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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
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THE RACE: New England 300

Winston Cup Race #19 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, July 22, 2001 in Loudon, NH

  • TV: TNT - 2:00pm/et, re-aired on TNT Monday, July 23rd, 11:00pm/et
  • Pre-Race Show: 1:30pm/et - Hosted by Bill Weber
  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach

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

  • Purse: $3,536,758 (last year $3,089,776)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: New England 300 from NASCAR.com

  • 2000 Race Winner: Tony Stewart, 103.145mph

  • Race Speed Record: Jeff Burton, July 1997, 117.134mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.058 mile oval, 300 laps, 317.4 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Friday, July 20th 10:55am - 12:55pm/et; Saturday, July 21st 9:45 - 10:30am/et
  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, July 21st, 11:00-11:45am/et, TV-TNT at 4:00pm/et


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 20th, 10:00am/et

  • Qualfying Order: New England 300 qualifying order - or New England 300 qualifying order

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, July 20th at 2:15pm/et, TV-CNN/SI and live via MRN radio/internet(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

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, July 2000, 132.089mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Rusty Wallace, 132.089mph


    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
    Turns: Banking: 12 degrees; Striaghts: 2 degrees
    Length of Straights: Frontstretch - 1500ft; Backstretch - 1500ft
    Attendence: ~100,000

  • Track Homepage: New Hampshire International Speedway

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


    PAST WINNERS of the 1st Race at NHIS

    YEAR  CAR#  DRIVER           MANU     AVE SPEED
    1993      2       Rusty Wallace  Pontiac   105.947
    1994     10      Ricky Rudd       Ford         87.599
    1995     24      Jeff Gordon       Chevy      107.029
    1996     28      Ernie Irvan        Ford          98.930
    1997     99      Jeff Burton        Ford        117.134
    1998     99      Jeff Burton        Ford        102.996
    1999     99      Jeff Burton        Ford        101.876
    2000     20      Tony Stewart    Pontiac    103.145
    


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at New Hampshire for leading the points and winning the race (Jeff Gordon last won the award, $60,000 at Michigan on June 10, 2001). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if he is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finisher in the point standings(7-15-2001)


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

Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including RealAudio coverage
Airtime: 2:00pm/et with Announcers: Barney Hall and Joe Moore
Turn Reporters: Fred Armstrong and Dave Moody;
Pit Reporters: Jim Phillips, Winston Kelley and Adam Alexander

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


Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Loudon, NH Area:
Boston Globe
Boston Herald
The Citizen
Concord Monitor
Foster's Online
Hartford Courant
Nashua Telegraph


WEATHER FORECASTS:
Weather forecast for Loudon, NH by The Weather Channel
Weather Point - Concord, NH
Weather Underground - Loudon, NH
The Weather Pit


TRACK INFO FOR THE FANS:
New Hamphire 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

  • NHIS Notes of Interest: There have been 12 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at New Hampshire since the inaugural race there on July 11, 1993. There was one race per year prior to 1997, the first year for twice-a-year NASCAR Winston Cup Series races. Four drivers have won there from a top-five starting position at New Hampshire. Jeff Gordon (1998) is the only driver to win a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at New Hampshire from the pole position. There have been seven different race winners in the 12 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at New Hampshire. Jeff Burton (four) and Jeff Gordon (three) are the only repeat race winners at the New England track. Ford has six victories in the 12 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at New Hampshire. Chevrolet has four and Pontiac has two. Ken Schrader (1997) is the only driver to sweep both Bud Poles in a season at New Hampshire. Jeff Burton led the most laps en route to victory in the 1997 Jiffy Lube 300 and again in the 1998 Jiffy Lube 300. He scored his third straight Jiffy Lube 300 victory in July 1999, but did not lead the most laps then led all 300 laps in posting his fourth victory at New Hampshire in the 2000 Dura-Lube 300. Fifteen different drivers led during the 1996 Jiffy Lube 300, the record for the most leaders in a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at New Hampshire(NASCAR PR)(7-18-2001)

