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THE RACE: Mountain Dew Southern 500

Winston Cup Race #25 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, September 2, 2001 in Darlington, SC

  • TV: TNT - 1:00pm/et, re-aired on TNT Tuesday, Sept 4th, 1:00am/et
  • Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/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/Race Awards: $3,476,288 (last year $2,602,838)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Mountain Dew Southern 500 from

  • 2000 Race Winner: Bobby Labonte, 108.273mph

  • Event Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1998, 139.031mph

  • Track Race Record: Dale Earnhardt, Mar 1993, 139.958mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.366 egg-shaped oval, 367 laps, 501.3 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Friday, Aug 31st 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, Sept 1st 11:15am - 12:00noon/et
  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Sept 1st from 3:00 - 4:00pm/et, TV-TNT


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Aug 31st, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order:

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, Aug 31st at 3:00pm/et, TV-CNN/SI and live via MRN 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: Kenny Irwin Jr, September 1999, 170.970mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ward Burton, March 1996, 173.797mph (first race on new pavement)

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Jeremy Mayfield, 169.444mph, finished 41st

  • 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 late 1995

  • Track Homepage: Darlington Raceway

    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS at the Southern 500

  • Southern 500 Pole Sitters, Winners, and Manu Wins


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Darlington 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(8-25-2001)


Radio Coverage:

Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including RealAudio coverage
Airtime: 12:30pm/et with Announcers: Barney Hall and Joe Moore
Turn Reporters: Kurt Becker and Mike Bagley
Pit Reporters: Jim Phillips, Winston Kelley and Adam Alexander

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 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....



    news and links

    • Burton wins at Darlington in the Southern 500: #22-Ward Burton wins the 52nd Southern 500, his 3rd career Winston Cup win, 2nd at Darlington (won in the 2000 spring race - 53 races ago). Burton won from the 37th starting spot, a provisional spot, only the fifth driver to do so. #24-Jeff Gordon was 2nd and extended his Winston Cup Points lead to 343 points over #28-Ricky Rudd (who finished 7th). #40-Sterling Marlin is now in 3rd place, 481 points behind Gordon. See for Unofficial Southern 500 Results and Unofficial Standings along with a column: Ward Burton, Dodge win a wild one at Darlington(9-2-2001)

    • Leffler Subs for Buckshot: #01-Jason Lefflerm who fell out of the Southern 500 early, was able to gain experience and get some track time at Darlington Raceway in the #44 Dodge as he took over for Buckshot Jones on lap 197 and finished the event bringing the team a 35th place finish. Jones has the flu and was feeling bad so they asked Leffler to take over driving the 44 car because Leffler is about the same size as Jones(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(9-3-2001)

    • Hornaday Penalized: Ron Hornaday was penalized three laps by NASCAR for disobeying a black flag, dropping him five places to 37th(St Petersburg Times)(9-3-2001)

    • Brothers and the Southern 500: Ward Burton's first victory in the event, coupled with Jeff Burton's win in 1999, marks the second time that brothers won the race. Terry Labonte won in 1980 and Bobby Labonte in 2000.(St Petersburg Times), and of note, only one father-son duo have won the race, Buck Baker (1953-60-64) and Buddy Baker, 1970.(9-3-2001)

    • How did the Rookies of the Year Candidiates do at Darlington:
      #01-Leffler, 164.155, started 38th-provisional, finished 43rd, 7 rookie points
      #14-Hornaday, 164.854, started 40th-provisional, finished 37th, 9
      #19-Atwood, 165.726, started 30th, finished 25th, 10
      #29-Harvick, 167.871, started 5th, finished 8th, 14
      #96-Houston, 164.336, missed the race, 1 point
      #97-Busch, 168.048, on the pole - started 1st, finished 39th, 8

