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THE RACE: Brickyard 400

Winston Cup Race #21 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, August 5, 2001 in Speedway, IN

  • Time Zone: Indianapolis is in the Eastern Time Zone but DOES NOT turn back the clocks in the spring, so the times are one hour behind the Eastern Daylight Timezone as they use Eastern Standard. Confused? See this page: time zone information for indiana, ALL TIMES HERE are Eastern Daylight (et). NOT looking to expand on this

  • TV: NBC - 2:30pm/et, re-aired on TNT Monday, Aug 6th, 11:00pm/et
  • Pre-Race Show: 2:00pm/et - Hosted by Bill Weber
  • NASCAR on TV and TNT TV Schedule
  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach

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

  • Purse: $6,752,478 (last year $6,502,882)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Brickyard 400 from

  • 2000 Race Winner: Bobby Labonte, 155.912mph

  • Race Speed Record: Bobby Labonte, Aug 2000, 155.912mph

  • Track/Race Length: 2.5 quad-oval, 160 laps, 400 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 55mph


  • Practice: Friday, Aug 3rd 3:00 - 4:00pm/et; Saturday, Aug 4th 9:00 - 10:00am/et
  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Aug 4th, after the IROC race (approx 4:00pm/et), TV-CNN/SI at 4:00pm/et


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Aug 3rd, 1:30pm/et

  • Qualfying Order: Brickyard 400 qualifying order -

  • First Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-36, Saturday (not Friday), Aug 4th at 11:15am/et, TV-TNT (11:00am/et) and live via IMS Radio Network(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 Qualifying Record: Brett Bodine, Aug 2000, 181.072mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Ricky Rudd, 181.068mph

    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.5 mile quad-oval
    Banking: turns: 9 degrees, 12 minutes
    Straights: Front/Back - 3300 feet, Short Shute(between turns 1 and 2/3 and 4) - 660 feet
    Attendence: ~350,000

  • Track Homepage: Brickyard 400 - IMS

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


    1994  24    Jeff Gordon      Chevy      131.977        3rd
    1995   3    Dale Earnhardt   Chevy      155.206       13th
    1996  88    Dale Jarrett     Ford       139.508       24th
    1997  10    Ricky Rudd       Ford       130.814        7th
    1998  24    Jeff Gordon      Chevy      126.772        3rd
    1999  88    Dake Jarrett     Ford       148.194        4th
    2000  18    Bobby Labonte    Pontiac    155.912        3rd


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Indianapolis for leading the points and winning the race (Dale Jarrett last won the award, $50,000 at New Hampshire on July 22, 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(7-29-2001)


Radio Coverage:

Radio Coverage:
IMS Radio Network, see the site for affiliates, no idea of any live coverage besides a radio site or
Airtime: 2:00pm/et

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

some Local Newspapers and other Sites that cover the Indianapolis, IN area:
Herald Bulletin
Hoosier Times
The Indianapolis Star/News
Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association
Journal Gazette
The Republic
Star Press

Weather forecast for Indianapolis, IN by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Indianapolis, IN
Weather Point - Indianapolis, IN
The Weather Pit

Brickyard Review by ARS Racing


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


  • Hmm....Winner's payout least ever: For winning the 2000 Brickyard 400, Bobby Labonte’s share of the purse was $831,225. For winning Sunday’s race, Jeff Gordon received $428,452. So, in other words, in this the first year of NASCAR’s grand and glorious TV deal, winning the Brickyard 400 is worth about half as much. According to the speedway’s Fred Nations, this year’s purse did not contain a $250,000 winner’s bonus previously contributed by PPG Industries (also Labonte's take was swelled by a $190,000 Winston Leader bonus, Gordon got $20,000). Also, Nations said the new NASCAR TV deal had "no appreciable effect" on the size of this year’s purse. However, it should be pointed out that, in 1994, when Gordon won the first Brickyard 400, the winner’s share was $613,000, or $184,454 more than this year. The following year, Dale Earnhardt won $565,600, and Dale Jarrett won $564,035 in 1996. Ricky Rudd earned $571,000 in 1997, and in 1998, when the Brickyard 400 was a part of the No Bull Five program, Gordon earned $1,637,625. Jarrett earned $712,240 in 1999. So, the 2001 Brickyard 400 winner earned $135,583 less than any previous winner of the event.(Gaston Gazette)(8-6-2001)

  • Lots of Camera's: NBC Sports will deploy 75 cameras including two cameras unique to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Wall-Cam and Squash-Cam. “Wall-Cam” is a lipstick-size camera embedded inside the outside wall of Turn 4 that shoots cars in Turn 3 and cars moving past the camera in Turn 4. “Squash-Cam” is a lipstick-size camera buried in the grass just inside Turn 1. The camera often shows a car moving over or extremely close to the camera lens to give the audience the feeling of being “squashed,” especially on starts and restarts(NBC Sports PR)(8-3-2001)

