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THE RACE: UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400

Winston Cup Race #3 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • TIME: Las Vegas is 3 hours behind the Eastern Time Zone, all times here Eastern(et)

  • Race: Sunday, March 4, 2001 in Las Vegas, NV

  • TV: Fox 2:30pm/et, pre-race show at 2:00pm/et

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $4,281,953

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 from NOL

  • 2000 Race Winner: Jeff Burton, 119.928mph

  • Race Record: Mark Martin, Mar 1998, 146.554mph

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

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Friday, Mar 2nd from 1:20 - 3:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Mar 3rd at 1:45pm/et, TV-FX


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Mar 2nd at 12:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order - UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400: at

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, Mar 2nd at 5:15pm/et, TV-FSN(Fox Sports Net) and live via MRN radio/internet

  • NASCAR Online 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: Ricky Rudd, March 2000, 172.563mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Ricky Rudd, 172.563mph

    Pole Winners at Las Vegas

    2001 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 172.106mph, finished ?
    2000 Ricky Rudd, #28 Ford, 172.563mph(record), finished 12th
    1999 Bobby Labonte, #18 Pontiac, 170.643mph, finished 5th
    1998 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 168.224mph, finished 40th

    Winners at Las Vegas

    2000 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 119.982mph, started 11th (rain shortened to 148 laps)
    1999 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 137.537mph, started 19th
    1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 146.554mph, started 7th

  • Track Specs: Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    Front straight: 2,275 feet
    Back straight: 1,572 feet
    Banking: Corners:12 degrees, Front Straight: 8 degrees, Back Straight: 3 degrees

  • Track Homepage: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Las Vegas for leading the points and winning the race(not yet won in 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(2-26-2001)


Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including RealAudio coverage
MRN Affiliate List for your local station, local Las Vegas MRN station is 1340 AM KRLV

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

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Las Vegas, NV Area:
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas Local Racing Scene

Las Vegas Champber of Commmerce

The Weather Pit
Weather forecast for Las Vegas, NV by The Weather Channel
Intellicast - NASCAR weather
Weather Underground - Las Vegas, NV
Weather Point - Las Vegas



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




  • Gordon wins Vegas..and a million: #24-Jeff Gordon won the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and a million dollars for his team and for a fan: Rodney Mims of Clanton, AL. Gordon is the farthest back starting driver at Vegas in the four races won, he started 24th, Jeff Burton started 19th two years ago and won. This is the first win for Chevy at Las Vegas and Chevy has won all three Cup races in 2001. It was also Gordon's first win at Las Vegas, he now has won at all the tracks Winston Cup runs on BUT Texas, Phoenix and Homestead (not including the new tracks in Chicago and Kansas). All four manufacturers were in the top 4. Chevy 1st(#24-Gordon), Ford was 2nd(#88-Jarrett), Dodge was third(#40-Marlin) and Pontiac was fourth(#10-Benson). #40-Sterling Marlin is the only Cup driver to have finished in the top 10 in the three Cup races so far in 2001. Marlin leads the Winston Cup Points at 468, 35 points ahead of #24-Gordon, #15-Waltrip is third. #29-Kevin Harvick(8th) and #14-Ron Hornaday(9th) post their career best Winston Cup finishes their first ever top 10's in Cup(3-4-2001)

  • Rookies: the Winston Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year Candidates had quite a nice day. Two finished in the top 10.
    #29-Kevin Harvick finished 8th
    #14-Ron Hornaday 9th
    #97-Kurt Busch 11th
    #19-Casey Atwood 24th
    #01-Jason Leffler 28th
    also not a 2001 ROTY candidate, but a rookie, #02-Ryan Newman finished 33rd
    ROTY Standing are as follows(unofficial - see my ROTY page for the full breakdown)
    #14-Hornaday 32pts
    #19-Atwood 28
    #29-Harvick 25
    #01-Leffler 24
    #97-Busch 23
    #96-Houston 10

  • No Bull 5: where they finished at Las Vegas
    #24-Gordon 1st wins $1 million for the team and for fan Rodney Mims of Clanton, AL
    #31-Skinner 18th
    #5-Labonte 22nd
    #27-Wallace 31st
    #33-Nemechek 35th(3-4-2001)

  • Happy Hour is over at Las Vegas for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. #19-Casey Atwood was the fastest with a speed of 165.107mph. See for the Happy Hour Speeds(3-3-2001)

