Updated 5-17-2000


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THE WINSTON 2000

RACE DATE: May 20, 2000
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Rules below eligible drivers....


Rules for The Winston 2000
Eligibility rules for The Winston:
1st criteria: Drivers and car owners who have won races in the current and preceding years. If a driver leaves a team with which he has won a race, he remains eligible and the car owner's new driver also is eligible(through the last race before The Winston)
2nd criteria: Drivers who are past Winston Cup champions
3rd criteria: Drivers who have won The Winston in the last 5 years(1995-1999)
4th criteria: Drivers who have won in previous years, not eligible by the above(not owners, just drivers)
5th criteria: The winning driver of the Winston Open
6th criteria: The winning driver of the Winston Open "No Bull Sprint", run after the Winston Open
(rules below table)

The Current 2000 Field
 DriverEligibility
Race winners(owners) in 1999 and 2000
1 Jeff Gordon 1999 Daytona 500
2 Mark Martin 1999 GM Goodwrench 400, Rockingham
3 Jeff Burton 1999 Las Vegas 400
4 Terry Labonte 1999 Primestar 500,Texas
5 Rusty Wallace 1999 Food City 500, Bristol
6 John Andretti 1999 Goody's Body Pain 500, Martinsville
7 Dale Earnhardt 1999 Diehard 500, Talladega
8 Dale Jarrett 1999 Pontiac Excitement 400, Richmond
9 Bobby Labonte 1999 MBNA Platinum 400, Dover
10 Tony Stewart 1999 Exide Battery Select 400, Richmond
11 Joe Nemechek 1999 Dura Lube/Kmart 400, Loudon
12 Kenny Irwin #42's win in the 1999 Dura Lube/Kmart 400, Loudon
13 Ward Burton 2000 Mall.com 400, Darlington
14 Dale Earnhardt Jr 2000 DirecTV 500, Texas
15 Jeremy Mayfield 2000 NAPA Auto Parts 500, California

Previous NASCAR Winston Cup champions
(not a 1999 winner)
16 Bill Elliott 1988
17 Darrell Waltrip 1981, 1982 and 1985

Previous Winners of The Winston(1995-1999)
(not a 1999/2000 winner)
18 Michael Waltrip 1996

Winning drivers from previous seasons not otherwise eligible
  none  

and....
19 2000 Winston Open Winner  
20 2000 Winston Open "No Bull Sprint" Winner  

If 20 drivers are not eligible, winners from previous seasons still active on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series become eligible for The Winston. All active drivers during that season become eligible, even if the field exceeds 20 competitors.

Active former Winston Cup winners not eligible:
Ricky Rudd, 9/98; Bobby Hamilton, 4/98; Sterling Marlin, 7/96; Geoffrey Bodine, 8/96; Kyle Petty 6/95; Jimmy Spencer, Talladega 7/94; Morgan Shepherd, Atlanta 3/93; Ken Schrader, Dover 6/91; Brett Bodine, North Wilksboro 4/90; Derrike Cope, Dover 6/90; Dave Marcis, Richmond Spring/82.

Eligible drivers for the 2000 Winston Open

What makes a driver eligible for the Winston Open? Any driver that attempts to make a Winston Cup field following the 1999 Winston Open up to the race before the 2000 Winston Open are eligible for the 2000 Winston Open.

