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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO


THE RACE: Harrah's 500

Winston Cup Race #7 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, April 1, 2001 in Fort Worth, TX

  • Texas in in Central time, all times listed here are Eastern Time(1 hour ahead)

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

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

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

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $5,048,203 (was $4,376,666 in 2000)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Harrah's 500 from NOL

  • 2000 Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr, 131.152mph

  • Track Race Record: Terry Labonte, Mar 1999, 144.276mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile quad oval, 334 laps, 501 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Friday, Mar 30th from 12:45 - 2:45pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Mar 31st from 11:00am - 12:30pm/et, TV-FX tape delayed at 4:00pm/et


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 30th at 11:45am/et

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  • Qualfying Order - Harrah's 500: at NASCAR Online or

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, Mar 30th at 4:00pm/et, TV-FSN(Fox Sports Net) and live via PRN radio/internet

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

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

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Terry Labonte, Apr 2000, 192.137mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Terry Labonte, 192.137mph




  • Track Specs:
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 5 degrees;
    Straights: Frontstraight - 2250 feet; Backstraight - 1330 feet

  • Track Homepage: Texas Motor Speedway

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


    Pole Winners at Texas

    2000 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 192.137mph, finished 8th
    1999 Kenny Irwin Jr, #28 Ford, 190.154mph, finished 15th
    1998 Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 185.906mph, finished 23rd
    1997 none, rained out


    Race Winners at Texas

    2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 131.152mph, started 4th
    1999 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 144.276mph, started 4th
    1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 136.771mph, started 7th
    1997 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 125.111mph, started 5th


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Texas for leading the points and winning the race(Dale Jarrett last won the award, $50,000 at Darlington on Mar 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(3-25-2001)


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

Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network(PRN), with live RealAudio coverage
Airtime: 12:30pm/et with Announcers: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
Turn Reporters: Chuck Carland and Robin Albright and Pit Reporters: Brett McMillan and Steve Richards

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


Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Fort Worth, TX Area:
Dallas Morning News
Star-Telegram
Texas Online
Times Record News


WEATHER FORECASTS:
Weather forecast for Fort Worth, TX by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Fort Worth, TX
Weather Point - Fort Worth, TX
The Weather Pit


TRACK INFO FOR THE FANS:
TMS Fan Guide


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

  • Texas Notes: the #66-Todd Bodine Ford has a different paint scheme this week, the Bluelight Special, it's dark blue on the rear with a lighter blue towards the front and a Bluelight logo on the hood. Bobby Labonte took teammate Tony Stewarts car out during practice on Friday, trying to sort out an ill handling car. #2 Miller Lite crew chief Robin Pemberton was not at the track Friday due to health reasons and is getting checked out in NC, he may return for the race on Sunday(fatigue is the reason story at NASCAR.com), JeffreyThousand will handle crew chief duties if Pemberton can't make it back. #43-John Andretti tagged the wall on his qualifying attempt but kept on his run and will use a provisional to make the field. Bill Elliott had a tire going down on his qualifying attempt and ended up with a provisional as did #2-Rusty Wallace who had an ill handling car and went up the track a bit on his run(heard from PRN radio coverage)(3-30-2001)

  • Some Texas Facts: The top-five finishers in the 1997 Harrah's 500 all started from a top-10 starting position. Four of the top-five finishers in the 1998 Harrah's 500 started from a top-10 starting position. Only two of the top-five finishers in 1999 and 2000 started from the top 10. Bobby Labonte has finished third in three of his four races at Texas. Dale Jarrett has finished second in two of his four races at Texas. Rusty Wallace has finished fourth in the last two races at Texas.(NASCAR PR)(3-28-2001)

  • : Harrah's 500 Race Info

  • CBS Sportsline: Harrah's 500 Preview

  • Raceday Today - Harrah's 500(4-1-2001)

  • Sporting News: This Week In NASCAR - Harrah's 500(3-26-2001)

  • Yahoo: Harrah's 500 - Preview

  • Crew Chief Club


RACE ODDs


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS news and links

  • Best Finishes of 2001: six drivers had their best finishes at Texas: #01-Leffler 17th; #4-Lepage 11th(in 2 races last week he was 15th); #10-Benson 3rd; #90-Sticklin 26th; #93-Blaney 6th; #97-Busch 4th. Two tied their season's best, #88-Jarrett of course for winning and #27-Wallace 25th(4-2-2001)