  • Brickyard 400 Facts: John Andretti, Robby Gordon and Tony Stewart are the only drivers to compete in an Indianapolis 500 and a Brickyard 400 in the same year: Andretti (1994), Gordon (1997) and Stewart (1999 and 2001). However, Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate Jason Leffler competed in the 2000 Indianapolis 500-he started 17th and finished 17th. A.J. Foyt is the only other driver who has competed in both major events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The furthest back a winner has started in the seven races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was 24th by Dale Jarrett in 1996. Only four drivers have won Bud Pole Awards at Indianapolis: Rick Mast (1994), Jeff Gordon (1995, '96 and '99), Ernie Irvan (1997 and '98) and Ricky Rudd (2000). Four of the seven NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Indianapolis have been won from a top-four starting position, but none have been won from the front row. The third starting position has produced the most race winners at Indianapolis with three. The Brickyard 400 has been won five times from a top-10 starting position: Jeff Gordon (third - 1994 and '98), Ricky Rudd (seventh - 1997), Dale Jarrett (fourth - 1999) and Ricky Rudd (third - 2000). A Chevrolet won the first two Brickyard 400 races: Jeff Gordon (1994) and Dale Earnhardt (1995). Ford won the next two: Dale Jarrett (1996) and Ricky Rudd (1997). Gordon repeated in 1998 in a Chevrolet and Jarrett repeated in 1999 in a Ford. Bobby Labonte posted the first Indianapolis victory for Pontiac in 2000.(NASCAR PR)
    Correction: Actually, 1985 Indy 500 winner Danny Sullivan, and Geoff Brabham also participated in the Inagural Brickyard 400 Race in 1994.(8-2-2001)

  • Dodge Rules Change: NASCAR officials announced today that modifications to the front air dam for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series 2001 Dodge Intrepid will go into effect beginning with next weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This modification will allow Intrepid teams to extend their front air dam two inches forward below the bumper from the current measurement. The front air dam is described as the area below the bumper. The bumper will remain in its standard position(NASCAR PR)(7-27-2001)

  • Indy Stats: None of the seven Brickyard races have been won by the pole starter. Lowest Start of Brickyard Winner: 24th, 1996 by Dale Jarrett. Five of the Six Brickyard Races Have Been Won from the Top 10. Most Common Starting Position of all Brickyard Race Winners - 3rd in 1994 and 1998(both Jeff Gordon) and in 2000 by Bobby Labonte. Ricky Rudd is the only driver that has won this race as a team owner/driver.(7-29-2001)

  • : Brickyard 400 Race Info

  • CBS Sportsline: Brickyard 400 Preview

  • CNN/SI: Brickyard 400 Coverage

  • Crew Chief Club

  • FoxSports: Brickyard 400 preview: Winner Take All?

  • Frontstretch: Raceday Today - Brickyard 400

  • Brickyard 400 Race Page

  • USA Today: Brickyard 400 Special Section

  • Yahoo: Brickyard 400 - Preview


news and links

  • Brickyard 400 - Top 5 every 10 laps from the Sporting News

  • Gordon wins his 3rd Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. #24-Jeff Gordon got the lead late in the race, only changed 2 tires on his last pitstop and held off #40-Sterling Marlin to win his 3rd career Brickyard 400 and 56th career Winston up win. Rounding out the top 5 were #10-Benson(3rd), #2-Wallace(4th) and #97-Busch(5th). Gordon increases his Points lead with his 4th win of the season (now has 3027) to 160 over #88-Jarrett (finished 12th) and 179 over #28-Rudd (finished 39th). Gordon started 27th, the farthest a driver has started and won a Brickyard 400, Dale Jarrett started 24th in 1996 and won. See for Unofficial Brickyard 400 results and Unofficial Drivers Standings and a column: Gordon shows way, wins his 3rd Brickyard 400(8-5-2001)

  • How Did The Rookie of the Year candidates do?
    #01-Leffler 176.080mph, started 29th, finished 26th, 9 rookie points
    #14-Hornaday 176.094, started 28th, finished 34th, 8 rookie points
    #19-Atwood 179.361, started 3rd, finished 41st, 7 rookie points
    #29-Harvick 177.549, started 11th, finished 11th, 10 rookie points
    #96-Houston 177.249, started 12th, finished 43rd, 6 rookie points
    #97-Busch 175.816, started 34th, finished 5, 17 rookie points
    not a candiate but #02-Newman 179.037mph, started 5th, finished 31st(8-4/5-2001)

