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THE RACE: Pepsi 400

Winston Cup Race #17 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Saturday, July 7, 2001 in Daytona, FL

  • TV: NBC 8:00pm/et, re-aired Monday, July 9th, 11:00pm/et
  • Pre-Race Show: 7:30pm/et - Hosted by Bill Weber
  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach

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

  • Purse: $3,902,630 (was $3,000,835 in 2000)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Pepsi 400 from NOL

  • 2000 Race Winner: Jeff Burton, 148.576

  • Race Speed Record: Bobby Allison, 1980, 173.473

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

  • Pit Road Speed: 55mph


  • Practice: Thursday, July 5th 3:30-5:30pm/et, postponed to 8:00-9:30pm/et, TV-TNT
  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, July 6th, 8:00-9:30pm/et, TV-CNN/SI


  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, July 5th, 2:30pm/et

  • Qualfying Order: Pepsi 400 qualifying order - or Pepsi 400 qualifying order
  • First Round Qualifying:2 laps for positions 1-36, Thursday, July 5th at 8:00pm/et, TV-TNT and live via MRN radio/internet(link below)- Postponed to Friday, July 6th at 12noon/et, TV-TNT

  • 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: Bill Elliott, Feb 1987, 210.364mph

  • Event Qualifying Record before: Sterling Marlin, July 1986, 203.666mph(before restrictor plates)

  • Event Qualifying Record after: Greg Sacks, July 1990, 195.533mph(after restrictor plates were introduced in Feb 1988) in 1987 Davey Allison ran 198.085mph when a 390 CFM carburetor was used to slow the cars down

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Dale Jarrett, 187.547mph

  • No Bull 5 at the Pepsi 400: The third Winston No Bull 5 event of the 2001 season is the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 7, 2001. Five eligible drivers have the chance to earn a $1 million bonus by winning the Pepsi 400. If a qualified driver wins, one fan will also become a millionaire as part of the Winston No Bull 5 "They Win, You Win" fan sweepstakes. The fans are selected through this nationwide program and are randomly paired with one of the eligible drivers prior to the race. The five eligible drivers for the Pepsi 400 are the top-five finishers from the second Winston No Bull 5 event of the season, the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte. The five drivers are Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin and Bobby Labonte. The Winston No Bull 5 fan / driver pairing is set for 11 a.m. on Friday, July 6th in Daytona Beach. The five eligible teams will compete in a beach volleyball tournament at The Ocean Deck. The drivers will coach the teams. The finishing order from the tournament will determine which fans will be paired with which drivers.
    The five eligible fans are: Donald Arp, Orlando, FL; Elaine F. Beatt, Salemburg, NC; Aden B. Robinson, Hagerstown, MD; George Sisak, Dansville, NY; and Robert K. Smith, Ledyard, CT (DIS PR)(6-23-2001)

    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.5-mile trioval 40 feet wide with 12- to 30-foot apron
    Turns: Banking: 31 degrees, Length: 3,000 feet Radius: 1,000 feet
    Trioval: Banking: 18 degrees (at start/finish line)
    Frontstretch: Chute length: 1,900 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 3,800 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
    Backstretch: Length: 3,000 feet, Banking: Minimal for drainage only
    Pit Road: Length: 1,600 feet Width: 50 feet
    Attendence: ~170,000

  • Track Homepage: Daytona International Speedway

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

  • All Time Pepsi 400 Winners: Daytona Beach News Journal: All-time 400 winners


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Daytona 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(6-24-2001)


Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including RealAudio coverage
Airtime: 7:30pm/et with Announcers: Barney Hall and Joe Moore
Turn Reporters: Kurt Becker, Dave Moody and Kevin O'Neal and Pit Reporters: Jim Phillips, Winston Kelley and Tony Rizutti

Daytona Radio Coverage:
  • WNDB-AM 1150 in Daytona Beach will have full coverage of the Pepsi 400 in Daytona and can be heard via the web at:, you will need Microsoft Media Player(not Real Audio).

