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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO


THE RACE: Dura-Lube 400

Winston Cup Race #2 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, February 25, 2001 in Rockingham, NC

  • TV: Fox 1:00pm/et, pre-race show at 12:30pm/et

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,205,393

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Dura Lube 400 from NOL

  • 2000 Race Winner: Bobby Labonte, 127.875mph

  • Race Record: Jeff Burton, Oct 1999, 131.103mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.017 mile oval, 393 laps, 399.68 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Saturday, Feb 24th 7:30 - 9:30am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Feb 24th after the BGN race(approx 3:00pm/et), TV-FX


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Saturday, Feb 24th at 7:00am/et

  • Qualfying Order - Dura-Lube 400: at

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Saturday, Feb 24th at 10:40am/et, TV-FSN(Fox Sports Net) and live via MRN radio/internet

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Winston Cup qualifying via the web

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

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, April 2000, 158.035mph

  • Event Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, April 2000, 158.035mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Rusty Wallace, 158.035mph


    THE LAST 10 DURA-LUBE 500's:
    Winner Pole Winner
    2000 Bobby Labonte Rusty Wallace
    1999 Mark Martin Ricky Rudd
    1998 Jeff Gordon Rick Mast
    1997 Jeff Gordon Mark Martin
    1996 Dale Earnhardt Terry Labonte
    1995 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon
    1994 Geoffrey Bodine Rusty Wallace
    1993 Rusty Wallace Mark Martin
    1992 Bill Elliott Kyle Petty
    1991 Kyle Petty Kyle Petty

    See full list winners at my All Time Rockingham Winners page


  • Track Specs: North Carolina Speedway, know as 'The Rock':
    Degree of Banking: Turns 1-2: 22 degrees; Turns 3-4: 25 degrees; Straightaways: 8 degrees
    Width: Turns 55 feet wide; Straightaways: 50 feet wide
    Number of Pits: 45 on front straight (1,436 ft. long) pit road
    Pit Stalls: 30 feet long; 16 feet wide
    Length of Front Straight: 1,300 feet
    Length of Back Straight: 1,367 feet
    Length of Turns 1 & 2: 1,256 feet
    Length of Turns 3 & 4: 1,437 feet(NCS Website)

  • Track Homepage: North Carolina Speedway

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


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Rockingham for leading the points and winning the race(Michael Waltrip last won the award, $10,000 at Daytona on Feb 18, 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(2-18-2001)


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

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


Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Rockingham, NC Area:

Charlotte.com
Charlotte Observer
Winston-Salem Journal
News and Observer
WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC
Fayetteville Observer-Times
GoCarolina's


WEATHER FORECASTS:
The Weather Pit
Weather forecast for Rockingham, NC by The Weather Channel
Intellicast - NASCAR weather
Weather Underground - Rockingham, NC


TRACK INFO FOR THE FANS:
Rockingham Review by ARS Racing



IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

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

PREVIEW, FACT SHEETS and MISC News

  • Childress to take a lap? UPDATE 2 No: Rumor has it in the garage that Cup team owners (#3 and #'s 29,30,31) Richard Childress could take a lap in the black #3 Chevy at some point this weekend(NASCAR Online Buzz)(2-23-2001)
    UPDATE: Dale Earnhardt's black #3 Chevrolet will make its final lap around the race track before being retired. According to Earnhardt team sponsor and "Realtree Outdoors" owner Bill Jordan, the trademark black car driven by "The Intimidator" will make its final appearance at Rockingham, NC, this weekend. The car will be driven for one final tribute lap around the track prior to Sunday's DuraLube 400. Childress would like to drive the car himself. But if the emotion of driving it becomes too much, he'll have driver Dave Marcis of the Realtree team handle it. Earnhardt's black car color scheme is to be retired after the tribute lap(Charleston Gazette)
    UPDATE 2: it was decided not to run the #3 car on a parade lap around Rockingham as the Earnhardt family didn't feel they were ready to see it on the track so soon(ESPN2's RPM 2Day)(2-25-2001)

  • : Dura Lube 400 Race Info

  • Raceday Today(2-25-2001)

  • NASCAR - Dura Lube 400 Preview(WRAL)(2-25-2000)

  • Crew Chief Club


RACE ODDs


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS news and links

  • Park wins at Rockingham: #1-Steve Park won a thrilling finish, just beating 18-Bobby Labonte. The second win for DEI (Dale Earnhardt Inc) in a row (#15-Waltrip won the Daytona 500). Park drove around the track clockwise (the Polish Victory lap) holding a black #3 cap out the window. Waltrip stayed out on the track to high five Park. The win is Park's 2nd career win in Winston Cup and first on an oval(Park won at Watkins Glen last August). Parks car ran out of gas on pitroad coming in and had to be pushed into victory lane. Park was very emotional in Victory Lane and jumped into his crew arms. #32-Ricky Craven, who finished 5th, had his first top five since he ran 3rd at Rockingham in Oct 1997 a span of 54 races, it was also the highest finish for a PPI Motorsports/Cal Wells owned car.
    See results at or NASCAR Online(2-26-2001)

