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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: UAW-GM Quality 500

Winston Cup Race #29 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, October 7, 2001 in Concord, NC

  • TV: NBC - 12:30pm/et, re-aired on TNT Tuesday, Oct 9, 1:00am/et
  • Pre-Race Show: 12:00pm/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: $3,411,864 (last year $2,432,382)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: UAW-GM Quality 500 from NASCAR.com

  • 2000 Race Winner: Bobby Labonte, 133.630mph, started 2nd

  • Event Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Oct 1999, 151.952mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile quad-oval, 400 laps, 501 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Thursday, Oct 4th 3:30 - 5:30pm/et; Saturday, Oct 6th 10:15 - 11:00am/et
  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Oct 6th after the BGN race, approx 4:00pm/et, TV-TNT live


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, Oct 4th, 2:30pm/et

  • Qualfying Order:

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Thursday, Oct 4th at 7:00pm/et, TV-TNT/SI live and live via PRN Radio(link below)

  • NASCAR.com 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

  • Race/Event Qualifying Record: Ward Burton, Oct 1994, 185.759mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Dale Earnhardt Jr, May 2000, 186.034mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Jeff Gordon, 185.561mph, finished 39th


    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
    Attendence: ~170,000

  • Track Homepage: Lowes Motor Speedway

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


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Charlotte for leading the points and winning the race (Jeff Gordon last won the award, $60,000 at Kansas on Sept 30, 2001). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if he is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finisher in the point standings(9-17-2001)


WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO

Radio Coverage:

Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network(PRN), with live RealAudio coverage
Airtime: 12:00noon/et with Announcers: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
Turn Reporter: Chuck Carland and Rob Albright
Pit Reporters: Brett McMillan, Steve Richards and Pat Patterson

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



    Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Charlotte, NC Area:

    Charlotte Observer
    Gaston Gazette
    Fayetteville Observer-Times
    GoCarolina's NASCAR
    The Herald(Rock Hill)
    News and Observer
    Winston-Salem Journal
    nbc6.com
    WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC


    WEATHER FORECASTS:
    Weather forecast for Charlotte, NC by The Weather Channel
    Weather Underground - Charlotte, NC
    Weather Point - Charlotte, NC
    The Weather Pit


    TRACK INFO FOR THE FANS:
    Charlotte Review by ARS Racing


    IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

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

    PREVIEW, FACT SHEETS and MISC News

    • Flag Beef: After Marlin crossed the finish line, his crew ran to him with an American flag, but NASCAR refused to let Marlin take the customary victory lap. He instead drove straight to the winner's circle, carrying the flag out his window. "I was going to make a lap around the track with the flag, from what went on this morning we just wanted to show support overseas and for the armed forces," Marlin said. "But the NASCAR posse got us." NASCAR said it prohibited Marlin from taking the lap because it was unsafe due the amount of people who had raced out to the finish line. The decision disappointed the crew, which sent partial team owner Felix Sabates to express that to NASCAR.(CNN/SI) and from the Gaston Gazette: NASCAR manages to stifle patriotism; AND Felix Sabates, who maintains a minority interest in the team, said NASCAR President Mike Helton later apologized for series officials disrupting their celebration(Racing Extra)(10-8-2001)

    • The 'Gate' at Kansas and Lowes UPDATE: many readers noticed the while 'gate or fence' Winston Cup Officials held above Jeff Gordon so he couldn't get on the roof of the car in the winners circle/victory lane. On CNN/SI's NASCAR Plus, Benny Parsons was asked about the 'gate' and said he wasn't sure why, but that it was probably to keep the driver off the top of the car so a proper insepction could be done. Last year at California, the #12 Team was penalized for having a car that was too low and it was caused by Mayfield jumping on the roof of the car, denting the spot that the inspectors measure. Otherwise have seen nothing official on the reason for the gate(10-2-2001)
      UPDATE: sources have confirmed that NASCAR doesnt want the drivers on the roof tops after the race for saftey and technical reasons(10-3/8-2001)