  • : New England 300 Race Info

  • CBS Sportsline: New England 300 Preview

  • CNN/SI: New England 300 Coverage/New Game Plan

  • Crew Chief Club

  • FoxSports: New England 300 preview - Loudon tries to move on

  • Raceday Today - New England 300

  • NASCAR.com: New England 300 Race Page

  • Yahoo: New England 300 - Preview


RACE ODDs


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Jarrett wins at NHIS: #88-Dale Jarrett got around teammate #28-Ricky Rudd with 5 laps to go to win the New England 300 at New Hampshire, Rudd ended up 3rd with #24-Jeff Gordon finishing 2nd. It is Jarretts 4th win of the year and he is still tied with Gordon in the Winston Cup but now holds the tiebreaker edge since he has 4 wins to Gordons 3 (Gordon led the most laps and got the same 180 points Jarrett did). #7-Mike Wallace ahd his best non-restrictor plate finish of the year with a 10th, #50-Rick Mast finsihed 14th and #45-Kyle Petty was 26th. See for New England 300 results and for Updated Winston Cup points. Also see the story: Sunday's race rewind (7-22-2001)

  • Lap Leaders: #19-Casey Atwood led a Winston Cup race for the first time in his career at New Hampshire, leading 13 laps, making 44 drivers who have led at least one lap in 2001. Only one driver has made all the races and NOT led a lap, #5-Terry Labonte. To see Bonus Points and Lap Leaders, see the Bonus Points/Lap Leaders Page and the Lap Leaders by Race Page(7-23-2001)

  • How did the ROTY candidates do?
    #01-Leffler, 128.706, started 41st provisional, finished 27th, 9 rookies points
    #14-Hornaday, 130.833. started 11th, finished 34th, 8
    #19-Atwood, 129.758, started 27th, finished 12th(ties his best 2001 finish), 10
    #29-Harvick, 129.913, started 24th, finished 8th, 14
    #96-Houston, skipped New Hampshire
    #97-Busch, 129.406, started 32nd, finished 42nd 7 (7-20-2001)

  • Happy Hour at NHIS is over. Fastest was at followed by #10-Johnny Benson at 129.719mph followed by #20-Tony Stewart at 129.287. Slowest were #77-Robert Pressley at 127.113 and #66-Todd Bodine at 126.715. #90-Hut Stricklin backed into the wall halfway thru Happy Hour and will have to go to a backup car and go to the back of the field when the race starts, Hut was to start 16th. See for Happy Hour Speeds(7-21-2001)

  • Saturday AM Speeds: at New Hampshire. #10-Johnny Benson was the fastest at 129.481mph followed by #29-Kevin Harvick at 128.937. Slowest was #45-Kyle Petty at 126.270 and #44-Buckshot Jones at 125.986. See for the Saturday's early practice speeds(7-21-2001)

  • Jeff Gordon wins the pole at NHIS for the New England 300. #24-Jeff Gordon wins the pole at New Hampshire with a speed of 131.770mph, his fifth pole of 2002. Outside pole goes to #6-Mark Martin with a speed of 131.724. Only one driver missed the race, #27-Mike Bliss of the Eel River Racing team, who miss their 6th straight race as they were not high enough in owners points for ProvisionalLand. #45-Kyle Petty qualified for the race 26th and is driving an all black car in honor of his son Adam, who was killed at NHIS in May 2000. #90-Hut Stricklin was the slowest in practice Friday but gutted out a great lap and will start 16th. The two drivers out of provisionals, #7-Mike Wallace and #14-Ron Hornaday both qualified well enough to make the race (#14 = 11th, #7 = 22nd). Among the drivers using provisional starting spots are #40-Marlin, rookie #01-Leffler uses his first of the year, #4-Lapage uses the team's 6th and they are now out until Bristol (the 24th race on Aug 25th). The two drivers who had practice accidents and had to go to backup, #11-Bodine and #25-Nadeau had to use provisionals as they were too slow in unpracticed cars. See NASCAR.com for New England 300 Lineup or for Friday's qualifying results or MotorSportsOne - Lineup(7-20-2001)

