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THE RACE: Pennzoil Freedom 400

Winston Cup Race #34 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, November 11, 2001 in Homestead, FL

  • TV: NBC - 12:30pm/et, re-aired on TNT Tuesday, Nov 13th, 1:00am/et
  • Pre-Race Show: 12:00noon/et - Hosted by Bill Weber

  • NASCAR on TV and TNT TV Schedule and CNN/SI Schedule

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $3,592,785 (last year $3,281,151)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Pennzoil Freedom 400 from

  • 2000 Race Winner: Tony Stewart, 127.480mph, started 13th

  • Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 140.335mph

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

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Friday, Nov 9th 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; and Saturday, Nov 10th 10:30 - 11:15am/et
  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Nov 10th 11:30am - 12:15pm/et on TV-CNN/SI


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Nov 9th, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: - Pennzoil Freedom 400

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, Nov 9th at 3:00pm/et, TV-CNN/SI live and 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

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Steve Park, Nov 2000, 156.440mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Steve Park, 156.440mph, finished 8th

  • Track Specs:
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 6 degrees
    Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 60 feet, Banking: 3 degrees

  • Track Homepage: Homestead-Miami Speedway site

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

    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS of All past races at Homestead

    1999   20   Tony Stewart   Pontiac   7th      140.335   David Green  155.789   22nd
    2000   20   Tony Stewart   Pontiac  13th     127.480   Steve Park    156.440    8th


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $60,000 at Homestead for leading the points and winning the race (Jeff Gordon last won the award, $60,000 at Kansas on Sept 30, 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(11-4-2001)


Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including RealAudio coverage
Airtime: 12:00noon/et with Announcers: Barney Hall and Joe Moore
Turn Reporters: Kurt Becker and Mike Bagley
Pit Reporters: Jim Phillips, Winston Kelley and Jason Toy

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 Homestead-Maimi, FL area:
    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
    Miami Herald

    Weather forecast for Homestead, FL by The Weather Channel
    Weather Underground - Homestead, FL
    Weather Point - Homestead, FL
    The Weather Pit
    Intellicast - NASCAR weather


    TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
    Perfect Paranoia about television coverage of racing, rate the race coverage
    Tube or Travel


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



    news and links

    • Bill Elliott wins at Homestead: #9-Bill Elliott won the Pennzoil Freedom 400 at Homestead, his first win in 226 races (Darlington in the 1994 Southern 500 in the #11 Budweiser Ford) and the first for Ray Evernham as a Team Owner. It was Elliott's 41st career Winston Cup win. #19-Casey Atwood was leading with a few laps to go, but Elliott caught him and Atwood ended up with his best career finish of 3rd, #15-Michael Waltrip finished 2nd. Points leader #24-Gordon finished 28th and 2nd in points #28-Rudd was 21st, so Gordon failed to clinch the Winston Cup Championship this week. Gordon needs to leave Atlanta with a 185 point lead to clinch. See for Sunday's Pennzoil 400 results and Updated Winston Cup points(11-11-2001)

    • Rookie of the Year candidates, how'd they do at Homestead?
      #01-Leffler, 153.322 started 7th, finished 10th(career best)
      #14-Hornaday, 150.029, missed race
      #19-Atwood, 154.688 started 2nd, finished 3rd(career best)
      #29-Harvick, 152.806 started 13th, finished 7th
      #97-Busch, 151.852 started 32nd, finished 23rd
      and non candidates:
      #4-Hamilton Jr 152.147 started 27th, finished 35th
      #48-Johnson 152.044 started 30th, finished 25th(11-11-2001)

    • Pennzoil Freedom 400 Lineup

    • Happy Hour Practice is over at Homestead for the Pennzoil Freedom 400, the top five were:
      1)  #22-Burton 148.674
      2)  #01-Leffler 148.343
      3)  #6-Martin 148.323
      4)  #31-Green 148.311
      5)  #20-Stewart 148.014. See for the Speeds from Saturday's 2nd practice. #21-Elliott Sadler also is in a backup car after a pit-road incident with #31-Jeff Green, in an incident that didn't look like it did too much damage(11-10-2001)