    • Firefighters at Lowes - 5,000 heros: A group of 5,000 firefighters will be the guests of Lowe's Motor Speedway and will lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance during Sunday's prerace ceremonies. The track's prerace show will be a tribute to American firefighters and money will be collected during the weekend for a donation to the children of emergency workers lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City. Speedway Children's Charities will coordinate that fund-rasing effort. Lowe's will donate to the Fireman's Benevolent Fund $100 for each lap Jimmie Johnson's car completes in the race and $1,000 for each lap led. Lowe's employees are also distributing 200,000 "Power of Pride" bumper stickers and banners featuring the American flag at this weekend's activities()
      AND Blaise Alexander was a close friend to many of Shepherd's Fire Dept. members in Mooresville, NC. To pay tribute to him, they have put on the side of their newest engine, "In Memory of Blaise Alexander", which will be displayed at the Pre-race Festivities at Lowes Motor Speedway prior to Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup race.(10-7-2001)


      click to see the full image of the firetruck

    • Race Facts: Jeff Gordon has seven poles at Charlotte, the most of all active drivers. He won five straight poles for the Coca-Cola 600 between 1994 and 1998. His first UAW-GM Quality 500 pole occurred in 1993, which was his career-first NASCAR Winston Cup Bud Pole. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with four victories at Charlotte. Dale Jarrett (1994 Mello-Yello 500) and Jeff Gordon (1999 UAW-GM Quality 500) both won a Charlotte race from the 22nd starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started at Charlotte. Matt Kenseth won the 2000 Coca-Cola 600 from 21st. In the 41 years of twice-a-year NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing at Charlotte, a sweep has occurred five times(NASCAR PR)(10-3-2001)

    • : UAW-GM Quality 500 Race Info

    • CBS Sportsline: UAW-GM Quality 500 Preview

    • CNN/SI: UAW-GM Quality 500 - Historic advantage

    • Crew Chief Club

    • FoxSports: UAW-GM Quality 500 preview - Totally NASCAR's Charlotte preview

    • NASCAR.com: UAW-GM Quality 500 Race Page

    • Yahoo: UAW-GM Quality 500 - Preview


    RACE ODDs


    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
    news and links

    • Marlin wins at Charlotte: #40-Sterling Marlin won the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowes Motor Speedway. Marlin's crew met him on the frontstretch after the checkered flag, bringing two large American flags with them. Marlin took one of the flags and drove with it to victory lane. #20-Tony Stewart was 2nd. Points leader #24-Jeff Gordon finished 16th but increaded his points lead to 237 over #28-Ricky Rudd. The last time a Dodge won Charlotte's fall race was in 1975, when Richard Petty won. See for UAW-GM Quality 500 results and for Winston Cup points standings and for a column: Marlin takes a race win on a strange day(10-7-2001)

    • How did the Rookie of the Year Candidates do at Lowes:
      #01-Leffler, 181.745mph, started 33rd, finished 43rd
      #14-Hornaday, 181.635, started 35th, finished 38th
      #19-Atwood, 181.959, started 29th, finished 24th
      #29-Harvick, 182.964, started 14th, finished 8th
      #97-Busch, 179.982, started 43rd using a provisional, finished 22nd
      rookies who are not running for the ROTY award and made the race:
      #02-Newman, 183.993, started 4th, finished 19h
      #4-Hamilton Jr, 182.235, started 23rd, finished 33rd
      #48-Johnson, 182.945, started 15th, finished 39th
      #75-Kirby, 182.254, started 22nd, finished 43nd
      #85-Long, 181.910, started 30th, finished 29th(10-7-2001)

    • HOT NEWS: due to the NBC Coverage of the America Attacks that have started in Afghanistan, the Winston Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway will now be televised on TNT (10-7-2001 - 12:45pm/et)

    • Sunday's UAW-GM 500 race lineup with a comment section about each driver/team

    • Happy Hour practice: at Lowes Motor Speedway. #36-Ken Schrader and #20-Tony Stewart (actually Mike McLaughlin) were the fastest at 177.819mph. Slowest were #7-Kevin Lepage at 173.952 and #85-Carl Long at 173.717. Gibbs Racing BGN driver, Mike McLaughlin practiced the #20 Pontiac all of Happy Hour practice as Tony Stewart was in Indianapolis for his sisters wedding. See speeds/results at : Saturday's final practice speeds. There was no AM Cup practice earlier in the day due to rain.(10-7-2001)

