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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO


THE RACE: Pocono 500

Winston Cup Race #15 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, June 17, 2001 in Long Pond, PA

  • TV: Fox 1:00pm/et(pre-race at 12:30pm/et)

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,172,724(was $2,775,260 in 2000)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Pocono 500 from NASCAR.com

  • 2000 Race Winner: Jeremy Mayfield, 139.741mph

  • Event Race Record: Alan Kulwicki, 1992, 144.023mph

  • Track/Race Length: 2.5 tri-oval, 200 laps, 500 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 55mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Friday, June 15th from 11:30am - 2:00pm/et; Saturday, June 16th from 9:00-9:45am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 16th from 11:15am - 12:15pm/et, TV-FX, tape delay 6:30pm/et


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 15th at 10:30am/et

  • Qualfying Order - Pocono 500: at or at NASCAR Online

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, June 15th at 3:00pm/et, TV-Fox Sports Net(FSN) and live via MRN radio/internet

  • NASCAR.com will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Winston Cup qualifying via the web using it's Racecast feature

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

  • Event Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, June 2000, 171.625mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, July 2000 172.391mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: #2-Rusty Wallace, 171.625mph


    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval
    Banking: turn 1: 14 degrees, turn 2: 8 degree, turn 3: 6 degrees;
    Straights: Front - 3740 feet, Long Pond(between turns 1 and 2) - 3055 feet, North(between turns 2 and 3) - 1780 feet

  • Track Homepage: Pocono Raceway

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


    PAST RACE WINNERS for the Pocono 500

    See the chart at the Pocono Raceway site: Past Winners


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Pocono 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(6-10-2001)


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

Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including RealAudio coverage
MRN Affiliate List for your local station
Airtime: 12:30pm/et with Announcers: Barney Hall and Joe Moore
Turn Reporters: Kurt Becker and Pit Reporters: Jim Phillips, Winston Kelley and Jason Toy

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


some Local Newspapers and other Sites that cover the Long Pong, PA area:
Citizens Voice
Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Inquirer
Pocono Record
Scranton Times
Times-Leader


WEATHER FORECASTS:
Weather forecast for Long Pond, PA by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Long Pond, PA
The Weather Pit


TRACK INFO FOR THE FANS:
Pocono Review by ARS Racing


TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
MotorsportsTV
Perfect Paranoia about television coverage of racing, rate the race coverage


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


RACE ODDs


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS news and links

  • Mandatory Caution UPDATE NASCAR and Drivers Meet: NASCAR planned to give teams some help in Sunday's Pocono 500, but instead its plan to put out a competition caution on Lap 25 raised the ire of several crew chiefs and drivers. Typically, NASCAR announces the use of a competition caution - a planned caution - at the mandatory driver and crew chief meeting the morning of the race. Sunday at Pocono Raceway, NASCAR officials made the decision to have a caution after evaluating what the enormous amount of rainfall Saturday evening had done to the 2.5-mile triangular track. But they made the decision after the driver's meeting, and relayed the information to officials on pit road, who were, in turn, to inform crew chiefs. Communications broke down along pit road and some teams found out over their radios, while some didn't get the information at all.()(6-17-2001)
    UPDATE: Several drivers, owners and NASCAR officials met after Sunday's Pocono 500 to discuss the competition yellow on lap 25. The result was an unlikely admission from president Mike Helton: "There was some comments by crew chiefs that they didn't get the word in time and made their decisions to go ahead and pit," Helton said. "Now, we have to give them the benefit of the doubt and figure that our guys didn't get the message delivered quick enough. This was a situation that we decided after the drivers' meeting was over with and it could have been a situation where the message wasn't completely conveyed up and down pit road correctly from our side, so we'll take this one."(CNN/SI)(6-19-2001)

  • Some Notes: Ricky Rudd's win came in his 710th Winston Cup race, became the 11th different winner in 15 races this year and his 21st victory ties him with Benny Parsons, Jack Smith and Terry Labonte for 24th on the all-time win list. This was Rudd's first victory starting from the Bud Pole and the first ever win for his crew chief, Michael "Fatback" McSwain. Going up: Ken Schrader, Mike Skinner and Stacy Compton moved up the most by gaining three points positions. Kevin Lepage moved up two. Going down: Ward Burton dropped four spots on the points chart from 19th to 23rd. Bobby Hamilton and Jeremy Mayfield fell two spots.(NASCAR.com)(6-18-2001)

