THE 2002 WINSTON NO-BULL FIVE
THERE IS NO more WINSTON NO-BULL FIVE
Some No Bull Stuff: No one driving either a Pontiac or a Dodge has ever won the Winston No Bull 5 million.
• Since R.J. Reynolds first got involved with NASCAR racing in 1971, they have spent more than $84,000,000. And to think it all started when Junior Johnson went to them to sponsor his race car. Johnson left the meeting knowing they wanted to spend a lot of money, so he called Bill France Sr. and told him they may want to sponsor the entire division.
• One hundred and fifteen fans have been randomly picked in the "They Win, You Win" Winston sweepstakes. That's where a fan gets pared up with a driver and if the driver wins the race then the fan wins a million dollars, too. Make that 114 fans, Johnnie Bowser from Charlotte has been picked twice. Sorry to say he didn't win either time.(Caledonian-Record) The No Bull Five Driver/Fan program has been cancelled.(1-10-2003)
No Bull Five News UPDATE No More: Changes are expected to be announced soon in R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company's No Bull Five fan-driver bonus program. The five-year-old program paid million-dollar prizes to drivers and fans at selected Winston Cup races. Drawings paired five drivers and fans at each race, and a victory won $1 million for the driver and his fan. RJR officials have discussed major changes in the program and, in the next few days, are expected to announce how the 2003 version will operate. "Some people think it's served its purpose, and you either change it or look to do other things," said RJR spokesman Denny Darnell. "We've looked at a couple of variations of the program."(Greenville News)(1-5-2002)
UPDATE: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. announced on Monday its Winston brand will not continue the Winston No Bull 5 program in 2003. The No Bull 5, a bonus program for both drivers and fans, was introduced in 1998 in celebration of NASCAR's 50th anniversary. Five races were picked prior to the start of each season in which one of five drivers was eligible to win $1 million if he won the race. In recent seasons, fans were paired with the drivers, allowing a fan to win $1 million as well if one of the eligible drivers won the event. "The Winston No Bull 5 program was a very successful program for the Winston brand," said Ned Leary, president of RJR's Sports Marketing Enterprises. "However, we are constantly evaluating the allocation of resources. "For 2003, the decision has been made to deploy those resources in other areas." Leary said the decision to end the bonus program did not affect the company's sponsorship of NASCAR's Winston Cup series, which RJR has sponsored the past 32 years.(ThatsRacin.com)(1-6-2003)
No Bull Five Drivers at Talladega where they finished:
#17-Matt Kenseth, 14th
#12-Ryan Newman, 7th
#30-Jeff Green, 5th
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1st WON $1 million for a fan
#26-Todd Bodine, 23rd (10-6-2002)
Changes to the No Bull 5? while listening to MRN's radio coverage of the MBNA All-American Heroes 400 at Dover it wass mentioned during an interview that when the time comes there will be changes to the No Bull 5 Program as R.J. Reynold's (Winston) feels it is getting stale, the changes could come as soon as the 2003 season and it supposedly just as exciting as the No Bull 5. The next and final No Bull Five event of 2002 is at the EA Sports 500 at Talladega on October 6th.(9-22-2002)
No Bull Five Drivers: for the next No Bull Five race at Talladega in Oct:
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr
No Bull Five drivers....how did they qualify? not too good:
#15-Michael Waltrip, 124.510, starts 26th
#2-Rusty Wallace, 124.683, starts 23rd
#40-Sterling Marlin, 124.372, starts 32nd
#41-Jimmy Spencer, 124.384, starts 30th
#6-Mark Martin, 125.722, starts 4th (9-6-2002)
No Bull 5 - The Fans:
Joe Bowser, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Lisa Reynolds, Sioux Falls, SD
Lowell Thomas, Belleville, IL
Teresa Garnett, Naugatuck, CT
Tommy Medley, Roanoke, VA.(never found what fan was paired with what driver).
No Bull Five: The Monte Carlo 400 with the Looney Tunes at Richmond is a No Bull Five event.
UPDATE: the Eligible drivers: #15-Michael Waltrip, #2-Rusty Wallace, #40-Sterling Marlin, #41-Jimmy Spencer, #6-Mark Martin (top five from Pepsi 400).