  1. ) Loy Allen**
  2. ) Jack Baldwin**
  3. ) Tom Baldwin**
  4. ) Stanton Barrett(X)
  5. ) Andy Belmont**
  6. ) Norm Benning(X)
  7. ) Johnny Benson
  8. ) Ed Berrier
  9. ) Rich Bickle**
  10. ) Dave Blaney
  11. ) Mike Bliss
  12. ) Brett Bodine
  13. ) Geoffrey Bodine
  14. ) Todd Bodine(X)
  15. ) Mike Borkowski**
  16. ) Ken Bouchard**
  17. ) Gary Bradberry
  18. ) Austin Cameron**
  19. ) Stacy Compton
  20. ) Derrike Cope
  21. ) Ricky Craven
  22. ) Wally Dallenbach
  23. ) Jeff Davis**
  24. ) Tim Fedawa**
  25. ) Ron Fellows**
  26. ) Jeff Fuller**
  27. ) Paul Gentilozzi**
  28. ) Bobby Gerhart**
  29. ) Butch Gilliland**
  30. ) Robby Gordon**
  31. ) David Green**
  32. ) Jeff Green**
  33. ) Steve Grissom**
  34. ) Bobby Hamilton
  35. ) Andy Hillenburg**
  36. ) Lance Hooper**
  37. ) Ron Hornaday**
  38. ) Tom Hubert**
  39. ) Buckshot Jones**
  40. ) Matt Kenseth
  41. ) Randy LaJoie**
  42. ) Dwayne Leik**
  43. ) Kevin Lepage
  44. ) Chad Little
  45. ) Carl Long(X)
  46. ) Dave Marcis(X)
  47. ) Sterling Marlin
  48. ) Rick Mast
  49. ) John Metcalf**
  50. ) David Murry**
  51. ) Ted Musgrave(X)
  52. ) Jerry Nadeau
  53. ) Dan Pardus(X)
  54. ) Steve Park
  55. ) Adam Petty - leaving name up as an honor/memorial
  56. ) Kyle Petty(X)
  57. ) Steve Portenga**
  58. ) Robert Pressley
  59. ) Scott Pruett
  60. ) Ricky Rudd
  61. ) Greg Sacks
  62. ) Elliott Sadler
  63. ) Boris Said**
  64. ) Jim Sauter**
  65. ) Ken Schrader
  66. ) Morgan Shepherd**
  67. ) Mike Skinner
  68. ) R.K. Smith**
  69. ) Jack Sprague**
  70. ) Jimmy Spencer
  71. ) Bob Strait**
  72. ) Hut Stricklin**
  73. ) Dick Trickle**
  74. ) Kenny Wallace
  75. ) Mike Wallace**


**-Probably won't participate (X) unknown plans

Rules for The Winston 2000

UPDATE May 6th, 2000

The Winston's qualifying process will start with a two-tire, rather than four-tire, pit stop. After the stop, drivers will be able to exit pit road under no speed limit and will then complete three laps around the 1.5-mile track.

The winner of the 30-lap Winston Open will once again move into The Winston field, and the remaining cars are eligible to run in the 16-lap No Bull Sprint, with the winner of that event also moving into The Winston field. However, only cars left on the lead lap of The Winston Open will be eligible to run in the No Bull Sprint.(That's Racin')(5-6-2000)


The 2000 race format has changed slightly. The Winston itself will remain two 30-lap dashes, followed by a 10-lap sprint with the $500K going to the winner of that segment.

In the past the field has been inverted, using different methods, between the 30-lap segments. This year either the first 12 drivers will be inverted or none will be. The decision will be made on race night, in front of the fans, but just what process will be used to determine whether or not to invert the field has not been decided yet(used a large wheel with the numbers 3-12 on it to decided how many would be inverted).

Also new in 2000 is the addition of a second qualifying race for those that do not earn automatic entry to the Winston. The Winston Open qualifying race will be shortened from 50 to 30 laps, with only the winner moving on to The Winston. The rest of the field from the open will then contest a 16-lap No Bull Sprint, with the winner of that race also going to The Winston.

Qualifying will be different in 2000. Instead of a mid-run pit stop the cars will start from pit road, roll into the box where the team will conduct a four-tire change, and then the driver will run three qualifying laps. A pair of Friday night 25-lap races will determine the starting positions for the Winston Open.

SOME LINKS TO STORIES AND RULES

  • As of Apr 30th 2000: Jeremy Mayfield 's victory Sunday knocked Ricky Rudd and Bobby Hamilton out of The Winston all-star race. The Winston, which is May 20 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, starts 20 cars. Fourteen spots go to winners from this season and last season. Kenny Irwin is in on an owner's exemption because that car won last year. Bill Elliott and Darrell Waltrip are in as former champions. Michael Waltrip is in as a former Winston champion and a spot goes to The Winston Open winner and the No Bull Sprint winner. Before Mayfield's win, he, Rudd and Hamilton were in the field as winners from the 1998 season. Those drivers are guaranteed spots only if the 20-car allotment is not filled(Roanoke Times)(5-3-2000)

