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THE RACE: Protection One 400

Winston Cup Race #28 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, September 30, 2001 in Kansas City, KS

  • NOTE: Kansas City, KS is in the Central Time Zone(ct), all times here are Eastern Time(et) 1 hour ahead of ct

  • This is the inaugural event for the Kansas Speedway

  • TV: NBC - 1:00pm/et, re-aired on TNT Tuesday, Oct 2, 1:00am/et
  • Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/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: $3,996,953

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Protection One 400 from

  • 2000 Race Winner: none, new event

  • Event/Track Race Record: none, new event

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

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Thursday, Sept 27th, 2:30 - 4:25pm/et and 6:00 - 7:30pm/et; Friday, Sept 28th, 12:05 - 2:05pm/et; Saturday, Sept 29th 11:00 - 11:45am/et
  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Sept 29th, 12:15 - 1:00pm/et, TV-CNN/SI(not TNT) live at 12noon/et


  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, Sept 27th, 1:30pm/et

  • Qualfying Order: or

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, Sept 28th at 4:00, TV-CNN/SI live and live via MRN Radio(link below)

  • will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Winston Cup qualifying via the web

  • Second-Round Qualifying: there is no longer a 2nd round of qualifying

  • Track Qualifying Record: none, new event

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: none, new event

    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad-oval
    Banking: turns: 15 degrees; frontstretch: 10.4 degrees; backstretch: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 2,721 feet; Backstretch - 2,207 feet
    Attendence: 75,000

  • Track Homepage: Kansas Speedway

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


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $60,000 at Kansas for leading the points and winning the race (Jeff Gordon last won the award, $10,000 at Watkins Glen on Aug 12, 2001). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if he is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finisher in the point standings(9-23-2001)


Radio Coverage:

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

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations
  • Scanner Frequencies: are linked on my Racing Links Page/ Scanners Section

    some Local Newspapers and other Sites that cover the Kansas City, KS area:
    Kansas City Star
    Eudora News
    The Examiner
    Kansas City, KS Chamber of Commerce
    Kansas Speed Central
    Kansas City Kansan
    Lawrence Journal-World
    Leavenworth Times
    Topeka Capital-Journal
    Wyandotte West Online

    Weather forecast for Kansas City, KS by The Weather Channel
    Weather Underground - Kansas City, KS
    Weather Point - Kansas City, MO
    The Weather Pit



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



    news and links

    • Gordon wins at Kansas: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway, his 6th win of the 2001 season and 58th of his 285 race career. #02-Ryan Newman was 2nd. #28-Ricky Rudd was third abd lost 10 points to Gordon and is now 222 points behind Gordon in the race for the Winston Cup Championship with 8 races to go. #57-Derrike Cope was 24th in his first Cup race of 2001. See for Protection One 400 race results and for Driver Standings(9-30-2001)

    • Protection 400 Lineup ()

    • How did the ROTY candidates do in qualifying at Kansas?
      #01-Leffler, 176.499, started 1st, finished 28th, 8 rookie points
      #14-Hornaday, 172.282, missed the race(DNQ),1
      #19-Atwood, 175.987, started 5th, finished 43rd, 7
      #29-Harvick, 174.972, started 15th, finished 16th, 10
      #96-Houston, 174.884, started 16th, finished 18th, 9
      #97-Busch, no speed/crashed, uses provisional, started 40th, finished 9th, 13(9-28-2001)

    • Happy Hour is over at Kansas. #02-Ryan Newman was the fastest at 173.288, with #20-Tony Stewart 2nd fastest at 173.433mph. Slowest of the 42 drivers who practiced were #96-Andy Houston at 169.742 and #12-Jeremy Mayfield at 169.268. #93-Dave Blaney did not practice as the team was changing an engine that broke late in the earlier practice. See for Saturday's final practice speeds. #9-Elliott had an engine problem early in the session, and will the team have to change the engine(9-29-2001)

    • Saturday, Practice 1: #18-Bobby Labonte was the fastest at 174.020mph, 2nd was #24-Jeff Gordon at 173.913. Slowest was #90-Hut Stricklin at 170.079. See for Speeds from Saturday's first practice(9-29-2001)

    • Nadeau Crashes in early practice: #25-Jerry Nadeau, who was to start 25th, crashed during Saturday's first practice and will have to go to a backup car and fall to the back of the fields prior to the start of the Protection One 400 at Kansas. The car was a brand new car(CNN/SI Happy Hour coverage)(9-29-2001)