    • Spencer on the pole at Lowes: #26-Jimmy Spencer won the pole in the Kmart-Mummy Returns Ford with a speed of 185.147mph, his 2nd Bud Pole of 2002 and 3rd of his career. His teammate, #66-Todd Bodine is on the outside pole with a speed of 184.489. Some surprises: Kevin Lepage in the #7 NationsRent Ford and will start 5th. #85-Carl Long, who switched to Dodge for this race, ran a great lap and will start his first 2001 race in the 30th spot(is using a Petty Enterprises engine ironically, since 2 PE teams missed the race). #48-Jimmie Johnson, in his first Cup attempt, made the race and will start. Twenty-year old #75-Stuart Kirby pulled of a nice lap and will start his first Cup race 22nd. #15-Michael Waltrip was the last driver out and he had to run in the top 36 or he would had missed the race and #31-Robby Gordon would had made the race. See starting lineups/results at That's Racin or NASCAR.com or MotorsportsOne. See a story about qualifying at : Spencer has pole, something to show for it(10-4-2001)

    • Six drivers missed the race: at Lowes. #31-Robby Gordon (WOW in the Lowes Chevy) (31st in owners points); #45-Kyle Petty(42nd); #44-Buckshot Jones(44th and no provisionals); #30-Jeff Green(46th); #57-Derrike Cope(49th); #46-Frank Kimmel(no owners points). For the season's rundown on DNQ's, see by Did Not Qualify(DNQ) page(10-4-2001)

    • Provisionals go to: #99-Jeff Burton(12th in owners points); #21-Elliott Sadler(19th his 12th provisional of 2001); #12-Mike Wallace(23rd); #32-Ricky Craven(24th); #93-Dave Blaney(25th); #5-Terry Labonte(27th); #97-Kurt Busch(28th). For more info, see my Provisional/Owners Points page(10-4-2001)

    • Pole Progression at Lowes Motor Speedway at Charlotte for the Bud Pole:
      #90-Stricklin, went out 1st in qualifying, 182.519mph, starts 17th
      #25-Nadeau, out 8th, 183.275, starts 10th
      #20-Stewart, out 16th, 183.673, starts 6th
      #1-Wallace, out 17th, 184.037, starts 3rd
      #66-Bodine, out 28th, 184.489, starts 2nd
      #26-Spencer, out 31st, starts 1st - (10-4-2001)

    • Thursday Practice at LMS is over. No surprise, #02-Ryan Newman was the fastest with a speed of 183.225mph, 2nd was #77-Robert Pressley at 182.346 and #1-Kenny Wallace at 182.291. Slowest were #5-Terry Labonte at 175.684 and #46-Frank Kimmel at 175.058. See for Winston Cup practice speeds. Qualifying gets underway at 7:00pm/et and can be seen live on TNT, heard live on PRN or via the Internet at NASCAR.com(10-4-2001)

    • Qualifying Order is up See above for the link(s). 49 cars listed (no #27 or 89). First driver scheduled out is #90-Stricklin, last driver scheduled out is #15-Waltrip.(10-4-2001)

    • Entry List is up for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowes Motor Speedway. See above for the link. 51 cars/teams are listed (for 43 spots). Some notables: #02-Ryan Newman; #30-Jeff Green; #46-Frank Kimmel; #48-Jimmie Johnson; #57-Derrike Cope; #75-Staurt Kirby; #85-Carl Long; #89-Morgan Shepherd; #12-is listed as TBA to be announced. #27-Rick Mast is listed but the team has suspended operations(10-2-2001)
      UPDATEs: down to 50 as #89-Shepherd has been removed from the entry list(10-3-2001)