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

    Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Daytona, FL Area:
    Daytona News-Journal
    Florida Times-Union
    Inside Central Florida
    Orlando Sentinel


    Daytona Champber of Commmerce - Speedweeks
    Daytona Beach Campground

    Weather forecast for Daytona Beach, FL by The Weather Channel
    Weather Point - Daytona Beach, FL
    Weather Underground - Daytona Beach, FL
    The Weather Pit

    Daytona Review by ARS Racing


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


    • Bad Parts: Several teams were caught Thursday during inspections using altered bolts to hold their fuel cells in place. NASCAR inspectors took bolts from the teams of #1-Steve Park, #31-Mike Skinner, #9-Bill Elliott, #44-Buckshot Jones and #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Parts of the body from the #40 Dodge of Sterling Marlin were confiscated for "streamlining the contours of the car beyond that approved by the series director." Part of the window which holds the netting on the driver's side of the #10 Pontiac of Johnny Benson was confiscated because it did not conform to NASCAR rules. Parts of the engine exhaust system from Park's #1 Chevrolet were also taken for not conforming to NASCAR rules.(), no idea what the problem with the bolts are(7-6-2001)

    • Double Grief: Saturday will not only mark the first return to Daytona since Earnhardt’s death. The race will also mark exactly one year since Kenny Irwin died in a practice crash at New Hampshire International Speedway on July 7th(Gaston Gazette)(7-4-2001)

    • CNN/SI to cover Happy Hour? UPDATE: writer Sam Cook reports that CNN/SI TV had the following tag line when running down the lineup for the weekend: "CNN/SI and TNT will be your home for Qualifying and Happy Hour for the rest of the season." Have yet to get confirmation of exactly what this means, but this may be an indication that CNN/SI is picking up most of the Winston Cup Qualifying and Happy Hours not covered by TNT. The only other known candidate is the NASCAR Channel on Speedvision. Also, as of Tuesday morning, Sam reports that CNN/SI is now promoting coverage of Happy Hour from Daytona at 8:00 p.m. this Friday night(7-4-2001)
      UPDATE: yes CNN/SI tv will cover Happy Hour practice on Friday at 8:00pm/et(7-5-2001)

    • Double Daytona Pole Winners: There have been 10 drivers who have swept the pole position for the Daytona 500 and Pepsi 400 in the same year: Cale Yarborough did it three times (1970, 1978, 1984). The rest: Fireball Roberts (1961), Bobby Isaac (1972), David Pearson (1974), Donnie Allison (1975), Buddy Baker (1979), Bill Elliott (1985), Sterling Marlin (1992), Mike Skinner (1997) and Dale Jarrett (2000).(Daytona Beach News Journal)(7-5-2001)

    • Pepsi 400 Facts: There have been 40 different Bud Pole winners at Daytona. Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with five Bud Poles at Daytona. Sterling Marlin and Ken Schrader each have three. Bill Elliott won the 1988 Pepsi 400 from the 38th starting position(was NOT a provisional), the worst starting position of a Daytona race winner. There have been 37 different race winners in the 85 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Daytona. Two drivers led half the laps raced at Daytona last year: Dale Jarrett (145) and Jeff Burton (42), 187 of the 360 total laps raced. Dale Jarrett has won two of the last four races at Daytona. The only time a driver has won three straight races at Daytona was by Cale Yarborough (1967 Firecracker 400 and both races in 1968)(NASCAR PR)(7-3-2001)

    • Interesting Numbers: Mike Skinner has gone 12 consecutive races without a top-10 run... Jeff Gordon has finished in the top three in six of the past seven races.... Ricky Rudd has seven consecutive top-10 finishes and three consecutive top-fives.... Jeff Burton has worked his way back up to 15th in the point standings with three consecutive top-10s.... Johnny Benson has gone five races without a top-10 finish.... Rusty Wallace has only one top-10 run in the past five races.... Bobby Hamilton has not finished better than 15th since winning at Talladega two months ago.(Winston Salem Journal)(6-30-2001)

    • Top 10's in restrictor plates: Only three drivers have finished in the top 10 in the two restrictor plate races run so far in 2001 (Daytona and Talladega): #55-Bobby Hamilton(8th at Daytona, win at Talladega); #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr (2nd at Daytona, 8th at Talladega); and #7-Mike Wallace (6th at Daytona, 9th at Talladega)(On Track from Lowe's Motor Speedway)(4-23-2001)