  • Gordon to drop back: Jeff Gordon wore a black Dale Earnhardt cap with silver and red streaks after winning the pole for the Dura Lube 400. Gordon will drop from the first starting spot on one of the parade laps before the race to honor Earnhardt(Roanoke Times)(2-25-2001)

  • Happy Hour(s) Practice is over for the Dura Lube 400 at Rockingham. #24-Jeff Gordon was the fastest at 150.209mph with #2-Rusty Wallace 2nd with a speed of 148.847. Happy Hour was extended to two hours. See the speeds of the two hour session at : `Happy Hour' practice speeds. Noticed during the one hour FX broadcast(the first of the two hour session), #6-Mark Martin has Pfizer decals not Viagra and #55-Bobby Hamilton has Integrated Electrical Services on the rear 1/4 panels(2-24-2001)

  • Qualifying is over: for the Dura Lube 400 at Rockingham. #24-Jeff Gordon won the pole with a speed of 156.455mph, #1-Steve Park was 2nd. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr will start 25th after running a speed of 153.981. Daytona 500 winner, #15-Micheal Waltrip will start 7th after wrecking in practice and using a backup. #29-Kevin Harvick got the GM Goodwrench Chevy in the race and will make his Cup debut, starting 36th. The two missing the race are #96-Andy Houston(50th in 2000 Owners Points) and #45-Kyle Petty(53rd). Provisionals go to #31-Skinner(12th in 2000 Owners Points), #17-Kenseth(14th), #66-T Bodine(39th), #92-Compton(40th), #32-Craven(41st), #44-Jones(42nd) and #90-Stricklin(44th). See my Provisional Page for info and standings. See the starting lineup at : Dura-lube 400 lineup(2-24-2001)

  • Poles at the Rock: Mark Martin and Kyle Petty lead all active drivers each with five Bud Poles at Rockingham. Retired drivers Cale Yarborough and David Pearson also scored five Bud Poles at Rockingham(NASCAR PR)(2-20-2001)

  • Qualifying Order is up at . See above for the link. 45(no #60-Bessey or #85-Long as listed on the Entry List) cars are listed, so two will go home. #22-Ward Burton is scheduled to go out first, scheduled out 45th and last is #36-Ken Schrader. Kevin Harvick is due out 39th in the #29 GM Goodwrench Chevy(sounds weird). Qualifying is on Fox Sports Net(if you get it, check local listings, not here in South Jersey). NASACR Online has online live scoring(2-24-2001)

  • Saturday AM Practice is over at Rockingham. #1-Steve Park was the fastest at 156.844 (track record is 158.035mph set last Feb by #2-Rusty Wallace). 2nd was #18-Bobby Labonte at 156.609. #29-Kevin Harvick in the GM Goodwrench Chevy was 30th fastest at 154.052. Slowest was #90-Hut Stricklin at 151.678. See full rundown of speeds at (2-24-2001)

  • Entry List is up at NOL for the Dura Lube 400. See above for the link(NOTE: for some reason it is alphabetical by first name, hard to follow). 47 cars are list(43 make the race), the #29-Kevin Harvick GM Goodwrench Chevy is listed as TBA for driver and number. #60-Joe Bessey is listed in the #60 Chevy, no sponsor. #85-Carl Long is listed but I have been told he will not go to Rockingham as they didn't have time to prepare the car. Also two mistakes noticed(no need to email about them), the #27 is listed as the Square-D Pontiac and the #97 is listed as the John Deere Ford. No John Deere is not back on the #97 and Sqaure-D is still on the #55 not the #27(2-23-2001)

  • 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

  • Tix at the Rock: Ticket sales have remained steady for this weekend race at Rockingham following the death of driver Dale Earnhardt. A tribute to Earnhardt is being planned for the race weekend. Earnhardt fans, who have left flowers and mementos at the driver's shop and signed guest books at funeral homes around the country, also have left flowers and pictures outside the track. While ticket sales are stable, several motel operators in Rockingham said they have had cancelations from Earnhardt fans too upset to attend a race since the driver was killed in a crash last weekend at the Daytona 500(AP/ESPN)(2-21-2001)

  • 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 - Rockingham


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • Rock Fact: Michael Waltrip will try to become only the third driver in history to win the first two races of the season. Jeff Gordon accomplished the feat in 1997 and David Pearson turned the trick in 1976. Only two drivers have ever won the Daytona 500 and went on to win the first race at North Carolina Speedway -- Richard Petty (1974) and Gordon (1997). (WRAL/Sports Network)(2-25-2001)

