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THE RACE: Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400

Winston Cup Race #26 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Saturday, September 8, 2001 in Richmond, VA

  • TV: TNT - 8:00pm/et, re-aired on TNT Monday, Sept 11, 11:00pm/et
  • Pre-Race Show: 7:30pm/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/Race Awards: $3,302,971 (last year $2,226,242), not counting the No Bull Five $1,000,000

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 from

  • 2000 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 99.871mph

  • Event/Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, Sept 1997, 109.047mph

  • Track/Race Length: 0.75 mile oval, 400 laps, 300 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph


  • Practice: Friday, Sept 7th 11:30am - 1:30pm/et
  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, Sept 7th from 5:45 - 7:15pm/et, TV-CNN/SI


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Sept 7th, 10:30am/et

  • Qualfying Order: or

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, Sept 7th at 3:00pm/et, TV-CNN/SI and live via MRN Radio(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

  • Race/Event Qualifying Record: Mike Skinner, Sept 1999, 125.465mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, May 1999, 126.499mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Jeff Burton, 125.780mph, finished 5th

    Track Specs:
    Short Track: 0.75-mile oval, 60-foot width with 10-foot apron
    Banking: turns: 14 degrees; frontstretch 8 degrees; backstretch 2 degrees
    Straights: Backstretch - 860 feet; Frontstretch - 1290 feet
    Seating Capacity: ~105,000
  • Track Homepage: Richmond International Raceway

    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS at the Richmond 2nd Race

  • Richmond 2nd Race - Pole Sitters, Winners, and Manu Wins


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 at Richmond for leading the points and winning the race (Jeff Gordon last won the award, $10,000 at Watkins Glen on Aug 12, 2001). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if he is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finisher in the point standings(9-2-2001)


Radio Coverage:

Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including RealAudio coverage
Airtime: 7:30pm/et with Announcers: Barney Hall and Joe Moore
Turn Reporter: Kurt Becker
Pit Reporters: Jim Phillips, Winston Kelley and Jason Toy

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

    Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Richmond, VA Area:
    The Daily Press
    Kingsport Times-News
    Lynchberg News and Advance
    News Leader
    Roanoke Times
    Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Virginian Pilot

    Weather forecast for Richmond, VA by The Weather Channel
    Weather Underground - Richmond, VA
    Weather Point - Richmond, VA
    The Weather Pit
    Intellicast - NASCAR weather

    ARS Racing Outlet - Richmond Review


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


    • Richmond Facts: Jeff Gordon, Bill Elliott and Rusty Wallace lead all drivers, each with three Bud Poles on the 3/4-mile track. NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Richmond have been won from the pole 16 times since 1961, the most of any starting position. In the 81 races at Richmond since 1961, the winner has started third or better in 39 races. The furthermost back in the field that a Richmond race winner has started on the 3/4-mile configuration was 24th by Terry Labonte in the 1995 Pontiac Excitement 400. Rusty Wallace leads all active drivers with six victories at Richmond, all occurring on the 3/4-mile configuration. There have been six different race winners in the last seven races at Richmond International Raceway. Only Tony Stewart has repeated since 1998. Stewart won this race in 1999 and in May 2001. In the modern era of NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing at Richmond (1972 to 2000), a sweep has occurred four times. Rusty Wallace (1989) was the most recent driver to win both Richmond races in the same year.(NASCAR PR)(9-5-2001)