  • DJ Wins at Texas: #88-Dale Jarrett won the Harrah's 500, after leading the most laps(122 to Dale Earnhardt Jr's 107). It is the 26th career win for Jarrett. Jarrett is the first repeat winner of the year. Jarrett increases his Winston Cup point lead over Jeff Gordon to 75 points. #1-Steve Park finished 2nd with #1-=Johnny Benson 3rd and rookie #97-Kurt Busch was 4th, his highest career finish. #18-Bobby Labonte, last year's champ, lost an engine and finished 42nd. #93-Dave Blaney had his best career finish of 6th. See unofficial results at NASCAR.com(4-1-2001)

  • Rookies at Texas: where the six rookies started/finsihed in the Harrah's 500:
    #01-Leffler 187.110mph, starts 29th, finished 17th(best career finish)
    #14-Hornaday 187.585mph, starts 20th, finished 40th
    #19-Atwood 188.996mph, starts 10th(his best of 2001), finished 36th
    #29-Harvick 186.800mph, starts 33rd, finished 7th
    #96-Houston 188.877mph, starts 12th, finished 32nd
    #97-Busch 188.390mph, starts 16th, finished 4th(best career finish and first top five)
    (4-1-2001)

  • Harrah's 500 Starting Lineup at Texas Motor Speedway()(3-31-2001)

  • Happy Hour practice is over at Texas Motor Speedway for the Harrahs 500. From a Frontstretch Site Report: #10-Johnny Benson led Happy Hour practice with a fast lap of 186.677mph, followed by #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at 186.117, 3rd was #24-Jeff Gordon at 186.079, #88-Dale Jarrett was 4th at 185.950 and #28-Ricky Rudd was 5th at 185.790. #22-Ward Burton hit the wall early in practice but his crew was able to repair his car to get back onto the track with about 30 minutes left in the session, actually NASCAR said the car was not damaged enough and told the team they could not use a backup(per Fox Happy Hour coverage). Burton ended up 38th fastest. #27-Kenny Wallace was the slowest car with a speed of 181.629 mph. See speeds at : Saturday's `Happy Hour' speeds(3-31-2001)

  • Best starts: a few drivers posted their best starting spot of the 2001 Cup season: #8-Earnhardt Jr starts 1st, #15-Waltrip 7th; #18-Labonte 2nd; #19-Atwood 10th; #21-Salder 11th(ties); #55-Hamilton 4th; #7-Mike Wallace 22nd; and #90-Stricklin 21st(Yates Engines now)(3-31-2001)

  • Qualifying is over at Texas for the Harrah's 500. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr wins the pole at Texas with a speed of 190.678mph(third pole of his career). Starting 2nd will be #18-Bobby Labonte with a speed of 190.463mph. Missing the race were #45-Kyle Petty(43rd in owners points) and #50-Rick Mast(45th). #4-Kevin Lepage who is out of provisionals and was last during practice Friday got the car in on speed with a lap of 186.703mph and will start 34th. Five drivers used their first provisionals this year including #2-Wallace, #40-Marlin and #9-Elliott. For more info see my Provisionals/Owners Points page(who else used provisionals and missed the field). See the results at : Harrah's 500 qualifying results or at NASCAR.com: Harrah's 500 qualifying results or an unofficial lineup at Motorsports One(3-30-2001)

  • Pole Progression for the Harrah's 500 at Texas:
    #93-Dave Blaney, went out 1st, 186.079mph, will start 43rd
    #44-Buckshot Jones, went out 2nd, 187.467mph, will start 24th
    #88-Dale Jarrett, went out 5th, 190.436mph, will start 3rd
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr, went out 6th, 190.678mph, will start 1st
    (3-30-2001)

  • Friday Practice: at Texas is over for the Harrah's 500. #1-Steve Park was the fastest at 191.042mph with his teammate #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr 2nd at 190.799mph. Slowest was #4-Kevin Lepage at 185.331mph. Track record is Terry Labonte last year at 192.137mph. See the speeds at : Winston Cup practice speeds(3-30-2001)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the Harrah's 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. See above for the link(s). First driver scheduled out is #93-Dave Blaney, last driver of the 45 scheduled to go out is #92-Stacy Compton. Qualifying is scheduled to go off at 4:00pm/et and be televised on FSN and via radio on PRN(3-30-2001)

