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THE RACE: Dodge/Save Mart 350

Winston Cup Race #16 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, June 24, 2001 in Sonoma, CA

  • TV: Fox 3:30pm/et(pre-race at 3:00pm/et)

  • TimeZone: Sears Point is in the Pacific Time Zone, all times posted here are Eastern (3 hours ahead of Pacific)

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

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

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,493,689 (was $2,899,652 in 2000)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Dodge/Save Mart 350 from

  • 2000 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 78.789mph

  • Event Race Record: Jeff Gordon, 2000, 78.789mph

  • Track/Race Length: 2.0mile road course, 112 laps, 224 miles, 358 km

  • Track Size Update: The reconstruction of 'The Chute' has lengthened the Sears Point Raceway from 1.949 miles to 2.0 miles, the laps run will remain the same, 112. The length of the race is increased from 218miles to 224 miles and from 351km to 358km but the name of the event will still be the Dodge/Save Mart 350(6-20-2001)

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph

  • TV Special: The "Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Preview Show" will air on six occasions in June on FOX Sports Net, debuting on Thursday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. The 30-minute program will be highlighted by an in-depth feature on the return of Dodge to NASCAR Winston Cup racing. The feature will include interviews with Ray Evernham and seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Richard Petty


  • Practice: Friday, June 22th from 1:30 - 4:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 23rd from 12:30 - 2:00pm/et, TV-none?


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 22nd at 12:30pm/et

  • Qualfying Order - Dodge/Save Mart 350: at or at NASCAR Online

  • Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-36, Friday, June 22nd at 5:00pm/et, TV-Fox Sports Net(FSN) and live via PRN radio/internet

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

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

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, June 2000, 99.309mph(1.94mile layout)

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Rusty Wallace, 99.309mph

    Track Specs:
    2.0 mile Road Course with 10 turns
    increased from 1.949 miles to 2.0 after the 2000 season

  • Track Homepage: Sears Point Raceway

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

    PAST RACE WINNERS at Sears Point

    2000 Jeff Gordon
    1999 Jeff Gordon
    1998 Jeff Gordon
    1997 Mark Martin
    1996 Rusty Wallace
    1995 Dale Earnhardt
    1994 Ernie Irvan
    1993 Geoffrey Bodine
    1992 Ernie Irvan
    1991 Davey Allison
    1990 Rusty Wallace
    1989 Ricky Rudd


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Sears Point for leading the points and winning the race (Jeff Gordon last won the award, $60,000 at Michigan on June 10, 2001). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if he is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finisher in the point standings(6-17-2001)


Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network(PRN), with live RealAudio coverage
Airtime: 2:45pm/et with Announcers: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
Turn Reporters: Chuck Carland and Robin Albright and Curtis Pilgreen
Pit Reporters: Brett McMillan, Steve Richards and Pat Patterson

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

some Local Newspapers and other Sites that cover the Sonoma, CA area:
Contra Costa Times
Frenso Bee
The Press Democrat
San Francisico Examiner
Sonoma County Independent

Weather forecast for Sonoma, CA by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Sonoma, CA
Weather Point - Santa Rosa, CA
The Weather Pit

Sears Point Review by ARS Racing

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


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




  • Stewart wins at Sears Point: #20-Tony Stewart won the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Sears Point when #29-Kevin Harvick(a lap down) and #7-Robby Gordon got together while Gordon was leading and Stewart passed both drivers. Gordon ended up finishing 2nd. It was the first road course win for Stewart. It was the first win for Pontiac at Sears Point since 1990 when Rusty Wallace won and the first at all since Kyle Petty won at Watkins Glen in 1992. It broke a streak of three wins in a row for #24-Jeff Gordon at Sears Point. Gordon increases his driver points lead over Dale Jarrett to 126 points. See for the Dodge-Save Mart 350 results and for Unofficial Driver Standings. See story at : Stewart holds off Robby Gordon for win(6-24-2001)

  • Hired Guns how did the Road Course Specialists do at Sears Point:
    #7-Robby Gordon in for Mike Wallace, started 7th, finished 2nd
    #33-Scott Pruett subs for Joe Nemechek, started 11th, finished 12th
    #68-Anthony Lazzaro to run for new team, DNQ
    #77-Boris Said in for Robert Pressley, started 42nd - provisional, finished 11th
    #87-Ron Fellows entered in a NEMCO car, started 13th, finished 38th
    #90-Brian Simo in for Hut Stricklin, started 15th, finished 42nd
    #01-Dorsey Schrader in a 2nd Cingular Dodge for Ganassi Racing, started 36th, finished 25th
    #44-Tom Hubert qualified for Buckshot Jones, started 29th, but Jones will have to go to the back of the field at the start of the race; finished 35th(6-24-2001)

  • How did the Rookies do at Sears Point:
    #04(normally #01)-Jason Leffler, 87.501mph, DNQ
    #14-Ron Hornaday, 90.662, starts 43rd - provisional; finished 18th
    #19-Casey Aywood, 91.541, starts 28th, finished 41st
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 92.295, starts 12th, finished 14th
    #96-Andy Houston, 90.373, DNQ
    #97-Kurt Busch, 75.258, starts 41st - provisional, finished 23rd (6-24-2001)

  • Happy Hour Practice is over at Sears Point. Fastest was #24-Jeff Gordon with a speed of 93.356mph followed by #87-Ron Fellows at 93.086. Slowest was #44-Buckshot Jones at 89.488. See for the Happy Hour Practice Results. Have not heard of an incidents/accidents in either practice session. As far as I know, Fox, FX or FSN will not show Happy Hour tape delayed or at all, no idea why(6-23-2001)