  • Rudd Ends Winless Streak: #28-Ricky Rudd wins the Pocono 500, ending a streak of 88 races without a Winston Cup win. #24-Jeff Gordon was the runner up. Rudd's last win was at Martinsville in Sept 1998. So Rudd is in the 2002 The Winston (or whatever it'll be called). Gordon slightly increased his points lead over #88-Dale Jarrett (who came in 3rd) to 36 points. Rudd is the 7th pole winner to win in 47 Pocono races. It was the first win for the #28 Texaco team since Ernie Irvan won at Michigan in June 1997(134 races ago). See for Pocono 500 Results by the AP and NASCAR.com for 2001 Winston Cup Drivers Points and for a story: Finally, it's Ricky Rudd(6-17-2001)

  • Rookies: how did the six Rookie of the Year candidates do in the Pocono 500?
    #01-Leffler, 166.331mph, started 33rd, finished 41st
    #14-Hornaday, 166.046, started 35th, finished 35th
    #19-Atwood, 167.588, started 13th, finished 38th
    #29-Harvick, 167.153, started 19th, finished 15th
    #96-Houston, 165.694, DNQ
    #97-Busch, 165.406, started 41st, finished 13th(6-15-2001)

  • Qualifying at Pocono: When NASCAR condensed it's qualifying schedule into one round, it expanded the number of laps for each qualifying session to two laps per driver. During qualifying, drivers have the option to run just one lap if its good enough or try to improve. Only 14 of the 45 drivers who took laps completed both laps. Three were able to improve their time - Jeff Burton (eighth), Jason Leffler (33rd) and Ricky Craven (34th).(Citizens Voice)(6-17-2001)

  • Happy Hour practice is over at Pocono for the Pocono 500. #24-Jeff Gordon was the fastest at 164.754 followed by #8-Earnhardt Jr at 164.444. Pole sitter #28-Rudd was 5th at 163.378. Earnhardt Jr was 41st fastest in the #29 Chevy at 161.163. Slowest was #92-Stacy Compton at 160.901. See for Happy Hour Practice Results. Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove the #29 Goodwrench Chevy in Happy Hour at Pocono. Since the regular driver Kevin Harvick had to remain in Kentucky to partake in the rain-delayed qualifying for the BGN race, he couldn't practice his Cup car. A Richard Childress Racing representative said that Earnhardt Jr. would take the car out in the 11:50-12:40pm/et practice session. Qualifying for the Busch race was pushed back from Friday night until noon on Saturday. Earnhardt Jr. will also drive his own #8 Budweiser Chevy during Happy Hour(NASCAR.com Buzz)(6-16-2001)

  • Rudd on the pole at Pocono: #28-Ricky Rudd win the pole for the Pocono 500 with a speed of 170.503mph, his first of the 2001 season, his 27th career Bud Pole and first since the Brickyard 400 August 2000. Outside pole goes to #40-Sterling Marlin with a speed of 168.811. Two drivers missed the race(DNQ'd): #96-Andy Houston (42nd in owners points), #27-Kenny Wallace(43rd). #21-Elliott Sadler uses his 9th Provisional of the 2001 season. #97-Kurt Busch will use a provisional as his oil pan got a hole in it on his first qualifying lap and his speed was not fast enough. See the unofficial starting grid at NASCAR.com or/andMotorsports One AND for Pocono 500 qualifying results and story: Rudd wins Pocono pole by a wide margin(6-15-2001)

  • Saturday AM Practice is over at Pocono. #28-Ricky Rudd was the fastest at 165.338 mph followed by #40-Sterling Marlin at 165.141. Slowest was #50-Rick Mast at 161.748mph. See for Saturday's Winston Cup practice speeds(6-16-2001)

  • Pole Progression at Pocono: (who had it first, who got it, who won it):
    #29-Harvick, 1st out, ran 167.153mph, will start 19th
    #18-Labonte, 4th out, ran 167.268, will start 18th
    #8-Earnhardt Jr, 6th out, ran 168.023, will start 6th
    #28-Rudd, 20th out, ran 170.503, wins the pole
    (6-15-2001)

  • Friday Practice at Pocono: #28-Ricky Rudd was the fastest at 169.725mph, 2nd fastest was #10-Johnny Benson at 168.442. Slowest was #25-Jerry Nadeau at 164.288mph. See for Friday's Wiston Cup practice speeds(6-15-2001)

  • Qualifying Order is up, see the links above. 45 drivers/cars scheduled to go out. First scheduled out is #29-Kevin Harvick, last scheduled out is #17-Matt Kenseth. Two drivers, #14-Ron Hornaday and #4-Kevin Lepage must qualify in the top 36 to make the race as they are out of provisionals until next week at Sears Point.(6-15-2001)

  • Pocono Entry List Link up, see above for the link. 45 drivers listed(6-12-2001)