  • Pole Progression at NHIS: easy this week
    #29-Kevin Harvick, went out 1st in qualifying, ran 129.913, will start 23rd #55-Bobby Hamilton, out 3rd, 131.302, will start 4th #24-Jeff Gordon, out 21st, 131.770, will start 1st (7-20-2001)

  • Friday Practice is over at New Hampshire. #36-Ken Schrader was the fastest at 131.710mph, followed by teammate #10-Johnny Benson at 131.633. Slowest was #90-Hut Stricklin at 128.528mph with #31-Robby Gordon 2nd slowest at 128.793. #25-Jerry Nadeau and #11-Brett Bodine both wrecked their primary cars in practice and will have to go to backups. Neither driver were able to practice their backup cars and will go out cold in their backups. Neither driver was injured. #93-Dave Blaney brushed the wall but the car was not damaged. See for Friday's Winston Cup practice speeds(7-20-2001)

  • Qualifying Order is up for New England 300. See above for the links. 44 drivers/cars are on the list, one will go home. First scheduled out is #29-Kevin Harvick. Last of the 44 scheduled to qualify is #33-Joe Nemechek. And, yes, either #7-Mike Wallace or #14-Ron Hornaday could make the race if not in the top 36 in speed even though they are out of provisionals (they would both have to out of the top 36 for it to happen). See my Provisional Status/Rules/Owners Point page for the explanation to: What happens if at least 43 cars attempt a race but more then one team is out of provisionals and fails to qualify for the race with still a spot open in the field? Qualifying is scheduled to start at 2:15pm/et and will be televised on CNN/SI (don't get it? go to my TV/Media Contact page for contact info and contact your cable company) and via MRN radio at NASCAR.com(7-20-2001)

  • Entry List has been posted for New Hampshire. See above for the link. 45 cars/drivers listed. Looks like a few changes will occur with the list in the next few days. #45-Kyle Petty is listed, may end up being Steve Grissom; Mike Skinner is listed in the #31, should find out in the next day or so if he'll try to run the car(doubtful); the #7 has Robby Gordon listed in the car; #50-Rick Mast and the Midwest Transit team return to action after skipping Chicago. #96-Andy Houston is listed even though the future of that team seems iffy. The entry list is compliled by NASCAR from Entry Forms already received a week or so before the race(7-17-2001)

  • 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

  • New Hampshire Grand Marshal: The dean of American motorsports writers, Chris Economaki, has been named Grand Marshal for the Sunday, July 22 New England 300 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at New Hampshire. Economaki is the editor and publisher emeritus of the racing weekly National Speed Sport News. His featured column, "From the Editor's Notebook" is considered must reading by the motorsports community and fans. As a long time fixture at televised motorsports events, Chris was a member of the broadcast team when CBS Sports presented the first flag-to-flag coverage of a NASCAR event at the 1979 Daytona 500. In making this announcement NHIS President Gary Bahre said, "To most in the sport and certainly to my family, the name Chris Economaki and auto racing are synonymous. It is an honor for us to recognize his long and on-going contributions to our sport." Economaki will be the honoree at the annual Grand Marshal's Dinner on Saturday evening, July 21. Chris will give the command to start engines for the New England 300 at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 22.(NHIS PR)(7-17-2001)