  • Saturday AM Practice is over at Sears Point. Fastest was #87-Ron Fellows with a speed of 92.998 followed by #24-Jeff Gordon at 92.706 and #7-Robby Gordon at 92.682. Slowest was #44-Buckshot Jones at 87.949. See for the Practice Results(6-23-2001)

  • Qualifying at Sears Point is over. #24-Jeff Gordon won the Bud Pole with a speed of 93.699mph, #2-Rusty Wallace is on the outside pole with a speed of 93.417. #26-Jimmy Spencer spun out and has no speed, will have to take a provisional. Four drivers were excused from their qualifying positions because there teams had to change engines: #14-Hornaday(wrecked his primary and lost an engine in the backup during practice); #45-Petty; #44-Hubert(for Buckshot Jones - car is painted red this week); and #4-Lepage. Missing the race were: #96-Andy Houston(42nd in owners points); #27-Kenny Wallace(43rd); #04-Jason Leffler(no owners points); #68-Anthony Lazarro(none). #6-Mark Martin and #26-Jimmy Spencer used their first provisionals of 2001. #14-Ron Hornaday used a provisional and the team is now out of provisionals until the 24th races of the season, Bristol in August - unless the team can get into the top 25 in Owners Points. See unofficial starting lineups at MotorsportsOne or at and for Qualifying Results(6-22-2001)

  • Pole Progression at Sears Point:
    #21-Elliott Sadler, 1st out to qualify, 91.567mph, starts 27th
    #11-Brett Bodine, 2nd out, 91.650, starts 25th
    #2-Rusty Wallace, 4th out, 93.417, starts 2nd
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 18th out, 93.699, starts 1st (6-22-2001)

  • Friday Practice at Sears Points ended with #24-Jeff Gordon as the fastest with a speed of 93.936mph in the new 2.o mile layout. #2-Rusty Wallace was 2nd fastest at 93.426mph. Top road course specialist was #87-Ron Fellows who was 3rd overall at 93.408mph. Slowest was #96-Andy Houston at 89.405mph. See that speeds at and

  • Qualifying Order is up for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Sears Point. See above for the links(s). First scheduled out is #21-Elliott Sadler. Last Scheduled out is #68-Anthony Lazzaro. 47 cars are set to make an attempt. 5:00pm/et today on FSN and PRN radio(6-22-2001)

  • Entry List for Sears Point is up at See the link above. 46 drivers listed (doesn't have the Leffler/Schroeder switch or #04 car yet, so that'll ne 47). Many drivers changes for the road course, #7-Robby Gordon in for Mike Wallace, #33-Scott Pruett subs for Joe Nemechek, #68-Anthony Lazzaro to run for new team, #77-Boris Said in for Robert Pressley, #87-Ron Fellows entered in a NEMCO car, #90-Brian Simo in for Hut Stricklin(6-19-2001)

  • Sears Point Facts: There have been 12 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Sears Point since the track was added to the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit in 1989. Seven different drivers have won NASCAR Winston Cup Series Bud Poles at Sears Point. Ricky Rudd (four) along with Jeff Gordon and Rusty Wallace (two), have posted multiple Bud Poles at the California track. There have been seven different Bud Pole winners in the last eight NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Sears Point. Jeff Gordon won back-to-back Bud Poles there in 1998 and '99. There have been eight different race winners in the 12 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Sears Point. Ernie Irvan (1992 and '94), Rusty Wallace (1990 and '96) and Jeff Gordon (1998, '99 and 2000) are the repeat race winners at Sears Point. Nine different car owners have scored victories at Sears Point. Rick Hendrick (1998, '99 and 2000) and Robert Yates (1991 and '94) are the only car owners that have produced two victories at Sears Point. Two of the three drivers who have won more than one race at Sears Point did so in different car makes. Rusty Wallace won in 1990 in a Pontiac and '96 in a Ford. Ernie Irvan won in a Chevrolet in 1992 and in a Ford in '94. Jeff Gordon won in 1998, '99 and 2000, all in a Chevrolet(NASCAR PR)(6-20-2001)

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

  • How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers). For provisionals standings see the Jayski Provisional Status page(2-20-2000)

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


  • Gilligan's Island REPOST and a few UPDATES is it 15 or 18 seconds? is the nickname for the final nine pit stalls, which are marooned in the center of Turn 11. Teams cannot get back across the track from the location. If a driver crashes, his car has to be repaired there. If a driver falls out, his team must stay until the race is over(Times-Dispatch), also hear drivers are held 20 seconds to 'even' things out(6-27-1999) also see story on it at That's Racin': Pitting on Gilligan's Island feels like a 3-hour tour(6-28-1999/6-23-2000)
    UPDATE: the area between the frontstretch pits and the entrance to Turn 11 is the auxiliary pit area is known as Gilligan's Island due to its castoff nature. Due to the configuration of that area of the pits, their assigned official holds teams pitting there 18 seconds before they can rejoin the race(NOL) and an update story at : 2nd-round qualifying turns into Winston Cup version of `Survivor'. The cars who start 35th to 43rd pit in Gilligans Island and teams pitting on the island will be held for 18 seconds after completing their stops because of the location of the island. Teams pitting there come off the hairpin Turn 11 and veer off to their right into their pit stalls. Because the teams pitting on the main pit road loop around Turn 11 at pit road speed, it takes them longer to get to their pit stalls.(6-24-2000) - it was mentioned during FSN's Qualifying coverage that the time may be 15 seconds this year(6-22-2001)
    UPDATE 2 for 2001: Nine cars, including the Fords driven by Dale Jarrett, Jeremy Mayfield, Mark Martin and Jimmy Spencer, will pit on Sears Point's secondary pit lane in today's Dodge 350, an area nicknamed "Gilligan's Island." The entrance to the regular pit lane is at the entrance to the hairpin Turn11, with cars looping around on the outside of the track to their pit stalls on the frontstretch. Cars starting 35th to 43rd, however, pit on the inside of the loop of Turn11. The rest of the field has to observe the 35 mph pit-road speed, so cars on the island are held 18 seconds by NASCAR after completing pit stops. That is aimed at evening up the pit lanes, but being on the island has historically proved a big disadvantage() AND The real hardship at Sears Point is for those who qualified 35th through 43rd, including Dale Jarrett, No. 2 in points, in 35th. Because the course has only 34 pit boxes, the overflow must pit in a barrier-protected area in the middle of Turn 11, the so-called "Gilligan's Island". Teams may not cross the track from this area, so the "pits" on the island must be equipped with foresight. Worse, because of a perceived "advantage" teams get from shortening Turn 11, they will be held 15 seconds after completing their stops(SpeedVision)(6-24-2001)