    • 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


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • Speedway Vs Network UPDATE: oh boy.....Officials of Lowe's (Charlotte) Motor Speedway learned Saturday morning that NBC/TNT, televising networks for this weekend's NASCAR events, would not refer to the track as "Lowe's" during its broadcasts, including the Winston Cup qualifying show Thursday night. The announcers Thursday simply said words to the effect, "We're here in Charlotte." Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse has a 10-year deal for naming rights to the speedway under an arrangement which began in 1999. The Charlotte track is the only one on the NASCAR circuit with a naming rights agreement. As the conflict escalated, speedway officials pulled tow trucks up to the compound enclosing NBC's satellite trucks, threatening to pull them off the lot. Officials from the networks and the speedway reportedly met on the seventh floor of Smith Tower, the Speedway's on-site office complex, in efforts to resolve the situation before the Busch race started. A Speedway spokesman told speedvision.com, "Essentially, what we've told them is that we will not permit them to continue the broadcast until they give us assurance the facility will be called by its legal name." The Busch race started after a 2hr10min and is being aired live by TNT – with the tow trucks still hooked up to the networks' two satellite trucks. The announcers continue not to call Lowe's Motor Speedway by name. See full story at SpeedVision(10-6-2001)
      UPDATE: Cooler heads ultimately prevailed in a dispute between Lowe's Motor Speedway and NBC/TNT that for much of Saturday had tow trucks parked behind the network's satellite trucks and threatened to cut off broadcasts of this weekend's races. Since Lowe's did not buy advertising, TNT announcers referred to Saturday's Grand National event as "NASCAR Busch Series racing from Charlotte" with no further identification of the track. The announcers are expected to follow the same policy during NBC's telecast of the UAW-GM 500 this afternoon. Things finally were settled around 7:00pm/et, after track security arrived at the TV compound outside the track's frontstretch grandstands and threatened to cut cables to two satellite transmission trucks. Track president Humpy Wheeler then met with NBC Sports president Ken Schanzer, who had flown to Charlotte after the dispute broke out. "After meeting with NBC officials, we feel somewhat better about the issue being resolved," Wheeler said. "Whether it is or not, Sunday's telecast will run as scheduled." Wheeler had said earlier that he considered cutting the power to TNT's telecast of Saturday's Little Trees 300 and might have done it Sunday if NBC insisted on not referring to the track by its proper name. NASCAR senior vice president George Pyne said the television contract allows networks to elect not to identify a facility by name, but that if a name is used it must be the proper name. That means NBC could not call the track Charlotte Motor Speedway or any other name other than Lowe's Motor Speedway, but that the contract allows the network not to use any name at all. NBC spokesman Mike McCarley said the network plans to identify Sunday's race as the UAW-GM Quality 500 from Charlotte. McCarley said the broadcast rights agreement signed by NBC and TNT with NASCAR is specific on such issues and that Lowe's Motor Speedway knew the policy. Wheeler contends he first learned the track would not be called Lowe's Motor Speedway on Friday. Upon finding out that was the case Saturday he went to NBC/TNT producer Sam Flood to discuss it. "He said that was it and gave me no reason at all," Wheeler said. ()
      AND NBC/TNT Sports and Lowe's Motor Speedway came to an agreement just prior to the UAW-GM 500 on Sunday that will have the network referring to the track by its proper name.[Lowe's Motor Speedway](NASCAR.com)(10-7-2001)

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

    • Coolers at Lowes UPDATE 3: Humpy Wheeler, president of the Lowe's Motor Speedway, says no decision has been made on whether coolers would be allowed at the track, which has more than 160,000 seats. "We'll stay on top of it, and we'll make people feel very safe and secure," Wheeler said. "We have a lot of security here that a lot of people don't know about."(Roanoke Times)(9-21-2001)
      UPDATE: Dover's ban on coolers is a track decision, said Eddie Gossage, the executive vice president and general manager of Texas Motor Speedway. That order did not come down from NASCAR. "We have no plans to change our cooler policy," said Gossage, anticipating the rescheduled NASCAR Truck series Silverado 350 on Oct. 5 and Indy Racing League's Chevy 500 on Oct. 6. "We do not want to prohibit coolers. The only reason we would even consider it is if some major U.S. agency came forward and really pushed us on it."()(9-22-2001)
      UPDATE - LMS - Coolers - Yes: LMS (Lowes Motor Speeway) will use a similar security protocol [as ISC tracks and Dover] for its race on Oct. 7. LMS president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler will buck the trend and allow coolers into the facility that weekend. "We're still planning to allow race fans to bring coolers in," said LMS spokesman Jerry Gappens. "Humpy made that decision after he talked to folks at the FBI and ATF, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency here in North Carolina. We inspect every cooler and bag that is brought through the gates because we don't allow glass bottles and of course any firearms or weapons. That's our standard operating procedure." Gappens warns that the cooler policy is subject to change depending on national developments.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(9-23-2001)
      UPDATE 2: As of today, Lowe’s Motor Speedway officials intend to allow fans attending UAW-GM Quality 500 Week activities Oct. 4-7 to bring coolers into the speedway. Following the track’s standard operating procedure, security personnel will search all items, including coolers. Lowe’s Motor Speedway policy limits coolers to a maximum of 14 inches and no glass bottles or containers are permitted. In addition, no umbrellas are allowed in the grandstands.(LMS PR)(9-25-2001)