    • Top 10 Important at Darlington UPDATE: in 96 races at Darlington Raceway, 86 of the winners started in the top 10 (8-31-2001)
      UPDATE: a 37th starting place for 22-Burton didn't bother him as he won the Southern 500, now it's 86 of 97 (9-2-2001)

    • Busch the 2nd: Kurt Busch today becomes only one of two rookies to start on a Winston Cup pole in Darlington's 52-year history. Davey Allison was the other, in 1987.(Tennessean), for years NASCAR would not allow rookies on the track before the first practice and qualifying sessions(9-2-2001)

    • Happy Hour Practice is over at Darlington for the Southern 500. Kenny Wallace was in the #1 Pennzoil Chevy for Steve Park(see next story). Only one incident, #18-Bobby Labonte spun at speed but didn't hit anything, but had something break in the rear-end which has been repaired and Labonte went back on the track.
      TOP Ten Speeds: 1)  #8-Earnhardt Jr 163.191mph
      2)  #24-Gordon 162.764
      3)  #6-Martin 162.641
      4)  #93-Blaney 162.641
      5)  #12-Mayfield 162.345
      6)  #40-Marlin 162.163
      7)  #88-Jarrett 162.158
      8)  #2-Wallace 161.934
      9)  #9-Elliott 161.678
      10) #20-Stewart 161.567
      Pole sitter #97-Busch was 20th at 160.219mph, Kenny Wallace was 27th fastest in the #1-Pennzoil Chevy with a speed of 159.611mph, slowest(43rd) was #27-Mast at 157.383. See for Southern 500 Happy Hour Speeds(9-1-2001)

    • Qualifying at Darlington is over. And...surprise..#97-Kurt Busch is on the pole for the Southern 500 with a speed of 168.048mph and the outside pole was #24-Jeff Gordon with a speed of 167.916mph. Busch is the 4th first time Bud Pole winner (others are #02-Newman, #30-Green and #92-Compton) in 2001 and the 15th differeent Bud Pole winner in 2001. The pole will get Busch in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. 20 drivers are now eligible for the 2002 Budweiser Shootout. The top five starters:
      1)  #97-Kurt Busch 168.048
      2)  #24-Gordon 167.916
      3)  #12-Mayfield 167.911
      4)  #2-Wallace 167.882
      5)  #29-Harvick 167.871
      Missing the race (DNQ's) was #96-Andy Houston(44th in owners points) and #71-Dave Marcis(47th in owners points). Three drivers who needed to use a provisional are now out of provisionals until Talladega in Oct (race 32 of 36): #44-Jones, #7-Wallace and #14-Hornaday. #22-Ward Burton brushed the wall on his lap and pancaked the left side of the car, no speed recorded, Burton had to use a provisional. See or MotorsportsOne for lineups(8-31-2001)

    • BGN Speed Faster: #02-Ryan Newmans pole speed for the BGN race at Darlington was faster then the Cup pole speed by Kurt Busch, Newman's speed was 169.246, Busch's was 168.048. That is the 2nd race in a row that the BGN pole speed was faster then the Cup pole speed (Bristol Skinner in the BGN over Green in Cup)(9-1-2001)

    • Pole Progression for the Southern 500:
      #43-Andretti, went out 1st, 167.493mph, starts 6th
      #12-Mayfield, out 11th, 167.911, starts 3rd
      #97-Busch, out 37th, 168.048, starts 1st (8-31-2001)

    • Saturday AM Practice #55-Bobby Hamilton was the fastest at 163.067mph with #93-Dave Blaney at 162.759. Slowest was #27-Rick Mast at 156.587mph. Only 41 cars listed at , the #4-Lepage and #40-Marlin cars are listed as DNP(did not practice). Happy Hour practice will start after the BGN race, around 3:30pm/et and be televised on TNT(9-1-2001)