  • Track Size: The reconstruction of 'The Chute' has lengthened the Sears Point Raceway from 1.949 miles to 2.0 miles, the laps run will remain the same, 112. The length of the race is increased from 218miles to 224 miles and from 351km to 358km but the name of the event will still be the Dodge/Save Mart 350(6-20-2001)

  • Sears Point Completes More Work: Construction crews have completed work on the modified Chute and NASCAR Winston Cup drivers will get their first opportunity on the re-configured segment during a two-day test session, April 24-25. The new Chute, which connects Turns 4 and 7 on the road course, will be used for the first time in competition at the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Winston Cup event, June 21-24. Drivers confirmed for the NASCAR test are: #2-Rusty Wallace, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #5-Terry Labonte, #29-Kevin Harvick, #17-Matt Kenseth, #31-Mike Skinner, #55-Bobby Hamilton, #01-Jason Leffler and #87-Ron Fellows. The entire segment will span 1,170 feet, nearly 300 feet more than the original Chute (890 feet). Construction crews have also broken ground on 40 permanent garages that will be ready for the Dodge/Save Mart 350. In the past, teams have worked on their cars under the hot sun, but that will no longer be the case. Each garage will be 12 feet wide and 25 feet deep, giving race teams ample room to work on their cars. Sears Point Raceway will build additional garages for the 2002 season to handle the entire qualifying field. The original 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course will still be used for all road-racing events at Sears Point Raceway that are not NASCAR-sanctioned(Sears Point PR)(4-7-2001)

  • Sears Point Construction:Sears Point Raceway has officially begun construction on the modified Chute, which was first introduced in 1998 and connects Turns 4 and 7 on the twisting road course for all NASCAR-sanctioned events. Construction crews are currently grading the terrain behind turns 4 and 7 and staking the proposed layout of the re-configured Chute. Paving is scheduled for March 30. Sears Point Raceway will unveil the new Chute for the first time during a two-day NASCAR Winston Cup test session, April 24-25. Among the drivers confirmed for the test are: Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Mike Skinner, Jason Leffler, and Ron Fellows. The modified Chute will be used for the first time in NASCAR competition June 21-24 for the Dodge/Save Mart 350. The modified Chute will feature the following elements: a. A 300-foot straightaway from Turn 4 to what will become the new Turn 4a. This segment will feature straight-line braking before entering Turn 4a; b. A sharp 70-degree right-hand turn from Turn 4a into the Chute. There will also be 150 feet of runoff room available outside Turn 4a; c. Once out of Turn 4a, drivers will navigate an 870-foot pure straightaway, which will feature speeds in excess of 110 mph. This will be one of the fastest segments of the track; e. Turn 7 will boast a 90-degree right-hand turn placed 100 feet beyond the current Turn 7 apex. The turn will feature 120 feet of runoff; f. The modification will increase the length of the road course from 1.95 to 2 miles. The number of turns remains the same (10)(Sears Point PR)(3-22-2001)

  • Sears Point Sponsors: Dodge and Save Mart Supermarkets will join forces as co-title sponsors of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Sears Point Raceway, it was announced today by raceway officials. The event will be called the Dodge/Save Mart 350. The partnership continues the raceway's long-standing relationships with Save Mart Supermarkets, a Modesto-based grocery chain, and Dodge, which will make its long-awaited return to NASCAR Winston Cup racing in 2001. The Dodge sponsorship will involve the Bay Area and Northern California Dodge Dealers. Save Mart has been either the title sponsor or co-title sponsor of the NASCAR Winston Cup event at Sears Point since 1992. Save Mart served as title sponsor from 1992-1997 and combined with Kragen Auto Parts as co-title sponsors the last three years. The sponsorship is a one-year deal with major cooperative promotions planned between Sears Point, Save Mart Supermarkets and Dodge. Dodge will also become the "Official Car of Sears Point Raceway."(Sears Point PR)(10-18-2000)