  • Happy Hour Extended: NASCAR has made Saturday's scheduled "Happy Hour" final practice and "Happy Hour and a Half," adding 30 minutes because officials decided the teams needed more on-track time(AP/Sporting News), Happy Hour is scheduled to be televised on FX at 2:00pm/et before the BGN race(3-3-2001)

  • Bad Parts: Four Cup teams had parts confiscated at Las Vegas on Friday:
    #31-Skinner - performance enhancing additives will not be permitted in the air cleaner housing
    #32-Craven - upper A-frames too thin
    #33-Nemechek - upper A-frames too thin
    #50-Mast - upper A-frames too thin
    No immediate fines were disclosed(NOL)(3-3-2001)

  • Laps Run at Vegas: The only drivers to have completed every lap of the first three Winston Cup races in Las Vegas are 1998 winner Mark Martin, 1999 and 2000 winner Jeff Burton, Rusty Wallace and the late Dale Earnhardt. That's 682 laps since last year's race was shortened from the scheduled 267 laps to 148 by rain(ESPN/AP)(3-3-2001)

  • No Bull 5 Pairings: Five fans on Thursday were paired with the five drivers eligible for the "No Bull 5" driver bonus in Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas. Drivers Mike Skinner, Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte, Kenny Wallace and Joe Nemechek are each eligible for a $1 million bonus should they win Sunday's race. Each fan is also eligible for a $1 million should the driver they are paired with win. The pairings: Rodney Mims of Clanton, AL, with Gordon; Robert Kabel of Rhinelander, WI, with Nemechek; Patricia Arnold of Chesapeake, VA, with Labonte; Cindy Edwards of Hendersonville, TN, with Wallace; and Karen Free of Pompey, NY, with Skinner()(3-3-2001)

  • No Bull 5: where do the No Bull 5 Drivers start? not too good..
    #33-Nemechek 23rd
    #24-Gordon 24th
    #5-Labonte 33rd
    #27-Wallace 34th
    #31-Skinner 37th(3-3-2001)

  • Rookies: where do the Rookie of the Year Candidates start?
    #01-Leffler 30th
    #19-Atwood 18th
    #96-Houston DNQ
    #29-Harvick 20th
    #14-Hornaday 12th
    #97-Busch 9th(an idea...a rookie point to the highest rookie qualifier)(3-3-2001)

  • Qualifying is over at Las Vegas: #88-Dale Jarrett win the pole with a speed of 172.106mph. The outside pole went to #10-Johnny Benson who had a speed of 171.728mph. Four drivers missed the race: #50-Mast(45th in 2000 Owners Points); #96-Houston(50th); #45-Petty(53rd); and #62-Gaughan(none). Five drivers took their 2nd provisional of the 3 race season so far: #4-Gordon, #11-Bodine, #31-Skinner, #32-Craven, and #44-Jones. All but Skinner have had the 2 provisionals charged and have two left until race #8 at Martinsville, see my Provisional Status Page for owners standings and rules. See the starting Lineup at or

  • Pole Progression:
    #50-Mast (1st out, 167.431mph, starting position: missed the race);
    #1-Park (2nd out, 170.519, starts: 21st);
    #25-Nadeau (5th out, 171.636, starts: 3rd);
    #88-Jarrett (20th out, 172.106, is on the pole);(3-2-2001)

  • Friday Practice is over at Las Vegas: #15-Michael Waltrip was the fastest with a speed of 171.554mph. The qualifying record was set by #28-Ricky Rudd who won the 2000 pole with a speed of 172.563mph Slowest of the 47 drivers in practice was #62-Brendan Gaughan at 165.563mph. See the speeds at : Winston Cup practice speeds(3-2-2001)

  • Qualifying Order link is up for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, see above for link. Scheduled to go out first is #50-Rick Mast, scheduled to go out 47th and last is #40-Sterling Marlin. Qualifying starts at approx. 5:15pm/et and will be televised on Fox Sports Net(check Local Listings)(3-2-2001)

  • UPDATE - Entry List Link is up at NOL for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, see above for link. Some additional entries, #62-Brendan Gaughan and #02-Ryan Newman. Missing from the list (by mistake I assume) are #11-Brett Bodine, #50-Rick Mast and all four of the Roush cars(#'s 6, 17, 97 and 99), look for them to added to the list. That should be 47 drivers for 43 starting spots(2-28-2001)
    UPDATE: added this afternoon to NOL's Entry List were #11-Brett Bodine, #50-Rick Mast and all four of the Roush cars(#'s 6, 17, 97 and 99), so that is 47 cars for 43 spots(3-1-2001)

