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THE RACE: MBNA Platinum 400

Winston Cup Race #13 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, June 3, 2001 in Dover, DE

  • 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

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,662,694(was $3,058,165 in 2000)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: MBNA Platinum 400 from NOL

  • 2000 Race Winner: Tony Stewart, 109.514mph

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, Sept 1997, 132.719mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.0 concrete oval, 400 laps, 400 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph


  • Practice: Friday, June 1st from 10:00 - 12:00noon/et; Saturday, June 2nd at 8:45 - 9:30am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 1st from 11:00am - 12:00noon/et, TV-FX?


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 1st at 9:00am/et

  • Qualfying Order - MBNA 400: at or at NASCAR Online

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, June 1st at 1:30pm/et, TV-Fox Sports Net(FSN) 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 Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, Sept 1999, 159.964mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Rusty Wallace, 157.411mph(finished 14th)

    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.0-mile oval
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 9 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1,076 feet; Backstretch - 1,076 feet
    Attendence: ~133,000
  • Track Homepage: Dover Downs International Speedway

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


    See the chart at the Dover Downs site: Past Winners and Qualifiers


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at Dover Downs Intl Speedway 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(5-27-2001)


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: Kurt Becker 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

some Local Newspapers and other Sites that cover the Dover, DE area:
Dover Post
News Zap
Newark Post
Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Inquirer
Wilmington News Journal

Weather forecast for Dover, DE by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Dover, DE
Weather Point - Dover, DE
The Weather Pit

Dover Review by ARS Racing


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




  • Gordon Dominates at Dover: #24-Jeff Gordon won the MBNA 400 at Dover, leading 381 or 400 laps and breaking Mark Martins record of 379 (for a 400 miler) set in Sept 1998. The win is Gordon's 54th, which ties him for 7th on the all-time list with Rusty Wallace and Lee Petty. #1-Steve Park was the runner-up. #32-Ricky Craven finished 4th for his seasons best and rookie #01-Jason Leffler finished 13th, his best of his 11 race Winston Cup career(he missed two). Winston Cup Points Leader, #88-Dale Jarrett finished 5th and still holds a 50 point lead over Gordon. #20-Tony Stewart failed to win his 3rd straight at Dover but finished 7th for his 6th straight top 10 finish. See : for the Unofficial Results and Unofficial Standings(6-3-2001)

  • Happy Hour Practice was run today at Dover after the long BGN race. #31-Mike Skinner was the fastest with a speed of 150.156mph, second fastest was #43-John Andretti with a speed of 149.807mph. Slowest was #96-Andy Houston at 106.525 but he supposedly blew an engine, otherwise the slowest was #44-Buckshot Jones with a speed of 146.873. See for Saturday's `Happy Hour' speeds(6-2-2001)

  • Cup Qualifying/Truck Race Rained Out: The MBNA 200 Truck Series event at Dover Downs International Speedway was rained out on Friday. The race will be held Saturday, weather permitting, at 9:00am/et(EPSN 8:00pm/et Sat). Rain also canceled Busch qualifying and postponed Winston Cup qualifying(, so Scenario Two will be used for Saturday's Schedule, Winston Cup teams will lineup by OWNERS points. See for the MBNA Platinum 400 Starting Lineup. #88-Dale Jarrett will start 1st, #27-Kenny Wallace gets the last spot(43rd) and missing the race are five drivers: #45-Petty (44th in owners points); #50-Mast (45th in owners points); #71-Marcis (3 attempts, 46th in owners points); #30-Jeff Green(only 1 race attempt); and #47-Lance Hooper(no attempts/points)(6-1-2001)

  • Who Misses the race? if qualifying gets rained out for the Cup Series race at Dover?(and it was)
    #45-Petty (44th in owners points)
    #50-Mast (45th in owners points)
    #71-Marcis (3 attempts, 46th in owners points)
    #30-Jeff Green(only 1 race attempt)
    #47-Lance Hooper(no owners points)
    See owners points/info at my Provisional Page, of note, no provisionals are used in the 'rain rule' - which is listed on the page(6-1-2001)

  • Friday Practice is over at Dover UPDATE: hear #6-Mark Martin was the fastest at 156.576mph and #18-Bobby Labonte ran the most laps, 46. I hear the top 10 fastest are: 6-Martin, #12-Mayfield, #29-Harvick, #28-Rudd, #31-Skinner, #10-Benson, #25-Nadeau, #24-Gordon, #36-Schrader, #30-Green(thanks to Dale of the Kenny Wallace Racing site)
    UPDATE: Fastest was Martin at 156.576 and 2nd was #12-Mayfield at 156.264mph. Slowest was #47-Hooper at 152.575, #19-Atwood at 151.956 and #18-Labonte at 151.700. See the speeds at (6-1-2001)