    • No Bull Fans Chosen for Richmond UPDATE: Five more race fans have been selected for a chance at a $1 million prize as part of the fourth installment of Winston's "No Bull 5" driver/fan bonus program. The next "No Bull" race is the Sept. 8 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 at Richmond. The eligible drivers are the top-five finishers from the Pepsi 400 at Daytona in July: #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #15-Michael Waltrip, #21-Elliott Sadler, #22-Ward Burton and #18-Bobby Labonte, who will be making his 10th attempt at the Winston No Bull 5 million-dollar bonus. The eligible fans were selected from the nationwide Winston No Bull 5 "They Win, You Win" Sweepstakes. The eligible fans are Doris DeBerry of Savannah, TN.; Sharon Bauer of Peoria, IL.; Eric Wolf of Peotone, IL.; Allen Fitch of Hamptonville, NC; and Joseph Brennan of Eufaula, AL. The drivers and fans will be paired Thursday night at NASCAR Speedpark in Myrtle Beach S.C. The five drivers will compete in a 10-minute go-kart race to determine the pairing. The race will be carried live on ESPN2's RPM2Night at 7:00pm/et. One of the five eligible Winston No Bull 5 drivers will travel to Savannah on Tuesday for a luncheon with DeBerry and 25 friends. Her name was the first of the five fans selected in the Winston No Bull 5 drawing. The first fan drawn automatically wins a function with one of the eligible drivers.()(8-30-2001)
      UPDATE: the race was broadcast on ESPN2's RPM 2Night, the results and pairings:
      #22-Burton - paired with Doris DeBerry of Savannah, TN
      #21-Sadler - Sharon Bauer of Peoria, IL
      #18-Labonte - Eric Wolf of Peotone, IL
      #15-Waltrip - Allen Fitch of Hamptonville, NC
      #8-Earmhardt Jr - Joseph Brennan of Eufaula, AL

    • : Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 Race Info

    • CBS Sportsline: Richmond Preview

    • CNN/SI: Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 - Matter of preference

    • Crew Chief Club

    • FoxSports: Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 preview - Rusty ready for Richmond rebound

    • Frontstretch: Raceday Today - Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400

    • Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 Race Page

    • Yahoo: Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 - Preview


    news and links

    • Rudd bumps way to Win: #28-Ricky Rudd won the Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 at Richmond after nudging #29-Kevin Harvick out of the way in the final laps of the race, returning the favor as Harvick had bumped his way past Rudd on lap 383 of the 400 race. The win coupled with #24-Jeff Gordon's tough run (36th after being bumped by #40-Marlin and hitting the wall early in the race, but coming back to run laps and finish the race), allowed Rudd to gain 120 points on Gordon's point lead. Gordon now leads Rudd by 222 with #88-Jarrett back in 3rd place, 393 points back. See for Monte Carlo 400 results, Winston Cup race points, and Winston Cup points (after Richmond)(9-9-2001)

    • The No Bull 5 drivers for Talladega in Oct:
      #28-Ricky Rudd (for finishing 1st at Richmond)
      #29-Kevin Harvick(2nd)
      #8-Dale Earnhard(3rd) Jr
      #88-Dale Jarrett(4th)
      #2-Rusty Wallace(5th)(9-9-2001)

    • How did the No Bull 5 drivers do at Richmond?
      #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr, started 8th, finished 3rd
      #15-Michael Waltrip, started 41st, finished 20th
      #21-Elliott Sadler, started 32nd, finished 31st
      #22-Ward Burton, started 5th, finished 12th
      #18-Bobby Labonte, started 6th, finished 6th(9-9-2001)

    • How did the Rookie of the Year candidates at Richmond?
      #01-Leffler, no speed, spun out in qual, started 42nd using a provisional, finished 28th, 8 rookie points
      #14-Hornaday, 123.508, started 10th, finished 41st, 7
      #19-Atwood, 123.819, started 7th, finished 27th, 9
      #29-Harvick, 123.018, started 22nd, finished 2nd, 20
      #96-Houston, 122.084, missed the race, DNQ, 1
      #97-Busch, 120.854 in a backup, started 40th using a provisonal, finished 24th, 10(9-9-2001)

    • Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 lineup

    • Happy Hour is over at Richmond. The top five when CNN/SI's coverage ended:
      1)   #30-Green, 122.699
      2)   #2-Wallace, 122.150
      3)   #21-Sadler, 121.869
      4)   #20-Stewart, 121.852
      5)   #36-Schrader, 121.825
      See for the Friday's final practice speeds(9-7-2001)

    • Gordon wins the pole at Richmond: #24-Jeff Gordon wins the pole with a speed of 124.902mph, his 6th Bud Pole of 2001 and 39th of his career. #2-Wallace is on the outside pole with a speed of 124.510. The top five starters:
      1)   #24-Gordon, 124.902
      2)   #2-Wallace, 124.510
      3)   #40-Marlin, 124.487
      4)   #99-Burton, 124.024
      5)   #22-Burton, 123.882
      slowest was #85-Carl Long at 120.096
      Two drivers wrecked in practice and will use their backup cars to qualify: #10-Benson and #97-Busch. #32-Craven's car got hit in the garage area by #26-Spencer and will be allowed time to fix the sheet metal damage. #01-Jason Leffler spun out after taking the green flag and backed the car into the wall, probably need to go to a backup for the race
      Missing the race/Did Not Qualify(DNQ) were: #90-Stricklin(40th in owners points); #96-Andy Houston(44th); #13-Hermie Sadler(51st); and #85-Carl Long(52nd). #4-Kevin Lepage used a provisonal and now joins the #7-Wallace, #14-Hornaday and #44-Jones teams as being out of provisionals until Talladega in Oct.
      See Starting Lineups/Qualifying Results at or or MotorsportsOne(9-7-2001)