  • Plates at New Hampshire NO - UPDATE: NASCAR has no plans to use restrictor plates during Busch Series events this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway, and it has not made a decision on whether it will use them in the Winston Cup race July 22.(SpeedVision). Back in February it was reported that "Helton also said that restrictor plates won't return to New Hampshire, where NASCAR used them for the first time last year. "We've got some other things we're looking at to do in general on the race cars," Helton said without elaboration(see my NHIS Past News Page for the full story)(5-11-2001)
    UPDATE: NASCAR President Mike Helton said that there would be no rule changes for next weekend's race at New Hampshire. Last fall, NASCAR officials mandated restrictor plates for the cars after the deaths of Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin in separate one-car accidents earlier in the season. Helton said that the cars should be safer with additional safety features and the elimination of bump-stop rubbers. He also said that the prohibition on bump stops, which allowed the cars to sit lower to the ground and not face as much wind resistance, should slow the cars(RacingExtra)(7-14-2001)

  • NHIS Later Start? Night Races at Dover? NBC and NASCAR, going after a larger West Coast audience, have moved the starting time of the Loudon, N.H., race next month to 2:00pm/et, and more such late afternoon starts appear to be coming. With the success of Fox' prime time coverage of last week's Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, more prime-time Winston Cup events may be in the cards. Dover executives are looking at Saturday night races in the future(need to install lights), trying to capture some of the excitement of Bristol's night action(Winston Salem Journal)(6-5-2001)

  • NHIS to get sealed: On Monday following the BGN race today, Slurry Paving, Inc. of Richmond, VA, will apply a coat of sealer to the 1.058-mile New Hampshire International Speedway identical to the material applied to Richmond International Raceway prior to the 2001 Pontiac Excitement 400. The race track had its surface ground by a laser-guided milling machine in the weeks preceding this weekend and was called "the smoothest it's been since it was originally paved" by NHIS multi-divisional veteran Steve Park(NASCAR.com Buzz)(5-12-2001)

  • New Hampshire does some work: NHIS officials coated the entire track with sealant. According to track owner Bob Bahre, the procedure is done every three years to help preserve the track and give drivers better handling in the corners. The coating comes following the deaths of NASCAR drivers Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin last season. Both drivers were killed in practice crashes when their cars slammed into the wall in the track’s third turn. Despite the deaths of the two drivers, Bahre said the procedure had nothing to do with the accidents. After the NASCAR test sessions in April, a few of the drivers said they thought there were a few bumps on the speedway. NHIS brought in an engineering firm from Kansas City experienced in racetrack profiling to check the speedway. They detected some insignificant bumps over the tunnel and in Turns 3 and 4. Although the bumps were slight, NHIS officials had them removed(Foster's Online). No word or mention on the rumor that the walls were being confiured in some of the turns(see my Track News and Link page for past news)(5-9-2001)

  • NHIS configuring Walls? The outside wall at the entrance to the first and third turns at New Hampshire Speedway is being redesigned, according to NASCAR sources, for next weekend's Busch race at Loudon. That's where Adam Petty was killed one year ago(Winston Salem Journal)(5-5-2001)(Was NOT True)