  • 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 - Sears Point


  • #44 Qualifying Driver? UPDATE 2: hearing Tom Hubert, who has driven in a few Cup races and is the #93 Bill Davis Racing Car Chief, will qualify the #44 Georgia Pacific Dodge for regular driver Buckshot Jones at Sears Point, but Jones will start and run the car in the race(6-21-2001)
    UPDATE: yep, Hubert qualified the red #44 Dodge 29th and Jones will drive the car in the race, but will have to fall to the back of the field as required when going to a backup or changing drivers after qualifying(6-23-2001)
    UPDATE 2: After he finished 16th on the lead lap in the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring SNAP-ON Tools 200 Saturday at Sears Point, Buckshot Jones pronounced himself ready to run the full Dodge/Save Mart 350 Saturday. Jones entered the race in a FSW team’s car to get track time. He started 39th but had raced up to ninth, when he inadvertently unhooked his safety harness and had to pit.( Buzz)(6-24-2001)

  • Noticed - Mast/#50 Update: the #50-Midwest Transit/ team and driver Rick Mast are not at Sears Point. I didn't see any PR about them not going to Sears Point and missed the lack of the team on the entry list(6-22-2001)
    UPDATE: It was reported on the site on 6/15 that Mast and the #50 MWT would not be going to California(Sears Point). It is understandable with the difficult season they have been having this year. The expense to travel there must be great and their resources would be better spent in other areas(6-24-2001)

  • Road Course Speicalists at Sears Point:
    #7-Robby Gordon in for Mike Wallace
    #33-Scott Pruett subs for Joe Nemechek
    #68-Anthony Lazzaro to run for new team
    #77-Boris Said in for Robert Pressley
    #87-Ron Fellows entered in a NEMCO car
    #90-Brian Simo in for Hut Stricklin
    #94?-Johnny Miller in a 2nd Morgan-McClure car? Will Not Happen
    #01-Dorsey Schrader in a 2nd Cingular Dodge for Ganassi Racing
    #04-Jason Leffler runs a 2nd Ganassi car

  • New #96 Crew Chief for Sears Point: PPI Motorsports' Joe Garone, crew chief for the #96 McDonald's Ford driven by Andy Houston , will leave the company Friday, it was announced today. Garone's departure follows the team's May 30th announcement of his pending resignation from PPI Motorsports to take a position with NASCAR. Scott Miller, current race engineer for the #96 McDonald's Ford, has been named interim crew chief for Houston beginning this weekend at Sears Point. "With Joe leaving, it's time for us to begin the rebuilding process as a team," said PPI Motorsports owner Cal Wells III. "Scott has been a key part of our McDonald's program since it began, and he, Andy and the team have established strong, solid working relationships. We're confident Scott can provide the leadership we need while we continue to assess our options." Prior to his current duties, Miller served as the race engineer for the McDonald's Busch program and Houston's five Winston Cup races with the team in 2000. He joined PPI Motorsports after several years of industry experience, most recently as a chassis specialist with Richard Childress Racing(PPI Motorsports PR)(6-21-2001)

  • 2nd Morgan-McClure car at Sears Point? UPDATE 4: hearing that SCCA Trans Am point leader Johnny Miller will test with the #4 Morgan-McClure team at Road Atlanta and has a shot at driving Sears Point either in a second car or the primary for McClure(6-12-2001)
    UPDATE: Hearing if Morgan-McClure runs a 2nd car for Miller, it'll be #94. See images of the testing at the Miller Racing site and a story on the test: Trans-Am points leader Johnny Miller to test NASCAR Winston Cup car(6-14-2001)
    UPDATE 2: hearing that Johnny Miller was offered the Morgan McClure (#94 2nd car not the #4 car) ride for Sears Point but turned it down due to time constraints on getting a custom seat in the car and a NASCAR license but Miller may run for the team at Watkins Glen, and will continue testing for them(6-19-2001)
    UPDATE 3: Official Statement from Morgan-McClure Motorsports regarding Johnny Miller rumor: Larry McClure, owner of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo, states concern over the most recent rumor concerning his Morgan-McClure Motorsports team. Larry McClure quotes "In an unfounded rumor, Johnny Miller was placed in the #4 Chevrolet at Sears Point in the upcoming race event. This is strictly misinformation. Johnny Miller tested for the team at Road Atlanta last week, along with Kevin Lepage. He was there as an asset in gaining valuable road course information. He will continue to test some for the team. Although there might have been a misinterpetation, there was never a plan to field two cars at Sears Point or to have him drive the No. 4 car. Kevin Lepage is the driver. We are in the process of rebuilding and hiring a new crew chief, sometimes that puts a team under more scrutiny. These rumors pop up and they can do a team harm."(Morgan-McClure)(6-20-2001)
    UPDATE 4:...."I was really thankful and excited to have the chance to test a Winston Cup car last week,'' Miller said. "I think things went well.'' Miller recently tested the #4 Kodak Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the Morgan-McClure Motorsports team at Road Atlanta. Kevin Lepage is the regular driver for the M-M team. "`I know some of the guys on the Morgan-McClure team and I had asked (M-M general manager) Larry McClure before if I could help him in some way,'' Miller said. "Larry gave me the opportunity last week. `We were there to drive and coach Kevin on the finer elements of road racing and to prepare for the Sears Point and Watkins Glen races. Both Kodak cars were quicker than the Penske car driven by Jeremy Mayfield. We were pleased by that.'' The final results of Miller's tutorial session will come Sunday when Lepage competes in the the Dodge-Save Mart 350 on the two-mile road course at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. "I actually thought about going to Sears Point just to be part of the race, but I'm definitely going to be watching on TV,'' Miller said. ``I had a good time working with Kevin, the Morgan-McClure engineer (Gary Grossenbacher) and their new crew chief (Scott Eggleston). I just hope my experience and feedback will help them have a good race Sunday.'' Miller's immediate goal is winning his first Trans-Am Championship. He hopes to increase his profile and attract more interest from NASCAR power brokers along the way. "Saturday's race in Detroit was on national TV with CBS and two more races will he shown on CBS later this season,'' said Miller, the 1996 Trans-Am rookie of the year. ``National TV is a good way to get your name out. And the success of Trans-Am and road racers in various NASCAR series has also helped give more exposure to our style of racing. It's just a shame that the Trans-Am drivers aren't included in the IROC Series. I've tried to find rides in the Busch Series. I really hope that we can hook up with Morgan-McClure at Watkins Glen in August. I'm confident that we could do well. We're concentrating on winning that Trans-Am championship right now, though.''(Bristol Herald Courier)(6-21-2001)