    • Progression of the Pole at Richmond:
      #13-Hermie Sadler, 1st driver out, 121.880mph, missed the race
      #4-Kevin Lepage, 2nd out, 121.968, will start 43rd
      #28-Ricky Rudd, 3rd out, 123.677, will start 9th
      #22-Ward Burton, 7th out, 123.822, will start 5th
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 27th out, 124.510, will start 2nd
      #24-Jeff Gordon, 39th out, 124.902, on the pole (9-7-2001)

    • Cup drivers do double duty in the BGN race at Richmond:
      #26-Jimmy Spencer (#1 Chevy in BGN)
      #29-Kevin Harvick (#2 Chevy)
      #7-Mike Wallace (#4 Chevy)
      #99-Jeff Burton (#9 Ford)
      #14-Ron Hornaday (#11-Chevy)
      #17-Matt Kenseth(#17-Chevy)
      #1-Kenny Wallace (#48-Chevy)
      #33-Joe Nemechek (#87 Chevy)
      #15-Michael Waltrip (#99 Chevy)(9-5-2001)

    • and looking at the list, notice that #29-Kevin Harvick will do a triple header, all three races at Richmond: #29 Chevy in Cup; #2 Chevy in BGN; and #6 Chevy in CTS(9-5-2001)

    • The 1st Friday Practice at Richmond is over. Fastest was 38-Dale Earnhardt Jr at 124.447mph followed by #30-Jeff Green at 124.424. The Race/Event Qualifying Record is 125.465mph, held by Mike Skinner and the Track Qualifying Record is 126.499mph held Jeff Gordon(May 1999). Slowest were #13-Hermie Sadler at 121.627 and #85-Carl Long at 120.037. Happy Hour is the next practice session (after qualifying) and is scheduled to start at 5:45pm/et and be televised on CNN/SI. See for the Practice Results(9-7-2001)

    • Qualifying Order is up for the race at Richmond. See above for the link(s). 47 cars listed, first driver scheduled out is #13-Hermie Sadler in the Virginia Lottery Chevy and the last driver scheduled out is #44-Buckshot Jones. #89-Morgan Shepherd was listed on the Entry List but is not on the Qualifying Order, guess he withdrew from the race. Qualifying is scheduled to start at 3:05pm/et, and will be televised on CNN/SI with Happy Hour following it at 5:30pm/et. MRN Radio will have radio coverage and qualifying can be followed online at

    • Entry List is up for Richmond. See above for the link. 48 Drivers/Cars listed including #13-Hermie Sadler, #85-Carl Long and #89-Morgan Shepherd. No #50-Rich Bickle listed not sure of the status of that team. Steve Park is listed in the #1, but Kenny Wallace will be in the car(9-5-2001)

    • Back to 2 laps UPDATE: it was announced at the beginning of CNN/SI's qualifying coverage that qualifying would go back to 2 laps of qualifying at all Super Speedways (1 mile or more) starting this week at Michigan. So I guess that means 2 laps is back for all the tracks since 2 laps were going to be the cast at the two short tracks and restrictor plate tracks. All but the road courses which there will be no more in 2001(8-17-2001)
      UPDATE: NASCAR officials have changed their minds again and gone back to two laps during its single round of qualifying. NASCAR announced at Daytona in early July that qualifying would be reduced to a single lap at tracks of 1-mile or longer except for Daytona and Talladega, beginning at New Hampshire on July 22. Teams ran two laps at New Hampshire, however, because of a new sealer that had been applied to the track's surface. The cars then ran one lap for three races, but after complaints from the teams that a single lap prevented them from overcoming a mistake, the policy has been changed again and cars can now once more run a second lap if they choose()(8-18-2001)

