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THE RACE: Pennsylvania 500 Presented by Pep Boys

Winston Cup Race #20 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, July 29, 2001 in Long Pond, PA

  • TV: TNT - 1:00pm/et, re-aired on TNT Monday, July 30th, 12:00mid/et(or Tuesday morning)
  • Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/et - Hosted by Bill Weber
  • NASCAR on TV and TNT TV Schedule
  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach

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

  • Purse: $3,168,072 (last year $2,658,590)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Pennslyvania 500 from

  • 2000 Race Winner: Rusty Wallace, 130.662mph

  • Race Speed Record: Rusty Wallace, July 1996, 144.892mph

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

  • Pit Road Speed: 55mph


  • Practice: Friday, July 27th 11:30am - 2:00pm/et; Saturday, July 28th 10:45 - 11:30am/et
  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, July 28th, 12:15-1:00pm/et, TV-TNT at 12:00noon/et


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 27th, 10:30am/et

  • Qualfying Order: Pennsylvania 500 qualifying order - or Pennsylvania 500 qualifying order

  • First Round Qualifying: 1 lap(?) for positions 1-36, Friday, July 27th at 3:00pm/et, TV-CNN/SI and live via MRN radio/internet(link below)

  • 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: Tony Stewart, July 2000, 172.391mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Tony Stewart, 172.391mph

    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


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Pocono for leading the points and winning the race (Dale Jarrett last won the award, $50,000 at New Hampshire on July 22, 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(7-22-2001)


Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including RealAudio coverage
Airtime: 12:30pm/et with Announcers: Barney Hall and Joe Moore
Turn Reporters: Kurt Becker, Dave Moody and Winston Kelley
Pit Reporters: Jim Phillips, Jason Toy and Gary Montgomery

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

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

Pocono Review by ARS Racing


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


  • Pocono Facts: There have been 47 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway since the first race was held there in 1974. There was one race a year from 1974 through 1981 and two-a-year since 1982. Ken Schrader leads all drivers with five Bud Poles at Pocono, followed by Bill Elliott with four. Bill Elliott and Rusty Wallace lead all active drivers each with four Cup victories at Pocono Raceway. The third-place starting position has been the most productive at Pocono, producing eight race winners. Twenty-eight of 47 Cup races at Pocono have been won from the first four starting positions (60 percent). Thirty-five of the 47 races at Pocono have been won from a top-10 starting position. The farthest back that a race winner at Pocono has started was 27th by Terry Labonte in the 1995 Pocono 500. In 19 years of twice-a-year Cup races at Pocono (since 1982) a sweep has occurred only four times: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1985), Tim Richmond (1986) and Bobby Labonte (1999).(NASCAR PR)(7-24-2001)

  • : Pennsylvania 500 Race Info

  • CBS Sportsline: Pennsylvania 500 Preview

  • CNN/SI: Pennsylvania 500 Coverage/Familiar territory

  • Crew Chief Club

  • FoxSports: Pennsylvania 500 preview

  • Frontstretch: Raceday Today - Pennsylvania 500

  • Pennsylvania 500 Race Page

  • Yahoo: Pennsylvania 500 - Preview


news and links

  • Bobby Labonte Wins at Pocono: #18-Bobby Labonte won his first 2001 Cup race at Pocono in the Pennsylvania 500. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr was 2nd. #88-Dale Jarrett got caught up in an accident and finished 41st, losing the points lead. #24-Jeff Gordon takes over the points lead by 45 over #28-Ricky Rudd. Jarrett falls to 3rd, 112 points behind Gordon. Pole Winner, #66-Todd Bodine had tramsmission trouble and finished 43rd. Labonte now has won at least one Cup race in each of the last seven seasons. See for Unofficial Results and Unofficial Drivers Standings and a story at: Labonte overtakes Jr. for Pennsylvania win(7-29-2001)

  • Jarrett Hot at Pocono: #88-Dale Jarrett has 10 consecutive top-five finishes at Pocono Raceway dating back to the 1996 season. His first top-five at Pocono was a win in his first season with Robert Yates Racing in '95.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(7-29-2001)