  • an interesting point: When NASCAR officials decided to disallow Jerry Nadeau's qualifying time at Daytona(for the 500 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 Provisional Status page(2-20-2000)

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


  • Rumble at Vegas: Don King will make a special appearance with his World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and contender John Ruiz at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to sign autographs and pose for pictures with NASCAR Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip and 1999 Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett prior to the NASCAR Winston West race scheduled for Wednesday evening. Holyfield and Ruiz will meet each for the WBA heavyweight title on Saturday night in the Mandalay Bay Events Center.(LVMS PR)(2-27-2001)

  • Interesting Challenge at Las Vegas - Drivers UPDATE 4 final: Thanks to The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, drivers who race in both the NASCAR Winston West event at the Bullring and the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race will compete for three nights of luxury at the Strip resort in The Venetian Challenge. Officials at The Venetian have agreed to offer any driver who can finish in the top three in both the Feb. 28 NAPA 300 and Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 the following:. a three-night stay in the hotel's Penthouse suite and the driver's spouse or significant other will receive a $20,000 shopping spree in the Grand Canal Shoppes.(LVMS PR). So far Brendan Gaughan
    is the only one I know of who will attempt both(2-6-2001)
    UPDATE: Michael Waltrip has committed to compete in the Feb. 28 NAPA Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Winston West Series event at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Waltrip, who drives the #15-NAPA Chevy for Dale Earnhardt in Cup, will make his first NASCAR Winston West starts since he won at Pikes Peak in July of 1997. Waltrip will be driving a car prepared by Orleans Racing and will be a teammate of defending series champion Brendan Gaughan and NASCAR veteran Herschel McGriff. Waltrip and Gaughan are scheduled to compete in both the NAPA Auto Parts 300 and the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Winston Cup event on Sunday, March 4. As part of The Venetian Challenge, they both will be eligible for a special bonus from The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino. If either driver places in the top three in both races they will receive a three-day stay in The Venetian's penthouse suite and their wife or significant other will receive a $20,000 shopping spree in The Grand Canal Shoppes(LVMS PR)(2-8-2001)
    UPDATE 2 - Hornaday Added: #14-Ron Hornaday has decided to compete in the NAPA Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Winston West Series event on Feb. 28 at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hornaday, who will be competing in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 on March 4, will be driving a car prepared by Las Vegas' Bobby Pangonis. Hornaday has six career wins in the NASCAR Winston West Series, but his last win came in 1996 at Colorado National Speedway in Erie, Colo. One of his wins came in 1994 at the old Las Vegas Speedway Park, which was the forerunner of the Bullring. Hornaday joins Michael Waltrip and Brendan Gaughan in The Venetian Challenge. "That is awesome," Hornaday said. " going to win that deal and enjoy it. I'll even take the money and give it to charity."(LVMS PR)(2-11-2001)
    UPDATE 3 - postponed: NASCAR and LVMS have postponed the NAPA 300, NASCAR Winston West Series event, scheduled for Wednesday, February 28th at the 'Bullring' at LVMS. The event will be run on Thursday, March 1st as a prelude to the BGN and Cup Series events at the 1.5-mile LVMS. The 300-lap event is scheduled for a green flag at 7:30pm on the .375-mile Thursday with gates opening at 8:00am and NASCAR Winston West Series Bud Pole Qualifying at 12:00pm. Waltrip and Hornaday are scheduled to compete in the 300-lap event along with the competitors from the Winston West Series including 2000 series champion, Brendan Gaughan(NASCAR PR)(3-1-2001)
    UPDATE 4: Rookie Mark Reed got his first career victory in the NASCAR Winston West Series on Thursday night at the 'Bullring'. Mike Duncan crossed the line second, followed by Sean Woodside, Austin Cameron and Kevin Richards. Michael Waltrip was credited with a 23rd-place finish after dropping out of the race with a damaged radiator on lap 96. Fellow Winston Cup driver Ron Hornaday's effort ended with a 20th-place finish due to an engine failure(Las Vegas Sun). So no driver wins the prize(3-2-2001)