  • Qualifying Order is up: at and 48 drivers due out to make an attempt. First scheduled out is #77-Robert Pressley, last scheduled out is #44-Buckshot Jones. #47-Lance Hooper goes out 33rd(6-1-2001)

  • Dover Facts:
    There have been 62 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Dover Downs International Speedway.
    First, second and third have been the most productive starting positions at Dover, each producing 10 victories.
    Bill Elliott and Ricky Rudd lead all active drivers each with four victories at Dover.
    They are followed by Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Rusty Wallace with three each.
    Three drivers have won three straight races at Dover: David Pearson (fall of 1972 and both races in 1973), Rusty Wallace (fall of 1993 and both races in 1994) and Jeff Gordon (fall of 1995 and both races in 1996).
    In the 30 years of twice-a-year NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing at Dover (1971 to 2000), a sweep occurred seven times.
    Tony Stewart was the most recent driver to win both Dover races in the same year (2000).
    Jeff Gordon (1996), Rusty Wallace (1994), Dale Earnhardt (1989), Bill Elliott (1988), Bobby Allison (1983) and David Pearson (1973) are the other drivers sweeping both races in the same year.(NASCAR PR)(5-31-2001)

  • Entry List for the MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover is up. See above for the link. 48 Drivers are listed, including #30-Jeff Green, #47-Lance Hooper, #71-Dave Marcis and Bobby Hamilton Jr will be in the #33 Chevy subbing for Joe Nemechek (5-29-2001)

  • 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


  • Earnhardt to be honored at Dover: On June 3, Dover Downs will do its part to permanently etch Dale Earnhardt into its landscape by naming a section of its grandstands after The Intimidator. As of June 3, the East and Northeast sections on the front straightaway leading up to Turn One will now officially be called the Earnhardt Grandstands. The ceremony to honor Earnhardt will take place on June 3 just after Dover Downs president and CEO Denis McGlynn makes his introductory comments to the crowd leading up to the MBNA Platinum 400 Winston Cup Series race. The estimated time of the ceremony is just after 12 noon. At that time, the new banner honoring Earnhardt will be unfurled, and a black flag with the number 3 will also be raised in Victory Lane. A plane trailing the No.3 banner also will be flying overhead. McGlynn will oversee the presentation, which will honor the spirit of a great racer in a simple and straightforward manner - just like Earnhardt himself. Earnhardt will become only the third driver so honored by Dover Downs International Speedway. Previously honored with sections of the grandstand named after them were Richard Petty and Bobby Allison. Their sections also are located on the front stretch(Dover Downs PR)(5-17-2001)

  • Ride the Rails...with Rusty: Rusty Wallace rode the rails from Charlotte to Richmond on Thursday as part of an Amtrak promotion. Amtrak unveiled plans for a "Monster Mile Express" -- a special train to Dover, Del., on June 3. Instead of driving, fans can board the train in New York, Newark, Trenton, Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del., for the ride to the Winston Cup MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway. The Monster Mile Express, complete with race stripes and special fares for riders, is promised to be a "party on wheels," according to the release from "NASCAR and Amtrak have always been the fastest thing on the tracks," Wallace was quoted as saying. "Now people can enjoy the speed and ease of both by riding the Monster Mile Express to Dover." Amtrak claims fans can get to 32 of 38 Winston Cup races via train this season.( Buzz), more info see the Amtrack Promotions section(5-3-2001)

  • 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 - Dover Downs


  • More - Labonte's debut 10 years ago and....: Three drivers competing in today's race at Dover made their first Winston Cup start at there. #18-Bobby Labonte made his big-league NASCAR start there in 1991, the year he won the Busch Series title, while #17-Matt Kenseth showed his future potential in 1998 and #97-Kurt Busch made his debut run just last season. Labonte picked Dover for his inaugural run because the car count is always down after the high-dollar Coca-Cola 600. Labonte raced a car owned by his family at Dover and had his Busch Series crew pull double duty that weekend. Labonte was going to run five Cup races that season but stopped after two events. He finished 34th in his debut at Dover. Kenseth made his first Winston Cup start in place of Bill Elliott, who attended a family funeral(his father passed away) on that weekend in 1998. Kenseth scored a top-10 finish(6th) and showed the makings of a future Cup star. Since that first start, he has completed 1,599 of 1,600 possible laps at Dover. Roush threw Busch into the Cup fire in last year's second race at Dover. Busch replaced Chad Little in Roush's #97 entry. He spent most of the 2000 season in the Truck Series. Busch finished 18th and showed enough promise to get a full-time Cup ride with Roush this season(Daytona Beach News Journal)(6-3-2001)