    • No Bull 5 at the Pepsi 400 UPDATE the Pairings: The third Winston No Bull 5 event of the 2001 season is the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 7, 2001. Five eligible drivers have the chance to earn a $1 million bonus by winning the Pepsi 400. If a qualified driver wins, one fan will also become a millionaire as part of the Winston No Bull 5 "They Win, You Win" fan sweepstakes. The fans are selected through this nationwide program and are randomly paired with one of the eligible drivers prior to the race. The five eligible drivers for the Pepsi 400 are the top-five finishers from the second Winston No Bull 5 event of the season, the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte. The five drivers are Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin and Bobby Labonte. The Winston No Bull 5 fan / driver pairing is set for 11 a.m. on Friday, July 6th in Daytona Beach. The five eligible teams will compete in a beach volleyball tournament at The Ocean Deck. The drivers will coach the teams. The finishing order from the tournament will determine which fans will be paired with which drivers. - The volleyball tournament scheduled for 11:00am/et, at the Ocean Deck with drivers eligible for the No Bull 5 bonus won't include drivers because of qualifying being delayed until today. Semi-pro players will compete in the tournament instead of the crews and drivers of the eligible teams.(7-6-2001)
      The five eligible fans are: Donald Arp, Orlando, FL; Elaine F. Beatt, Salemburg, NC; Aden B. Robinson, Hagerstown, MD; George Sisak, Dansville, NY; and Robert K. Smith, Ledyard, CT (DIS PR)(6-23-2001) see more info on my No Bull 5 page
      UPDATE: Elaine Beatty of Salemburg, NC will be pulling for Bobby Labonte in Saturday night's Pepsi 400. That's because Beatty would win $1 million in Winston's No Bull 5 contest if Labonte wins the race. Labonte and Jeff Gordon have each been eligible a record nine times for the bonus, but while Gordon has won it four times Labonte has yet to cash in. The driver also wins a $1 million bonus for winning the race. Donald Arp of Orlando is paired with Mark Martin. Arden Robinson of Hagerstown, Md., is paired with Jeff Burton - a three-time bonus winner. Kevin Harvick will be driving for Robert Smith of Ledyard, CT, and George Sisak from Dansville, NY, is paired with Tony Stewart.()(7-7-2001)

    • Contest Goof: Just one lucky fan was supposed to drive away from the big race in a brand new Dodge Ram pickup in a promotion tied to the July 7 Pepsi 400 at Daytona. And just five couples were to get all-expense-paid trips to the race. Now 11 folks will get new trucks, and 55 couples will get free trips. The problem came when Pepsi and Circle K launched the promotion in May. There were supposed to be five winning tickets for the trip; a printing error issued 55. Cost of mistake? $400,000(Orlando Sentinel)(6-29-2001)

    • Bigger Windows at Daytona: NASCAR plans to widen Winston Cup's shrinking driver-side window, which will allow drivers wearing neck restraints a faster exit in case of an emergency situation. NASCAR president Mike Helton confirmed the rule specifying a minimum, 17-inch window height will take effect for the July 7 Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Helton said this is the first time NASCAR has instituted a window size for Winston Cup cars. Before this rule, NASCAR only monitored the distance between certain rollcage bars inside the race cars. "The specifics before were the height of the door bars and the height of the halo bar," said Helton. "What we were finding was that in an effort to create better aerodynamics, that opening was shrinking. We drew a line in the sand and say, 'OK, this is far as it can go.' " Competitors said the new rule makes sense especially for drivers equipped with the bulky HANS device, designed to restrain head and neck movement in the event of a severe accident. Two thirds of Winston Cup drivers now wear restraint devices. NASCAR said drivers needed a larger exit hatch in case of an emergency situation on the track.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(6-22-2001)

    • No Bull 5: No Bull 5, The Winston No-Bull 5 program and contest, the rules, what drivers are eligible, past results, what races are part of the program. Next No Bull 5 race? Pepsi 400 at Daytona in July 2001, how to get involved in the No Bill Five for the fans: see the Racing Contest page

    • Restrictor Plates: Restrictor Plate Chart, lists what restrictor plate was used the race, pole winner and speed, race winner and some notes

    • : Pepsi 400 Race Info

    • CBS Sportsline: Pepsi 400 Preview

    • CNN/SI: Pepsi 400 Coverage/Let the battle begin

    • Crew Chief Club

    • FoxSports: Pepsi 400 preview

    • Raceday Today - Pepsi 400

    • Pepsi 400 Race Page

    • Yahoo: Pepsi 400 - Preview


    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS news and links

    • Incredible - Little E Wins at Daytona in the Pepsi 400. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr wins at Daytona where he lost his Dad in the Daytona 500, a very emotional and popular win. His teammate #15-Michael Waltrip finished 2nd, great celebration by Little E and Waltrip in the infield. #21-Elliott Sadler gets his 2nd career top five, finishing 3rd. #20-Tony Stewart was shown in 6th on, but was black flagged for going below the yellow line and did not heed the flag, the replay seemed to indicate that Stewart was forced down, but NASCAR upheld the flag and dropped Stewart to 26th, the last car on the lead lap.
      #24-Jeff Gordon still is the leader of the drivers points, but his lead over #88-Dale Jarrett is now 54 points. See for Pepsi 400 results by the AP or see for the Unoffical Results. See for Winston Cup points (after Daytona) or for Unofficial Drivers Standings. Also, see full stories at : Earnhardt Jr. dominant in Pepsi 400 victory and at the DBNJ: No. 3 would be proud: Earnhardt Jr. wins Pepsi 400(7-7/8-2001)