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

    • Simpson to get Award: Motorsports safety pioneer Bill Simpson will receive the Smokey Yunick Award recognizing lifetime achievement in auto racing during pre-race ceremonies for the Oct. 7 UAW-GM Quality 500 Cup race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The award, instituted several years ago by legendary car owner and mechanic Smokey Yunick who passed away May 11 at age 77, annually recognizes an individual whose lifelong efforts have had a major impact on the motorsports industry. “There certainly is no one more deserving of this honor than Bill Simpson,” said H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe’s Motor Speedway. “I don’t think we can ever measure how many drivers’, and even crew members’, lives have been saved or how many injuries have been prevented because of Bill’s work. “Being a former driver himself, Bill has a unique ability to understand the drivers and their safety needs,” Wheeler continued. “He has extremely high standards and his emphasis on quality is simply unmatched in the industry.” The blue ribbon panel that determines the Smokey Yunick Award recipient met on Thursday, July 26, and unanimously selected Simpson to receive the prestigious award. The selection came just five days before Simpson announced his resignation from Simpson Performance Products, the company he founded in 1959. Previous winners of the Smokey Yunick Award include Ralph Moody, Banjo Matthews, Bud Moore and Cotton Owens.(LMS PR)(8-2-2001)

    • 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 - Lowes Motor Speedway


    DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

    • Long to run at Dodge at LMS UPDATE 2 Picks Up a Sponsor and a crew: Carl Long and Mansion Motorsports have announced that they will race a Dodge in this weekend's UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.. Working with Petty Enterprises R&D,. a new car has been prepaired for the # 85 Team out of Durham, North Carolina.(Mansion Motorsports Site)(10-3-2001)
      UPDATE: Motorsports Designs, the leading manufacturer of racing graphics in NASCAR, signed on at the llth hour on Friday to sponsor rookie Carl Long in his first Cup start of 2001 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The company is located in High Point, NC and has been serving the auto racing industry with vinyl graphics since 1982.(Motorsports Designs PR)(10-6-2001)
      UPDATE 2: Petty Enterprises is providing an engine and Kyle Petty's [#45] pit crew will service Long's #85 Dodge(Racing EXtra)(10-7-2001)

    • Jarrett sore but will race, Mast to stand by: #88-Dale Jarrett, who suffered a concussion, broken rib and multiple bruises in a crash last week at Kansas City, made sufficient laps in practice and qualifying Thursday and tentatively feels fit enough to go the distance in Sunday's UAW/GM 500 at Lowe's (Charlotte) Motor Speedway. Pronounced well by a physician and armored in rib protectors, Jarrett qualified 25th and said, "I feel good, like nothing ever happened, really. I've got another day of rest, then a pretty easy day Saturday, so I should be all right Sunday." Jarrett's main concern, he said, was g-forces in the car at speed, which can re-stir effects of a concussion. "I've never been knocked out in my life," he said, "so I really didn't know what to expect. Rick Mast, freed when the #27 [Eel River Racing] team suspended operations after Kansas City, will stand by in case Jarrett needs help.(SpeedVision)(10-5-2001)

    • Jarrett in the Hospital UPDATE released Sunday: Dale Jarrett was listed in fair condition at Kansas University Medical Center following a hard crash on Lap 247 of Sunday's Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway. Jarrett was airlifted to the hospital and was awake and alert when transported. He briefly lost consciousness in his car. He also complained of pain in his right arm. Jarrett was scheduled to receive a CT scan late Sunday and the track was awaiting word of the results.(9-30-2001)
      UPDATE: Winston Cup driver Dale Jarrett was released after he was examined at Kansas University Medical Center following a hard crash on Lap 247 of Sunday's Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway. Jarrett was airlifted to the hospital and was awake and alert when transported. He briefly lost consciousness in his car. He also complained of pain in his right arm. Jarrett received a CT scan Sunday evening and was released. He was expected to rerturn to his home in North Carolina.()(10-1-2001)
      UPDATE 2: Dale Jarrett has been released from KU Med Center and will return to his home in Hickory, N.C. He sustained a concussion and a left chest contusion.(Kansas Speedway PR)
      AND ESPN2's RPM 2 Night reports that Jarrett will not miss any time this weekend at Charlotte/Lowe's Motor Speedway and Jarrett will be in the car there(10-1-2001)