    • Jason Leffler wins the pole at Kansas for the Protection One 400 (or is it the Sprint PCS presents NASCAR Winston Cup Racing 400??? as called by CNN/SI during qualifying - huh?). Leffler won the pole with a speed of 176.499mph his first ever career Bud Pole and makes him the 21st driver eligible for the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona in Feb 2002. Leffler is the 16th different Bud Pole sitters of 2002 and 5th first time pole winner. Outside pole goes to #24-Jeff Gordon (the 12th time on the front row in 2001) who ran a lap of 176.304mph. Four Dodges are in the top 5 (#'s 01,9,92,19). The only accident during qualifying was #97-Kurt Busch who crashed on his first lap and will have to go to a backup car and use a provisional. Nice return to Cup racing for Derrike Cope who put the #57 CLR Ford in the starting field 30th. See for Friday's qualifying results or for the Protection One 400 Lineup or Motorsports One - Kansas starting grid(9-28-2001)
      UPDATE sponsor info? hearing the 'confusion' as to what CNNSI was apparently saying is that it's obvious "Protection One" didn't buy the NBC package, so it's getting the "Presenting sponsor" treatment just as Fox used to do. So they'll get all the mentions and Protection One will get the one per hour (or 4 per race) as did Cracker Barrel and it's resulting lawsuit(9-29-2001)

    • Provisionals: The seven drivers who have to use provisionals at Kansas are: #77-Pressley, #12-Mayfield, #33-Nemechek, #97-Busch, #15-Waltrip, #11-Bodine and #90-Stricklin. Four drivers were out of provisionals for the Protection 400 at Kansas. #4-Kevin Lepage(starts 31st), #7-Mike Wallace(29th), #14-Ron Hornaday(DNQ'd), #44-Buckshot Jones(33rd). For more info see my Provisionals Page. Stricklin gets in because Hornaday's team is out of provisionals until Phoenix.(9-28-2001)

    • DNQ's - Did Not Qualify for Kansas: #14-Hornaday(39th in owners points but out of provisionals); #45-Petty(42nd); and #27-Mast(43rd)(9-28-2001)

    • Progression of the Pole at Kansas:
      #4-Kevin Lepage, 1st out to qualify, 173.639, starts 31st
      #5-Terry Labonte, 2nd out, 174.712, starts 20th
      #19-Casey Atwood, 5th out, 175.987, starts 5th
      #9-Bill Elliott, 9th out, 176.252, starts 3rd
      #01-Jason Leffler, 12th out, 176.499, starts 1st (9-28-2001)

    • Fastest in Qualifying by Manufacturer at Kansas:
      Chevy: #24-Gordon 176.304, starts 2nd
      Dodge: #01-Leffler 176.499, starts 1st
      Ford: #28-Rudd 175.570, starts 8th
      Pontiac: #10-Benson 175.856, 6th (9-28-2001)
    • Friday Practice at Kansas Speedway for the Protection One 400. #24-Jeff Gordon was fastest with a speed of 177.293mph, 2nd fastest was #28-Ricky Rudd at 177.090. Slowest was #90-Hut Stricklin at 172.430mph and #57-Derrike Cope at 171.701mph. See speeds at : Practice Results. #02-Ryan Newman and #36-Ken Schrader wrecked in practice and will have to go to a backup for qualifying and the race.(9-28-2001)

    • Thursday Practice 2: at Kansas Speedway for the Protection One 400. #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr was the fastest at 177.819mph, 2nd fastest was #24-Jeff Gordon at 177.749. Slowest were #22-Ward Burton at 171.238 and #11-Brett Bodine at 169.337. See for Thursday's final practice speeds(9-27-2001)

    • Thursday Practice 1: at Kansas Speedway for the Protection One 400. #19-Casey Atwood was the fastest of 46 drivers with a speed of 175.103mph with #6-Mark Martin 2nd fastest at 174.955. Slowest was #31-Robby Gordon at 168.182 and #77-Robert Pressley at 167.973. See for the Speeds from Thursday's first practice(9-27-2001)

    • Qualifying Order is posted. See above for the links. 46 drivers are listed, no #89-Morgan Shepherd listed. First scheduled driver out is #4-Kevin Lepage, Last scheduled driver to qualify is #10-Johnny Benson. Qualifying will be televised on CNN/SI at 4:00pm/et and can be heard via radio on MRN radio and followed on