  • Las Vegas Camping News: Race fans who elect to camp at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during NASCAR Weekend will have to go only a short distance to shop for groceries and personal items. Albertson.s and Sav-on Drugs have agreed to set up a campground store in the speedway.s El Monte RV Corral during race week to service the thousands of campers who make the speedway their home away from home. Also, in 2000, LVMS added shower facilities and this year a campground store. The campground store will be set up prior to the arrival of campers on Feb. 27. A full menu of items will be posted later on the speedway's website, PR)(1-24-2001)

  • More Vegas News - Aero Changes? Drivers participating in Monday's NASCAR Winston Cup testing session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway were finding out late in the afternoon that they might be using a new aerodynamics package when they return to the speedway for the March 4 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. NASCAR president Mike Helton and Winston Cup director Gary Nelson were talking with drivers and team owners late in the day about trying some of the sanctioning body's ideas today, the second of five consecutive testing days at the speedway. Some of the series' top drivers probably will be asked to attach some items to their cars in a research and development mini-session(Las Vegas Review Journal)(1-30-2001)

  • Pit Passes at Vegas: For the first time ever, race fans attending Orleans Pole Day on March 2 will be allowed to purchase pit passes. The pit pass, which is good for Friday only and must accompany a ticket to qualifying, will allow fans to stand behind the pit wall during practice sessions and qualifying for both the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and the Sam's Town 300. Pit passes are $25 and can be purchased by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-644-4444. They also will be available at the ticket booths during race week(LVMS PR)(1-16-2001)

  • 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 - Las Vegas


  • Hill Bros to sponsor two cars? UPDATE: Hills Bros full time sponsor of the #90 Ford driven by Hut Stricklin, has plans to sponsor Kenny Wallace's #27 Pontiac as well in a few races. Not at Rockingham but at Las Vegas, where Wallace is a candidate for the No Bull 5. Hills Bros. sponsored Wallace during the Daytona 500 after Stricklin failed to make the race(NOL's Buzz)(2-21-2001)
    UPDATE: Sara Lee Coffee & Tea will sponsor two teams in the Cup race next week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The first entry is Hut Stricklin's #90 Hills Bros Coffee Ford, which is fielded by Junie Donlavey. The #90 Ford has carried the brand's logo since 1999. Kenny Wallace will drive the second entry - the #27 Pontiac. Fielded by Eel River Racing, the car will don a paint scheme featuring the 100% Columbian blend of Hills Bros Coffee. Wallace is one of four drivers eligible for the "No Bull 5" bonus, which is awarded to the winner of the race at Las Vegas. Wallace's #27 Pontiac will sport a different paint scheme to promote the Hills Bros Coffee Columbian blend. The front half of the car will be the same Ferrari red as the #90 Hills Bros Coffee Ford, but it will fade to black toward the rear of the car. The "television panel" will display the Hills Bros Coffee 100% Columbian blend logo(Keystone PR)(2-24-2001)

  • Graves to Sub: Andy Graves, team manager at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, will replace suspended crew chief Kevin Cram on the #01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T after the running of the Daytona 500. Kram is scheduled to begin a four-race suspension, and will remain on seasonlong probation, after NASCAR officials found an illegal substance in the car's fuel cell last week. Cram, who also has been fined $10,000, will resume his duties at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 25(Star Telegram)(2-17-2001)

  • #25 Crew Chief: Gordon Gibbs will be the crew chief for Jerry Nadeau in the upcoming weeks. Tony Furr begins serving a four-week suspension next week at Rockingham, NC. Furr altered the suspension system on his car, earning a $10,000 fine, the suspension and a year's probation(Times Dispatch)(2-14-2001)

  • Gaughan to attempt Las Vegas: Brendan Gaughan(#62 team), was making his first laps in a 2000 Chevy that his Orleans Racing Team has leased from Richard Childress Racing. Gaughan also secured Childress engines for testing and qualifying. If the defending Winston West stock-car champion becomes one of the 43 to start the Las Vegas Cup race, he'll use a race engine from Childress. The first adjustment the team had to make to the car was in the steering, which was originally set up for Earnhardt. Gaughan said he had never driven a car so loose(Las Vegas Review Journal)(1-30-2001)