    • Saturday AM practice at Homestead. #22-Burton was the fastest with a speed of 149.738mph with #93-Dave Blaney 2nd fastest at 149.044. Slowest were #11-Brett Bodine at 145.537 and #66-Todd Bodine with no speed listed as he had an accident. #90-Rick Mast wrecked in the AM practice when he cut down a right front tire and hit the wall hard and will have to go to a backup car and fall to the rear of the field prior to the satrt of the race. #66-Bodine and #8-Earnhardt Jr got together and sustained some minor damage to their cars. See for the Speeds from Saturday's first practice(11-10-2001)

    • Bill Elliott wins pole at Homestead: for the Pennzoil Freedom 400 with a speed of 155.226mph, his 51st Bud Pole of his career, the top five:
      1)  #9-Elliott 155.226
      2)  #19-Atwood 154.688
      3)  #43-Andretti 154.268
      4)  #28-Rudd 153.811
      4)  #40-Marlin 153.571 in the KISS car
      Four drivers/teams are OUT of Provisionals: #4-Hamilton Jr, #7-Lepage, #14-Hornaday, #97-Busch. All but Hornaday made the race. Now #44-Buckshot Jones is out of provisionals for Atlanta. #09-Geoffrey Bodine and #48-Jimmie Johnson were the part timers who made the race. See or MotosportsOne for qualifying results/lineup(11-9-2001)

    • Pole Progression at Homestead:
      #19-Atwood, went out 1st to qualify, 154.688mph, will start 2nd
      #9-Elliott, out 22nd, 155.226 (11-9-2001)

    • Missing the Pennzoil Freedom 400 at Homestead were: #14-Hornaday(39th in owners points but out of provisionals); #49-Rich Bickle (57th); #13-Hermie Sadler(50th); #85-Carl Long(49th) and #57-Derrike Cope(52nd)(11-9-2001)

    • Provisionals at Homestead go to: #55-Hamilton(18th in owners points); #36-Schrader(19th); #21-Sadler(21st); #32-Craven(23rd); #90-Mast(40th); #44-Jones(41st and out of provisionals at Atlanta); and #45-Petty(42nd). See the Provisionals page for info(11-9-2001)

    • Friday Practice #28-Ricky Rudd was the fastest at 152.336mph and #19-Casey Atwood was 2nd fastest at 152.237. Slowest were #85-Carl Long at 146.811 and #13-Hermie Sadler at 146.572. See for Friday's practice speeds(11-9-2001)

    • Qualifying Order is up for the Pennzoil Freedom 400 at Homestead. See above for the link. 48 cars/drivers listed (once again, no #89-Shepherd as was on the Entry List). First driver scheduled out is #19-Casey Atwood, last scheduled out is #5-Terry Labonte. Qualifying is at 3:05pm/et and will be televised on CNN/SI, via radio on MRN Radio and can be followed via

    • Entry List is up for the Pennzoil Freedom 400. 49 cars/drivers listed including #09-Geoffrey Bodine in the Miccosukee Indian Gaming Ford, #13-Hermie Sadler, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #49-Rich Bickle, #57-Derrike Cope, #85-Carl Long and #89-Morgan Shepherd and as reported before, Jeff Green in the #31. NO #07-Ted Musgrave as rumored and no rumored Shawna Robinson in a Pontiac as reported. See above for the link(11-6-2001)

    • Qualifying Rules Changed UPDATE one lap, then back to 2 laps: 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)
      UPDATE 2 Back to 2 laps: 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 3: 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)

    • 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


    • Homestead Cup Grand Marshal: General Robert H. "Doc" Foglesong, Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, will be the Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Winston Cup Pennzoil 400 on November 11 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The presence of General Foglesong coincides with the special Veterans Day Tribute during the NASCAR Winston Cup Pennzoil 400 Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. At the Veterans Day Tribute, fans will have several opportunities to experience the best of the United States Armed Forces. General Foglesong is the Vice Chief of Staff for the United States Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C.. As Vice Chief and subject to the authority, direction and control of the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force, General Foglesong presides over the Air Staff and serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Requirements Oversight Council. General Fogelsong, who earned his wings at Columbus Air Force Base (Miss.), has accumulated more than 3,400 flying hours primarily in fighter, and trainer assignments in the A-10, AT-33, AT/T-38, F-15, and F-16. In addition to recognizing General Foglesong, fans will be exposed to a multitude of military experiences and themes, all culminating with a spectacular pre-race show prior to the NASCAR Winston Cup Pennzoil 400 on Veterans Day, November 11. Highlights of the Veterans Day Tribute include an Air Force fly-by, a search and rescue demonstration by the United States Coast Guard, an aerial demonstration by the United States Army "Golden Knights" Parachute Team, a 21-gun salute, and the recognition of all veterans from NASCAR teams.(HMS PR)(11-7-2001)