    • Drivers for the next No Bull 5 at Richmond in September:
      #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr(his 2nd)
      #15-Michael Waltrip(2nd)
      #21-Elliott Sadler(1st)
      #22-Ward Burton(4th)
      #18-Bobby Labonte(10th) (7-7-2001)

    • No Bull 5 Drivers and where they started and finished the Pepsi 400:
      #99-Jeff Burton started 30th, finished 8th
      #29-Kevin Harvick started 10th, finished 25th
      #20-Tony Stewart started 36th, finished 26th
      #6-Mark Martin started 9th, finished 18th
      #18-Bobby Labonte started 33rd, finished 5th (7-7-2001)

    • How did the Rookies do in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona?
      #01-Leffler, 181.382, started 25th, finished 24th
      #14-Hornaday, 180.325, DNQ
      #19-Atwood, 182.597, started 4th, finished 28th
      #29-Harvick, 182.109, started 10th, finished 25th
      #96-Houston, 182.304, started 6th, finished 34rd
      #97-Busch, 181.240, started 28th, finished 30th (7-7-2001)

    • Wider is Better? Pontiacs had a tough day qualifying for the Pepsi 400. Seven Pontiacs attempted to get in the race at Daytona. Two made it on speed (#'s 18-Labonte and 20_Stewart with #18 being the highest at 33rd - yes 33rd). Two used provisionals (#10-Benson and #36-Schrader) and three went home (#'s 14-Hornaday, 27-Bliss and 49-Hillenburg)(7-7-2001)

    • Happy Hour at Daytona for the Pepsi 400 started a little late and CNN/SI, who televised had to leave due to a prior programming commitment, at that time (9:00pm/et) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr was the fastest at 189.577mph but #51-Jeff Purvis was able to run faster and finished fastest at 189.741 with Earnhart Jr 2nd. Slowest was Ricky Craven at 183.846. All 43 cars were faster then the pole speed of 183.778mph. See for Happy Hour practice speeds(7-6-2001)

    • Pole Progression for the Pepsi 400:
      #93-Davey Blaney, 1st out to qualify, 181.679mph, starts 14th
      #51-Jeff Purvis, 2nd out, 182.050, starts 11th
      #19-Casey Atwood, 6th out, 182.597, starts 4th
      #40-Sterling Marlin, 8th out, 183.778, starts 1st

    • Marlin Wins Pole at Daytona for Pepsi 400. After a 2 hour rain delay and qualifying being delayed from Thursday night, #40-Sterling Marlin won the pole with a speed of 183.778mph. The outside pole goes to #22-Ward Burton at 183.072. Missing the race are: #14-Hornaday(36th in Owners Points and out of provisionals, wouldn't had mattered if he had one); #90-Stricklin(40th); #44-Jones(41st); #27-Bliss(43rd); and #49-Hillenburg(57th). #21-Sadler will use his 10th provisional of the season, #11-Brett Bodine gets the final provisional spot, 43rd. See for Pepsi 400 lineup/qualifying results or for the Pepsi 400 Starting Lineup or at Motorsports One.(7-6-2001)

    • Best Starts of 2001: Seven drivers have their best starting spots of the 2001 Cup season:
      #40-Sterling Marlin starts 1st (best was 2nd at Bristol and Darlington)
      #22-Ward Burton 2nd (best was 5th at Sears Point)
      #19-Casey Atwood 4th (best was 10th at Texas)
      #96-Andy Houston 6th (best was 9th at the Daytona 500)
      #43-John Andretti 7th (best was 11th at California)
      #33-Joe Nemechek 8th(tied best from Martinsville)
      #51-Jeff Purvis(3rd race - best was a 17th at the Daytona 500)(7-7-2001)

    • Practice is over at Daytona for the Pepsi 400, TNT televised the practice and did a nice job. NASCAR allowed each team 2 laps by themselves as a qualifying test run, towards the the end of practice some cars got the benefit of the draft. Last report had #31-Mike Skinner as the fastest with a speed of 184.923mph, 2nd was #4-Kevin Lepage at 184.540 mph, followed by Sterling Marlin, Ward Burton and Ricky Craven. Slowest was #11-Brett Bodine at 178.674. See for the Winston Cup practice speeds(7-5-2001)