    • Friday Practice at Darlington for the Souther 500 had #12-Jeremy Mayfield the fastest at 167.991mph with #1-Steve Park was 2nd at 167.939. The two slowest drivers were #27-Rick Mast at 163.099 and #44-Buckshot Jones at 162.743. #17-Matt Kenseth blew an engine just as practice ended and was allowed to qualify when the car was ready, he was to qualify 6th and went out 25th. See for the Friday's practice speeds(8-31-2001)

    • Qualifying Order is up for the Southern 500 at Darlington. 45 cars/drivers are listed for 43 starting spots. First driver scheduled out is #43-John Andretti, last scheduled out is #24-Jeff Gordon. See above for the link(s). Qualifying will be televised on CNN/SI at ~3:00pm/et (after BGN qualifying) and can be hard on MRN Radio and followed on

    • Entry List is up for the Southern 500. See above for the link. 45 cars/drivers listed, only non-regular listed is #71-Dave Marcis(8-29-2001)

    • 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


    • Johnson at Darlington: Legendary driver and car owner Junior Johnson is the grand marshal for the Sept. 2 Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington(Winston Cup Scene - need sub to read online)(8-9-2001)

    • Darlington Spring Race Moves? UPDATE Looks like yes but... Darlington will replace Rockingham as the second race of the year. Rockingham has hosted the second race of the season since 1992. Before that, the second race alternated between Rockingham and Richmond; and Daytona, when Riverside remained on the schedule. The change in schedule for next season will allow Fox to begin coverage of the first half of the season at Darlington. NBC and Fox rotate coverage of the season-opening Daytona 500. NBC will broadcast the race in 2002. Sources said Rockingham's first race of the 2002 season will move to April, likely one of the weeks following the April 7 race at Talladega. The track's second race will continue to remain near the end of the season's schedule()(7-6-2001)
      UPDATE: In a reversal of plans, NASCAR has decided not to move next season's spring Winston Cup race at Darlington up to the second race of the season. Darlington Raceway officials were made aware of the proposed change in July, but sources confirmed Monday NASCAR has now backed off the move and will likely keep the second race of the season at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, which has hosted the race since 1992. The proposed change in schedule for next season would have allowed Fox to begin coverage of the first half of the season at Darlington. NBC and Fox rotate coverage of the season-opening Daytona 500. NBC will broadcast the race in 2002. Sources said Darlington's first race of the 2002 season could move to the spot that was reserved for Rockingham - Sunday, April 21. This season's spring date was March 18. Darlington Raceway officials declined to comment on the change Monday, preferring to wait until NASCAR releases its schedule, expected by next month()(8-15-2001)

    • 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 - Darlington


    • #300 for Hut: after a week delay (missed the race at Bristol), #90-Hut Stricklin will make his 300th career Winton Cup start when he starts 36th at Darlington for the Southern 500(9-1-2001)

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


    • Announcement UPDATE Spiderman Schemes for Elliott/Atwood: There will be a web launch/announcement on today at 7:00pm/et and at the same time will also be announcing a new special paint scheme with graphics and a press release(6-27-2001)...spiderman maybe?
      Spiderman?/REPOST: hearing the #9-Bill Elliott and #19-Casey Atwood Dodge's will run a Spiderman (the movie) paint scheme at Charlotte, not sure if it's in May or Oct(4-3-2001)
      and the UPDATE: found the web launch about the two spiderman cars at but no announcement, but it is about #9-Bill Elliott and #19-Casey Atwood driving Spiderman paint schemes at the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowes Motor Speedway on Oct 7th. See images of the cars on my Paint Scheme Gallery and/or get wallpapers at