    • Homestead BGN Sponsor: General Nutrition Centers (GNC Live Well) announced it has signed to be the title sponsor of the BGN race in Miami. The GNC Live Well 300 is scheduled for Nov. 10 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The season-ending NASCAR Busch Series event will be broadcast live at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC.(GNC PR)(11-7-2001)

    • Homestead BGN Grand Marshals: the KISSONLINE site is reporting that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock group (an one of Jayski's faves) will be attending NASCAR races at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 10th and 11th. On Saturday, November 10th both Gene and Paul will be the Grand Marshalls for the BGN Race. #40-Sterling Marlin's car will run a special KISS paint scheme in the Cup race that weekend(10-23-2001)

    • ISC to be sole owner of Homestead: International Speedway Corporation today announced that it will acquire the remaining 10% interest it does not already own in Homestead-Miami Speedway, LLC from Leisure Racing Services. As predetermined in the July 1997 Purchase Agreement when ISC acquired its initial 40% interest in HMS, the purchase price to be paid to LRSI is based on 10% of the negotiated facility valuation as of July 1997 plus interest.(Yahoo Biz)(9-28-2001)

    • ISC Sets Security for future Events - No Coolers: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) announced today that, due to recent tragic events and continuing concerns, all of the company's operational subsidiaries will increase security at events. Some of the new procedures are:
      No backpacks, coolers, large bags and/or large camera bags will be allowed into the grandstand area for future ISC events.
      All items brought through the gate area (purses, scanners, small camera bags, binoculars, etc.) are subject to inspection by security officials.
      None of the above items can be left in or around the gate area.
      Fans are encouraged to limit the size and type of any bag brought into the facility.
      The tracks will work to minimize any inconvenience that these new practices may cause, including the reduction of concession pricing at tracks that formerly allowed coolers. Increased security must take precedence at this time and ISC will continue to focus on providing a safe environment at its future events. Therefore in addition to these new practices, ISC will implement increased security measures, including an increased law enforcement presence on site and K-9 units in some areas. As well, media, employees, temporary staffing, volunteers, sponsor representatives,VIPs, teams, and others holding a credential, will have to show a valid photo ID before entering the property. The tracks include Daytona International Speedway in Florida; Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway located outside Detroit, Michigan; California Speedway near Los Angeles, California; Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas; Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida; Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona; Richmond International Raceway in Virginia; Darlington Raceway in South Carolina; North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina; Watkins Glen International in New York; and Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania.Other track interests include the operation of Tucson (Arizona) Raceway Park and an indirect 37.5% interest in Raceway Associates, LLC, which owns Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway in Illinois.(ISC PR), as far as I know, this is a PERMANENT thing, No Coolers, wish to complain or send thanks? Contact ISC at their website: - Contact page(sorry no email address)(9-20-2001)

    • NASCAR, NHRA and the Army: The United States Army Top Fuel drag racing program is going NASCAR, it was announced today. With its 6,000-horsepower Top Fuel (show car) dragster, an interactive display and a group of recruiters in tow, the United States Army will be a visible element at NASCAR Winston Cup Series tracks the rest of the season. Beginning with last weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway through the race at Atlanta in November, the Army will set up a 50x75 interactive area and four additional 10x10 areas at all of the race venues, primarily, for recruiting purposes. Additionally, the U.S. Army Top Fuel (show car) dragster will be on display each weekend and is scheduled to be started at most of the tracks prior to the Winston Cup race. The U.S. Army has been the primary advertiser on Schumacher’s Top Fuel dragster since the 2000 U.S. Nationals last September(Kermish-Geylin PR)(10-3-2001)