    • RAIN postpones Qualifying: heavy rain and thunderstorms Thursday afternoon postponed Bud Pole qualifying for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. Instead of qualifying Thursday night, the 48 Winston Cup drivers were expected to be allowed to practice Thursday night for 90 minutes, starting at 8:00-9:30pm/et. A Friday morning practice from 8:30-9:30am/et was added to the schedule then cancelled, followed by Bud Pole Qualifying at 12noon/et, and it will be televised live on TNT and via radio on MRN and can be followed on

    • Qualifying Order is up for the Pepsi 400. See above for the links. #93-Dave Blaney is scheduled to go out first of the 48 cars/drivers. #44-Buckshot Jones is scheduled to go out last/48th(7-5-2001)

    • Entry List for the Pepsi 400 is up at See above for the link. 47 cars are listed. #71-Dave Marcis and #49-Andy Hillenberg are listed. Mike Wallace is listed in the #7 and Kenny Wallace is listed in the #27 but the #27 will change(Mike Bliss?), looks like Mike Wallace stays at least thru Daytona. #50-Rick Mast makes his return after skipping Sears Point. Add #51-Jeff Purvis, so that is 48 drivers/cars.
      TV NOTE: Qualifying is on TNT, the Race is on NBC, actually hearing that CNN/SI may carry Happy Hour on Firday at 8:00pm/et(6-28/7-3-2001)

    • 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 Provisional Status page(2-20-2000)

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


    • Pedestrian Bridge at Daytona: Construction on a new $3 million dollar pedestrian bridge spanning the roadway from the east side of Barnes and Noble parking lot to the Daytona Intl Speedway property near the Winston Tower will start shortly after this week's Pepsi 400 and is expected to completed in early fall. "The contractor would like to have the bridge complete by early November," said Stan Lemke, public works director for Daytona Beach. "We would like that as well." Preliminary plans for the bridge were presented to Daytona Beach on Friday. The contractors, The Haskell Co. of Jacksonville, plan to mobilize building materials and equipment on the site as early as next Monday. The construction should not affect traffic on ISB, also known as U.S. Highway 92, according to Daytona Beach officials.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(7-2-2001)

    • Pepsi 400 Anthem and Tribute: Singer/songwriter Edwin McCain will sing the national anthem for the 43rd annual Pepsi 400 at Daytona on July 7. The South Carolina native, whose music blends folk, soul, rock and other assorted Americana, has produced three albums – “Messenger,” “Misguided Roses” (which featured the top-10 hit “I’ll Be”) and “Honor Among Thieves.” McCain’s latest album “Far From Over” is due out on June 19. McCain and his band have appeared on national television several times and have been featured on a number of soundtracks for motion pictures. Following the completion of the 43rd annual Pepsi 400 on July 7, the largest fireworks display in the Southeast will be part of a tribute to the late Dale Earnhardt(DIS PR)(6-15-2001)

    • No Aero Changes at Daytona: NASCAR is unlikely to make any aerodynamic changes to cars prior to the July 7 Pepsi 400 at Daytona, Winston Cup series director Gary Nelson said. Following the Talladega race in April, NASCAR and driver Sterling Marlin tested some changes, but the results were not helpful. Nelson said NASCAR continues to examine aerodynamic rules and will be go to the wind tunnel next week to test some new ideas. But time is short before a change could be made to cars even if NASCAR was pleased with the results()(6-10-2001)

    • Pepsi 400 Grand Marshal: Britney Spears will serve as grand marshal for the 43rd annual Pepsi 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Saturday, July 7 at 8 p.m. at Daytona International Speedway. Spears will give the command to start the engines to the field of 43 drivers in front of more than 200,000 race fans at the Speedway and millions of fans around the world watching the mid-summer classic on the first NASCAR broadcast of the year for NBC. Since earning a spot on the Mickey Mouse Club at age 11, the award-winning artist has quickly gone from being a star in the making to a superstar. Spears’ two albums, “Baby One More Time” and “Oops! .. . I Did It Again” both reached platinum and produced such hits as “You Drive Me Crazy” and “Lucky.”(ISC PR)(5-30-2001)