    • #99 and the MDA: On September 2 at Darlington Raceway, the #99 CITGO SUPERGARD Motor Oil Taurus will sport a special red, white, and blue paint scheme to help raise money and awareness for the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. Also in the works, the CITGO SUPERGARD Motor Oil race team will play host to 15-year old Taylor McEntire of Blythewood, SC. Taylor, who suffers from Infantile Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), will be the MDA Goodwill Ambassador for the Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. CITGO driver Jeff Burton and his #99 pit crew, the reigning World Pit Crew Champions, will treat Taylor to a visit plus, Taylor will tour the garage area, attend the drivers¹ meeting and watch the race in the #99 pits. Once the race is over, fans can place bids on Jeff¹s MDA racing suit and helmet worn during the Pepsi Southern 500. The items will be auctioned off following the race to benefit MDA. Jeff¹s wife Kim is also impressed by CITGO Petroleum¹s commitment to the MDA since the charity¹s logo is proudly displayed on the #99 car every weekend. To help kick off this year¹s telethon, both Jeff and Kim took part in the videotaping of several introductions for CITGO executives to be aired throughout the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. In the intros, the Burtons talk about their support towards CITGO as well as sharing with viewers their passion for Duke¹s Children¹s Hospital and Health Center, home of ³The Jeff Burton Zone². Monies raised by the MDA help Duke continue their research efforts in finding a cure for muscular dystrophy.(Cox Marketing PR)(8-24-2001)

    • #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 - 30 races - no DNF UPDATE: #11-Brett Bodine has been running at the end of 30 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 29 races straight) and #55-Bobby Hamilton (now 26 straight without a DNF)(8-25-2001)

    • Top Fives: There have been 30 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at Bristol) 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(8-25-2001)

    • Top Tens: There have been 40 different Cup drivers (no new drivers at Bristol) 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(8-25-2001)

    • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 154 provisional starts(22 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001 or Dover 6/2001), drivers have accumulated 1 Win, 6 Top 5's and 20 Top 10's. #1-Steve Park was the highest provisional starter/finisher at Bristol with a 7th. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(8-25-2001)

    • No Laps Lead by Labonte yet: #5-Terry Labonte remains the only driver to race in all 24 events this season and not lead at least one lap. The last time Labonte led a lap was the Winston 500 last October at Talladega. 47 drivers have now led laps, add #4-Kevin Lepage and #30-Jeff Green at Bristol. See the Bonus Points/Laps Led page(8-25/27-2001)

    • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 632 consecutive starts followed by Rusty Wallace at 541, Ken Schrader with 511 and Mark Martin has 425 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(8-25-2001)

    • 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.(8-25-2000)

    • 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     223     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
         Rick Mast        139     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
         Kyle Petty       106     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
         Ken Schrader     100     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
         Hut Stricklin     82     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
         Mike Wallace      64     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     57
         Stacy Compton   50
         Buckshot Jones  37
      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        350
      Ted Musgrave     299*
      Hut Stricklin    286
      Dick Trickle     266*
      Kenny Wallace    231*
      Wally Dallenbach 226*
      Chad Little      216*
      Robert Pressley  192
      Johnny Benson    186
      Ricky Craven     168
      Mike Skinner     165
      Steve Grissom    141*
      Todd Bodine      133
      Kevin Lepage     113
      David Green       78*
      Dave Blaney       57
      Stacy Compton     50
      Buckshot Jones    38
      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
      (8-25-2001)(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     350        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
         Ken Schrader     327        6/2/91     Dover
         Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
         Jimmy Spencer    226        7/24/94    Talladega
         Bill Elliott     217        9/4/94     Darlington
         Kyle Petty       177        6/4/95     Dover
         Geoffrey Bodine  121*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
         Terry Labonte     83        3/28/99    Texas
         John Andretti     82        4/18/99    Martinsville
         Joe Nemechek      60        9/19/99    New Hampshire
         Ward Burton       53        3/19/00    Rockingham
         Mark Martin       49        4/9/00     Martinsville
         Matt Kenseth      46        5/28/00    Lowes
         Jeremy Mayfield   41        6/19/00    Pocono
         Jerry Nadeau      22        11/20/00   Atlanta
         *not a full time or regular Cup driver
      (8-25-2001)(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    Bristol, Aug 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)(8-25-2001)

    • 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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