  • an interesting point: When NASCAR officials decided to disallow Jerry Nadeau's qualifying time yesterday, 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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Pocono to Sell? UPDATE 2 Nope: The Mattiollis, who own Pocono Raceway, once again may be fielding offers for their track, which sits 90 minutes from Manhattan. Bruton Smith and Bill France have both made offers over the years, and each time the Mattiollis have rejected the overtures. Now it appears that France, who is also trying to put together a deal for a speedway at the Meadowlands, across the Hudson River from New York City, is again trying to persuade the Mattiollis to sell to him(Winston Salem Journal)(6-2-2001)
    UPDATE: Dr. Joseph Mattioli was loyal to Bill France Sr. when the NASCAR Winston Cup Series was a financial bust, and he's remained loyal to the family that started NASCAR now that each race at his Pocono Raceway creates millions of dollars in profits. All along, Mattioli and his wife, Rose, have been one of the holdouts in the bidding wars between France's International Speedway Corp. and Bruton Smith's Speedway Motorsports Inc. to gobble up every raceway on the Winston Cup circuit. After 37 years of struggles, hard work and success, the Mattiolis apparently are close to cashing in. Sources inside the ISC family said the Pocono Raceway may soon become part of the sport's biggest corporation. The deal is worth about $110 million.(Savannah Morning News)
    UPDATE 2: Dr. Joe Mattioli, owner of Pocono Raceway, strongly denied reports that he would sell his track to International Speedway Corporation, and he said he would have two Winston Cup races again in 2002. Mattioli responded to reports which said Pocono would be sold to ISC and that one of his dates would be moved elsewhere. The same reports said that dates would either a) be added at Kentucky and California, or b) be moved to those two tracks from elsewhere. "I've refuted it and refuted it," Mattioli said of the recurring reports. "I went public in 1965 and it took me 35 years to buy it back, and I'm not about to sell it. If I did sell it, the France family [which controls ISC] would get first dibs. That's been said to Old Man France [the late Bill France Sr.], said to Billy and Jimmy, said to Brian and Lisa. I don't know how the hell else to say it. That's it."(SpeedVision)(6-15-2001)

  • Pocono to Honor Adam? UPDATE yes: hearing Pocono Raceway will be dedicating the Winston Cup garage area to Adam Petty on the Friday before the June 17th Cup race and will be known as the Adam Petty Garage(6-8-2001)
    UPDATE: Pocono will name its state-of-the-art garage area after Adam Petty. "I went over to see Kyle in his motor home, about a month after it happened," Dr. Joseph Mattioli of Pocono Raceway said. "I told him we would like to name the garage area after his son. I said, 'Now you talk to your wife and your father and your mother and whatever you guys want to do. If you don't want to do it, we won't do it. They called back later and said they would be thrilled to have it. It's now the Adam Petty garage. We don't make a big to-do about it. We don't put press releases out on it. It's just something we wanted to do."(Citizens Voice)(6-14-2001)

  • Pocono Lawsuit: Pocono International Raceway, a NASCAR-sanctioned raceway that hosts popular Winston Cup events, is located in Long Pond, Monroe County, PA. It now is known as Pocono Raceway. Pocono Mountain Speedway also is a NASCAR-sanctioned racetrack, though not for Winston Cup events. Instead, it mainly hosts modified stock car races. It is located on Route 924, St. John's, Luzerne County, about 26 miles away from the Pocono Raceway. It was known as the Evergreen Speedway until a year ago when its name was changed. Pocono Raceway has a patent on its name and claims in the lawsuit that the Luzerne County track infringed on the patent when it changed its name to Pocono Mountain Speedway. The Long Pond track wants U.S. Judge Edwin Kosik to stop the Luzerne County track from using the new name.(Scranton Times Tribune)(6-9-2001)

  • Pocono Stock: It was decided in the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas that shares in Pocono Raceway belonging to a group of maverick owners are worth $1,378,432. The shareholders brought the case to court after being offered $308,000 two years ago. The dispute started after raceway owner Joseph R. Mattioli performed a reverse stock split, which offered one share for every 50 outstanding. Because some shareholders possessed less than 50 shares, exact values had to be determined. President Judge Ronald E. Vican determined the total value of the raceway to be $75 million at $15,664 per share. However, it is reported that Mattioli recently turned down an offer of $125 million for the raceway, which has shown tremendous growth over the past few years. After tax profits of the raceway grew from $2.2 million in 1995 to $5.4 million in 2000(Pocono Record)(2-18-2001)