  • Did You Know? The Brickyard 400 winner the past three years has gone on to win the championship.(1998 Gordon, 1999 Jarrett, 2000 Labonte) AND Four of the seven Brickyard 400s have been won by drivers who didn't lead until past the halfway point in the 160-lap event. Dale Earnhardt led for the first time on lap 133 in 1995, Dale Jarrett on lap 135 in 1996, Ricky Rudd on lap 114 in 1997 and Bobby Labonte lap 83 last August(DBNJ), add Jeff Gordon in today's Brickyard 400(8-5-2001)

  • Happy Hour at Indy for the Brickyard 400 is over. Fastest was #1-Steve Park at 170.736mph followed by #20-Tony Stewart at 170.471mph. See for the Saturday's final practice speeds(8-4-2001)

  • Spencer wins the Pole at Indy for the Brickyard 400. #26-Jimmy Spencer won his 2nd career Budweiser Pole and first since North Wilkesboro in Sept/Oct 1994. Spencer went out 6th and ran a speed of 179.666mph. Outside pole goes to #9-Bill Elliott with a speed of 179.565mph. Two drivers who are out of Provisionals missed the race: #7-Mike Wallace(30th in owners points) and #4-Kevin Lepage(38th), #14-Ron Hornaday is also out but raced his way into the event. #44-Buckshot Jones got in using the last provisional even though he is ahead of the #4 and #7 team who were out. Jone's is now out of Provisionals until Bristol. #21-Elliott Sadler uses his 11th provisional of the year, #2-Rusty Wallace has to use a provisional also. A few other drivers who missed the race include #71-Dave Marcis, #84-Shawna Robinson, #37-Derrike Cope, #27-Rick Mast(but Rich Bickle made it in the #50 car, Mast's old ride) and #45-Kyle Petty. See s for Saturday's Brickyard 400 qualifying results or MotorsportsOne for qualifying results/lineup.(8-4-2001)

  • #88 Air Dam: Dale Jarrett had to drop in the qualifying order Saturday when his #88 Ford was held up in the pre-race inspection line. NASCAR officials said the team had the car's air dam area pulled out beyond what was allowed. "They wouldn't let us go through the inspection line," Jarrett said. "They found something they didn't like. There was a problem with the front bumper, which I thought was kind of curious."()(8-4-2001)

  • Pole Progression at Indy for the Brickyard 400:
    #29-Kevin Harvik, 1st out to qualify, 177.549mph, starts 11th
    #26-Jimmy Spencer, 6th out, 179.666, starts 1st (8-4-2001)

  • How did the Manufacturers do?
    Chevy, #29-Harvick will start 11th
    Dodge, #9-Elliott will start 2nd
    Ford, #26-Spencer will start on the pole(1st)
    Pontiac, #20-Stewart will start 9th (8-4-2001)

  • Saturday AM Practice is over at Indy for the Brickyard 400. #9-Bill Elliott was the fastest with a speed of 180.397mph, followed by #20-Tony Stewart at 180.368. Slowest was #84-Shawna Robinson at 173.027 who was 53rd, #71-Dave Marcis didn't practice. See for the Saturday's pre-qualifying practice speeds(8-4-2001)

  • Friday Practice at Indy for the Brickyard 400 is over. #02-Ryan Newman was the fastest at 177.908mph followed #28-Ricky Rudd was 2nd fastest at 177.637mph. Slowest was #84-Shawna Robinson at 168.410mph. 53 cars practice, #30-Jeff Green didn't practice and the #41 car that was listed on the Entry list didn't show on the sheets. See the speed at for Brickyard 400 Practice Results(8-3-2001)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the Brickyard 400 at Indy. 54 cars are listed (no #41). #29-Kevin Harvick is scheduled out first at 11:15am/et on Saturday morning (Aug 4th) and #24-Jeff Gordon is scheduled out 54th and last. TNT will start their qulaifying coverage at 11:00am/et. See for Saturday's qualifying order(8-3-2001)

  • Brickyard 400 Entry List is Up: See above for the link. 55 teams/cars/drivers listed including #02-Ryan Newman, #13-Hermie Sadler (America's Most Wanted/VA Lottery), #30-Jeff Green, #37-Derrike Cope, #41-no driver listed in an AJ Foyt Pontiac, #50-Rich Bickle, #57-David Keith in a Ford, #71-Dave Marcis, #84-Shawna Robinson, #89-Morgan Shepherd in his own Ford, #95-Ed Berrier in a Sadler Bros (not Hermie/Elliott) Ford and the #96 McDonald's Ford returns with Andy Houston driving. No #07 Dodge for Ted Musgrave(see story below)
    Have been informed that Morgan Shepherd has withdrawn his Cup entry (#89) but will be at IRP running his #21 Ford Truck in the CTS race there Thursday. So that leaves 54 cars for 43 spots(7-31-2001)
    Update: add #49-Andy Hillenburg, back up to 55 cars for 43 spots(8-2-2001)