    • Kirby to attempt Lowes: Stuart Kirby, the 20-year-old ARCA driver from Bowling Green, KY was fourth fastest on the unofficial watches at Lowes Motor Speedway testing Tuesday and Wednesday. Making his first laps in a Winston Cup car, Kirby showed the poise of a veteran as he was clocked at just over 179 mph in the #75 Ford owned by former ARCA competitor Bob Schacht. The car Kirby tested was recently purchased from PPI Motorsports and still sported a portion of the Tide paint scheme. Team members said it was the car Ricky Craven drove earlier this season at Michigan Speedway. Kirby is looking to make his NASCAR Winston Cup debut in the UAW-GM Quality 500(LMS Site)(9-21-2001)

    • Lowes to Hendrick? UPDATE 7: from the Winston Salem Journal - Lowe's is now expected to move from the Richard Childress camp(#31) to Hendrick's to sponsor incoming rookie (#48) Jimmie Johnson next season, according to NASCAR sources(Winston Salem Journal) BUT from a SpeedVision Interview with Richard Childress: Q) Is the Lowe's situation as safe as we've heard it is? A) "You're going to be hearing some announcements on that. We're going to be okay with the third [No. 31] team. Lowe's will honor their contract [through 2002]. The direction they go, I'm going to leave that up to y'all. We've agreed we're going to honor it, but we have other things working"(SpeedVision)(8-7-2001)
      UPDATE: Winston Cup team owner Rick Hendrick hopes to announce the primary sponsor for Jimmie Johnson's Winston Cup effort within the next six weeks. "We have associates and all that done, we just haven't announced it," Hendrick said Aug. 3. "Probably sometime in the next 30 to 45 days. We haven't signed anything yet." If Lowe's were to leave Richard Childress Racing, rumors are the company could move to Hendrick Motorsports.(Winston Cup Scene - need sub to read online)
      UPDATE 2: the Herald-Citizen reports that Jimmy Johnson will run a limited schedule next season in preparation for a full run for Hendrick in 2003. That would allow Lowe's to sponsor him in those races in 2002, then move over to him on a full time basis in 2003(Herald Citizen), but all reports and indications I have seen say Johnson will run fulltime in 2002, he will make five or so starts in 2001 in the #48 starting at Lowes in Oct(8-9-2001)
      UPDATE 3: hearing that Haas Automation, currently an associate sponsor on the three current Hendricks cars(#'s 5,24,25) could be the primary sponsor of the #48 Chevy for Johnson(8-21-2001)
      UPDATE 4: There are indications that Lowe's suddenly might not have as solid a sponsorship deal with Hendrick and rookie Jimmie Johnson as once anticipated, that Lowe's might not be that interested in marketing such a young rookie, even with the Jeff Gordon tie-in.(Winston Salem Journal)(9-3-2001)
      UPDATE 5 - Hendrick to announce new team on Tuesday: Rick Hendrick and Jeff Gordon are expected to officially announce their plans for a 2002 Winston Cup team for Jimmie Johnson at Tuesday's media day at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The selection of the site for the announcement is no coincidence since it appears that Lowe's will be the primary sponsor for Johnson's team()(9-17-2001)
      UPDATE 6: a letter/flyer was sent out by Lowes to Team Lowes Racing Fan Club members, the letter says (in part) - "In 2002, Jimmie Johnson will take the wheel of the No. 48 Lowes Monte Carlo and team with three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Jeff Gordon as part of the successful Hendrick Motorsports stable of drivers. You can catch a sneak preview of the new team at three events this year, as Jimmie will debut the No. 48 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC, on October 7, followed by runs at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 11 and Atlanta Motor Speedway on November 18(many readers), also see a 'possible' image of what the #48 will look like on my Paint Schemes page(9-18-2001)
      UPDATE 7 - it's OFFICIAL: Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse announced today a multi-year primary sponsorship with Hendrick Motorsports for the new #48 Monte Carlo team to be driven by Jimmie Johnson in the Winston Cup 2002 season. In addition, Lowe's will be an associate sponsor on the #24 Monte Carlo driven by Jeff Gordon, who will be Johnson's new teammate. The new Lowe's No. 48 will give fans a sneak preview on Oct. 7 when it makes its racing debut at Lowe's Motor Speedway, followed by runs at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 11 and Atlanta Motor Speedway on Nov. 18. The car will run a full schedule in 2002. The Lowe's sponsorship is the final piece of a program that began earlier this year when Hendrick signed Johnson to drive for the team in 2002. The #48 Lowe's Monte Carlo will be co-owned by Hendrick and Gordon, a three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion. See an image from CMI on my Paint Schemes page(CMI PR)(9-18-2001)