    • Entry List is up. See above for the link. 47 cars/drivers listed including #02-Ryan Newman, #57-Derrike Cope and #89-Morgan Shepherd(who has been listed in the last few races but not been at the track). No #84-Shawna Robinson of #50-Midwest Transit team listed(9-25-2001)

    • Back to 2 laps UPDATE: it was announced at the beginning of CNN/SI's qualifying coverage that qualifying would go back to 2 laps of qualifying at all Super Speedways (1 mile or more) starting this week at Michigan. So I guess that means 2 laps is back for all the tracks since 2 laps were going to be the cast at the two short tracks and restrictor plate tracks. All but the road courses which there will be no more in 2001(8-17-2001)
      UPDATE: NASCAR officials have changed their minds again and gone back to two laps during its single round of qualifying. NASCAR announced at Daytona in early July that qualifying would be reduced to a single lap at tracks of 1-mile or longer except for Daytona and Talladega, beginning at New Hampshire on July 22. Teams ran two laps at New Hampshire, however, because of a new sealer that had been applied to the track's surface. The cars then ran one lap for three races, but after complaints from the teams that a single lap prevented them from overcoming a mistake, the policy has been changed again and cars can now once more run a second lap if they choose()(8-18-2001)

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

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

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

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


    • 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)
      UPDATE: Dover Track president Denis McGlynn said a no-fly zone will be in effect for today's race, no aircraft within 3,000 feet or three miles laterally, but said NBC's in-car camera relays should be fine as long as its helicopter stays at least 3,000 feet above the speedway(AJC)(9-23-2001)

    • 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)

    • 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 - Kansas Speedway


    • #29 Crew Chief News: Todd Berrier, Kevin Harvick's BGN crew chief, will crew chief the #29 Goodwrench Chevy at Kansas. Regular crew chief Kevin Hamilin is in Michigan as his Mother-in-Law passed away, thoughts and condelences go out to Hamilin and his family(9-29-2001)

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


    • Special #40 Scheme at Kansas UPDATE: hearing that #40 Sterling Marlin will be carrying a special "God Bless America" paint scheme this weekend in Kansas City. The team evidently did not have enough time to prepare the car for Dover, so they will be running it this weekend instead. The last I heard the team was going to run the Coors Brooks and Dunn scheme at Kansas.(9-26-2001)
      UPDATE: Coors Brewing Company will continue its effort to help the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America by extending its $10 donation for every lap that the #40 Coors Light Dodge completes in this weekend's Cup race in Kansas. Following last weekends race, Coors donated $4,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts.. If the #40 car is able to complete all 267 laps of the Protection One 400 race, Coors will donate an additional $2,670 for a total of $6,670 going to help the victims of this tragedy. In addition to the donation, Coors.has developed a special "American Pride" paint scheme for its #40 Dodge for this weekends race.. The car will not display any Coors' branded identification, but will display the words "Proud to be an American" on the upper-rear quarter panels, and "God Bless America" on the TV panel. "I really like the red, white and blue paint scheme and I'm excited about racing at a new track this weekend,".driver Sterling Marlin said.. "It's great to work with a sponsor who is cares so much about the community."(Ganassi Racing PR and Images)(9-28-2001)

    • Some Schemes: #4-Lepage, #97-Busch have the USA flag on the hood, #88-Jarrett has the UPS Flames car, #36-Ken Schrader is in a Pedigree Dog Food scheme, #10-Johnny Benson has the Valvoline MaxLife scheme and as noted and shown below, #40-Marlin has a special USA scheme for the race(9-28-2001)

    • #88 in Flames? UPDATE 3: hearing that #88-Dale Jarrett will run a flaming UPS paint scheme at Kansas(Sept 30th), supposedly simular to the flames UPS truck(6-8-2001)
      UPDATE: UPS will unveil a special paint scheme on Friday, July 6, 2001 at 5:00pm/et. Doesn't say where but probably at Daytona(UPS Site). The car is supposed to run in the Kansas race(6-29/7-5-2001)
      UPDATE 2: Dale Jarrett will be on-hand this Friday outside Daytona International Speedway's Daytona USA when UPS unveils a special paint scheme for the #88 UPS Ford Taurus. The car will run this paint scheme in the Kansas 400 September 30th but can be seen in person at Daytona USA this weekend (Friday and Saturday) or on-line after 5:00pm/et Friday at the UPS Site UPDATE 3: UPS tomorrow(Saturday) will unveil a special paint scheme for the #88 UPS Ford Taurus driven by Dale Jarrett in NASCAR's Winston Cup Series - a "Race the Truck" design that reflects the flame-painted package delivery vehicle and continues the company's popular ad campaign. The race car, painted brown with red, orange and yellow flames, the UPS shield and the words "We Want to Race the Truck, People Love the Truck," will run in the inaugural Kansas 400 at the new Kansas Speedway on Sept. 30.(UPS Racing PR). See my Paint Scheme Gallery for images of the real car(7-6-2001)