    • Aircraft Ban at Stadiums UPDATE: Effective as of noon yesterday (9-20-01) the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has banned all aircraft from flying within 3 miles of major professional and college sporting events and any other large open air gathering. This protected "no-fly zone'' extends up to an altitude of 3,000 feet above such facilities, which by definition, include race tracks. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown, said the regulation applies to all types of aircraft including small planes, blimps, balloons and gliders. "We issued this to cover everything,'' Brown said. ``It's a blanket order so that it would include a state fair, a high school football game.'' This ban could change how we view races on TV if the helicopter that relays in-car camera signals would be out of effective signal range above the 3000-foot ceiling or prevented from remaining in the air space at that height by conflicts with scheduled air traffic. It appears blimps will also be prevented from providing their normal overhead views as well. Radio traffic between NASCAR, teams, track officials, spotters and drivers is direct and will not be impacted.(Speedway Illustrated)(9-21-2001)

    • 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 - Homestead-Miami Speedway


    • #77 and the Fans: Race fans will have the opportunity to support America's Armed Forces and see their own names emblazoned on the deck lid of the #77 Jasper Engines Ford during the Cup race at Homestead Miami Speedway on November 11, 2001. Doug Bawel, President of Jasper Motorsports, announced the team will take an innovative approach to honoring United States veterans on Veterans Day, which falls on the same day as the event. Names of individual persons or businesses that make a $50 donation to the Department of Defense Pentagon Relief Fund will be placed on the deck lid of the #77 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Ford driven by Robert Pressley. In addition to the financial contributions gathered by the $50 donations, Jasper Engines & Transmissions, based in Jasper, Indiana, will match dollar for dollar the first $20,000. In an effort to assist families of casualties in the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon, the funds will be split between the four charities that make up the Department of Defense Pentagon Relief Fund. Those charities consist of the Air Force Aid Society September 11 Attack on America Fund, The Army Emergency Relief Society Pentagon Victims Fund, the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society Pentagon Assistance Fund and the Federal Employees Education and Assistance Fund. The #77 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Ford will have a brand new paint scheme for the event and will honor our veterans and active duty personnel in our Armed Forces. The deadline to make contributions is [was] October 29, 2001. For more info and to donate, see the Offical Robert Pressley site(10-8/11-6-2001)

      #77 USA
      The scheme that Pressley will run at Homestead
      Image from the Robert Pressley Site

    • Hermie to run at Homestead and Atlanta: #13-Hermie Sadler announced today sponsors for his final two Winston Cup events in 2001. Sadler will compete at Homestead and Atlanta with sponsorship from Little Trees and Lotto South respectively. In Homestead, Sadler will sport the colors of Car-Freshner Corporation, makers of the popular "Little Trees" air fresheners. In Atlanta, Sadler will introduce "Lotto South," a new multi-state lottery game involving Georgia, Kentucky and Virginia. Car-Freshner Corporation sponsored Sadler in the Busch Series for Innovative Motorsports in 2000 and the Virginia Lottery has sponsored Sadler in numerous Winston Cup races this season. Sadler is also proud to initiate the marketing efforts of Lotto South.. "Being a part of the launch of Lotto South is a tremendous honor for me and my team," stated Sadler. ."We plan to create a great deal of exposure and excitement for Lotto South in the Southeast, and participating in the Winston Cup Season's race in Atlanta will do just that.. In addition to having the Lotto South car on the track, we will also have a booth at the track, selling Lotto South tickets and Georgia Lottery tickets.. I'll be visiting the booth throughout the weekend and all of the events with the Lottery.have been.a lot of fun." Sadler is still unsure of his plans for 2002 but knows these two races are very important. "As I've said many times, I just want to race competitively. Finishing the season with two good runs will help.. We'll just see what happens."(Sadler Enterprises PR) AND The Hermie and Elliott Sadler Fan Club has a limited number of die-cast cars of the #13 Original Virginia Lottery Chevrolet Winston Cup Car. Just recently, they have been available to the general public.. The Fan Club is now offering these cars to the general public, autographed by Hermie Sadler. For more info on how to order, see my Collectible News and Links page(11-5-2001)