  • NASCAR says No to driver switch? UPDATE: hearing that Richard Childress Racing(RCR) tried to put Jeff Green(who was scheduled to drive the #30 AOL car but missed the race when qualifying got rained out) into the #29 and Kevin Harvick(who is the full time driver of the #29 Goodwrench Chevy) into the #30 to get it in the race. Harvick would had gotten the 36th position as a 2001 winner not already in the field and Green would had started 10th/11th where the #29 is in Owners Points. This would had put #27 Kenny Walace out the race. Buthear NASCAR squashed the move(6-2-2001)
    UPDATE: Richard Childress nearly got Jeff Green into the MBNA 400 via an interesting rules technicality. He wanted to put Green into the (#29) car that Kevin Harvick has been running, and using those car-owner points to make the field; and by then putting Harvick into the part-time car Green had been planning to run, and using driver points to make the field(as a past winner this year). NASCAR vetoed the plan. Green, who didn't make the 400 field when qualifying was rained out Friday, may try again at Michigan.(Winston Salem Journal)(6-3-2001)

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


STATS and STUFF thru the race before this one

  • Pole but No Wins: did ya know? No pole winner has gone on to win the race in which he won the pole this season(5-27-2001)

  • 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)

  • Top Fives: There have been 26 different Cup drivers(no new additions at Lowes) 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(5-27-2001)

  • Top Tens: There have been 35 different Cup drivers(none added at Lowes) 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(5-27-2001)

  • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 70 provisional starts(11 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001), drivers have accumulated 1 Win, 3 Top 5's and 9 Top 10's. #88-Dale Jarrett was the highest at the Coca Cola 600 with a 8th. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(5-27-2001)

  • Lap Leaders: #6-Mark Martin lead twice for 2 laps and is the only driver to lead every race in the 2001 Cup season(12 races, #02-Newman led his first laps of the 2001 season(and career) at Lowes). Only one driver has made all the races and NOT led a lap, #5-Terry Labonte. 41 drivers have now led a lap in 2001. To see Bonus Points and Lap Leaders, see my Bonus Points Page and my Lap Leaders by Race Page(5-27-2001)

  • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd leads with with 620 followed by Rusty Wallace at 529, Ken Schrader with 499 and Mark Martin 413. 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(5-27-2001)

  • 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*     315     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     211     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        132     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        98     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little*      87     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Ken Schrader      88     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     74     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Mike Wallace      58     5th     Atlanta         11-13-94
       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
       Robert Pressley    32    5th     Michigan         6-11-00
    Dave Marcis has not had a top 10 since April 10, 1994 in the Food City 500 at Bristol, he finished 10th.
    Regular Drivers Without a Career Top Five
       Driver         Races
       Dave Blaney     45
       Stacy Compton   39
       Buckshot Jones  27
    Cup drivers(not including 2001 rookies)
    (* not full time Cup in 2001, data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(5-27-2001)
  • 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        343
    Ted Musgrave     298*
    Hut Stricklin    278
    Dick Trickle     266*
    Kenny Wallace    230
    Wally Dallenbach 225*
    Chad Little      216*
    Robert Pressley  182
    Johnny Benson    174
    Mike Skinner     157
    Ricky Craven     156
    Steve Grissom    141*
    Todd Bodine      121
    Kevin Lepage      102
    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
    (5-27-2001)(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      480*       2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     339        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     315        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Jimmy Spencer    214        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     205        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       169        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  160        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  120*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Ricky Rudd        87        9/27/98    Martinsville
       Terry Labonte     72        3/28/99    Texas
       John Andretti     71        4/18/99    Martinsville
       Joe Nemechek      53        9/19/99    New Hampshire
       Mark Martin       38        4/9/00     Martinsville
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (5-27-2001)(UMI Press Guides Stats/Winston Cup Updates)

  • Drivers with the current streak of consecutive seasons with at least one win a year:

    Have already won in 2001 and extended or started their streaks:
       Driver          Years   Last Win
       Rusty Wallace     16    California, Apr 2001
       Dale Jarrett       9    Martinsville, Apr 2001
       Jeff Gordon        8    Las Vegas, Mar 2001
       Jeff Burton        5    Lowes, May 2001
       Tony Stewart       3    Richmond, May 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
       Bobby Hamiton    1    Talladega, Apr 2001
    Thru 2000 season:
       Bobby Labonte      6    Charlotte, Oct 2000
       Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 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
    (5-27-2001)(info gathered using the 2000/2001 UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide and 1999/2000 Winston Cup Updates)

  • Top 10's in restrictor plates: Only three drivers have finished in the top 10 in the two restrictor plate races run so far in 2001 (Daytona and Talladega): #55-Bobby Hamilton(8th at Daytona, win at Talladega); #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr (2nd at Daytona, 8th at Talladega); and #7-Mike Wallace (6th at Daytona, 9th at Talladega)(On Track from Lowe's Motor Speedway)(4-23-2001)

  • 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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