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THE RACE: Talladega 500

Winston Cup Race #9 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, April 22, 2001 in Talladega, AL

    NOTE: Talladega is located in the Central Time Zone, all times listed here are in Eastern Time Zone (1 hour ahead)

  • 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, Jeanne Zelasko

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,842,807 (was $2,904,027 in 2000)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Talladega 500 from NOL

  • 2000 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 161.157mph

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, May 1997, 188.354mph

  • Track/Race Length: 2.66-mile tri-oval, 188 laps, 500.08 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 55mph


  • Practice: Friday, Apr 20th from 12:00noon - 2:30pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Apr 21st from 11:00am - 12:30pm/et, TV-FX at 12:00noon/et


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Apr 20th at 11:00am/et

  • Qualfying Order - Talladega 500: at or at NASCAR Online

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, Apr 20th at 4:00pm/et, TV-FX tape delayed at 7:00pm/et 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(no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record(Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388(15/16th inch plate)

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Jeremy Mayfield, 186.969mph

    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
    Turns: Banking: 33 degrees Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
    Trioval: Banking: 18 degrees
    Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
    Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only(Talladega Website)

  • Track Homepage: Talladega Super Speedway

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

  • Restrictor Plate Info: Restrictor Plate Chart, lists what restrictor plate was used the race, pole winner and speed, race winner and some notes, sort of a history of restrictor plates

    PAST WINNERS at Talladega

    See the my All Time Talladega Race and Pole Winners


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Talladega for leading the points and winning the race(Dale Jarrett last won the award, $10,000 at Martinsville on Apr 8, 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(4-8-2001)


Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including RealAudio coverage
MRN Affiliate List for your local station
Airtime: 12:30pm/et with Announcers: Barney Hall and Joe Moore
Turn Reporters: Mike Bagley and Pit Reporters: Jim Phillips, Winston Kelley and Jason Toy

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

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Talladega, AL Area:
Jayski's Story/Column/Article Links Page
Fans Guide to Talladega
Alabama Live
Anniston Star
Birmingham Post Herald
Daily Home
Gadsden Times
Tuscaloosa News

Weather forecast for Talladega, AL by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Talladega, AL
The Weather Pit


  • Coleman "Grill Corral" in association with the Alabama Cattlemen's Association Friday Apr. 20 4-6 p.m. Coleman Cares Mobile Service Center - located inside the Coleman Family Campground behind turn one...Free samples grilled to perfection on a Coleman barbecue grill, compliments of The Coleman Company and the Alabama Cattlemen's Association.


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


    • Talladega Facts: There have been 63 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Talladega; two a year except for in 1969, the inaugural year, which had only one race. Bill Elliott leads all drivers with eight Bud Poles at Talladega. Sterling Marlin and Dave Marcis (three each) along with Mark Martin, Joe Nemechek, Jeremy Mayfield and Ken Schrader (two each) are the only other active drivers with multiple Bud Poles at Talladega. Mark Martin was the last driver to sweep both Bud Poles in a year at Talladega, doing so in 1989. Jeff Gordon is the defending champion of the Talladega 500. Bill Elliott, Sterling Marlin, Terry Labonte, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon (two each) lead all active drivers in Talladega victories. Thirty-four of the 63 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the first three starting positions (54 percent). In the 31 years of twice-a-year NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing at Talladega, a sweep has occurred only five times: Pete Hamilton (1970), Buddy Baker (1975), Darrell Waltrip (1982) and Dale Earnhardt (1990 and 1999). The furthest back a winner has started in the 63-race history at Talladega occurred when Jeff Gordon won the 2000 DieHard 500 from a 36th-place starting position.(NASCAR PR)(4-17-2001)

    • No wins since Martinsville: Four drivers have not won again since winning at Martinsville. #55-Bobby Hamilton, who won the spring 1998 race, #28-Ricky Rudd, the fall 1998 winner, #43-John Andretti, the spring 1999 winner, and #6-Mark Martin, who won this race last year(Roanoke Times)(4-4-2001)

    • : Talladega 500 Race Info

    • CBS Sportsline: Talladega 500 Preview

    • Raceday Today - Talladega 500(4-22-2001)

    • Talladega 500 Race Page

    • Sporting News: This Week In NASCAR - Talladega 500

    • NASCAR - Talladega 500 Preview(WRAL)