    • Qualifying Rules Changed UPDATE: ESPN2's RPM 2Night mentioned tonight that starting at New Hampshire that qualifying would consist of one lap of qualifying instead of the two laps that have been run this year. The exceptions are tracks smaller then one mile (Bristol, Richmond and Martinsville) and the two restrictor plate tracks, Daytona and Talladega(7-5-2001)
      UPDATE: it was mentioned on FSN's Totally NASCAR show on Thurs that the Cup drivers would run 2 laps of Qualifying for the New England 300 at New Hampshire. The plan is to still have one lap of qualifying at all intermediate tracks (1 to 2 miles in length) but the format will be determined in a track-to-track basis for the rest of the season(7-19-2001)

    • an interesting point: When NASCAR officials decided to disallow Jerry Nadeau's qualifying time at Daytona in Feb 2001, it raised an interesting question. With the Winston Cup series having only one round of qualifying the rest of the season, what happens if an unapproved part is found? According to NASCAR, drivers no longer have to post an official qualifying time to use a provisional, they only have to practice. So a driver could have a penalty on a qualifying issue but still have access to one of the seven provisionals for the race(Richmond Times Dispatch)(2-11-2001)

    • How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers). For provisionals standings see the Jayski's Provisional Status page

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


    • National Anthem at RIR: Country music singer Tracy Lawrence will perform a free concert prior to the Chevy Monte Carlo 400 with the Looney Tunes NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Saturday, September 8 at Richmond International Raceway. Lawrence will perform at 6:00pm/et from pit road in the infield at Richmond International Raceway and will also sing the national anthem prior to the race.(RIR PR)(9-4-2001)

    • RIR Expansion Approved: Henrico County supervisors approved a plan for Richmond International Raceway to add parking and expand by a potential 47,580 seats. The board's vote increases RIR's seating capacity from 125,000 to 150,000. The board also approved a provisional use permit for RIR that allows it to grow up to 215 feet in height. RIR currently seats 102,420 with a maximum height of 81 feet, 7 inches. The plan contains provisions to allow track owner International Speedway Corp. to expand parking in surrounding areas owned by the company, including 46.1 acres purchased last fall. Track officials said they do not plan any expansion this season(Richmond Times Dispatch)(7-11-2001)

    • 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 - Richmond


    • Pressley Condition UPDATE 2: #77-Robert Pressley, who was in a hard wreck against the front stretch at Darlington, was listed as ok, but transported to a local hospital for observation(TNT Race Coverage)(9-2-2001)
      UPDATE: Robert Pressley was expected to be released from Carolinas Hospital in Florence late Sunday after X-rays and a CT scan following a vicious crash into the inside wall on the frontstretch on Lap 349. Pressley spun after getting hit from behind as he came off Turn 4. His car slammed into the wall on the right side and then lifted with two wheels off the ground as it kept sliding. Pressley got out of the car but slumped down against the wall until his team and emergency workers came to his aid. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital complaining of tenderness in his back and abdomen, but the test came back normal()(9-3-2001)
      UPDATE 2: Robert Pressley spoke about the accident and updated his condition Tuesday afternoon - Q) How Are You Feeling? "I'm doing pretty good. They checked everything from my toes to the top of my head. They told me I was a little smarter than they ever thought I was, but there are no broken bones or anything like that. I don't have any problems with my head, neck, shoulders or ribs -- no problems like that so everything is good. They released me Sunday night. We got out of there about nine o'clock and spent the night in Darlington before coming home yesterday (Monday). They did all the tests pretty much as a precaution and everything is good. I'm just sitting around taking it easy this week and getting ready for Richmond. We're gonna go up there and get back on track." You Seemed to Get Out of the Car Quckily with the HANS Device. "Yeah, that was quicker than I guess we had ever gotten out of the car before with the HANS on. When I hit the wall it just knocked the breath out of me really bad, so I wanted to get some air and probably got out of the car quicker than I needed to. I guess it knocked all of the panels out of the back and when the car was up on its side it got smoke inside the car. I thought we had a little fire going, so I wanted to get out of there to keep that from playing any role in it."(Jasper Motorsports)(9-5-2001)