  • Qualifying Rules Changed UPDATE: ESPN2's RPM 2Night mentioned tonight that starting at New Hampshire that qualifying would consist of one lap of qualifying instead of the two laps that have been run this year. The exceptions are tracks smaller then one mile (Bristol, Richmond and Martinsville) and the two restrictor plate tracks, Daytona and Talladega(7-5-2001)
    UPDATE: it was mentioned on FSN's Totally NASCAR show on Thurs that the Cup drivers would run 2 laps of Qualifying for the New England 300 at New Hampshire. The plan is to still have one lap of qualifying at all intermediate tracks (1 to 2 miles in length) but the format will be determined in a track-to-track basis for the rest of the season(7-19-2001)

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

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

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


  • Dodge Rules Change: NASCAR officials announced today that modifications to the front air dam for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series 2001 Dodge Intrepid will go into effect beginning with next weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This modification will allow Intrepid teams to extend their front air dam two inches forward below the bumper from the current measurement. The front air dam is described as the area below the bumper. The bumper will remain in its standard position(NASCAR PR)(7-27-2001)

  • Spotters at Indy: Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Tony George apparently will open up the top of his new Formula One pagoda to NASCAR team spotters for next week's Brickyard 400. Spotters have been complaining for several years about poor sight lines from their stand atop the second and fourth turns(Winston Salem Journal)(7-28-2001)

  • Brickyard Tribute to Earnhardt: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman Tony George said Friday at Nashville Superspeedway that his track will not over-emphasize the popular driver's death with tributes at next month's race. With Teresa Earnhardt 's approval, the Speedway will show a pre-race video of its 1995 Brickyard winner and devote a page to him in the race program. Similar things were done last year in honor of Indianapolis native Kenny Irwin Jr., who also was killed in a stock-car crash. "I felt like most of the closure would be when they went back to Daytona (two weeks ago)," George said. "Enough time has passed now, everything has been done (tribute-wise) and people have grieved. It's time to move on." George said Teresa Earnhardt asked last week that any tribute the Speedway did be "upbeat," which George agreed to(Indianapolis Star)(7-21-2001)

  • Leno to drive Pace Car at Indy: Jay Leno, who two years ago drove the pace car at the Indianapolis 500, will be behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo to lead the starting field of NASCAR Brickyard 400 on Aug. 5. The host of NBC's "Tonight Show" was joined at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday by Jeff Gordon, a three-time Winston Cup series champion from nearby Pittsboro, Ind., and winner of the Brickyard 400 in 1994 and 1998. "Jeff's a nice guy and a great NASCAR driver, but, boy, he needs some help in the joke department," Leno said. "I had hoped to give him a tip or two on driving this track, but like a good student, I listened to his advice." Leno collects antique and classic cars and motorcycles and has driven in some celebrity races. The Brickyard pace car will be a specially modified 2001 Monte Carlo, with increased horsepower and a lowered suspension. Chevrolet has paced the Brickyard 400 every year since its inception in 1994.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(5-31-2001)

  • 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 - Indianapolis


  • Air Force at Indy: The Air Force announced today that the flyover for the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Aug. 5 will be performed by four F-16's from the 181st Fighter Squadron, Indiana Air National Guard, and a B-52 from the 93rd Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The B-52 from the Air Force Reserve at Barksdale has tail number 21 to salute the NASCAR Winston Cup car #21, driven by Elliott Sadler. The B-52 also has the #21 decals on both sides of the nose of the aircraft. The Air Force is an advertiser on the #21 car and continues to use its involvement in NASCAR as part of its overall recruiting plan to gain the interest of more young men and women, especially those with mechanical and electrical skills. The lineage of the 93rd began Aug 21, 1917 with the activation of the 93rd Aero Squadron at Kelly Field, TX. The 93rd flew combat missions in both World War I and WWII. The Squadron was deactivated in 1963 with the closure of Kinchloe AFB, but was reactivated in 1993 and is the first B-52 unit in the Air Force Reserve. The flyover at the Brickyard 400 shows the total support given to this country not only by the active duty Air Force, but by the men and women who continue to support through the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard(Air Force Public Affairs)(8-2-2001)
    Check out images of the plane:

    #21 B52

    (US Air Force Public Affairs 8-5-2001)