    • Yahoo: Talladega 500 - Preview

    • Crew Chief Club


    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS news and links

    • Hamilton wins the Talladega 500: #55-Bobby Hamilton was able to pass #20-Tony Stewart on the last lap to win the Talladega 500. It was Hamiton's 4th career Winston Cup win and his fist in just over three years when he last won at Martinsville on April 20, 1998, 101 races ago. The win was the first ever for Andy Petree Racing(APR) and puts Hamilton into the 2001 The Winston and in position for the 2002 Winners Circle Program. It was the first win for car number 55 since Phil Parsons won using it at Talladega on May 1, 1988 and the #55's 12 overall win in Winston Cup(see my Winners by Car Numbers page)
      #88-Dale Jarrett holds onto the point lead by 148 points over #24-Jeff Gordon. #97-Kurt Busch got his best career finish with a 3rd, #6-Mark Martin got his first top five of 2001 and #33-Joe Nemechek got his first top 10 of 2001. There were 27 different leaders in the race which Fox reported as the most ever in any Winston Cup race and ever at Talladega (the old record was 26 at Talladega on July 27, 1986). The race was run caution free, the first time since Michigan in June 1999.
      See Unofficial Results at along with Unofficial Points Standings and a full story at : Hamilton wins a caution-free Talladega 500(4-22-2001)

    • The Yellow Line: Mike Helton, president of NASCAR, during the pre-race drivers meeting, sternly made his point to the 43 competitors and crew chiefs assembled in the room. He let them know where the sanctioning body stood on reckless driving during the 500-mile event. "If we (NASCAR) feel a move below, or move coming from below the yellow line was unnecessary -- you can look for a black flag," he said authoritatively. "Be prepared, and we'll see you at the trailer after the race and let you know how much of your argument we'll listen to." Helton was referring to the yellow line on the low side of the racing surface that separates it from the apron. In prior races on this 2.66-mile high-banked oval, drivers have been known to make aggressive moves in that area to gain positions( Who got black flagged? #19-Casey Atwood, #66-Todd Bodine, #31-Mike Skinner(4-22-2001)

    • The last four Talladega races have been won by drivers starting 17th or lower.

    • Happy Hour at Talladega is Over: #97-Kurt Busch was the fastest in Happy Hour for the Talladega 500 with a speed of 192.541mph with #32-Ricky Craven 2nd fastest at 192.154mph. These speeds were of course in the draft. Slowest? #24-Jeff Gordon at 187.805mph in the #24 Pepsi/DuPont Chevy. See the speeds at or

    • Compton on the Pole at Talladega: for the Talladega 500. #92-Stacy Compton wins his first ever Winston Cup pole with a speed of 184.861mph. #40-Sterling Marlin is on the outside pole with a speed of 184.576mph, three Dodges in the top 3 (#9-Bill Elliott being the other). #71-Dave Marcis pulled off the 15th fastest speed and makes his 2001 Cup debut.
      Five drivers missed(DNQ'd) the Talladega 500: #27-Kenny Wallace(39th in owners points), #90-Hut Stricklin(43rd), #45-Kyle Petty(44th), #50-Rick Mast(45th), #49-Andy Hillenburg(none). #22-Ward Burton had no recorded speed, heard he broke a gear in the rearend or transmission just before he was to go out.
      #10-Johnny Benson took his first provisional of 2001, while #21-Elliott Salder took his 5th. For more info on provisionals, see my Provisional/Owner Points page and my Provisionals Used by Race page. See for Talladega 500 qualifying results and a column: Dodge takes top 3 spots. Or see for Talladega 500 Qualifying Results and an Unofficial Starting Lineup at Motorsports One(4-20-2001)

    • Progression of the pole: who held the pole for the Talladega 500 in order of whp ran the fatstest up to that point:
      #33-Joe Nemechek, went out 1st, ran a lap of 183.483mph and will start: 10th
      #20-Tony Stewart, 10th, 183.702mph, starts: 7th
      #40-Sterling Marlin, 15th, 184.576mph, starts: 2nd
      #92-Stacy Compton, 20th, 184.861mph, starts: 1st

    • Friday Practice is over at Talladega: #32-Ricky Craven was the fastest at 186.050mph with #6-Mark Martin over a mph slower at 184.904mph. Looks like the pole speed will be considerably slower then Joe Nemechek's BGN pole speed of 189.729mph for the Subway 300 BGN Race at Talladega on Saturday. See the speeds at or (4-20-2001)

    • Qualifying Order is up for the Talladega 500. See above for the links. 48 drivers are scheduled to make an attempt at 4:00pm/et today (7:00pm/et on FX tape delayed). Scheduled to go out first is #33-Joe Nemechek, scheduled out last is #88-Dale Jarrett.(4-20-2001)