  • Happy Hour at Pocono is over for the Pennsylvania 500. The top five were:
    #24-Gordon 164.057 mph
    #28-Rudd 163.663
    #6-Martin 163.630
    #20-Stewart 163.630
    #93-Blaney 163.610
    Slowest #27-Mast 160.456mph
    Wally Dallenbach practiced the #29 Chevy for Kevin Harvick (who at Pikes Peak) and RCR. #12-Jeremy Mayfield blew and engine and the team will put in another one. #28-Ricky Rudd's team needed to change a battery had the team put a new one in. See Happy Hour practice speeds(7-28-2001)

  • Saturday AM Practice at Pocono: #24-Jeff Gordon was the fastest at 165.621mph with #28-Ricky Rudd 2nd fastest at 165.277. Slowest was #31-Robby Gordon at 161.525 and #90-Hut Stricklin at 161.233. See for Pennsylvania 500 Practice Results(7-28-2001)

  • Todd Bodine wins the Pole: #66-Todd Bodine wins the pole for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono with a speed of 170.326mph. Bodine wins his 2nd of the 2001 season. See all the speeds and line-up (Unofficial) at my Pocono Qualifying Chart.
    Missing the race were two drivers running limited schedules in 2002: #49-Andy Hillenburg (55th in owners points) and #85-Carl Long(51st).
    The #27 Sauer/Dukes Mayo Pontiac makes it's first race in 6 races with Rick Mast, using the last Provisional. #88-Dale Jarrett, the Points Leader got very loose in his qualifying run and will use his 2nd provisional of the year. #45-Kyle Petty and #44-Buckshot Jones also took provisionals.
    #45-Kyle Petty, after coming off turn three to take the green flag for his qualifying lap, stopped turned around before the flag, went back, turned around and took the green flag and ran his lap. #40-Sterling Marlin's car is black/blue
    See for Pennsylvania 500 qualifying results and Pennsylvania 500 lineup or MotorsportsOne for Lineup/Qual Results(7-27-2001)

  • Pole Progression for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono:
    #55-Bobby Hamilton, went out first in qualifying, 166.988mph, starts 29th
    #66-Todd Bodine, out 2nd, 170.326, starts 1st

  • Practice Friday: #28-Ricky Rudd was the fastest with a speed of 169.291mph followed by #6-Mark Martin at 169.068. Slowest were #49-Andy Hillenburg at 163.491 and #85-Carl Long at 160.428. See for Pennsylvania 500 Practice Results. #44-Buckshot Jones, who was 10th in practice, wrecked towards the end of practice, backing into the wall. He will have to go to a backup, which is a Petty blue backup number #44 (will be repained for the race). Jone was to qualify 16th but was excused and will go when the car is ready(7-27-2001)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono. See above for the links. 45 cars/drivers are listed. First scheduled out is #55-Bobby Hamilton, last of the 45 scheduled out is #32-Ricky Craven. Qualifying will be televised live at 3:00pm/et on the CNN/SI channel (see my TV/Media page for contact info) and will be covered by MRN Radio and on the Internet(7-27-2001)

  • Entry List is up for Pocono. See above for the link. 45 drivers are listed, the #96-Andy Houston is listed but won't race there. Has Mike Skinner in the #31 but Robby Gordon will drive that car. #27 is listed with Mike Bliss but he is rumored to be have left that ride, Rick Mast is rumored in. Mast's current ride, the #50 Midwest Transit Chevy is not listed. Also #49-Andy Hillenburg is listed in the BAM Racing Pontiac, with a light car count and three teams out of provisionals, it may be a good chance for Hillenburg to make the race
    UPDATE: Robby Gordon is now listed in the #31 and Rick Mast is listed in the #27. #96-Houston has now been removed from the list, so that is 44 cars for 43 spots. So....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? See the answer on my Provisional Status/Rules Page or Racing FAQ page(7-24-2001)
    UPDATE 2: hearing #85-Carl Long may attempt to make the race at Pocono, not on the Entry List yet if so(7-26-2001)
    UPDATE 3: Long has been added to the Entry List on and will attempt to make the race at Pocono. That makes 45 cars now(7-27-2001)