  • 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 - New Hampshire


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • Kyle at New Hampshire? UPDATE 5 Will Race: Kyle Petty has not decided if he or the #45 Sprint team will race at the New Hampshire race on July 22nd(CNN/SI-NASCAR Plus TV Show)(6-25-2001)
    UPDATE: Winston Cup driver Kyle Petty, whose oldest son, Adam, was killed in a Grand National series practice session wreck last May at New Hampshire International Speedway, remains unsure whether he will compete in the Winston Cup race at the track next weekend. Tuesday would have been Adam's 21st birthday. Petty skipped both Winston Cup races at the track last season. "Right now I'm considering Chicago, and when I'm done with Chicago I'll see about next week. This week has been a hard week because of Adam's birthday. ... There have been so many things this week that have brought back so many memories," Petty said. "I couldn't bring myself to go back last year and it's kind of crept up on me this year. I'll wait until the first of the week to see where I'm at. Everybody at Petty Enterprises, they know what my position is. They stand behind the whole program."()(7-13-2001)
    UPDATE: Kyle Petty says he'll announce a decision in a few days on if he'll compete at New Hampshire International Speedway next weekend for the first time since his son, Adam, died in a crash there May 12, 2000. Petty said that the team's crew members also have the option of not going. If Petty does not, Steve Grissom will drive for him. Grissom is the team's test driver and also works as an adviser for Carlos Contreras, who drives for the Petty Enterprises truck series team. The trucks also will race at New Hampshire next weekend, so Grissom already was scheduled to be there(RacingExtra)(7-14-2001)
    UPDATE 2: CNN/SI's NASCAR Plus reported tonight that Kyle Petty will run at New Hampshire in a black car with some Sprint decals and the #45 on the car. None of Kyle's family will be at the track(7-16-2001)
    UPDATE 3: sources tell me that contrary to the CNN/SI report, Petty has not made up his mind regarding New Hampshire. As of this morning, he just was not sure. He said it could be as late as Friday morning before he makes a decision(7-17-2001)
    UPDATE 4: FSN's Totally NASCAR show on Thurs reports that Kyle Petty is expected ro run at NHIS with Steve Grissom standing by(7-19-2001)
    UPDATE 5: A Statement From Kyle Petty: This is going to be a pretty tough week for our family, the 45 team and for everyone at Petty Enterprises. We.re anxious to race and we.re anxious to do well but we are in New Hampshire with mixed emotions. Bob and Gary Bahre are the greatest people in the world. We feel as badly for them as we do anyone. The fans in New England are fantastic and are some of our favorite people. It.s hard to find better and more dedicated fans anywhere. The Bahres and the fans up here are a large part of the reason we.re racing this weekend. But we have one more very big reason. Adam would want me and the 45 team to come here and race. As a tribute to Adam, we've repainted his race car. We wanted to do something special. We wanted an on-track memorial to him and to those who love him. This isn't a Sprint car or a Petty Enterprises car or anything like that. For this weekend, this is an Adam car. I want this car to speak for itself. Adam's car and this statement will be all we have to say this weekend. Pattie and I, my mother and father, our entire family and the members of the 45 team would just rather not do any interviews at all this weekend, and we appreciate the media.s understanding. The guys at the #43 and #44 have said they would be glad to talk about their race cars but they, too, want to join us in honoring Adam by letting the race car speak for itself. I love Adam, we all love Adam, and miss him terribly. Thank you for letting us come back to New Hampshire with such an understanding and loving manner.(Williams Company PR)(7-20-2001)

  • Irwin/Earnhardt/Petty Tribute: NHIS will hold a race-day tribute to the late seven-time champion, Dale Earnhardt. Details are still being worked out and are expected to be announced tomorrow(Union Leader), no word on if they will have a tribute for Kenny Irwin(7-18-2001)
    UPDATE: According to NHIS owner Bob Bahre, track officials are planning a ceremony to honor Dale Earnhardt, Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin Jr. prior to Sunday’s New England 300. Earnhardt, also known as The Intimidator, was one of NASCAR’s best-known drivers. With his trademark black racing suit and aggressive style of driving, Earnhardt quickly gained the respect of his NASCAR peers. The 49-year-old Earnhardt was killed during the Daytona 500 in February, when his No. 3 Chevrolet Monte Carlo hit the wall on the final lap of the race. Earnhardt won a record seven Winston Cup points titles and hd 76 career victories. Petty was killed last May when his car barreled into the wall in Turn 3 at NHIS. Irwin was killed two months later when his car hit the same wall at NHIS, near the spot where Petty’s car hit. Race officials blamed stuck throttles for both incidents. "We’ve got a lot of respect for Dale and the other two kids," Bahre said. "We couldn’t have a ceremony for Dale and not the other two. That just wouldn’t be right." The ceremony, which will be performed prior to the race on Sunday, will include a prayer from Bishop Michael Cody of Portland, Maine. Along with the prayer service will be Winston Cup’s season-long ritual of having complete radio silence during Lap 3 in memory of Earnhardt. While race fans and drivers alike will remember Earnhardt for his intimidating character, Bahre said he always will remember a softer side of The Intimidator, one that included regular visits to him and his son, Gary, when the Winston Cup Series was in town. While the death of Earnhardt was a shock for Bahre, the NHIS owner was taken aback this week by the reaction of several Winston Cup drivers following Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s victory at Daytona in the Pepsi 400. Following the race, several drivers voiced concerns that Winston Cup officials and other drivers, specifically Michael Waltrip, fixed the race to let Earnhardt Jr. win. "Earnhardt Jr. has been running strong since February," Bahre said. "What’s wrong with these people? If he had the best car, he deserved to win the race."(Fosters Daily Democrat)(7-19-2001)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