  • Entry List Link is up for the Harrah's 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. See above for the link. Only 45 cars entered for 43 spots, no surprises seen(3-27-2001)

  • More Happy Hour at Texas: Fans will see even more of their favorite NASCAR Winston Cup drivers as the traditional “Happy Hour” practice session is expanded for the Harrah’s 500 weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. In previous years, the final Winston Cup practice has been scheduled to follow the Saturday NASCAR Busch Series race. This year, the practice will run from 10:00-11:30am/ct(11:00-12:30pm/et) on Saturday March 31 prior to the Jani-King 300 and be televised from 3:30 - 5:00pm/et on FX(TMS Site)(3-8/31-2001)

  • 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

  • TMS and Bootleggers: Texas Motor Speedway is stepping up measures to shut out bootleg merchandise operators who may be planning to profit from the Harrah's 500 race week. "With the passing of Dale Earnhardt, quite sadly, we have learned that there are bootleggers who plan to profit this weekend from his untimely death," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "At our sister speedway in Las Vegas, our merchandise folks were confronted with numerous bootleg vendors who were peddling t-shirts and other items with Dale's likeness on them. Dale's estate doesn't see a penny from those items and the true fans won't buy them. "We're also aware that these same bootleg vendors will most likely have counterfeit Texas Motor Speedway merchandise. It's illegal, it's wrong and we're not going to tolerate it." The speedway has implemented a plan to monitor any illegal activities on speedway property. "We were successful in 1997 with our undercover group," said Gossage. "We have brought those folks back to help us again this year, if necessary."(Speedway Illustrated)(3-28-2001)

  • Texas Grand Marshal: Christopher Titus, star of the Fox show, Titus(a Jayski favorite), will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Harrah's 500 Winston Cup Race on April 1, 2001(Harrah's PR)(3-20-2001)

  • Texas Tix: Texas Motor Speedway will place 1,000 front-stretch tickets for the April 1 Harrah's 500 on sale Tuesday morning. The seats, priced between $75 and $100, were previously blocked off for sponsors. Purchases can be made at the speedway ticket office or through Ticketmaster(Dallas Morning News)(3-13-2001)

  • AJ and Texas: Racing Legend, AJ Foyt, owner of the #14 Conseco Pontiac driven by Ron Hornday in the Cup series and of the #14 Harrah's Chevy in the BGN series for son Larry Foyt, will give the starting command at the Winston Cup race, the Harrah's 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 1st(Harrah's PR)(3-12-2001)

  • 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 - Texas


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • Labonte Honor Postponed: Corpus Christi City Council members gave the green flag on Tuesday to renaming Nueces River Park after NASCAR drivers Terry and Bobby Labonte. The unanimous vote to change the name to Terry and Bobby Labonte Park was great news for NASCAR fans like David Gibson, a state construction inspector. In a time when news about athletes often is negative, such as drug abuse or domestic violence, it is great to recognize role models like the Labontes, said Gibson, 56.(Caller-Times 2/28) AND A ceremony to rename Nueces River Park in Corpus Christi, TX after NASCAR drivers Terry Labonte and Bobby Labonte has been delayed until June, officials said. The Labonte Brothers Special Recognition Committee initially wanted to rename the park to coincide with the April 1 NASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth(Caller-Times 3/18)(3-27-2001)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

  • #32 to look different at Texas: The familiar orange #32 Tide Ford has undergone a minor facelift for the Cup race at Texas, courtesy of regional grocery chain Albertsons. Albertsons has joined the Tide team as a race sponsor for the popular Texas Winston Cup event, adding their blue and white logo to the rear "TV panel" of the Tide Ford for race weekend(PPI Motorsports Site), no images seen yet(3-29-2001)

  • #10 Paint: Team Valvoline's Johnny Benson will roll out the special Eagle One Pontiac at Texas Motor Speedway for the Harrah's 500 Sunday. The car features the "Screaming Eagle" design. It will be the first of three consecutive Eagle One cars for the coming weeks' Winston Cup races(Valvoline Racing)(3-28-2001)