    • Checking Temps at RIR: Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth will have new additions to their respective pit crews next weekend at Richmond. The additional pit workers will concentrate on how the drivers replace the fluids they lose during a race, as well as the cars' onboard temperatures. Scientists from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute will condict a pilot study on Martin and Kenseth to determine sweat loss, cardiobascular responses and heat stress in drivers during a NASCAR race. During an average race, cockpit temperatures can climb to 140 degrees, putting drivers at risk for dehydration and heat illness. The race-day test will help provide drivers with fluid replacement and heat illness prevention recommendations.()(9-3-2001)

    • Sadler Returns: Hermie Sadler, who is running a limited Winston Cup schedule this year with sponsorship from the Virginia Lottery (#13 Chevy), has entered the Sharpie 500 Winston Cup race scheduled for this weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway.. Sadler says the additional seat time in a Winston Cup Car will help him tremendously heading into Richmond, the next lottery sponsored event. Sadler is also using the opportunity at Bristol to promote something very close to him and his family, Autism Awareness and Research. Hermie's youngest daughter, Halie, 3, was diagnosed with Autism in February, and he hopes his family's story will help people better understand autism. "In the beginning we tried to keep our situation private," stated Sadler.. "Our only concern was getting Halie the care and support she needed.. But we now feel that she has made a great deal of improvement since February and we want to do what we can to encourage people to help us learn more about Autism." Hermie and his brother Elliott will both be carrying Autism Awareness Ribbons on their cars this weekend.. For more information on Autism Research and Awareness, please call the Autism Society of America at 1-877-703-3606, or visit or PR)(8-23-2001)

    • Sadler to run Richmond CTS Race: Elliott Sadler and Motorcraft will team up in Richmond, Va., for two races next week. Sadler will drive the #84 Long Brothers Racing F-150, carrying the familiar Motorcraft paint scheme in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Richmond International Speedway on Thursday, September 6th. It will mark the second consecutive year that Sadler has competed in the truck race at Richmond. Ford Racing fan club Team Ford Racing (TFR) will support Sadler's effort as an associate sponsor.(Sadler Brothers Site)(8-30-2001)

    • Harvick in Richmond CTS Race: Kevin Harvick will return to the CTS at Richmond, driving a truck owned by defending Kroger 200 champion Rick Carelli. Harvick plans on forming his own truck team for 2002, with Carelli serving as his driver. Carelli will be in a Dodge owned by Maurice Petty and Associates for the race.(Winston Cup Scene - need sub to read online)(8-30-2001)

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


    • Paint at Richmond: besides the seven Looney Toons schemes, the #11-Brett Bodine Ford is in Kroger colors; #18-Bobby Labonte has Circuit City (an assoc sponsor) on the hood of his Interstate Batteries Pontiac; The #93-Dave Blaney Dodge has the Mac Tools colors that were supposed to run at Bristol(9-7-2001)

    • Special #93 Scheme at Bristol UPDATE No, now at Richmond: In a special one-race arrangement, Dave Blaney will feature primary sponsorship from Mac Tools as well as a special paint scheme on his #93 Amoco/Siemens Dodge during the Bristol race weekend. The colorful one-race-only paint scheme will also be available for a limited time in die-cast form at traditional NASCAR retail outlets.(Bill Davis Racing Site) see the Paint Schemes Gallery(8-20-2001)
      UPDATE: After planning to run a special Mac Tools-themed paint scheme at Bristol, Blaney was forced to a back-up car with the traditional Amoco/Siemens colors when a practice accident damaged the #93 Mac Tools Dodge too severely to be repaired before the race. The team will run the special paint scheme again in two weeks during the Saturday night race at Richmond International Raceway following next week's event at Darlington(Bill Davis Racing)(8-28-2001)

    • #17 Paint Scheme for Aug/Sept: The #17 DeWalt Ford will debut its New Products paint scheme which will run from Indianapolis through Dover. The paint scheme is an integration of the new product line and the designs submitted through the DEWALT 2002 Paint Scheme contest. The winners were Robert Williams Lutherville, MD and Brian Grossman of Cincinnati, OH. This scheme will run thru the Sept June race at Dover(Grandstand PR)(7-31-2001)