    • New Asphalt at Talladega/Daytona soon? UPDATE: The Talladega Superspeedway may have a new racing surface as soon as next year. "We're looking at it real hard," said speedway President Grant Lynch. "It does reach a point where the asphalt becomes brittle and you have to do something." Sunday's Talladega 500 will be the 64th Winston Cup race on the 2.66-mile track that opened in 1969 and has been totally repaved only once. The grind of years of pavement pounding have taken a toll. In fact, track owner International Speedway Corp. is considering repaving the tracks at both Talladega and Daytona International Speedway. Officials are talking with contractors and mulling options. Paving the steep banks of NASCAR' two huge superspeedways would require expensive and special equipment. Estimates range between $2 million to more than $6 million, depending on how extensive a job is needed.(Alabama Live)(4-19-2001)
      UPDATE: Daytona International Speedway hasn't been paved since 1979 and has become something of the "gray lady" among International Speedway Corp. facilities. During the most recent Winston Cup weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, which is Daytona's sister look-alike track in Alabama, there was talk that both courses may get a facelift in the near future. But Daytona's president John Graham acknowledged that when DIS gets a new coat of pavement so will Talladega. The resurfacing of Daytona's 2.5-mile tri-oval course probably won't happen for at least two more years. "It wouldn't be done before 2003," said Graham. "Maybe even a year or two beyond that."(Daytona Beach News Journal)(4-27-2001)

    • 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 - Daytona


    • Nemechek Ready to go: Joe Nemechek felt so good about his Daytona return he cancelled a planned test at Lakeland, FL(Garage Pass), see the #33 Team News and Links page for past info on Nemechek's injury at Dover(7-3-2001)

    • Nemechek Eyes Daytona to Return UPDATE: Joe Nemechek said Thursday he will be back behind the wheel (of the #33 Oakwood Homes Chevy) for the July 7 Pepsi 400 at Daytona. "I felt like I could have been back in a car this week (for the Pocono 500), but the doctors wouldn't release me," Nemechek said. 'I'm looking forward to returning."(Lakeland Ledger)(6-15-2001)
      UPDATE: Nemechek plans to test for as much as 500 laps at the end of the coming week at his hometown USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Fla. The track is a .750-mile oval similar to Richmond International Raceway( Buzz)(6-25-2001)

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


    • #43 gets some Helper: General Mills and Petty Enterprises announced that John Andretti will race the Hamburger Helper #43 Dodge Intrepid in the Pepsi 400, Saturday night, July 7, at Daytona International Speedway. The red, white and blue Hamburger Helper paint scheme is a Fourth of July salute to America as well as a way to mark Hamburger Helper's 30th Anniversary. Hamburger Helper representatives also announced that the brand will donate $10 for every mile Andretti and his #43 completes in the Pepsi 400 to the Victory Junction Gang Camp started by Kyle and Pattie Petty for children with life-threatening illnesses in Randleman, NC.. "This is a great way to help raise money for the camp," Andretti said.. "I truly understand Kyle and Pattie's efforts with this project and will do what I can on the track to help out." Recently, Hamburger Helper representatives presented Kyle and Pattie Petty with a check for $10,300 for Andretti's performance in the Hamburger Helper No. 43 at The Winston Open at Lowe's Motor Speedway. In addition to the Hamburger Helper donations, race fans did their part in raising money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp.. Fans donated $1 to paint their handprint on the Hamburger Helper "Helping Hands" Dodge at the Food Lion Speed Street festival during the Coca- Cola 600 weekend.. Race fans and their "Helping Hands" raised $2800 for the camp. The Victory Junction Gang Camp was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam.... It will be a place where children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and their families can retreat to rejuvenate their minds, bodies and spirits.. The camp will be located in Randleman, North Carolina, and is scheduled to open in Summer 2004(IMG Motorsports PR). See an image of the car on my Paint Schemes Gallery(7-4-2001)

    • #17 Special Paint: hearing the #17 DeWalt Tools Ford will carry an AT&T scheme of some sort this year at Sears Points and Daytona in the Pepsi 400(5-26-2001)
      UPDATE: #17 sponsor DEWALT Industrial Tools and AT&T Broadband have formed a marketing alliance that will feature AT&T in a special paint scheme on the #17 Ford Taurus for two races this season, the companies announced today. The relationship will spotlight special AT&T Broadband paint schemes for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Sears Point Raceway on June 24 and the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 7. The car designs for these two races will feature AT&T as the primary signage on the #17 Ford Taurus driven by Matt Kenseth in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. In addition to the special paint schemes, AT&T will be featured underneath the DEWALT logo on the hood of the car for the duration of the season. AT&T Broadband’s integrated NASCAR program includes its sponsorship as the Official Communications Company of NASCAR, a designation that it shares with Motorola. .Together with Motorola, it has an agreement with NASCAR Winston Cup driver Rusty Wallace. .This year marks AT&T Broadband’s first year as an associate sponsor with two Roush Racing teams, the #17 DEWALT Ford Taurus and the #99 CITGO SUPERGARD Ford Taurus driven by Jeff Burton. In addition, AT&T Broadband has relationships with three International Speedway Corporation tracks including Daytona International Speedway, the new Chicagoland Speedway and Miami-Homestead International Raceway.(Grandstand Communications), see an image of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery(6-7-2001)