  • 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


  • Pocono June 2002 date? UPDATE: is reporting - Pocono 500 (June 9, 2002) Tickets Will Be Available For Purchase On July 29, 2001(7-24-2001)
    UPDATE: also hearing billboards around the Pocono Raceway are touting June 9, 2002 and July 28, 2002 as the tracks two Cup dates in 2002(7-25-2001)

  • Pocono and Pep Boys: Pep Boys, the nation's leading full-service automotive aftermarket retail and service chain, announced that it had agreed to become the presenting sponsor of the Pennsylvania 500, one of the upcoming races in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, to be held July 29 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA(Yahoo Biz)(6-22-2001)
    PLUS Pep Boys is having a contest with TNT during the race, see my Racing Contest page for info(7-28-2001)

  • 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)

  • 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 - Pocono


  • Robby Gordon back in the #31 at Pocono UPDATE: reports that Robby Gordon, who is on a race-to-race basis with RCR to run the #31 Lowes Chevy, will be back in the car at Pocono next weekend(7-23-2001)
    UPDATE: FSN's Totally NASCAR reports that Robby Gordon will drive the #31 Lowes Chevy in the next three Cup races, Pocono, Indy (where he is testing) and Watkins Glen(7-24-2001)

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


  • #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)

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


  • Bodine - 25 races - no DNF UPDATE: #11-Brett Bodine has been running at the end of 25 consecutive races(counting last season), which is the circuit's longest active streak. Two other drivers have made all the races in 2001 and not DNF'd(did not finish): 9-Bill Elliott and #55-Bobby Hamilton. #21-Elliott Salder had his first DNF of the 2001 season at New Hamsphire(7-22-2001)

  • Top Fives: There have been 29 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at NHIS) 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(7-22-2001)

  • Top Tens: There have been 39 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at NHIS) 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(7-22-2001)

  • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 119 provisional starts(17 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. #11-Brett Bodine was the highest provisional starter at NHIS with a 13th. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(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
    #6-Mark Martin failed to led a lap in a race during the 2001 season for the first time, not leading at Michigan in June. 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). (7-23-2001)

  • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 627 consecutive starts followed by Rusty Wallace at 536, Ken Schrader with 506 and Mark Martin has 420 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(7-22-2001)

  • 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.(7-22-2000)

  • 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*     316     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     218     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        135     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty       103     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Ken Schrader      95     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     79     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Mike Wallace      61     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     52
       Stacy Compton   45
       Buckshot Jones  33
    Cup drivers(not including 2001 rookies)
    (* not full time Cup in 2001)
    (compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)
  • 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        346
    Ted Musgrave     299*
    Hut Stricklin    283
    Dick Trickle     266*
    Kenny Wallace    231*
    Wally Dallenbach 226*
    Chad Little      216*
    Robert Pressley  188
    Johnny Benson    181
    Mike Skinner     163
    Ricky Craven     163
    Steve Grissom    141*
    Todd Bodine      128
    Kevin Lepage     109
    David Green       78*
    Dave Blaney       52
    Stacy Compton   45
    Buckshot Jones  33
    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
    (7-22-2001)(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     346        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     322        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Jimmy Spencer    221        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     212        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       174        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  167        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  120*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Terry Labonte     79        3/28/99    Texas
       John Andretti     78        4/18/99    Martinsville
       Joe Nemechek      56        9/19/99    New Hampshire
       Mark Martin       45        4/9/00     Martinsville
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (7-22-2001)(UMI Press Guides Stats/Winston Cup Updates)

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

    Have already won in 2001 and extended or started their streaks:
       Driver          Years   Last Win
       Rusty Wallace     16    California, Apr 2001
       Dale Jarrett       9    New Hamsphire, July 2001
       Jeff Gordon        8    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)(7-22-2001)

  • 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

  • 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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