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

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


    • Elliott - 32 races - no DNF UPDATE: #9-Bill Elliott has been running at the end of 32 consecutive races(counting last season since he DNF'd at Charlotte/Lowes), which is the circuit's longest active streak. One other drivers have made all the races in 2001 and not DNF'd(did not finish): #55-Bobby Hamilton (now 29 straight without a DNF since Phoenix Nov 2000). Brett Bodine had his first DNF of 2001 at Richmond(2nd race) a streak of 31 straight races(9-23-2001)

    • Top Fives: There have been 30 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at Dover) 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(9-23-2001)

    • Top Tens: There have been 41 different Cup drivers (no new drivers at Dover) 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(9-23-2001)

    • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 175 provisional starts(25 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001 or Dover 6/2001), drivers have accumulated 2 Wins, 8 Top 5's and 22 Top 10's. #25-Jerry Nadeau was the highest provisional starter/finisher at Dover with a 2nd. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(9-23-2001)

    • No Laps Lead by Labonte yet: #5-Terry Labonte remains the only driver to race in all 27 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 Dover. See the Bonus Points/Laps Led page(9-23-2001)

    • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 635 consecutive starts followed by Rusty Wallace at 544, Ken Schrader with 514 and Mark Martin has 428 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(9-23-2001)

    • 2000 winners who have not won in 2001: Mark Martin, Jeremy Mayfield, Matt Kenseth and Jerry Nadeau. Terry Labonte, Joe Nemechek and John Andretti earned victories in 1999 and have not won since.(9-23-2000)

    • 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     226     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
         Rick Mast        141     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
         Kyle Petty       109     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
         Ken Schrader     103     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
         Hut Stricklin     84     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
         Mike Wallace      67     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     60
         Stacy Compton   53
         Buckshot Jones  39
      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        352
      Hut Stricklin    301
      Ted Musgrave     299*
      Dick Trickle     266*
      Kenny Wallace    234
      Wally Dallenbach 226*
      Chad Little      216*
      Robert Pressley  195
      Johnny Benson    189
      Ricky Craven     171
      Mike Skinner     168
      Steve Grissom    141*
      Todd Bodine      136
      Kevin Lepage     116
      David Green       78*
      Dave Blaney       60
      Stacy Compton     53
      Buckshot Jones    39
      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
      (9-23-2001)(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     353        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
         Ken Schrader     330        6/2/91     Dover
         Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
         Jimmy Spencer    229        7/24/94    Talladega
         Bill Elliott     220        9/4/94     Darlington
         Kyle Petty       180        6/4/95     Dover
         Geoffrey Bodine  121*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
         Terry Labonte     86        3/28/99    Texas
         John Andretti     85        4/18/99    Martinsville
         Joe Nemechek      63        9/19/99    New Hampshire
         Mark Martin       52        4/9/00     Martinsville
         Matt Kenseth      49        5/28/00    Lowes
         Jeremy Mayfield   44        6/19/00    Pocono
         Jerry Nadeau      25        11/20/00   Atlanta
         *not a full time or regular Cup driver
      (9-23-2001)(UMI Press Guides Stats/Winston Cup Updates)

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

      Have already won in 2001 and extended or started their streaks:
         Driver          Years   Last Win
         Rusty Wallace     16    California, Apr 2001
         Dale Jarrett       9    New Hamsphire, July 2001
         Jeff Gordon        8    Watkins Glen, Aug 2001
         Bobby Labonte      7    Pocono, July 2001
         Jeff Burton        5    Lowes, May 2001
         Tony Stewart       3    Bristol, Aug 2001   
         Steve Park         2    Rockingham, Feb 2001
         Dale Earnhardt Jr  2    Dover, Sept 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    Michigan, August 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
         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)(9-23-2001)

    • All Time Winston Cup Starts:

      Richard Petty   1,177
      Dave Marcis       880*
      Darrell Waltrip   809
      Ricky Rudd        722*
      Bobby Allison     717
      Terry Labonte     700*
      Bill Elliott      650
      * = active drivers(9-23-2001)

    • 15th Different Winner in 2001 a record: 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)

    • 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)

    • 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)

    • 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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