    • Kimmel to Cup? UPDATE: Frank Kimmel, current ARCA point leader and two-time champion, may venture into Winston Cup next season for three races. The only track that was mentioned for sure was Charlotte. His current sponsor, Advance Auto Parts, may be the one backing the effort. The 38-year old native of Jeffersonville, Ind., was the series rookie of the year in 1992 and was a runner-up in championship points in 1994, '97 and '99.(NASCAR.com Buzz)(6-23-2001)
      UPDATE: During the next three months, Kimmel and his sponsors hope to build a similar foundation in Winston Cup. Advance Auto is committed to supporting Kimmel in his bid to race in Winston Cup events later this year at Charlotte, Martinsville and Atlanta. He will continue to race on the ARCA series, in which he has an 835-point lead in his bid for a third championship in four years. One reason that Kimmel and Co. chose Winston Cup over other NASCAR circuits is the similarity of the cars he will be driving. He drives a Jack Roush Ford in ARCA and will be driving a Roush Ford in Winston Cup(Roanoke Times)(8-3-2001)

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


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    • Melling scheme at Lowes: Melling Racing's #Dodge will carry the familiar colors of Conwood Sales Company's Levi Garrett brand in the upcoming Cup races at Lowe's Motor Speedway and Talladega (Oct. 21). Driver Stacy Compton will be the first to pilot the gold, brown and white Levi Garrett colors since 1990. "The paint scheme sure conjures up some memories," said Compton. ."It's painted very similar to the Levi Garrett car that Geoffrey Bodine won the Daytona 500 with in 1986. .There were days when you would see that Levi Garrett car up front every week, and Charlotte and Talladega are certainly places where we feel we can bring it back." After concluding Levi Garrett's title sponsorship, Conwood Sales Company remained active in the Winston Cup Series with its Kodiak brand. Kodiak has sponsored Melling Racing since 2000. Conwood's era of NASCAR sponsorship will come to a close at the end of the 2001 season. Melling Racing is currently searching for primary sponsorship for the 2002 Winston Cup Series season(Melling Racing PR)(10-3-2001)

    • Give Kids the World: On May 13, Colin Albo, his sister and grandparents visited Give Kids The World. Colin thought it was just another day to play at the Castle...but his grandparents were keeping a secret. Representatives from Procter & Gamble, along with race car driver Ricky Craven, were all at the Village to tell Colin that his artwork was selected as the new paint scheme for #32 Tide car. Colin created his masterpiece with the use of a blow pen. Each year, the racecar gets repainted for one race with a special design created by a guest of Give Kids The World. Colin's artwork will be applied to the #32 Tide Ford for the October 7 race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. Colin's design is also featured on a die-cast collectible car, which is now available for a $5 donation with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Give Kids The World. See their site at www.gktw.org (Ricky Craven Site)(9-21-2001)

    • Announcement UPDATE Spiderman Schemes for Elliott/Atwood: There will be a web launch/announcement on www.4adodge.com today at 7:00pm/et and at the same time goracing.com will also be announcing a new special paint scheme with graphics and a press release(6-27-2001)...spiderman maybe?
      Spiderman?/REPOST: hearing the #9-Bill Elliott and #19-Casey Atwood Dodge's will run a Spiderman (the movie) paint scheme at Charlotte, not sure if it's in May or Oct(4-3-2001)
      and the UPDATE: found the web launch about the two spiderman cars at www.4adodge.com but no announcement, but it is about #9-Bill Elliott and #19-Casey Atwood driving Spiderman paint schemes at the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowes Motor Speedway on Oct 7th. See images of the cars on my Paint Scheme Gallery and/or get wallpapers at www.4adodge.com(6-28-2001)