  • #01 Special Scheme UPDATE: hearing that Jason Leffler will be running a Special Olympics logo in June on the #01 Cingular Dodge. Cingular is a Special Olympics sponsor and it is part of this years promo(4-24-2001)
    UPDATE: see an image of the car on my Paint Schemes Gallery(5-23-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Cingular Wireless is racing toward its four-year goal of raising $40 million for Special Olympics by painting its #01 NASCAR Winston Cup race car with a Special Olympics paint scheme, and offering customers the opportunity to support the organization through promotional offers. Cingular, an Official Partner of Special Olympics USA and Official Sponsor of Special Olympics Team USA, is in the second year of its support for Special Olympics. To showcase its commitment to Special Olympics, Cingular’s #01 Dodge Intrepid R/T will display a Special Olympics logo for the months of June and July. The new paint scheme will be debuted at the MBNA Platinum 400 at the Dover Downs International Speedway on June 3. Cingular also will sell limited edition, souvenir, die-cast versions of the #01 racecar to commemorate this unique paint scheme and raise money for Special Olympics(www.specialolympics.org). A percentage of the proceeds generated from the die-cast car sales will go directly to Special Olympics. Cars will be available in Cingular Wireless retail outlets as well as at many Special Olympics Summer Games being held across the United States. In addition, Cingular Wireless is launching a 60-day promotional drive to collect donations on behalf of Special Olympics. During the promotional months of June and July, consumers who donate $20 to Special Olympics and sign up for service at a Cingular Wireless retail store are eligible for: * An exclusive $35 rate plan offer * An Internet-ready Ericsson handset * A co-branded Cingular/BLOCKBUSTER gift certificate for five free movie rentals good at participating BLOCKBUSTER stores. Donations raised by Cingular will support year-round training and competitions for Special Olympic athletes, who participate in the activities free of charge as well as help send Special Olympics Team USA athletes to the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland. Through last year’s “Be a Hero” promotion, Cingular customers successfully raised $8.9 million for Special Olympics.(Cingular PR)(5-30-2001)

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


STATS and STUFF

  • Bodine - 24 races - no DNF UPDATE: #11-Brett Bodine has been running at the end of 24 consecutive races(counting last season), which is the circuit's longest active streak. Three other drivers have made all the races in 2001 and not DNF'd(did not finish): 9-Bill Elliott, #21-ElliottSalder, and #55-Bobby Hamilton(7-15-2001)

  • Top Fives: There have been 29 different Cup drivers(add #77-Robert Pressley at Chicago) who have scored a Top-5 so far in 2001....2000's total was 28, 1999's total was 28 and 1998's total number was 27(7-15-2001)

  • Top Tens: There have been 39 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at Chicago) who have scored a Top-10 in 2001.....2000's total was 41, 1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(7-15-2001)

  • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 112 provisional starts(16 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001 or Dover 6/2001), drivers have accumulated 1 Win, 4 Top 5's and 15 Top 10's. #17-Matt Kenseth was the highest provisional starter at Chicago with a 7th. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(7-15-2001)

  • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 626 consecutive starts followed by Rusty Wallace at 535, Ken Schrader with 505 and Mark Martin has 419 consecutive Cup starts. Terry Labonte had 655 (and holds the all time record) but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his record streak. Dale Earnhardt had 648 consecutive Winston Cup starts until his death at Daytona(7-15-2001)