  • Billy Ray on the #90: Donlavey Racing will display the image from the cover of Billy Ray Cyrus' latest album, "Southern Rain," on both doors of the Hills Bros Coffee Ford at the Harrah's 500. The decal will be located just behind the familiar #90.(Keystone Marketing)(3-28-2001)

  • Buckshot at Texas: Buckshot Jones' #44 Dodge, one of three Petty Enterprises cars, will carry a special "four generations of Petty's" paint scheme at TMS. The car will be unveiled in a news conference on pole qualifying morning (Friday, March 30). Adam Petty, the fourth-generation driver, made his Winston Cup debut last spring at TMS. He was killed a few weeks later in a crash at New Hampshire.(Dallas Morning News)(3-22-2001)

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


STATS and STUFF thru the race before this one

  • 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)

  • Top Fives: There have been 22 different Cup drivers(add #21-Sadler, #43-Andretti and #22-Burton at Bristol) 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(3-18-2000)

  • Top Tens: There have been 31 different Cup drivers(add #21-Sadler and #22-Burton at Bristol) 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(3-25-2001)

  • Provisional Finishes in 2001: In 35 provisional starts(5 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001), drivers have accumulated 1 Win, 2 Top 5's and 3 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(3-25-2001)

  • 9 Different Winners in a Row: #21-Elliott Sadler's victory marks the ninth straight different Winston Cup winner since last fall's race at Phoenix. The list: #99-Burton(Phoenix); #20-Stewart(Homestead); #25-Nadeau(Atlanta); #15-Waltrip(Daytona); #1-Park(Rockingham); #24-Gordon(Las Vegas); #29-Harvick(Atlanta), #88-Jarrett(Darlington) and #21-Salder(Bristol). Jarrett last won 9 races ago at Rockingham. The modern era (1972-present) record is 11 in 1985 and 1986. The all-time record is 13 in 1961. Last season there were 10 in a row, and it started the season(from Daytona thru California)(3-25-2001)

  • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd leads with with 614 followed by Rusty Wallace at 523, Ken Schrader with 493 and Mark Martin 407. 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(3-25-2001)

  • 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     205     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        129     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        95     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little*      87     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Ken Schrader      82     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     71     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       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
       Mike Wallace      27     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     39
       Stacy Compton   33
       Buckshot Jones  23
    Cup drivers(not including 2001 rookies)
    (* not full time Cup in 2001, data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(3-25-2001)
    
  • 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        340
    Ted Musgrave     298*
    Hut Stricklin    275
    Dick Trickle     266*
    Wally Dallenbach 225*
    Kenny Wallace    225
    Chad Little      216*
    Robert Pressley  176
    Johnny Benson    168
    Mike Skinner     151
    Ricky Craven     150
    Steve Grissom    141*
    Todd Bodine      115
    Kevin Lepage      97
    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
    (3-25-2001)(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     333        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     309        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Jimmy Spencer    208        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     199        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       166        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  154        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  120*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    99        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        81        9/27/98    Martinsville    
    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (3-25-2001)(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
       Dale Jarrett       9    Darlington, Mar 2001
       Jeff Gordon        8    Las Vegas, Mar 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
    
    Thru 2000 season:
       Rusty Wallace     15    Bristol, Aug 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
       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
    (3-25-2001)(info gathered using the 2000/2001 UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide and 1999/2000 Winston Cup Updates)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Amazing Finishes: Races won from a starting position of 35 or worse in the history of NASCAR
    Starting Position  Race                                 Driver
     43                1950 Southern 500, Darlington        Johnny Mantz
     43                1953 Raliegh, NC                     Fonty Flock
     38 provisional    2001 Food City 500, Bristol          Elliott Salder   
     38 provisional    1999 Jiffy Lube 300, Loudon          Jeff Burton
     38                1988 Firecracker 400, Daytona        Bill Elliott
     37 provisional    1999 NAPA 500, Atlanta               Bobby Labonte
     37 provisional    2000 Southern 500, Darlington        Bobby Labonte
     37                1995 Miller 500, Dover               Kyle Petty
     37                1959 Lakewood Speedway, Atl, GA      Lee Petty
     36                2000 Diehard 500, Talladega          Jeff Gordon
     35                2000 Cracker Barrel 500, Atlanta     Dale Earnhardt
    (3-25-2001)
    

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

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




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