    • #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( 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)

    • Waltrip Paint at Daytona: many readers saw on For Race Fans Only (QVC) the other night that Michael Waltrip unveiled a paint scheme for the July Daytona Race. It has the NAPA Slogan "We Keep America Running" on the hood. Also had red/white stripes on it to give it an american flag feel(4-21-2001)
      IMAGE: see an image of the car on my Paint Sceme Gallery(also added the #51 Subway, the #24 Jeff Gordon Foundation car and others)(4-24-2001)

    • #18 and #20 Special Paint? hearing the the two Joe Gibbs cars, #18-Labonte and #20-Stewart will run a special paint scheme at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona, a tie in with a movie being released this summer, possibly Jurassic Park III(3-8-2001)
      UPDATE: Jurassic Park III it is, see the diecast images on my Paint Scheme Gallery(3-16-2001)

    • Rusty Special Scheme UPDATE: not sure what it'll look like or what it's for, but the Rusty Wallace site ( is showing an image of a car under a tarp, no idea what it is for, but the announcement will be on March 5th (this coming Monday) at 6:00pm/et. It looks gray and orange, Harley Davidson?(3-1-2001)
      UPDATE: For the third straight year, two Milwaukee landmarks with legendary racing programs, Miller Brewing Company and Harley-Davidson, are joining together in a program that will feature Miller Lite stock car driver Rusty Wallace. Rusty Wallace will drive a special Miller Lite/Harley-Davidson stock car in three races this year. The Miller Lite/Harley-Davidson stock car will debut in 'The Winston' night race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, May 19. Following the event in North Carolina, Wallace and the Penske Racing team will field the Miller Lite/Harley-Davidson stock car at Florida's Daytona International Speedway, July 7, and Michigan International Speedway, August 19. Along with partnering at three stock car races, Miller Brewing Company and Harley-Davidson will also work together to promote responsibility at a number of motorcycle rallies across the country, including events in Daytona Beach, Sturgis, SD, and Milwaukee. Both companies will help dealers and distributors focus on responsible drinking and safe riding issues. In addition, both companies will prepare materials that can be used in conjunction with local activities and special events, including a poster featuring Miller Brewing's "Think When You Drink" message and Harley-Davidson's "Ride Straight" slogan.(Rusty Wallace Site/TRPR), see image at either site or on my Paint Scheme Gallery(3-5-2001)

    • #8 Special Paint? UPDATE: hearing Dale Earnhardt Jr will have a special Ducks Unlimited paint scheme at the Winston with an announcement at Talladega in April. Also hear Earnhardt Jr will also run a All-Star Baseball scheme sometime in the summer, possibly at the Pepsi 400 in July(3-8-2001)
      UPDATE : the Baseball scheme at The Winston and the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, see image on my Paint Scheme Gallery(3-25-2001)

    • #24 Pepsi Car unveiled: For the first time since 1983, NASCAR fans could see a Pepsi car in a Winston Cup winner's circle. Beginning this spring, Jeff Gordon will race the #24 Pepsi/DuPont car in two races - the spring race at Talladega on April 22 and the Pepsi 400 at Daytona on July 7. In addition, DuPont Automotive has developed a special pearlescent blue paint for the car so fans won't miss it. For the past four years, Pepsi-Cola has enjoyed a successful relationship with Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports, highlighted by its associate sponsorship of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet in the Cup Series and its two-year title sponsorship of Gordon's #24 Pepsi Chevrolet on the BGN. But now, the Pepsi car graduates to the Cup, where a Pepsi car has not been seen since Darrell Waltrip's Pepsi Challenger finished second in points in 1983(actually Ernie Irvan ran a few cars with Pepsi on the hood in the late 1980's). Last June, Pepsi extended its relationship with Gordon through 2005 and will continue to include him in promotional activities. Pepsi serves its products at 18 of the 23 Winston Cup Series tracks and is the title sponsor of NASCAR Winston Cup Series races in Daytona, Fla. (Pepsi 400), Brooklyn, Mich. (Pepsi 400) and Darlington, S.C. (Pepsi Southern 500).(in part from a Pepsi-Cola Company/Millsport PR). See the image of the car in my 2001 Cup section of my Paint Schemes Gallery(1-9-2001)