  • 2000 winners who have not won in 2001: Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Ward Burton, Jeremy Mayfield, Matt Kenseth and Jerry Nadeau. Terry Labonte, Joe Nemechek and John Andretti earned victories in 1999 and have not won since.(7-15-2000)

  • 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     217     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        134     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty       102     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
    
       Ken Schrader      94     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     78     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Mike Wallace      60     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     51
       Stacy Compton   44
       Buckshot Jones  32
    Cup drivers(not including 2001 rookies)
    (* not full time Cup in 2001)
    (compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)
    (7-15-2001)
    
  • 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        345
    Ted Musgrave     299*
    Hut Stricklin    282
    Dick Trickle     266*
    Kenny Wallace    231*
    Wally Dallenbach 226*
    Chad Little      216*
    Robert Pressley  187
    Johnny Benson    180
    Mike Skinner     163
    Ricky Craven     162
    Steve Grissom    141*
    Todd Bodine      127
    Kevin Lepage     108
    David Green       78*
    
    All Time - Over 400 Starts	
    Driver          Races Run
    JD McDuffie       653
    Buddy Arrington   560
    Neil Castles      497
    Jimmy Means       455
    Cecil Gordon      450
    G.C. Spencer      415
    
    *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (7-15-2001)(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     345        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     321        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Jimmy Spencer    220        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     211        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       173        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  166        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  120*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Terry Labonte     78        3/28/99    Texas
       John Andretti     77        4/18/99    Martinsville
       Joe Nemechek      55        9/19/99    New Hampshire
       Mark Martin       44        4/9/00     Martinsville
    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (7-15-2001)(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    Martinsville, Apr 2001
       Jeff Gordon        8    Michigan, June 2001
       Jeff Burton        5    Lowes, May 2001
       Tony Stewart       3    Sears Point, June 2001   
       Steve Park         2    Rockingham, Feb 2001
       Dale Earnhardt Jr  2    Daytona, July 2001
       Michael Waltrip    1    Daytona, Feb 2001
       Kevin Harvick      1    Chicago, July 2001
       Elliott Sadler     1    Bristol, Mar 2001
       Bobby Hamiton      1    Talladega, Apr 2001
       Ricky Rudd         1    Pocono, June 2001
       
    Thru 2000 season:
       Bobby Labonte      6    Charlotte, Oct 2000
       Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
       Ward Burton        1    Darlington, Mar 2000
       Jeremy Mayfield    1    Pocono, June 2000
       Matt Kenseth       1    Charlotte, May 2000
       Jerry Nadeau       1    Atlanta, Nov 2000
       
    Streaks that ended in 2000 that were thru 1999 season:
       Driver          Years   Last Win
       Terry Labonte      6    Texas, Apr 1999
       John Andretti      1    Martinsville, Apr 1999
       Joe Nemechek       1    New Hampshire, Sept 1999
    
    All Time Record is Richard Petty - 18 years from 1960-1977
    (info from UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guides
    and Winston Cup Updates)(7-15-2001)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Amazing Finishes: Races won from a starting position of 35 or worse in the history of NASCAR
    Starting Position  Race                                 Driver
     43                1950 Southern 500, Darlington        Johnny Mantz
     43                1953 Raliegh, NC                     Fonty Flock
     38 provisional    2001 Food City 500, Bristol          Elliott Salder   
     38 provisional    1999 Jiffy Lube 300, Loudon          Jeff Burton
     38                1988 Firecracker 400, Daytona        Bill Elliott
     37 provisional    1999 NAPA 500, Atlanta               Bobby Labonte
     37 provisional    2000 Southern 500, Darlington        Bobby Labonte
     37                1995 Miller 500, Dover               Kyle Petty
     37                1959 Lakewood Speedway, Atl, GA      Lee Petty
     36                2000 Diehard 500, Talladega          Jeff Gordon
     35                2000 Cracker Barrel 500, Atlanta     Dale Earnhardt
    (3-25-2001)
    

  • 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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