  • Bickle in the #50 at Indy, after that? Rick Mast and Midwest Transit Racing have parted ways. Mast was a valuable asset to our team. Mast wanted to compete in all the races this season and at this time we could not commit to that. The team is proud to have Rich Bickle driving for them at Indy in the Brickyard 400. With his experience and knowledge adding to the team, they expect to have a successful run at Indy. This is a one race deal with Bickle at this time. After Indy all will evaluate the race and hopefully put a program together with Bickle. The team is taking the car that was tested at Indy on July 16th and 17th and were very happy with as it ended up 25th in combined test results. The Midwest Transit team also announced that they will have Speedway Records as a sponsor at Indy. Speedway Records was originally founded by Ned Jarrett in 1959. Today, it is a partnership of Wallace Barr Entertainment Group, Inc, Lowery Music Group, Speedway Motorsports, and three other individuals. They were basically given the label by Ned to revitalize it. They are distributing through Walmart and all NASCAR tracks, as well as wholesaling to racing oriented third parties vendors. There first CD is "Thunder Road", featuring The Charlie Daniels Band, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, The Kentucky Headhunters, Tralena, Tim Wilson, and The Marshall Tucker Band. The label is donating $1.00 per CD to the Speedway Children's Charities as well.(Midwest Transit PR)(7-31-2001)

  • Musgrave back in Cup? UPDATE 3: hearing Ted Musgrave, currently running the full 2001 CTS season for Ultra Motorsports will run a Dodge in some selected races during the year as a teammate to #7 Mike Wallace in Winston Cup, Wallace will supposedly stay in a Ford but the #7 could switch to a Dodge in 2002(3-29-2001)
    UPDATE: hearing the Ultra Motorsports team is going to run a second car at Indy in the Brickyard 400. Supposedly will use the #07 and Ted Musgrave supposedly will drive it, no idea on a sponsor or if it'll be a Ford or Dodge(5-3-2001)
    UPDATE 2: While Ultra Motorsports owner Jim Smith pursues Gordon to drive his #7 Ford, he also becomes a Dodge team owner in Winston Cup this week when the organization finishes up the Intrepids it will carry to Indianapolis for the Brickyard 400. Ted Musgrave, whose three wins this season are tops in the Craftsman Truck Series(and drives for Smith in the CTS), will be the driver(Sporting News-Inside Dish)(6-25-2001)
    UPDATE 3: Musgave who was to run the #07 Mopar Dodge at the Brickyard 400 for Smith, supposedly will no run at Indy as they are not happy with the car, so plans are supposedly to run in the near future(7-30-2001)

  • Green to do a Triple at Indy: Jeff Green, driver of the #10 Nestlé Nesquik Ford in the BGN and defending BGN champion, will add two other driving duties to his schedule during the upcoming weekend at Indianapolis. Beside the BGN race at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP) on Saturday evening, Green will also race the final leg of the International Race of Champions (IROC) on Saturday afternoon and also compete in Richard Childress Racing's #30 America Online Chevrolet in the Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Green will practice both his NWC and IROC cars at IMS on Friday, however his schedule becomes quite busy on Saturday, as the BGN is a one day show at IRP(Tailwind Sports PR)(7-30-2001)

  • Cope at the Brickyard: from the Derrike Cope website: "Quest Motor Racing will be running a Winston Cup car at the Brickyard 400 and it will be a Chevrolet number 37. The sponsor will be Geico Direct. It is a one off sponsorship race. Also DeeZee will continue as the associate sponsor, both on the remaining Winston Cup efforts as well as the Busch Grand National (BGN) events. In addition, IWX Motor Freight (Steve & Joan Coulter) and Stoops Freightliner have been involved, and we are very pleased to be affiliated with them for the Brickyard. We are excited to be going to Indianapolis. We tested there and had a productive test. We have made changes to the car with the hopes of improving some things aero-wise, as well as a substantial increase in horsepower when we return for qualifying."(Derrike Cope Site). If you want to thank Geico Direct for their sponsorship, please email them at Also there is a 1-800 number to do the same: 1-800-342-9070.(7-30-2001)