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

    STATS and STUFF thru the race before this one

    • Bodine - 22 races - no DNF UPDATE: #11-Brett Bodine might be 31st in the points standings, but he has been Winston Cup's most durable driver this season. Bodine has been running at the end of 22 consecutive races(counting last season), which is the circuit's longest active streak(AJC). 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(6-24-2001)

    • Top Fives: There have been 28 different Cup drivers(add #7-Robby Gordon at Sears Point) 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(6-24-2001)

    • Top Tens: There have been 38 different Cup drivers(add #7-Robby Gordon at Sears Point) 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(6-24-2001)

    • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 98provisional starts(14 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001 or Dover 6/2001), drivers have accumulated 1 Win, 3 Top 5's and 10 Top 10's. #6-Mart Martin was the highest at Sears Point with a 10th. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(6-24-2001)

    • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 624 consecutive starts followed by Rusty Wallace at 533, Ken Schrader with 503 and Mark Martin has 417 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(6-24-2001)

    • 2000 winners who have not won in 2001: Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Ward Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jeremy Mayfield, Matt Kenseth and Jerry Nadeau. Terry Labonte, Joe Nemechek and John Andretti earned victories in 1999 and have not won since.(6-24-2000)

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

         Driver          Races  Finish    Track           Date
         Dave Marcis*     315     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
         Brett Bodine     215     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
         Rick Mast        133     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
         Kyle Petty       101     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
         Ken Schrader      92     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
         Hut Stricklin     77     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
         Mike Wallace      59     5th     Atlanta         11-13-94
         Robert Pressley   35     5th     Michigan        6-11-00
      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     49
         Stacy Compton   42
         Buckshot Jones  31
      Cup drivers(not including 2001 rookies)
      (* not full time Cup in 2001, data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(6-24-2001)
    • 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        344
      Ted Musgrave     299*
      Hut Stricklin    281
      Dick Trickle     266*
      Kenny Wallace    231
      Wally Dallenbach 226*
      Chad Little      216*
      Robert Pressley  185
      Johnny Benson    178
      Mike Skinner     161
      Ricky Craven     160
      Steve Grissom    141*
      Todd Bodine      125
      Kevin Lepage     106
      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
      (6-24-2001)(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      480*       2/21/82    Richmond
         Brett Bodine     343        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
         Ken Schrader     319        6/2/91     Dover
         Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
         Jimmy Spencer    218        7/24/94    Talladega
         Bill Elliott     209        9/4/94     Darlington
         Kyle Petty       172        6/4/95     Dover
         Sterling Marlin  164        7/6/96     Daytona
         Geoffrey Bodine  120*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
         Terry Labonte     76        3/28/99    Texas
         John Andretti     75        4/18/99    Martinsville
         Joe Nemechek      53        9/19/99    New Hampshire
         Mark Martin       42        4/9/00     Martinsville
         *not a full time or regular Cup driver
      (6-24-2001)(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
         Michael Waltrip    1    Daytona, Feb 2001
         Kevin Harvick      1    Atlanta, Mar 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
         Dale Earnhardt Jr  1    Richmond, Apr 2000
         Jeremy Mayfield    1    Pocono, June 2000
         Matt Kenseth       1    Charlotte, May 2000
         Jerry Nadeau       1    Atlanta, Nov 2000
      Streaks that ended in 2000 that were thru 1999 season:
         Driver          Years   Last Win
         Terry Labonte      6    Texas, Apr 1999
         John Andretti      1    Martinsville, Apr 1999
         Joe Nemechek       1    New Hampshire, Sept 1999
      All Time Record is Richard Petty - 18 years from 1960-1977
      (6-24-2001)(info gathered using the 2000/2001 UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide and 1999/2000 Winston Cup Updates)

    • Top 10's in restrictor plates: Only three drivers have finished in the top 10 in the two restrictor plate races run so far in 2001 (Daytona and Talladega): #55-Bobby Hamilton(8th at Daytona, win at Talladega); #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr (2nd at Daytona, 8th at Talladega); and #7-Mike Wallace (6th at Daytona, 9th at Talladega)(On Track from Lowe's Motor Speedway)(4-23-2001)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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