  • The Winston: been asked this a few times this week, this story from That's Racin' should clear it up too: "Jeremy Mayfield, Ricky Rudd and Bobby Hamilton, who each won their last race in the 1998 season, are on the bubble to make the field for The Winston all-star race next month at Lowe's Motor Speedway. As of this week, all three are in the 22-car field. Should another Winston Cup driver post his first career victory, or a driver who has not already qualified for The Winston post a race win before the May 20 event, all three would be bumped from The Winston field and moved into The Winston Open qualifying race. Should Mayfield, Rudd or Hamilton win before The Winston, that driver would bump the other two from the field."(4-8-2000)

  • More Winston UPDATE: Winston Cup Radio(PRN) reports that with Wards Burton's win at Darlington, Geoffrey Bodine and Sterling Marlin have been knocked out of the all-star race, The Winston and will need to race their way into it
    UPDATE: I have confirmed that both Marline and Bodine have been knocked out of The Winston and needs to win a race before the Winston or race in during the Open segments(3-21-2000)

  • Announcement The Winston UPDATE 2: NOL has this in the Friday notes section: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Lowe's Motor Speedway, along with the defending champion of The Winston, Terry Labonte, will make a major announcement regarding the Winston during the weekly Cup Series teleconference Tuesday(March 14th) at 11am/et on NASCAR Online(NOL)(3-10-2000)
    UPDATE: here are some details from Jim Utter of That's Racin': R.J. Reynolds Co. will increase the purse of The Winston to in excess of $2 million. RJR officials are expected to announce the purse increase as well as some "cosmetic" changes to the format of The Winston. Among the changes to the race format will be an alternation to the "inversion" format used following the first 30-lap segment. Right now a maximum of 12 and a minimum of three cars are inverted prior to the start of the second 30-lap segment. At the end of the second segment, pit road will be opened, but the pace car will remain on the track and teams will have the option to pit, or stay on the track to maintain track position(That's Racin')(3-11-2000)
    UPDATE 2: RJR/Winston upped the minimum purse of the Winston to $2million with $500,000 going to the winner of the final 10-lap segment. The race will also see the format changed slightly for the 16th running of the event. The Winston itself will remain two 30-lap dashes, followed by a 10-lap sprint with the $500K going to the winner of that segment. In the past the field has been inverted, using different methods, between the 30-lap segments. This year, the organizers have decided that either the first 12 drivers will be inverted or none will be. The decision will be made on race night, in front of the fans, but just what process will be used to determine whether or not to invert the field has not been decided yet. Also new this year is the addition of a second qualifying race for those that do not earn automatic entry to the Winston. The Winston Open qualifying race will be shortened from 50 to 30 laps, with only the winner moving on to the feature race. The rest of the field from the open will then contest a 16-lap No Bull Sprint, with the winner of that race also moving on to the all-star race. Qualifying will also be altered this year in the name of pit-road safety. Instead of a mid-run pit stop the cars will start from pit road, roll into the box where the team will conduct a four-tire change, and then the driver will run three qualifying laps. A pair of Friday night 25-lap races will determine the starting positions for the Winston Open(SpeedVision)(3-14-2000)

    SpeedVision - Winston Sweetens The Pot For All-Star Race(3-14-2000)

    The Winston - Race Facts NOL(5-22-1999)

    Who's eligible for The Winston?(That's Racin')(5-22-1999)

    1999 Results of The Winston(NOL)(5-23-1999)

    1999 The Winston Open Results(NOL)(5-23-1999)


    PAST WINNERS OF THE WINSTON

    Year Driver
    1999 Terry Labonte(2)
    1998 Mark Martin
    1997 Jeff Gordon(2)
    1996 Michael Waltrip
    1995 Jeff Gordon
    1994 Geoffrey Bodine
    1993 Dale Earnhardt(3)
    1992 Davey Allison(2)
    1991 Davey Allison
    1990 Dale Earnhardt(2)
    1989 Rusty Wallace
    1988 Terry Labonte
    1987 Dale Earnhardt
    1986 Bill Elliott
    1985 Darrell Waltrip
    All but 1986 have been held at Lowes Motor Speedway, in 1986 it was at Atlanta


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