  • Murry at Sears Point: It appears veteran road racer David Murry may join some of his fellow road course specialists at the Watkins Glen Winston Cup race in August and, possibly, this weekend at Sears Point as a late replacement. Apparently, Murry has been actively speaking with teams whose drivers are not particularly comfortable on road courses and he may just land a ride as a result. Some teams have also asked Murry to act as a "coach" for their drivers. Last year, at Watkins Glen, he was a consultant to Jeff Burton. Burton ended up finishing third. Murry, who just returned from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has been competing in both the American Le Mans Series and Grand Am Series this season(6-21-2001)

  • 2nd Cingular Car? UPDATE: hearing there will be a third car for Ganassi Racing at Sears Point with road course driver Dorsey Schroeder driving a 2nd Cingular Dodge
    UPDATE: Schroeder will drive the #01 Cingular Dodge usually wheeled by Jason Leffler, while Leffler will drive a #04 Dodge from the Ganassi stable( Buzz)(6-19-2001)

  • Musgrave at Pocono in #7? UPDATE 3 in the #7, Gordon at Sears point: Ted Musgrave, who drives the #1 Mopar Dodge truck for Ultra Motorsports and owner Jim Smith was supposed to drive the #00 Buckshot Racing Chevy in the BGN race at Kentucky. But supposedly called to tell them he had another ride in the Cup race at Pocono this weekend and couldn't drive the #00 and suggested Tim Fedawa for the ride(which is who will drive the #00). What ride does Musgrave have for Pocono? Before Wally Dallenbach was announced in the #33 Oakwood Homes ride, Musgrave was rumored to be driving the #33. Other rumors floating around are Musgrave as a replacement for current #7 driver Mike Wallace, the #7 is also owned by Jim Smith, or possibly a 2nd Ultra Motorsports Ford as Musgrave is supposed to drive a 2nd Ultra Motorsports Ford(or Dodge at the Brickyard 400(6-13-2001)
    UPDATE: nothing confirmed but again hearing Musgrave in at Pocono and a new twist, hearing Robby Gordon in the #7 at Sears Point
    UPDATE 2: Ted Musgrave is in Ultra Motorsports' #7 Ford for the Pocono 500 after team owner Jimmy Smith said he needed to have an answer to why his team had struggled to qualify this season with driver Mike Wallace. Smith said Thursday morning Robby Gordon will drive the #7 car at Sears Point next weekend but that he expected Wallace to return for the July 7 Pepsi 400 at Daytona when the team plans to unveil a new speedway car. The owner stressed that Wallace had not been fired.(
    UPDATE 3: comments from #7 Owner Jim Smith - "It's no secret that our performance hasn't been where we want it to be, especially over the past few weeks, and everybody at Ultra Motorsports is doing everything they can to get over this hump and figure things out. We're grateful to Ted Musgrave, who is going to help us out this week at Pocono, and to Robby Gordon, who is going to help us out next week at Sears Point, by driving the NationsRent Taurus and giving us an independent evaluation of where we need to concentrate our improvement efforts. Ted's record at Pocono has been a good one, and he can offer our guys a really good evaluation of what we have for that particular track. Robby's road course record, and his record at Sears Point, speaks for itself, and we think he can offer a lot to what we are trying to do. For the most part, nothing has changed. This will give us some good feedback regarding our team, and we anticipate Mike Wallace being back in the NationsRent Taurus for the race at Daytona."(Williams Company)(6-15-2001)

  • #4 Restructures - new crew chief UPDATE 3 - 2nd car at Sears Point? Morgan-McClure Motorsports has made personnel changes in an effort to restructure its organization and keep pace with the winning competition. Larry McClure, owner of the #4 Kodak Chevy, and crew chief David Ifft, decided to part ways following the Kmart 400 at Michigan. Ifft, who joined the team last November following a long absence from Winston Cup, will return home to spend quality time with his family. Although no permanent replacement for a crew chief has been named, Scott Eggleston will travel with the team to Road Atlanta for a test session on Tuesday and Wednesday. Eggleston will accompany the team to Pocono for the 15th race of the year. Prior to beginning the 2001 season with DEI(#15-Waltrip), 39 year-old Eggleston worked with Team SABCO. Larry McClure, owner of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo, quotes: "We have replaced a jackman in the past week. We will tryout some new race cars in the weeks to come. Now we will search for a crew chief. I am going to restructure the team until it is capable of winning again. Chemistry in this sport is more important than people might believe. Once the right combination is found, success will follow."(Morgan-McClure PR)(6-11-2001)
    UPDATE: Robert Larkins returned to the road crew last week in a familiar position of jackman. Robert had left the road crew at the beginning of the year to focus on shop duties. Six new race cars have been ordered by Larry McClure. They will be a basic design. McClure states the cars will not be reengineered, in an attempt to return to a basic car. The cars will be ready for delivery to the Abingdon, Va.-based shop within the next few weeks. The team will test at Road Atlanta on Tuesday and Wednesday before traveling to Pocono(Morgan-McClure PR), also hearing that SCCA Trans Am point leader Johnny Miller will test with the team at Road Atlanta and has a shot at driving Sears Point either in a second car or the primary for McClure(6-12-2001)
    UPDATE 2: #12-Jeremy Mayfield also tested at Road Atlanta. Hearing if Morgan-McClure runs a 2nd car for Miller, it'll be #94. See images of the testing at the Miller Racing site and a story on the test: Trans-Am points leader Johnny Miller to test NASCAR Winston Cup car(6-14-2001)