    • Sauter in the #31 at Homestead? UPDATE 2, no it's Green: hearing ASA Champ and RCR BGN driver, Johhny Sauter could be in the #31 Lowes Chevy at Homestead. Robby Gordon will likely miss next month's race at Homestead, due to a commitment to run the Baja 1000 off-road race(10-11-2001)
      UPDATE: Rick Mast is also under consideration to drive the #31 at Homestead. Gordon will NOT drive the car there(FSN's Totally NASCAR)(10-12-2001)
      UPDATE 2: Jeff Green will drive the #31 Lowes Chevy at Homestead as Gordon will miss the race. Gordon will be in the #31 for the other remaining five Cup races this year. Team Owner Richard Childress hope to make an announcement on the 2002 #31 driver within the next week(TNT Race Coverage)(10-15-2001)

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


    • Some Paint Scheme Rumors: hearing that #40-Sterling Marlin is running a "Kiss" paint scheme somewhere this year (7-27-2001)
      UPDATE: yes it is KISS, rock-n-roll band scheme, supposedly it'll run at Homestead(7-30-2001)

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


    • Hamilton - 35 races - no DNF UPDATE: #55-Bobby Hamilton has been running at the end of 35 consecutive races(counting last season since he DNF'd at Phoenix), which is the circuit's longest active streak. No other drivers have made all the races in 2001 and not DNF'd(did not finish). See my DNF Page for past DNF's and who has the most.(11-4-2001)

    • Top Fives: There have been 33 different Cup drivers (add #33-Nemechek and #1-Wallace at Rockingham) 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(11-4-2001)

    • Top Tens: There have been 43 different Cup drivers (no new drivers at Rockingham) 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(11-4-2001)

    • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 217 provisional starts (31 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001 or Dover 6/2001), drivers have accumulated 2 Wins, 12 Top 5's and 31 Top 10's. #10-Johnny Benseon was the highest provisional starter/finisher at Rockingham with a 3rd and #28-Ricky Rudd was 8th and #17-Matt Kenseth was 10th. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(11-4-2001)

    • No Laps Lead by Labonte yet: #5-Terry Labonte remains the only driver to race in all 33 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, no new lap leaders at Martinsville. See the Bonus Points/Laps Led page(11-4-2001)

    • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 641 consecutive starts followed by Rusty Wallace at 550, Ken Schrader with 520 and Mark Martin has 434 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(11-4-2001)

    • 2000 winners who have not won in 2001: Mark Martin, Jeremy Mayfield, Matt Kenseth and Jerry Nadeau. Terry Labonte and John Andretti earned victories in 1999 and have not won since.(11-4-2001)

    • Chevy Clinches 2001 Manufacturers Championship: Chevy leads the Manufacturers Championship by 22 points over Ford (229 to 207). See my Manufacturers Points page for more info and standings. With 3 races to go, the most points Ford can get is 234 (207 + 27 - 3 x 9points, the max) and the least Chevy can have is 238 (229 + 9 points, 3 races x 3 points, the lowest they can get)(11-4-2001)

    • 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*     317     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
         Brett Bodine     232     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
         Rick Mast        142     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
         Kyle Petty       112     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
         Ken Schrader     109     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
         Hut Stricklin     88     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
      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     66
         Stacy Compton   59
         Buckshot Jones  44
      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        353
      Hut Stricklin    305
      Ted Musgrave     299*
      Dick Trickle     267*
      Kenny Wallace    240
      Wally Dallenbach 226*
      Chad Little      216*
      Robert Pressley  201
      Johnny Benson    195
      Mike Skinner     168
      Steve Grissom    141*
      Todd Bodine      142
      Kevin Lepage     122
      David Green       78*
      Dave Blaney       66
      Stacy Compton     59
      Buckshot Jones    44
      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
      (11-4-2001)(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      482*       2/21/82    Richmond
         Brett Bodine     359        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
         Ken Schrader     336        6/2/91     Dover
         Derrike Cope     273*       6/3/90     Dover
         Jimmy Spencer    235        7/24/94    Talladega
         Bill Elliott     226        9/4/94     Darlington
         Kyle Petty       183        6/4/95     Dover
         Geoffrey Bodine  121*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
         Terry Labonte     92        3/28/99    Texas
         John Andretti     91        4/18/99    Martinsville
         Mark Martin       58        4/9/00     Martinsville
         Matt Kenseth      55        5/28/00    Lowes
         Jeremy Mayfield   46        6/19/00    Pocono
         Jerry Nadeau      33        11/20/00   Atlanta
         *not a full time or regular Cup driver
      (11-4-2001)(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    Kansas, Sept 2001
         Bobby Labonte      7    Pocono, July 2001
         Jeff Burton        5    Phoenix, Oct 2001
         Tony Stewart       3    Bristol, Aug 2001   
         Steve Park         2    Rockingham, Feb 2001
         Dale Earnhardt Jr  2    Talladega, Oct 2001
         Ward Burton        2    Darlington, Sept 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    Richmond, Sept 2001
         Sterling Marlin    1    Charlotte, Oct 2001
         Ricky Craven     1    Martinsville, Oct 2001
         Joe Nemechek   1    Rockingham, Nov 2001
      Thru 2000 season:
         Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, 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
      All Time Record is Richard Petty - 18 years from 1960-1977
      (info from UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guides
      and Winston Cup Updates)(11-4-2001)