  • Hermie to Help Out: The marketing firm of Body Dynamics Racing Bodies, through their efforts working with America's Most Wanted, they are able to assist with yet another missing persons case. With the generous efforts of #13-Hermie Sadler and his sponsor the Virginia Lottery, the placement of two little girls' photos will be on his car for the Brickyard 400 festivities. "Hermie gave me a call and mentioned that he and his sponsor the Virginia Lottery would like to assist in a missing persons case by donating space on his car for the Brickyard," Stated Scott Davis, Media Relations Director for Body Dynamics, "I took him up on his offer, and placed a call to America's Most Wanted and took on a case." The case is that of two young girls missing from South-Side Chicago. Little Tionda, age 10 and her sister Diamond, age 3 was last seen by their mother at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, July 6, 2001, and was last seen by friends in the neighborhood around noon on that same Friday playing outside their apartment complex. "We were glad to help out," mentioned Hermie, "I took notice when Body Dynamics Racing and America's Most Wanted placed the picture of Chandra Levy on the #92 car in Daytona during the Pepsi 400 and I thought what a great idea that was, so I contacted Scott and my sponsor to see what we could do to assist in the future. Since the next race for me to compete was to be the Brickyard it was logical to offer space on my car for that event." The girl's pictures will adorn the TV panel at the rear of the car as well as the 800-CRIME-TV number, so persons can call directly in with information. America's Most Wanted will be featuring the story of these two missing sisters on the July 28, 2001 edition of their program. "Since we made our announcement in Daytona, that Body Dynamics Racing Bodies, Inc. and America's Most Wanted have teamed up for NASCAR competition for 2002 and beyond, some members of the family of NASCAR teams have pulled together and offered their assistance to get things off the ground and start finding missing children as soon as possible." Said Davis, "This brings attention to the focus of what were are looking to accomplish with the AMERICA'S MOST WANTED TEAM next year as well as shows interested corporations how they can benefit by associating themselves with this project."(Body Dynamics Racing Bodies PR)(7-27-2001)

  • Robby Gordon back in the #31 at Pocono UPDATE: reports that Robby Gordon, who is on a race-to-race basis with RCR to run the #31 Lowes Chevy, will be back in the car at Pocono next weekend(7-23-2001)
    UPDATE: FSN's Totally NASCAR reports that Robby Gordon will drive the #31 Lowes Chevy in the next three Cup races, Pocono, Indy (where he is testing) and Watkins Glen(7-24-2001)

  • #96 to skip NHIS? Pocono? UPDATE 5 Official Statement: hearing that the #96 PPI Motorsports team and driver Andy Houston will not be running at New Hampshire or Pocono and still hearing rumors that McDonald's is pulling out
    UPDATE: ESPN2's RPM 2Night is reporting that Houston and the #96 team will not run any races until the Brickyard 400 on August 5th (skipping NHIS and Pocono)(7-16-2001)
    UPDATE 2: on Tuesday's RPM 2Night it was reported that Andy Houston wanted to make sure folks know that he has not been released from the #96 McDonalds PPI Motorsports ride and has heard nothing official from the team about missing any races. PPI Motorsports says they have having 'challenges' regarding the McDonalds sponsorship. Also am hearing PPI released a bunch of employees who worked on the #96 and McDoanlds is very close to leaving the team and it is not sure what their future involvement in the sport is.(7-18-2001)
    UPDATE 3: Team Rensi Motorsports announced today, Andy Houston will drive the #25 Team Marines Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo in this weekend’s CARQUEST Autoparts 250 at Gateway International Raceway. Team Rensi Public Relations Representative, Shelly DeCaro stated, “David Donohue will continue his development and relationship with Team Rensi Motorsports by testing and making appearances scheduled for the Marine Corps Recruiting Command.”(Team Resni PR)(7-18-2001)
    UPDATE 4: PRN's Garage Pass radio show reports the reason the #96 McDonalds PPI Motorsports Ford is not running the next two weeks is that McDonalds is not sending anymore payments and feels they have fullfilled their monetary obligations(7-19-2001)
    UPDATE 5: PPI Motorsports and McDonald's are currently engaged in proactive discussions regarding the McDonald's #96 Winston Cup entry driven by Andy Houston. While this joint evaluation continues, the decision has been made not to enter the #96 Ford in the next two Cup events at New Hampshire and Pocono. PPI Motorsports is reviewing their staff requirements and is adjusting accordingly. At present, no further comment can be made(PPI Motorsports PR) AND from a McDonalds PR: Statement by Georgina Roy, McDonald's manager of sports marketing: "Since McDonalds and PPI Motorsports are currently in discussions relating to the sponsorship program in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, the PPI-owned McDonald's #96 Ford Taurus will not compete in this weekend's New England 300 at New Hampshire International Raceway and in next week's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway."(7-19-2001)

  • DeWalt Supports DEWALT Power Tools is joining forces with in a collaborative effort to enhance brand and product awareness through the fire community. is the preferred destination website for the Fire and Rescue community. For three races this year, the #17 DEWALT Ford Taurus driven by Matt Kenseth, will sport on the rear quarter panel, the Brickyard 400 at Indy, at Dover in Sept and at Phoenix. DEWALT was recently recognized by the Transportation Emergency Rescue Community (TERC) for its outstanding contribution to the field of extrication(