  • Fellows and Nemechek: NEMCO Motorsports announced today plans to compete in three NASCAR events with driver Ron Fellows this season. Fellows, who won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in February, will pilot the Nortel Networks #87 Chevy in next weekend's Savemart 350 Winston Cup Series event at Sears Point Raceway. From there, the team will move on to Watkins Glen for the BGN race on July 8, and the Winston Cup Series race on August 12. Bully Hill Vineyards will be the primary sponsor for both events at The Glen. Over the past three seasons, Fellows and Nemechek's team, led by Crew Chief Brian Pattie, have tallied two wins and a second in three tries in the BGN event at Watkins Glen, as well as a second-place finish in the 1999 Winston Cup Series race. Newcomers to the Sears Point event, Fellows insists the team's goal remains the same regardless of venue or series. "As always, whether it's Winston Cup or Busch, the main priority is to make the race," said Fellows. "I've raced at Sears Point in the Trans Am Series and in the Corvette, but this will be my first time in a Winston Cup car. We came out to Sonoma to test and were quite pleased with the result," Fellows added. "It's a very different track than Watkins Glen. It's a fun track because of the elevation changes, but generally, the corners are slower. You've really got to have a handle on shocks at Sears Point and Brian (Pattie) was able to accomplish that during the test." A Toronto, Ontario native, Fellows competes in the American Le Mans Series driving the GM Racing Corvette, as well as select NASCAR events with NEMCO Motorsports. Currently he is in France, competing with the GM Racing team in the 24 Hours of Le Mans(NEMCO Motorsports PR)(6-13-2001)

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

  • Pruett in the #33 at Sears Point: Scott Pruett will drive the #33 Andy Petree Racing/Oakwood Homes Chevy in the first of two road course races for the series this season. Pruett qualified ninth for the race at Sears Point Raceway last season(in the #32 Ford) before a broken transmission put him out of the race while he was leading. Pruett will run for Joe Nemechek, regular driver of the Oakwood Homes Chevrolet. Nemechek broke his right scapula and right arm at the elbow during a crash in Busch Grand National testing at Dover Downs (Del.) International Speedway last month. He is expected to return to the car soon after the Sonoma race.(Williams Company)(6-5-2001)

  • Simo in the #90 at Road Courses: Hills Bros Coffee Racing team owner Junie Donlavey has tabbed Trans-Am Series Champion Brian Simo (SIM o) to run the Hills Bros Coffee Ford at both Sears Point Raceway in June and Watkins Glen International in August. Looking at the opportunity to help his Hills Bros Coffee Racing team gain points in the standings, Stricklin supported the opportunity to put Simo behind the wheel. Simo is looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the #90 car. "Junie Donlavey is the nicest man in racing," Simo said. "I appreciate the opportunity he's given me to get back in a Winston Cup car and I'm looking forward to working with the Hills Bros Coffee crew again. I think it's great that we'll be doing some testing prior to the Sears Point race. Hopefully, that will translate into a solid starting position, and then we'll just work it from there." Donlavey Racing is hoping to get the team's road-course car ready to test at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Va., prior to making the trip to Sears Point in June. Simo competed in the BGN events at Watkins Glen in 1997 and 1998. Both times, he was leading the race before suffering engine failure. His first Cup start came at Sears Point last June where he qualified 34th and finished 36th, despite a long pit stop to replace a broken gear(Keystone Marketing)(5-9-2001)

  • New #68 Team Tests: TWC Motorsport, Ltd., Inc.'s, #68 Chevrolet Monte Carlo completed its first test this past Thursday and Friday at the Virginia International Raceway(VIR). The team was quite pleased that the initial shake down of the Monte Carlo went very smoothly. Tom Coleman, owner of the newly acquired TWC Motorsport NASCAR Winston Cup car, stated, "We came to Virginia International Raceway to get Anthony (Lazzaro) comfortable with the car." Coleman went on to explain that once Lazzaro was comfortable with the car the TWC Motorsport team focused on getting the car dialed in. "Anthony hot lapped the car, with times in the high 1.27's and it's our understanding that the other NASCAR teams are in the same range," Coleman said. "We have certainly come a long way in a short time," stated driver Anthony Lazzaro, "and I know with more testing, TWC could be a factor at any road course." Always one to give credit where credit is due Lazzaro went on to state, "Coleman has put together an exceptional team who knows what it takes to make these 3,400 pound cars go!" TWC Motorsport, Ltd., Inc., has more testing scheduled in preparation for the demanding road course at Sears Point in June(TWC Motorsport PR). NOTE: VIR is a road course in Danville, VA, which reopened last year after many years of inactivity.(5-8-2001)

