Rockingham, Oct 2000
       Bobby Labonte      6    Charlotte, Oct 2000
       Jeff Burton        4    Phoenix, August 2000
       Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
       Tony Stewart       2    Homestead, Nov 2000   
       Ward Burton        1    Darlington, Mar 2000
       Dale Earnhardt Jr  1    Richmond, Apr 2000
       Jeremy Mayfield    1    Pocono, June 2000
       Matt Kenseth       1    Charlotte, May 2000
       Jerry Nadeau       1    Atlanta, Nov 2000
    Streaks that ended in 2000 that were thru 1999 season:
       Driver          Years   Last Win
       Terry Labonte      6    Texas, Apr 1999
       John Andretti      1    Martinsville, Apr 1999
       Joe Nemechek       1    New Hampshire, Sept 1999
    All Time Record is Richard Petty - 18 years from 1960-1977
    (3-11-2001)(info gathered using the 2000 UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide and Winston Cup Updates)

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

  • Provisional Starting Winners: Jeff Burton was the first driver to win from a provisional starting spot EVER at New Hampshire in 1999 and that is the farthest back any driver has won from since Kyle Petty won from 37th at Dover in June 1995(in 1995 37th was not a provisional starting spot). Bill Elliott also won from 38th spot in the 1988 Pepsi 400. In fact ALL the provisional starters for the race finished in the top 25 at NHIS(7-11-1999)
    UPDATE: Add Bobby Labonte as the 2nd ever provisional winners by winning the 1999 NAPA 500 at Atlanta(11-21-1999)
    UPDATE 2: Add Bobby Labonte as the 3rd ever provisional winners by winning the 2000 Southern 500 at Darlington(9-3-2000)

  • Amazing Finishes: Races won from a starting position of 35 or worse in the history of NASCAR
    Starting Position  Race                                 Driver
     43                1950 Southern 500, Darlington        Johnny Mantz
     43                1953 Raliegh, NC                     Fonty Flock   
     38 provisional    1999 Jiffy Lube 300, Loudon          Jeff Burton
     38                1988 Firecracker 400, Daytona        Bill Elliott
     37 provisional    1999 NAPA 500, Atlanta               Bobby Labonte
     37 provisional    2000 Southern 500, Darlington        Bobby Labonte
     37                1995 Miller 500, Dover               Kyle Petty
     37                1959 Lakewood Speedway, Atl, GA      Lee Petty
     36                2000 Diehard 500, Talladega          Jeff Gordon
     35                2000 Cracker Barrel 500, Atlanta     Dale Earnhardt

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

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

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