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


  • #17 Paint Scheme at Indy: The #17 DeWalt Ford will debut its New Products paint scheme which will run from Indianapolis through Dover. The paint scheme is an integration of the new product line and the designs submitted through the DEWALT 2002 Paint Scheme contest. The winners were Robert Williams Lutherville, MD and Brian Grossman of Cincinnati, OH.(Grandstand PR), plus the car will feature the logo of

  • Benson Special Paint UPDATE 2: been told that #10-Johnny Benson will have a speical scheme at the Brickyard 400(5-4-2001)
    UPDATE: hear the Benson scheme will have something to do with the late actor, James Dean(5-11-2001)
    UPDATE 2: See a diecast image of the James Dean scheme on my Paint Scheme Gallery(6-12-2001)

  • Another #43 Paint Scheme: General Mills and Petty Enterprises announced that the #43 will feature a Honey Nut Cheerios paint scheme that resembles a bee, with BuzzBee featured on the hood of the #43 Dodge for the Brickyard 400 on August 5, 2001, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway(Business Wire/YahooBiz). See an image on my Paint Scheme Gallery(5-26-2001)

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


  • Bodine - 26 races - no DNF UPDATE: #11-Brett Bodine has been running at the end of 26 consecutive races(counting last season), which is the circuit's longest active streak. Two other drivers have made all the races in 2001 and not DNF'd(did not finish): 9-Bill Elliott and #55-Bobby Hamilton(7-29-2001)

  • Top Fives: There have been 29 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at Pocono) 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(7-29-2001)

  • Top Tens: There have been 39 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at Pocono) 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(7-29-2001)

  • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 126 provisional starts(18 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001 or Dover 6/2001), drivers have accumulated 1 Win, 4 Top 5's and 15 Top 10's. #1-Steve Park was the highest provisional starter at Pocono with a 13th. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(7-29-2001)

  • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 628 consecutive starts followed by Rusty Wallace at 537, Ken Schrader with 507 and Mark Martin has 421 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(7-29-2001)

  • 2000 winners who have not won in 2001: Mark Martin, Ward Burton, Jeremy Mayfield, Matt Kenseth and Jerry Nadeau. Terry Labonte, Joe Nemechek and John Andretti earned victories in 1999 and have not won since.(7-29-2000)

  • No Top Fives Since.... It has been a while since some drivers have had a top five finish on the Winston Cup circuit. Here are those with the longest streak of races without a top-five finish:

       Driver          Races  Finish    Track           Date
       Dave Marcis*     316     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     219     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        136     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty       104     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Ken Schrader      96     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     80     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Mike Wallace      62     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     53
       Stacy Compton   46
       Buckshot Jones  34
    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        347
    Ted Musgrave     299*
    Hut Stricklin    284
    Dick Trickle     266*
    Kenny Wallace    231*
    Wally Dallenbach 226*
    Chad Little      216*
    Robert Pressley  189
    Johnny Benson    182
    Ricky Craven     164
    Mike Skinner     163
    Steve Grissom    141*
    Todd Bodine      129
    Kevin Lepage     110
    David Green       78*
    Dave Blaney       53
    Stacy Compton   46
    Buckshot Jones  34
    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
    (7-29-2001)(UMI Press Guides Stats/Winston Cup Updates)

  • Drivers with the longest streak since they won a CUP race:

       Driver          Races Run   Last Win   Track
       Dave Marcis      481*       2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     347        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     323        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Jimmy Spencer    222        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     213        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       175        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  168        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  120*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Terry Labonte     80        3/28/99    Texas
       John Andretti     79        4/18/99    Martinsville
       Joe Nemechek      57        9/19/99    New Hampshire
       Mark Martin       46        4/9/00     Martinsville
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (7-29-2001)(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    Michigan, June 2001
       Bobby Labonte      7    Pocono, July 2001
       Jeff Burton        5    Lowes, May 2001
       Tony Stewart       3    Sears Point, June 2001   
       Steve Park         2    Rockingham, Feb 2001
       Dale Earnhardt Jr  2    Daytona, July 2001
       Michael Waltrip    1    Daytona, Feb 2001
       Kevin Harvick      1    Chicago, July 2001
       Elliott Sadler     1    Bristol, Mar 2001
       Bobby Hamiton      1    Talladega, Apr 2001
       Ricky Rudd         1    Pocono, June 2001
    Thru 2000 season:
       Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
       Ward Burton        1    Darlington, Mar 2000
       Jeremy Mayfield    1    Pocono, June 2000
       Matt Kenseth       1    Charlotte, May 2000
       Jerry Nadeau       1    Atlanta, Nov 2000
    Streaks that ended in 2000 that were thru 1999 season:
       Driver          Years   Last Win
       Terry Labonte      6    Texas, Apr 1999
       John Andretti      1    Martinsville, Apr 1999
       Joe Nemechek       1    New Hampshire, Sept 1999
    All Time Record is Richard Petty - 18 years from 1960-1977
    (info from UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guides
    and Winston Cup Updates)(7-29-2001)