  • Lazarro to run Cup races: After a sudden cease in operations for Cal Well's PPI Racing BGN #97 Team, half way through the 2000 season, former Toyota Atlantic Champion Driver Anthony Lazzaro, didn't know whether or not he'd ever get the chance to compete in the NASCAR ranks again. In no more than half a season, Lazzaro was able to make the Busch field for 10 of the 13 races, his PPI Racing Team qualified for. But unfortunately, PPI had other plans for their newly acquired NASCAR operations. So Lazarro chose to sharpen his skills throughout the remainder of the 2000 season competing in the ALMS series. Late last summer, Asheville, NC, based TWC Motorsport, Ltd., Inc., owned by Tom Coleman, who's team has over 15 years of experience in SCCA, ALMS, USAC, IMSA, Grand-Am and Trans-Am, decided to test Lazzaro in their Trans-Am car with hopes of landing a sponsor for the 2001 Trans-Am Season. But, as the motorsport's gods would have it, the sponsorship deals began to unravel. And although Coleman and Lazzaro continued to talk, the hopes of finding funding to join TWC's expertise and Anthony Lazzaro's experience began to fade. That is until this spring when Dave Marcis, long time Winston Cup driver and team owner of the #71-RealTree Racing Team Chevy, based out of Arden, NC, offered Coleman the opportunity to purchase one of his 2001 Winston Cup Chevys. This was the opportunity Coleman had been considering for years. "When we tested Anthony and Ron Fellows last Fall, there was no doubt in my mind Anthony could drive," Coleman said, "we just had to find the right deal at the right time. Anthony is fast, technically in tune with the racecar and has the experience and the desire to be a winner. Just look at his record and you'll see…this guy's the real deal." The TWC Motorsport, Ltd., Inc., NASCAR Winston Cup Chevrolet Monte Carlo will make its debut at both Sears Point and Watkins Glen this season. Lazzaro, who has won in everything he's run from WKA, Formula Fords, and including winning the 1999 Toyota Atlantic Championship, will bring his over 14 years of road course racing experience, to the two tracks he has had success with in the past as well. "I am excited to have the opportunity to get back into NASCAR again," Lazzaro said, "and I couldn't ask for a better team than TWC Motorsport, Ltd., Inc. I've known Tom (Coleman) for quite some time and he's always got the best equipment and a great crew. I won't sugar coat this…it isn't going to be easy; NASCAR is the premier series in North America. Qualifying for any race in Winston Cup is an enormous hurdle in itself. But once we finish testing, we'll have the information we need to make sure this car's ready for the big leagues. And if we can just make the field in both events, I see no reason why we can't compete nose-to-nose with those guys at Sears Point and Watkins Glen." Look for the #68 Chevrolet Monte Carlo during both races this season. Future plans also include running a limited NASCAR schedule next year with the hopes of competing full time in 2003 and beyond(TWC Motorsport PR)(5-1-2001)

  • Said to run the #77 at the Road Courses: Jasper Motorsports President Doug Bawel and Driver Robert Pressley announced today that long time road racer Boris Said will take over the driving duties of the #77 Ford for the two NASCAR Winston Cup road course events run this season. Said's first appearance for the Jasper team will be in June at Sears Point Raceway. He will also pilot the car during the event at Watkins Glen International in August ( NOT September as the PR had). "Boris is a road course specialist," said Pressley. "We need to do what's best for this Jasper team. That has always been our goal. When we needed a strong leader a couple of years ago, we went out and got (Crew Chief) Ryan Pemberton, because that's what we needed to do to make this team strong. It's my turn now to do what's best. I have every confidence that Boris's experience will make this worthwhile. And, I promise I'll be cheering on the team, because they are there every week rooting for me." Said, who competes full time in the SCCA Trans Am Series as well as the Speedvision World Challenge Series and the American LeMans Series, has seen the twists and turns of both Sears Point and Watkins Glen before. In 1998, he qualified fifth in Winston Cup regular Jimmy Spencer's car before relieving him during the race and finishing 20th. At Sears Point in 1999, Said posted the fastest time in practice but experienced engine failure in both qualifying sessions and was thus unable to make the field. He also encountered bad luck during last year's event when suspension problems put him out of the race on lap 26 of the 112-lap event.(Jasper Racing PR)(4-23-2001)

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


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

  • #01 Special Scheme UPDATE: hearing that Jason Leffler will be running a Special Olympics logo in June on the #01 Cingular Dodge. Cingular is a Special Olympics sponsor and it is part of this years promo(4-24-2001)
    UPDATE: see an image of the car on my Paint Schemes Gallery(5-23-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Cingular Wireless is racing toward its four-year goal of raising $40 million for Special Olympics by painting its #01 NASCAR Winston Cup race car with a Special Olympics paint scheme, and offering customers the opportunity to support the organization through promotional offers. Cingular, an Official Partner of Special Olympics USA and Official Sponsor of Special Olympics Team USA, is in the second year of its support for Special Olympics. To showcase its commitment to Special Olympics, Cingular’s #01 Dodge Intrepid R/T will display a Special Olympics logo for the months of June and July. The new paint scheme will be debuted at the MBNA Platinum 400 at the Dover Downs International Speedway on June 3. Cingular also will sell limited edition, souvenir, die-cast versions of the #01 racecar to commemorate this unique paint scheme and raise money for Special Olympics( A percentage of the proceeds generated from the die-cast car sales will go directly to Special Olympics. Cars will be available in Cingular Wireless retail outlets as well as at many Special Olympics Summer Games being held across the United States. In addition, Cingular Wireless is launching a 60-day promotional drive to collect donations on behalf of Special Olympics. During the promotional months of June and July, consumers who donate $20 to Special Olympics and sign up for service at a Cingular Wireless retail store are eligible for: * An exclusive $35 rate plan offer * An Internet-ready Ericsson handset * A co-branded Cingular/BLOCKBUSTER gift certificate for five free movie rentals good at participating BLOCKBUSTER stores. Donations raised by Cingular will support year-round training and competitions for Special Olympic athletes, who participate in the activities free of charge as well as help send Special Olympics Team USA athletes to the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland. Through last year’s “Be a Hero” promotion, Cingular customers successfully raised $8.9 million for Special Olympics.(Cingular PR)(5-30-2001)