  • 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 - MIS


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • Dallenbach in the #33 at Pocono: Wally Dallenbach will drive the #33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet this week in Sunday.s Pocono 500 at the 2.5-mile, triangular-shaped Pocono International Raceway. Dallenbach is sitting in for regular driver Joe Nemechek, who was injured several weeks ago in a crash during BGN testing at Doverl. Bobby Hamilton, Jr. has been driving the Oakwood Homes Chevrolet but has a conflict this week with a BGN race at Kentucky Motor Speedway. The team has already announced Scott Pruett will drive the Oakwood Homes Chevrolet at Sonoma, CA(Sears Point) on June 24. Dallenbach either qualified or finished in the top 10 in a string of four out of six Pocono races, 1997-1999. Last year, in a much lesser-financed car, that string fell off the pace, even though Dallenbach caught the eye of many racing observers by making the most out of a not-quite-up-to-par situation. He started third in the July, 1997, race at Pocono, and finished fifth in the July, 1999, race - the latter coming while driving Rick Hendrick.s third car.(Williams Company of America)(6-12-2001)

  • Busch Tests at Pocono: Earlier this week rookie Kurt Busch had the opportunity to spend a couple of days testing at Pocono Raceway. Pocono is one of the tracks on the Winston Cup circuit that Busch had never seen prior to Monday's testing session. The #97 Sharpie Rubbermaid team felt that gaining some track experience there would definitely benefit them next weekend in the Pocono 500. Rookies are given the opportunity to test at several additional tracks throughout the season than veteran Winston Cup drivers which often times helps with the already steep learning curve for a rookie driver.(Roush Racing)(6-8-2001)

  • Gibbs Honored: Joe Gibbs has been named this year's recipient of the Bill France Award . The award is presented annually by Pocono Raceway to the individual or group that it believes has been instrumental to auto racing(Winston Cup Scene)(6-7-2001)

  • Subway on the #77: Jasper Motorsports has signed Subway Restaurants to a two-race associate sponsorship on the No. 77 Jasper Engines Ford driven by Robert Pressley. The two The Subway logo will be on the hood of the 77 for the Winston Cup races this month at Pocono and Sears Point(SpeedVision)(6-6-2001)

  • 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 thru the race before this one

  • Top Fives: There have been 27 different Cup drivers(add #02-Ryan Newman at Michigan) 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(6-10-2001)

  • Top Tens: There have been 37 different Cup drivers(add #02-Ryan Newman and #90-Hut Stricklin at Michigan) 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(6-10-2001)

  • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 77 provisional starts(12 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001 or Dover 6/2001), drivers have accumulated 1 Win, 3 Top 5's and 9 Top 10's. #77-Robert Pressley was the highest at Michigan with a 21st. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(6-10-2001)

  • Lap Leaders: #6-Mark Martin failed to led a lap in a race during the 2001 season for the first time, not leading at Michigan. Martin had led a lap for 14 straight races - the record? Bobby Allison who led 39 straight races from Darlington in Sept 1971 to Rockingham in Oct 1972 (9 races in 1971 and 30 races in 1972). No new drivers led at Dover. Only one driver has made all the races and NOT led a lap, #5-Terry Labonte. 41 drivers have led a lap in 2001. To see Bonus Points and Lap Leaders, see my Bonus Points Page and my Lap Leaders by Race Page(6-10-2001)

  • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 622 consecutive starts followed by Rusty Wallace at 531, Ken Schrader with 501 and Mark Martin has 415 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(6-10-2001)

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

    
       Driver          Races  Finish    Track           Date
                       Since
    
       Dave Marcis*     315     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     213     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        132     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        99     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
    
       Ken Schrader      90     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     76     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Mike Wallace      59     5th     Atlanta         11-13-94
    
       Robert Pressley    34    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     47
       Stacy Compton   40
       Buckshot Jones  29
    Cup drivers(not including 2001 rookies)
    (* not full time Cup in 2001, data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(6-10-2001)
    
  • 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. One driver who won in 1998, Ricky Rudd, has not won since.(6-10-2000)

  • No Wins Ever.... Some regular drivers in Winston Cup who have never won a Cup race and how many starts they have:

    Active Drivers	
    Driver        Races Run
    Rick Mast        343
    Ted Musgrave     298*
    Hut Stricklin    280
    Dick Trickle     266*
    Kenny Wallace    231
    Wally Dallenbach 225*
    Chad Little      216*
    Robert Pressley  184
    Johnny Benson    176
    Mike Skinner     159
    Ricky Craven     158
    Steve Grissom    141*
    Todd Bodine      123
    Kevin Lepage      104
    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
    (6-10-2001)(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     341        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     317        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Jimmy Spencer    216        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     207        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       170        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  162        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  120*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Ricky Rudd        88        9/27/98    Martinsville
       Terry Labonte     74        3/28/99    Texas
       John Andretti     73        4/18/99    Martinsville
       Joe Nemechek      53        9/19/99    New Hampshire
       Mark Martin       40        4/9/00     Martinsville
    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (6-10-2001)(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    Richmond, May 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
    
       
    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
    (6-10-2001)(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
    (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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