  • Top 10's in restrictor plates: Only two drivers have finished in the top 10 in the three restrictor plate races run so far in 2001 (Daytona - twice and Talladega): #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr (2nd at Daytona, 8th at Talladega, 1st at Daytona) and #7-Mike Wallace (6th at Daytona, 9th at Talladega, 10th at Daytona in the Pepsi 400). Only one more to go, Talladega in October(7-7-2001)

  • Interesting UPDATE: In the past four Winston Cup seasons, the top 10 in points after seven races has provided a good indication of which drivers will be in the top 10 at season's end - 33 of 40 drivers in the final top 10s were there seven races into the season: see the chart at : Signs of things to come?
    UPDATE: and an addition to the story: Others in early season points peril by David Poole(4-6-2001)

  • A Championship Outlook: Only five times in the modern era(1972-present) has the eventual champion not won in the first six races. The winners in the first 6 eaces this year: Michael Waltrip, Steve Park, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler. When did a driver win the Championship and not win a race in the first six? 1973-Benny Parsons; 1984 and 1996-Terry Labonte; 1985-Darrell Waltrip; and 1999-Dale Jarrett(3-25-2001)

  • Single Car Winner: Even though the #21 Wood Brothers team uses Roush chassis and engines, they are considered a single car team, and before Elliott Sadler's win at Bristol. The last time a single-car team scored a victory was by Ricky Rudd at Martinsville in September 1998(3-25-2001)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Backstretch/Provisional/Backup Car Winner: Only two drivers in the history of Bristol had ever won a race after pitting on the backstretch. Davey Allison(started 19th) in the spring 1990 race and Dale Earnhardt(26th) in the 2nd 1999 race, and now #21-Elliott Sadler who came from 38th, pitting on the backstretch and having to use a provisional to make the race in a backup car only the 4th ever Provisional Starter to gain a win in a Cup race(3-25-2001)

  • Provisional Starting Winners: Jeff Burton was the first driver to win from a provisional starting spot EVER at New Hampshire in 1999 and that is the farthest back any driver has won from since Kyle Petty won from 37th at Dover in June 1995(in 1995 37th was not a provisional starting spot). Bill Elliott also won from 38th spot in the 1988 Pepsi 400. In fact ALL the provisional starters for the race finished in the top 25 at NHIS(7-11-1999)
    UPDATE: Add Bobby Labonte as the 2nd ever provisional winner by winning the 1999 NAPA 500 at Atlanta(11-21-1999)
    UPDATE 2: Add Bobby Labonte as the 3rd ever provisional winner by winning the 2000 Southern 500 at Darlington(9-3-2000)
    UPDATE 3: Add Elliott Sadler as the 4th ever provisional winner by winning the 2001 Food City 500 at Bristol(3-25-2001)

  • Amazing Finishes: Races won from a starting position of 35 or worse in the history of NASCAR
    Starting Position  Race                                 Driver
     43                1950 Southern 500, Darlington        Johnny Mantz
     43                1953 Raliegh, NC                     Fonty Flock
     38 provisional    2001 Food City 500, Bristol          Elliott Salder   
     38 provisional    1999 Jiffy Lube 300, Loudon          Jeff Burton
     38                1988 Firecracker 400, Daytona        Bill Elliott
     37 provisional    1999 NAPA 500, Atlanta               Bobby Labonte
     37 provisional    2000 Southern 500, Darlington        Bobby Labonte
     37                1995 Miller 500, Dover               Kyle Petty
     37                1959 Lakewood Speedway, Atl, GA      Lee Petty
     36                2000 Diehard 500, Talladega          Jeff Gordon
     35                2000 Cracker Barrel 500, Atlanta     Dale Earnhardt

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

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

  • Did ya know? When Bobby Labonte won the 2000 Winston Cup Championship, he and his brother Terry, who won it in 1984 and 1996, have become the first brothers to do so in Winston Cup history. There have been two father-son pairs; Lee and Richard Petty, and Ned and Dale Jarrett AND Bobby Labonte is the first former BGN champ(since the series began in 1982, not counting the old Sportsman division) to win the Winston Cup championship(11-12-2000)

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