    • Friday Practice is over at Talladega: #32-Ricky Craven was the fastest at 186.050mph with #6-Mark Martin over a mph slower at 184.904mph. Looks like the pole speed will be considerably slower then Joe Nemechek's BGN pole speed of 189.729mph for the Subway 300 BGN Race at Talladega on Saturday. See the speeds at or (4-20-2001)

    • Entry List is up at for the Talladega 500. See above for the link. 48 drivers/teams are listed. Drivers include #49-Andy Hillenburg, #51-Jeff Purvis and #71-Dave Marcis(4-13-2001)

    • 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


    • New Asphalt at Talladega/Daytona soon? The Talladega Superspeedway may have a new racing surface as soon as next year. "We're looking at it real hard," said speedway President Grant Lynch. "It does reach a point where the asphalt becomes brittle and you have to do something." Sunday's Talladega 500 will be the 64th Winston Cup race on the 2.66-mile track that opened in 1969 and has been totally repaved only once. The grind of years of pavement pounding have taken a toll. In fact, track owner International Speedway Corp. is considering repaving the tracks at both Talladega and Daytona International Speedway. Officials are talking with contractors and mulling options. Paving the steep banks of NASCAR' two huge superspeedways would require expensive and special equipment. Estimates range between $2 million to more than $6 million, depending on how extensive a job is needed.(Alabama Live)(4-19-2001)

    • Talladega Chassis Rumors UPDATE: Rumor has it that several teams will come to Talladega with varying alterations that may or may not be consistent with NASCAR’s rules. The team member said those with altered cars “include assurances the owners and sponsors are prepared to fight for their approval in the inspection line should questions be raised by NASCAR.” and according to the same team member, at least three new chassis featuring softer, more crushable front ends will be run at Talladega. The teams that will run them developed the chassis(more at Buzz and Stock Car Reporter)(4-14-2001)
      UPDATE: While some are hemming and hawing about the possibility of some teams bringing a "soft chassis" to Talladega this weekend that may not conform to NASCAR rules and regulations, Michael Waltrip took the issue head-on during today's news conference. "I've heard nothing about that," Waltrip said. "That's something that somebody dreamed up somewhere. There's no validity to any rumor that would have anything at all to do with that."( Buzz) and a followup story at: Stock Car Reporter - Michael, Michael...(4-18-2001)

    • Earnhardt Honor at Talladega: The late Dale Earnhardt will be honored with the Governor's Award for 2001 by the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. The award will be presented to members of the Earnhardt family as part of the induction ceremony on April 19 in Talladega. Past recipients of the award include Bill France, Jr., Tony George, Robert Penske and T. Wayne Robertson. The award is presented to ''an individual or group that has made significant contributions to the growth of motorsports.'' Earnhardt, who died in a crash in the February Daytona 500, won his 76th and final race at Talladega Superspeedway last October. He is Talladega's all-time winner, with 10 victories in Winston Cup, one in Busch and three in IROC. Earnhardt's long-time friend, Neil Bonnett, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with Jimmy Bryan, Mike Hailwood and Fred Offenhauser.(Tennessean)(4-6-2001)

    • Talladega Rules Changes Ford/Dodge UPDATE: Ford teams will get a rules break after all, NASCAR decided yesterday. Ford will be allowed a two-inch narrower rear spoiler, giving them the same size rear spoiler as the Chevy at Talladega. Dodge teams will have to add a larger roof spoiler to their Intrepids. The new Dodge spoiler would be the same size as the one Ford teams used last fall at Talladega. Ford will still be allowed to run the smaller roof spoiler at Talladega even though the Ford and Dodge use essentially identical body templates(Winston Salem Journal)(3-22-2001)
      UPDATE: NASCAR officials announced today modifications for the Ford and Dodge teams to be used in the Talladega 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on April 22, 2001. The width of the Ford's rear spoiler will be decreased from 59 inches to 57-inches wide. The Pontiac's rear spoiler will remain at 59-inches wide, while the Chevrolet's rear spoiler will still be 57-inches wide. The Dodge teams will still use a 1 3/8-inch tall roof mounted air deflector. However, the deflector will now have to form a straight line, which will raise the outer edges' height. Prior to this modification, the deflector had a shape similar to the contour of the roof. Measurements for the Chevrolet and Pontiac models remain unchanged(NASCAR PR)(3-22-2001)

    • 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 - Talladega


    • Winn Dixie on the #32: Winn-Dixie has joined the PPI Motorsports Tide team as an associate sponsor for the Talladega 500 this weekend. The Winn-Dixie logo will appear on the rear "TV" panel of the #32 Tide Ford driven by Ricky Craven, as well as on Craven's driver's suit and helmet(PPI Motorsports Site)(4-19-2001)