  • Graves to Sub: Andy Graves, team manager at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, will replace suspended crew chief Kevin Cram on the #01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T after the running of the Daytona 500. Kram is scheduled to begin a four-race suspension, and will remain on seasonlong probation, after NASCAR officials found an illegal substance in the car's fuel cell last week. Cram, who also has been fined $10,000, will resume his duties at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 25(Star Telegram)(2-17-2001)

  • #25 Crew Chief: Gordon Gibbs will be the crew chief for Jerry Nadeau in the upcoming weeks. Tony Furr begins serving a four-week suspension next week at Rockingham, NC. Furr altered the suspension system on his car, earning a $10,000 fine, the suspension and a year's probation(Times Dispatch)(2-14-2001)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

  • #17 Special Scheme: With a year of Winston Cup experience and the 2000 Raybestos Rookie of the Year(ROTY) crown under their belts, the only thing "rookie" about Matt Kenseth and the DEWALT Racing team in the year 2001 will be the paint scheme of the #17 Ford Taurus. In honor of last season's well-deserved title, the #17 car will feature yellow paint with the Raybestos Rookie of the Year logo on the hood. The paint scheme will be featured at Daytona, Rockingham and Las Vegas. In addition to the Rookie of the Year paint scheme, DEWALT Industrial Tools is launching a new product line for 2001 which is expected to be larger than their original launch in 1992. To market the new tools, DEWALT has decided to use the #17 car to help create excitement about the launch. Kenseth will have four new paint schemes throughout the season to compliment DEWALT's new power tools(DeWalt Racing PR). See images of the car at my Paint Scheme Gallery(1-19-2001)

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


STATS and STUFF thru the race before this one

  • Single Car Winner: The last time a single-car team scored a victory was by Ricky Rudd at Martinsville in September 1998(8-4-2000)

  • Top Fives: There were 5 different Cup drivers who scored a Top-5 in 2001....2000's total was 28, 1999's total was 28 and 1998's total number was 27(11-21-2000)

  • Top Tens: There were 10 different Cup drivers who scored a Top-10 in 2001.....2000's total was 41, 1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(2-18-2001)

  • Provisonal Finishes in 2001: In 7 provisonal starts(1 races x 7), drivers have accumulated 0 Win, 0 Top 5's and 1 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(2-18-2001)

    To see who led laps and who led in the bonus points, see my Bonus Points Leaders Page(2-18-2000)

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  • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd leads with with 609 followed by Rusty Wallace at 518, Ken Schrader with 488 and Mark Martin 402. Terry Labonte had 655 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(2-18-2001)

  • 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      314     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     199     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        127     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        92     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little       87     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Ken Schrader      77     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     67     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Ricky Craven      54     3rd     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Ted Musgrave      52     5th     Phoenix         10-25-98
       Dick Trickle      49     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Derrike Cope      46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Steve Grissom     45     4th     New Hampshire   9-14-97
    
    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
       Elliott Sadler  70
    Cup drivers(not including 2000 rookies)
    
    (data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(2-18-2001)
    
  • 1999 winners who did not win in 2000: 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)

  • 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        338
    Ted Musgrave     298*
    Hut Stricklin    271
    Dick Trickle     266*
    Wally Dallenbach 225*
    Kenny Wallace    220
    Chad Little      216*
    Robert Pressley  171
    Johnny Benson    163
    Ricky Craven     145
    Mike Skinner     146
    Steve Grissom    141*
    Todd Bodine      110
    Kevin Lepage      96*
    David Green       78*
    Elliott Sadler    70
    
    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
    (2-18-2001)(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      479        2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     328        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     304        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Jimmy Spencer    203        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     194        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       163        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  149        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  120        8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    94        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        76        9/27/98    Martinsville    
    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (2-18-2001)(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
       Michael Waltrip    1    Daytona, Feb 2001
    
    Thru 2000 season:
       Rusty Wallace     15    Bristol, Aug 2000
       Dale Jarrett       8    Rockingham, Oct 2000
       Jeff Gordon        7    Richmond, Sept 2000
       Bobby Labonte      6    Charlotte, Oct 2000
       Jeff Burton        4    Phoenix, August 2000
       Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
       Tony Stewart       2    Homestead, Nov 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
       Steve Park         1    Watkins Glen, Aug 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
    (2-18-2001)(info gathered using the 2000 UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide and Winston Cup Updates)

  • 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 is 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

  • 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 winners by winning the 1999 NAPA 500 at Atlanta(11-21-1999)
    UPDATE 2: Add Bobby Labonte as the 3rd ever provisional winners by winning the 2000 Southern 500 at Darlington(9-3-2000)

  • 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    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
    (9-17-2000)
    

  • 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




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