    • UPDATE - Images - Confirmed Looney Toons Schemes for the Chevy Monte Carlo 400 at Richmond in Sept:
      #1-Steve Park, Sylvester and Tweety
      #5-Terry Labonte, Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner
      #24-Jeff Gordon, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd
      #29-Kevin Harvick, Tasmanian Devil (Taz)
      #30-Jeff Green, Daffy Duck
      #31-Mike Skinner, Yosemite Sam
      #55-Bobby Hamilton, Marvin the Martian and his space dog, K-9
      the Announcement will be made at Charlotte on June 7th(first reported 4-3-2001and thru 5-9-2001/6-1-2001)
      UPDATE: Currently negotiating with Warner Bros., NASCAR is looking to have Looney Tunes tie-ins with specific races. The first venture could be as many as 11 of WB's whacky ones on Chevrolets for the September event in Richmond. And of course, one can look for the new collectibles that will show up, too.( Buzz)(6-1/7-2001)
      UPDATE - story and images: Action Performance Companies Inc., in conjunction with Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Warner Bros. and NASCAR, have partnered to make a day at the races a true family affair with a "Tribute to the American Family" featuring America's favorite cartoon characters, the Looney Tunes. On Sept. 8, 2001 during the Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 with the Looney Tunes at Richmond International Raceway, several Team Monte Carlo drivers from Richard Childress Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Inc., and Andy Petree Racing will shed their typical paint schemes for race cars featuring that "wascally wabbit" Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd, the Tasmanian Devil and many more zany cartoon favorites. "One thing always has been true about racing-it is a sport that families enjoy together," said Fred Wagenhals, Action's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "There is no better way to showcase the family institution than bringing a true slice of Americana-the Looney Tunes-to the racetrack. No matter if you are 2 or 92, the Looney Tunes can make everyone feel a little bit like a kid again. This simply is a wonderful, fun program, and I am glad Action Performance is part of it." The Looney Tunes characters themselves will be on hand before the race greeting fans while many of the day's festivities also will center on children and families. Additionally, a special event car displaying the Looney Tunes characters will be created for the event(Action Performance Companies PR), see all 7 images of the cars on my Paint Scheme Gallery(6-7-2001)

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


    • Bodine - 31 races - no DNF UPDATE: #11-Brett Bodine has been running at the end of 31 consecutive races(counting last season since he DNF'd at Martinsville), 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 (now 30 races straight) and #55-Bobby Hamilton (now 27 straight without a DNF)(9-2-2001)

    • Top Fives: There have been 30 different Cup drivers(no new drivers at Darlington) who have scored a Top-5 so far in 2001....2000's total was 28, 1999's total was 28 and 1998's total number was 27(9-2-2001)

    • Top Tens: There have been 40 different Cup drivers (no new drivers at Darlington) who have scored a Top-10 in 2001.....2000's total was 41, 1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(9-2-2001)

    • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 161 provisional starts(23 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001 or Dover 6/2001), drivers have accumulated 2 Wins, 7 Top 5's and 21 Top 10's. #22-Ward Burton was the highest provisional starter/finisher at Darlington with a WIN. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(9-2-2001)

    • No Laps Lead by Labonte yet: #5-Terry Labonte remains the only driver to race in all 25 events this season and not lead at least one lap. The last time Labonte led a lap was the Winston 500 last October at Talladega. 47 drivers have now led laps, no new leaders at Darlington. See the Bonus Points/Laps Led page(9-2-2001)

    • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 633 consecutive starts followed by Rusty Wallace at 542, Ken Schrader with 512 and Mark Martin has 426 consecutive Cup starts. Terry Labonte had 655 (and holds the all time record) but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his record streak. Dale Earnhardt had 648 consecutive Winston Cup starts until his death at Daytona(9-2-2001)

    • 2000 winners who have not won in 2001: Mark Martin, Jeremy Mayfield, Matt Kenseth and Jerry Nadeau. Terry Labonte, Joe Nemechek and John Andretti earned victories in 1999 and have not won since.(9-2-2000)