    • Inspection Tough/Parts Taken: NASCAR officials confiscated several parts at Talladega on Friday . Unapproved fuel cell racks were taken from the cars of Ricky Rudd, Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The entire front windshield had to be removed from Hamilton's car because it "failed to fit the NASCAR template." Magnets were found on the Dodge of Casey Atwood and all 20 lug nuts from Steve Park's Chevrolet were confiscated. The lug nuts had indentations on the sides(That's Racin')(4-21-2001)

    • Subway to the #51: it was mentioned during the Fox TV coverage of the Talladega BGN race that the Subway sponsorship that was going to be on the #27 Eel River Racing Pontiac with driver Kenny Wallace will now run on the #51 Phoenix Racing Ford and driver Jeff Purvis since Kenny Wallace failed to make the race(4-21-2001)

    • Subway to the #27? UPDATE 2: Word last weekend was that sandwich company Subway was planning to sponsor a Winston Cup car in the upcoming Talladega 500. Kenny Wallace's Eel River Racing team has no sponsor, so it could very well be him. Plus, Subway is the title sponsor of Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race, so it could happen.( Buzz)
      UPDATE: an the Kenny Wallace Racing site is reporting Subway as the teams new sponsor for the weekend(4-17-2001)
      UPDATE 2: Kenny Wallace’s #27 Pontiac will carry sponsorship from Subway in the Talladega 500. Crew chief/team manager Barry Dodson said the deal was for only one race but was hopeful the arrangement could be extended(Gaston Gazette)(4-18-2001)

    • Lepage in thru Talladega: Kevin Lepage has been granted another week as driver of the #4 Kodak Chevy for McClure-McClure Motorsports and will stay in the car at least through the April 22 race at Talladega. Lepage was notified of owner Larry McClure's decision this week()(4-6-2001)

    • Hillenburg BGN and Cup plans: Andy Hillenburg will attempt to qualify for the March 31 BGN race at Texas in a car owned by Wisconsin businessman Tom Mohrhauser. The car will be fielded out of Hillenburg's Fast Track High Performance Driving School shop in Harrisburg, NC. Its sponsor, Quail Unlimited, a non-profit wildlife organization, also backed the driver during last year's Indianapolis 500. Hillenburg's also got a seven-race Winston Cup deal with BAM Racing, set to begin at Talladega next month(Winston Cup Scene - need subscription to read online), sorry folks, no idea who BAM Racing is....yet, know they run ARCA(3-22-2001)

    • New Cup team/driver UPDATE: ARCA driver, Brian Conz recently came to an agreement with new to NASCAR Field & Stream Watches® Racing and other soon to be announced associate sponsors. Plans are being made for the #78 Field & Stream Watches® Chevy to make their Winston Cup debut at Talladega Superspeedway on April 22, 2001. Conz plans on running five Cup events, Talladega 4/22, Daytona 7/7, Michigan 8/19, Talladega 10/21 and one event that the sponsor hasn't decided on yet(Brian Conz Site)(3-15-2001)
      UPDATE: The team has postponed their debut until Daytona in July. Also: Other divisions of Field & Stream have signed on and the official title is now Field & Stream Lifestyles Racing. Conz has been in Mooresville/Charlotte area recently purchasing new equipment and all of the team's equipment is purchased or ordered now, but won't be ready in time for Talladega(next week Apr 22nd). New team Cup schedule: Daytona, 7/7, Chicagoland 7/15. Brickyard 400 8/5, Michigan 8/19, Talladega 10/21 and Homestead-Miami 11/11. Plans for the 2002 season are being worked on now. Conz has talked to several people regarding the crew chief position but has not decided on anyone yet. The team has found a shop in Mooresville plans are to move into it sometime this season. The team plans on doing quite a bit of testing and running some ARCA races between now and Daytona to get ready for the Pepsi 400(Brian Conz Site)(4-13-2001)

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


    • Brooks and Dunn Return: The #40 Coors Light Dodge has gone country for this weekend's race at Talladega. Driven by Sterling Marlin, the Coors Light Dodge will feature a paint scheme touting the country music duo Brooks & Dunn's upcoming Neon Circus & Wild West Show tour. A known country music lover, Marlin hopes to give the duo's tour a little more exposure by parking his Coors Light Dodge in Victory Lane on Sunday afternoon. Marlin is also scheduled to run the special Brooks & Dunn paint scheme at the Winston and Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte and the inaugural race at the Kansas Speedway(Ganassi PR)(4-17-2001)