    • #93 and BP UPDATE 2 an image: during a NASCAR.com chat with #93 driver Dave Blaney - Q) any special paint schemes this season? A) Right now, there is a green and yellow BP car in the drawing board. I do not know when or where that will show up(NASCAR.com Chat Transcript)(3-29-2001)
      UPDATE: hearing the BP scheme will run in the Coca-Cola 600(5-13-2001)
      UPDATE 2: The #93 Amoco Dodge Intrepid will feature a new paint scheme for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, highlighting the current reimaging of the Amoco and BP gas stations nationwide with a special green-and-yellow design displaying the BP shield on the car's hood. The new look for Dave Blaney and the Amoco Dodge will also be featured in three NASCAR Winston Cup Series races in the fall-the UAW-GM 500 at Charlotte on October 7, the Talladega 500 at Talladega (AL) Superspeedway on October 21 and the Pop Secret 400 at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, N.C. on November 4.(Bill Davis Racing PR), see an image of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery(5-16-2001)

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


    STATS and STUFF

    • Hamilton - 30 races - no DNF UPDATE: #55-Bobby Hamilton has been running at the end of 30 consecutive races(counting last season since he DNF'd at Phoenix), which is the circuit's longest active streak. No other drivers have made all the races in 2001 and not DNF'd(did not finish). Bill Elliott had his first DNF of 2001 at Kansas, ending a streak of 32 straight races without a DNF(9-30-2001)

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

    • Top Tens: There have been 41 different Cup drivers (no new drivers at Kansas) 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(9-30-2001)

    • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 182 provisional starts(26 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001 or Dover 6/2001), drivers have accumulated 2 Wins, 8 Top 5's and 24 Top 10's. #77-Robert Pressley was the highest provisional starter/finisher at Kansas with a 7th. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(9-30-2001)

    • 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 Kansas. See the Bonus Points/Laps Led page(9-30-2001)

    • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 636 consecutive starts followed by Rusty Wallace at 545, Ken Schrader with 515 and Mark Martin has 429 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(9-30-2001)

    • 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.(9-30-2000)

    • 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
                         Since
      
         Dave Marcis*     316     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
         Brett Bodine     227     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
         Rick Mast        141     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
         Kyle Petty       109     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
         Ken Schrader     104     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
         Hut Stricklin     85     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
         Mike Wallace      68     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     61
         Stacy Compton   54
         Buckshot Jones  40
      Cup drivers(not including 2001 rookies)
      (* not full time Cup in 2001)
      (compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)
      (9-30-2001)
      
    • No Wins Ever.... Some regular drivers in Winston Cup who have
      never won a Cup race and how many starts they have:

      Active Drivers	
      Driver        Races Run
      Rick Mast        352
      Hut Stricklin    302
      Ted Musgrave     299*
      Dick Trickle     266*
      Kenny Wallace    235
      Wally Dallenbach 226*
      Chad Little      216*
      Robert Pressley  196
      Johnny Benson    190
      Ricky Craven     172
      Mike Skinner     168
      Steve Grissom    141*
      Todd Bodine      137
      Kevin Lepage     117
      David Green       78*
      Dave Blaney       61
      Stacy Compton     54
      Buckshot Jones    40
      
      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
      (9-30-2001)(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     354        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
         Ken Schrader     331        6/2/91     Dover
         Derrike Cope     273*       6/3/90     Dover
         Jimmy Spencer    230        7/24/94    Talladega
         Bill Elliott     221        9/4/94     Darlington
         Kyle Petty       180        6/4/95     Dover
         Geoffrey Bodine  121*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
         Terry Labonte     87        3/28/99    Texas
         John Andretti     86        4/18/99    Martinsville
         Joe Nemechek      64        9/19/99    New Hampshire
         Mark Martin       53        4/9/00     Martinsville
         Matt Kenseth      50        5/28/00    Lowes
         Jeremy Mayfield   45        6/19/00    Pocono
         Jerry Nadeau      26        11/20/00   Atlanta
      
         *not a full time or regular Cup driver
      (9-30-2001)(UMI Press Guides Stats/Winston Cup Updates)
      


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

      Have already won in 2001 and extended or started their streaks:
         Driver          Years   Last Win
         Rusty Wallace     16    California, Apr 2001
         Dale Jarrett       9    New Hamsphire, July 2001
         Jeff Gordon        8    Kansas, Sept 2001
         Bobby Labonte      7    Pocono, July 2001
         Jeff Burton        5    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)(9-30-2001)

    • All Time Winston Cup Starts:

      Richard Petty   1,177
      Dave Marcis       880*
      Darrell Waltrip   809
      Ricky Rudd        723*
      Bobby Allison     717
      Terry Labonte     701*
      Bill Elliott      651*
      
      * = active drivers(9-30-2001)

    • 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
      (9-2-2001)
      

    • 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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