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

STATS and STUFF thru the race before this one

  • Bodine - 20 races - no DNF UPDATE: #11-Brett Bodine might be 31st in the points standings, but he has been Winston Cup's most durable driver this season. Bodine has been running at the end of 20 consecutive races(counting last season), which is the circuit's longest active streak(Atlanta Journal Constitution). Three other drivers have made all the races in 2001 and not DNF'd(did not finish): 9-Bill Elliott, #21-ElliottSalder, and #55-Bobby Hamilton(6-17-2001)
    UPDATE: make it 21 straight races(6-18-2001)

  • Top Fives: There have been 27 different Cup drivers(no additions at Pocono) who have scored a Top-5 so far in 2001....2000's total was 28, 1999's total was 28 and 1998's total number was 27(6-17-2001)

  • Top Tens: There have been 37 different Cup drivers(no additions at Pocono) who have scored a Top-10 in 2001.....2000's total was 41, 1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(6-17-2001)

  • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 91provisional starts(13 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001 or Dover 6/2001), drivers have accumulated 1 Win, 3 Top 5's and 9 Top 10's. #97-Kurt Busch was the highest at Pocono with a 13th. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(6-17-2001)

  • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 623 consecutive starts followed by Rusty Wallace at 532, Ken Schrader with 502 and Mark Martin has 416 consecutive Cup starts. Terry Labonte had 655 (and holds the all time record) but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his record streak. Dale Earnhardt had 648 consecutive Winston Cup starts until his death at Daytona(6-17-2001)

  • 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
       Dave Marcis*     315     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     214     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        133     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty       100     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Ken Schrader      91     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     77     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Mike Wallace      59     5th     Atlanta         11-13-94
       Robert Pressley   35     5th     Michigan        6-11-00
    Dave Marcis has not had a top 10 since April 10, 1994 in the Food City 500 at Bristol, he finished 10th.
    Regular Drivers Without a Career Top Five
       Driver         Races
       Dave Blaney     48
       Stacy Compton   41
       Buckshot Jones  30
    Cup drivers(not including 2001 rookies)
    (* not full time Cup in 2001, data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(6-17-2001)
  • 2000 winners who have not won in 2001: Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Ward Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jeremy Mayfield, Matt Kenseth and Jerry Nadeau. Terry Labonte, Joe Nemechek and John Andretti earned victories in 1999 and have not won since.(6-17-2000)

  • 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        344
    Ted Musgrave     299*
    Hut Stricklin    281
    Dick Trickle     266*
    Kenny Wallace    231
    Wally Dallenbach 226*
    Chad Little      216*
    Robert Pressley  185
    Johnny Benson    177
    Mike Skinner     160
    Ricky Craven     159
    Steve Grissom    141*
    Todd Bodine      124
    Kevin Lepage     105
    David Green       78*
    All Time - Over 400 Starts	
    Driver          Races Run
    JD McDuffie       653
    Buddy Arrington   560
    Neil Castles      497
    Jimmy Means       455
    Cecil Gordon      450
    G.C. Spencer      415
    *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (6-17-2001)(UMI Press Guides Stats/Winston Cup Updates)

  • Drivers with the longest streak since they won a CUP race:

       Driver          Races Run   Last Win   Track
       Dave Marcis      480*       2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     342        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     318        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Jimmy Spencer    217        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     208        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       171        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  163        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  120*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Terry Labonte     75        3/28/99    Texas
       John Andretti     74        4/18/99    Martinsville
       Joe Nemechek      53        9/19/99    New Hampshire
       Mark Martin       41        4/9/00     Martinsville
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (6-17-2001)(UMI Press Guides Stats/Winston Cup Updates)

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

    Have already won in 2001 and extended or started their streaks:
       Driver          Years   Last Win
       Rusty Wallace     16    California, Apr 2001
       Dale Jarrett       9    Martinsville, Apr 2001
       Jeff Gordon        8    Michigan, June 2001
       Jeff Burton        5    Lowes, May 2001
       Tony Stewart       3    Richmond, May 2001   
       Steve Park         2    Rockingham, Feb 2001
       Michael Waltrip    1    Daytona, Feb 2001
       Kevin Harvick      1    Atlanta, Mar 2001
       Elliott Sadler     1    Bristol, Mar 2001
       Bobby Hamiton      1    Talladega, Apr 2001
       Ricky Rudd         1    Pocono, June 2001
    Thru 2000 season:
       Bobby Labonte      6    Charlotte, Oct 2000
       Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
       Ward Burton        1    Darlington, Mar 2000
       Dale Earnhardt Jr  1    Richmond, Apr 2000
       Jeremy Mayfield    1    Pocono, June 2000
       Matt Kenseth       1    Charlotte, May 2000
       Jerry Nadeau       1    Atlanta, Nov 2000
    Streaks that ended in 2000 that were thru 1999 season:
       Driver          Years   Last Win
       Terry Labonte      6    Texas, Apr 1999
       John Andretti      1    Martinsville, Apr 1999
       Joe Nemechek       1    New Hampshire, Sept 1999
    All Time Record is Richard Petty - 18 years from 1960-1977
    (6-17-2001)(info gathered using the 2000/2001 UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide and 1999/2000 Winston Cup Updates)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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