    • #24 Pepsi Car unveiled: For the first time since 1983, NASCAR fans could see a Pepsi car in a Winston Cup winner's circle. Beginning this spring, Jeff Gordon will race the #24 Pepsi/DuPont car in two races - the spring race at Talladega on April 22 and the Pepsi 400 at Daytona on July 7. In addition, DuPont Automotive has developed a special pearlescent blue paint for the car so fans won't miss it. For the past four years, Pepsi-Cola has enjoyed a successful relationship with Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports, highlighted by its associate sponsorship of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet in the Cup Series and its two-year title sponsorship of Gordon's #24 Pepsi Chevrolet on the BGN. But now, the Pepsi car graduates to the Cup, where a Pepsi car has not been seen since Darrell Waltrip's Pepsi Challenger finished second in points in 1983(actually Ernie Irvan ran a few cars with Pepsi on the hood in the late 1980's). Last June, Pepsi extended its relationship with Gordon through 2005 and will continue to include him in promotional activities. Pepsi serves its products at 18 of the 23 Winston Cup Series tracks and is the title sponsor of NASCAR Winston Cup Series races in Daytona, Fla. (Pepsi 400), Brooklyn, Mich. (Pepsi 400) and Darlington, S.C. (Pepsi Southern 500).(in part from a Pepsi-Cola Company/Millsport PR). See the image of the car in my 2001 Cup section of my Paint Schemes Gallery(1-9-2001)

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

    STATS and STUFF thru the race before this one

    • 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)

    • Top Fives: There have been 25 different Cup drivers(add #99-Burton and #55-Hamilton at Martinsville) 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(4-8-2001)

    • Top Tens: There have been 33 different Cup drivers(add #99-Burton and #17-Kenseth at Martinsville) 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(4-8-2001)

    • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 49 provisional starts(7 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001), drivers have accumulated 1 Win, 2 Top 5's and 4 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(4-8-2001)

    • Lap Leaders: Five drivers led a lap for the first time in 2001 at Martinsville. #2-Wallace, #32-Craven, #55-Hamilton, #99-Burton and #14-Hornaday. Two drivers have led at least a lap in all eight Cup races so far in 2001: #6-Martin and #40-Marlin. 36 Drivers have led a lap so far in 2001. Four Drivers have made all 8 races so far in 2001 an NOT led a lap: #5-Labonte; #12-Mayfield; #33-Nemechek; #97-Busch. See my Bonus Points/Lap Leaders page(4-8-2001)

    • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd leads with with 616 followed by Rusty Wallace at 525, Ken Schrader with 495 and Mark Martin 409. 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(4-8-2001)

    • 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     207     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
         Rick Mast        130     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
         Kyle Petty        96     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
         Chad Little*      87     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
         Ken Schrader      84     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
         Hut Stricklin     72     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
         Mike Wallace      29     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     41
         Stacy Compton   35
         Buckshot Jones  25
      Cup drivers(not including 2001 rookies)
      (* not full time Cup in 2001, data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(4-8-2001)
    • 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        341
      Ted Musgrave     298*
      Hut Stricklin    276
      Dick Trickle     266*
      Kenny Wallace    227
      Wally Dallenbach 225*
      Chad Little      216*
      Robert Pressley  178
      Johnny Benson    170
      Mike Skinner     153
      Ricky Craven     152
      Steve Grissom    141*
      Todd Bodine      117
      Kevin Lepage      99
      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
      (4-8-2001)(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     335        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
         Ken Schrader     311        6/2/91     Dover
         Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
         Jimmy Spencer    210        7/24/94    Talladega
         Bill Elliott     201        9/4/94     Darlington
         Kyle Petty       167        6/4/95     Dover
         Sterling Marlin  156        7/6/96     Daytona
         Geoffrey Bodine  120*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
         Bobby Hamilton   101        4/20/98    Martinsville
         Ricky Rudd        83        9/27/98    Martinsville
         John Andretti     68        4/18/99    Martinsville
         Terry Labonte     68        3/28/99    Texas
         Joe Nemechek      50        9/19/99    New Hampshire
         Mark Martin       34        4/9/00     Martinsville
         *not a full time or regular Cup driver
      (4-8-2001)(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
         Dale Jarrett       9    Martinsville, Apr 2001
         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
         Elliott Sadler     1    Bristol, Mar 2001
      Thru 2000 season:
         Rusty Wallace     15    Bristol, Aug 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
      (4-8-2001)(info gathered using the 2000/2001 UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide and 1999/2000 Winston Cup Updates)

    • 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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