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


  • #17 Special Scheme: With a year of Winston Cup experience and the 2000 Raybestos Rookie of the Year(ROTY) crown under their belts, the only thing "rookie" about Matt Kenseth and the DEWALT Racing team in the year 2001 will be the paint scheme of the #17 Ford Taurus. In honor of last season's well-deserved title, the #17 car will feature yellow paint with the Raybestos Rookie of the Year logo on the hood. The paint scheme will be featured at Daytona, Rockingham and Las Vegas. In addition to the Rookie of the Year paint scheme, DEWALT Industrial Tools is launching a new product line for 2001 which is expected to be larger than their original launch in 1992. To market the new tools, DEWALT has decided to use the #17 car to help create excitement about the launch. Kenseth will have four new paint schemes throughout the season to compliment DEWALT's new power tools(DeWalt Racing PR). See images of the car at my Paint Scheme Gallery(1-19-2001)

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

STATS and STUFF thru the race before this one

  • Top Fives: There have been 10 different Cup drivers 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(2-26-2000)

  • Top Tens: There have been 18 different Cup drivers 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(2-26-2001)

  • Provisonal Finishes in 2001: In 14 provisonal starts(2 races x 7), drivers have accumulated 0 Win, 1 Top 5's and 2 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(2-26-2001)

    To see who led laps and who led in the bonus points, see my Bonus Points Leaders Page(2-18-2000)

  • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd leads with with 610 followed by Rusty Wallace at 519, Ken Schrader with 489 and Mark Martin 403. Terry Labonte had 655 but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his record streak. Dale Earnhardt had 648 consecutive Winston Cup starts until his death at Daytona(2-26-2001)

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

       Driver          Races  Finish    Track           Date
       Dave Marcis*     314     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     200     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        128     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        92     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little*      87     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Ken Schrader      78     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     68     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Ted Musgrave*     52     5th     Phoenix         10-25-98
       Dick Trickle*     49     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Derrike Cope*     46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Steve Grissom*    45     4th     New Hampshire   9-14-97
    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
       Elliott Sadler  71
       Dave Blaney     35
       Stacy Compton   29
       Buckshot Jones  19
    Cup drivers(not including 2001 rookies)
    (* not full time Cup in 2001, data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(2-26-2001)
  • 1999 winners who did not win in 2000: 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)

  • 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        339
    Ted Musgrave     298*
    Hut Stricklin    272
    Dick Trickle     266*
    Wally Dallenbach 225*
    Kenny Wallace    221
    Chad Little      216*
    Robert Pressley  172
    Johnny Benson    164
    Mike Skinner     147
    Ricky Craven     146
    Steve Grissom    141*
    Todd Bodine      111
    Kevin Lepage      96*
    David Green       78*
    Elliott Sadler    71
    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
    (2-26-2001)(UMI Press Guides Stats/Winston Cup Updates)

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

       Driver          Races Run   Last Win   Track
       Dave Marcis      479*       2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     329        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     305        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Jimmy Spencer    204        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     195        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       163        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  150        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  120*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    95        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        77        9/27/98    Martinsville    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (2-26-2001)(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
       Steve Park         2    Rockingham, Feb 2001
       Michael Waltrip    1    Daytona, Feb 2001
    Thru 2000 season:
       Rusty Wallace     15    Bristol, Aug 2000
       Dale Jarrett       8    Rockingham, Oct 2000
       Jeff Gordon        7    Richmond, Sept 2000
       Bobby Labonte      6    Charlotte, Oct 2000
       Jeff Burton        4    Phoenix, August 2000
       Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
       Tony Stewart       2    Homestead, Nov 2000   
       Ward Burton        1    Darlington, Mar 2000
       Dale Earnhardt Jr  1    Richmond, Apr 2000
       Jeremy Mayfield    1    Pocono, June 2000
       Matt Kenseth       1    Charlotte, May 2000
       Jerry Nadeau       1    Atlanta, Nov 2000
    Streaks that ended in 2000 that were thru 1999 season:
       Driver          Years   Last Win
       Terry Labonte      6    Texas, Apr 1999
       John Andretti      1    Martinsville, Apr 1999
       Joe Nemechek       1    New Hampshire, Sept 1999
    All Time Record is Richard Petty - 18 years from 1960-1977
    (2-26-2001)(info gathered using the 2000 UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide and Winston Cup Updates)

  • 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)

  • Single Car Winner: The last time a single-car team scored a victory was by Ricky Rudd at Martinsville in September 1998(8-4-2000)

  • 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

  • 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 winners by winning the 1999 NAPA 500 at Atlanta(11-21-1999)
    UPDATE 2: Add Bobby Labonte as the 3rd ever provisional winners by winning the 2000 Southern 500 at Darlington(9-3-2000)

  • 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    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

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