    • 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     224     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
         Rick Mast        140     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
         Kyle Petty       107     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
         Ken Schrader     101     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
         Hut Stricklin     83     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
         Mike Wallace      65     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     58
         Stacy Compton   51
         Buckshot Jones  38
      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        351
      Ted Musgrave     299*
      Hut Stricklin    300
      Dick Trickle     266*
      Kenny Wallace    232*
      Wally Dallenbach 226*
      Chad Little      216*
      Robert Pressley  193
      Johnny Benson    187
      Ricky Craven     169
      Mike Skinner     166
      Steve Grissom    141*
      Todd Bodine      134
      Kevin Lepage     114
      David Green       78*
      Dave Blaney       58
      Stacy Compton     51
      Buckshot Jones    39
      All Time - Over 400 Starts	
      Driver          Races Run
      JD McDuffie       653
      Buddy Arrington   560
      Neil Castles      497
      Jimmy Means       455
      Cecil Gordon      450
      G.C. Spencer      415
      *not a full time or regular Cup driver
      (9-2-2001)(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     351        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
         Ken Schrader     328        6/2/91     Dover
         Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
         Jimmy Spencer    227        7/24/94    Talladega
         Bill Elliott     218        9/4/94     Darlington
         Kyle Petty       178        6/4/95     Dover
         Geoffrey Bodine  121*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
         Terry Labonte     84        3/28/99    Texas
         John Andretti     83        4/18/99    Martinsville
         Joe Nemechek      61        9/19/99    New Hampshire
         Mark Martin       50        4/9/00     Martinsville
         Matt Kenseth      47        5/28/00    Lowes
         Jeremy Mayfield   42        6/19/00    Pocono
         Jerry Nadeau      23        11/20/00   Atlanta
         *not a full time or regular Cup driver
      (9-2-2001)(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    Watkins Glen, Aug 2001
         Bobby Labonte      7    Pocono, July 2001
         Jeff Burton        5    Lowes, May 2001
         Tony Stewart       3    Bristol, Aug 2001   
         Steve Park         2    Rockingham, Feb 2001
         Dale Earnhardt Jr  2    Daytona, July 2001
         Ward Burton        2    Darlington, Sept 2001
         Michael Waltrip    1    Daytona, Feb 2001
         Kevin Harvick      1    Chicago, July 2001
         Elliott Sadler     1    Bristol, Mar 2001
         Bobby Hamiton      1    Talladega, Apr 2001
         Ricky Rudd         1    Pocono, June 2001
         Sterling Marlin      1    Michigan, August 2001
      Thru 2000 season:
         Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
         Jeremy Mayfield    1    Pocono, June 2000
         Matt Kenseth       1    Charlotte, May 2000
         Jerry Nadeau       1    Atlanta, Nov 2000
      Streaks that ended in 2000 that were thru 1999 season:
         Driver          Years   Last Win
         Terry Labonte      6    Texas, Apr 1999
         John Andretti      1    Martinsville, Apr 1999
         Joe Nemechek       1    New Hampshire, Sept 1999
      All Time Record is Richard Petty - 18 years from 1960-1977
      (info from UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guides
      and Winston Cup Updates)(9-2-2001)

    • 15th Different Winner in 2001 a record: when #22-Ward Burton won the 2001 Southern 500, he became the 15th different Winston Cup winner in 2001, which breaks the record for NASCAR's modern era (which began in 1972) of 14 set in 2000 and 1991. Winners in 2001: #15-Waltrip, #1-Park, #24-Gordon, #29-Harvick, #88-Jarrett, #21-Sadler, #55-Hamilton, #2-Wallace, #20-Stewart, #99-Burton, #28-Rudd, #18-Labonte, #40-Marlin, #22-Burton, #8-Earnhardt Jr.(9-2-2001)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 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)

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

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

    • Provisional Starting Winners: Jeff Burton was the first driver to win from a provisional starting spot EVER at New Hampshire in 1999 and that is the farthest back any driver has won from since Kyle Petty won from 37th at Dover in June 1995(in 1995 37th was not a provisional starting spot). Bill Elliott also won from 38th spot in the 1988 Pepsi 400. In fact ALL the provisional starters for the race finished in the top 25 at NHIS(7-11-1999)
      UPDATE: Add Bobby Labonte as the 2nd ever provisional winner by winning the 1999 NAPA 500 at Atlanta(11-21-1999)
      UPDATE 2: Add Bobby Labonte as the 3rd ever provisional winner by winning the 2000 Southern 500 at Darlington(9-3-2000)
      UPDATE 3: Add Elliott Sadler as the 4th ever provisional winner by winning the 2001 Food City 500 at Bristol(3-25-2001)
      UPDATE 4: Add Ward Burton as the 5th ever provisional winner by winning the 2001 Southern 500 at Darlington(9-2-2001)

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

    • 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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