    • All Time Winston Cup Starts:

      Richard Petty   1,177
      Dave Marcis       881*
      Darrell Waltrip   809
      Ricky Rudd        728*
      Bobby Allison     717
      Terry Labonte     706*
      Bill Elliott      656*
      * = active drivers(11-4-2001)

    • 17th Different Winner in 2001 a record UPDATE 3 a correction: when #22-Ward Burton won the 2001 Southern 500, he became the 15th different Winston Cup winner in 2001, which breaks the record for NASCAR's modern era (which began in 1972) of 14 set in 2000 and 1991. Winners in 2001: #15-Waltrip, #1-Park, #24-Gordon, #29-Harvick, #88-Jarrett, #21-Sadler, #55-Hamilton, #2-Wallace, #20-Stewart, #99-Burton, #28-Rudd, #18-Labonte, #40-Marlin, #22-Burton, #8-Earnhardt Jr.(9-2-2001)
      UPDATE - Make it 16 in 2001: #32-Ricky Craven becomes the 16th different winner in the Cup series in 2001, extending the record(10-15-2001)
      UPDATE 2 - Make it 17 in 2001: #33-Joe Nemechek becomes the 17th different winner in the Cup series in 2001, extending the record(11-4-2001)
      UPDATE 3 - ties an all time record from 1956: there was one other year in which 17 drivers won races. Of course, they weren't called Winston Cup races. For most of NASCAR's history, the top division was called Grand National. In the early years, it was called Strictly Stock. Seventeen different drivers won races in 1956, 45 years ago. They were, in order of points standings and with number of wins in parentheses: Buck Baker (14), Speedy Thompson (8), Herb Thomas (5), Lee Petty (2), Jim Paschal (1), Billy Myers (2), Fireball Roberts (5), Ralph Moody (4), Tim Flock (4), Marvin Panch (1), Paul Goldsmith (1), Curtis Turner (1), Jack Smith (1), Lloyd Dane (2), Eddie Pagan (1), John Kieper (1) and Fonty Flock (1).(GoCarolinas/Monte Dutton)(11-8-2001)
      UPDATE: was informed that there are two more drivers who won in the 1956 season (which started in 1955) not listed above, Chuck Stevenson(Lancaster 11/55) and Royce Haggerty (8/56 at Portland OR), so that would be 19 drivers, which could be tied since there is two races to go. Also there were 19 different winners in 1958 and 1961(Stock Car Racing Encyclopedia)(11-10-2001)

    • 1st Time winners - ties a record: The four first-time winners in 2001, #15-Michael Waltrip(Daytona), #29-Kevin Harvick(Atlanta), #21-Elliott Sadler(Bristol), #32-Ricky Craven(Martinsville), ties the record that was tied in 2000 when there were four first time winners: Dale Earnhardt Jr(Texas), Matt Kenseth(Lowes), Steve Park(Watkins Glen) and Jerry Nadeau(Atlanta), which previsouly was held in 1988 when the following won for the first time: 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(10-15-2001)

    • 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)

    • 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)

    • 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)
      UPDATE 4: Add Ward Burton as the 5th ever provisional winner by winning the 2001 Southern 500 at Darlington(9-2-2001)

    • 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 provisional    2001 Southern 500, Darlington        Ward Burton
       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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