The Fans: Joe Bowser, New Smyrna Beach, FL; Lisa Reynolds, Sioux Falls, SD; Lowell Thomas, Belleville, IL; Teresa Garnett, Naugatuck, CT; Tommy Medley, Roanoke, VA.
How the drivers/fans will be paired: Each fan will be paired with a driver in Saturday night's Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 pre-race. At about 6:50pm/et, five Loomis Fargo trucks will park near the pre-race stage. One of the eligible Winston No Bull 5 drivers will be in each truck. Each eligible fan will choose a truck and then meet the driver they'll be paired with.
The prize: If an eligible driver wins, he and his fan each win $1 million.
The record: In the 23 previous Winston No Bull 5 events, there have been 12 winners and a program payout of $24 million.(Daytona Beach News Journal).(9-5-2002)
No - No Bull Five in 2003? the Speedway Scene is reporting that several sources not involved with R.J. Reynolds are saying that the No Bull 5 Program may be a thing of the past after the final 2002 event is completed (Talladega in Oct).(Speedway Scene Print Edition - Aug 9th)(8-20-2002)
No Bull Five Drivers: for the next No Bull Five race at Richmond International Raceway in Sept:
No Bull Five Drivers: how did they qualify and finish at Daytona?
#6-Mark Martin, 182.485, started 18th, finished 5th (will be in the next No Bull 5 at Richmond)
#17-Matt Kenseth, 180.719, started 38th provisional, finished 30th
#24-Jeff Gordon, 184.271, started 3rd, finished 22nd
#28-Ricky Rudd, 183.150, started 12th, finished 15th
#32-Ricky Craven, 181.778, started 26th, finished 23rd.(7-6-2002)
No Bull 5 goes to the dogs UPDATE 3 the pairings: R.J. Reynolds' marketers, ever creative, have come up with another way of pairing their five "No Bull" millionaire prospects at Daytona with the top five finishers at Charlotte last month, who are also competing for another of Reynolds' $1 million bonuses. The drivers - #6-Mark Martin, #17-Matt Kenseth, #32-Ricky Craven, #28-Ricky Rudd and #24-Jeff Gordon - and the five selected fans will be at the Daytona dog track just outside the first turn at Daytona International Speedway, with the results of a special greyhound race determining which fan is paired with each driver.(Winston Salem Journal)(6-19-2002)
UPDATE: The Daytona Kennel Club will pair its greyhound race schedule with the NASCAR schedule in a special 12:15pm (this may change due to the qualifying change). matinee on July 5. Race 5 will be "The No Bull 5" dog race and will include only five dogs instead of the usual eight. The event is not an exhibition, but a Grade A betting race.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(6-23-2002)
THE 5 FANS: eligible are: Nancy Miriani from Whitehouse, TX; Michael Schiermeyer from Granst Pass, OR; Darlene Milks from Sevierville, TN; Bryan Dickerson from Counce, TN; and Loretta Abercrombie from Dahlonega, GA.(Winston Cup Scene - need sub to read)(6-26-2002)
UPDATE 2 Drivers will not attend: The postponement of Pepsi 400 qualifying means changes for today's No Bull Five promotion at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club. The fifth race of this afternoon's 12:15 matinee will still be a five-greyhound race to determine the pairings of five fans with the five eligible drivers, but due to qualifying being delayed to this morning, the drivers will be unable to attend.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(7-5-2002)
UPDATE 3: Winston always has unusual ways of pairing drivers with fans as part of the No Bull 5 bonus program, which pays $1 million to an eligible driver and the fan paired with him. Friday, a special race was held at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club outside Turn 1. Five greyhounds representing one of the eligible drivers raced, with the No. 6 greyhound winning. That meant Mark Martin was paired with Nancy Miriani of Whitehouse, Texas. Other driver/fan pairings are: Ricky Craven with Bryan Dickerson of Couence, Tenn., Jeff Gordon with Loretta Abercrombie of Dahlonega, Ga., Ricky Rudd with Darlene Milks of Sevierville, Tenn., and Mike Schiermeyer of Grants Pass, Ore.(RacingOne)(7-6-2000)
No Bull Five Drivers: for the next No Bull Five race at Lowes Motor Speedway in the Coca Cola 600 are:
No Bull Five Drivers: at Las Vegas and where they started, where they finished (no winner this time):
#8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 168.845, started 35th, finished 16th
#17-Matt Kenseth, 171.065, started 8th, finished 14th
#20-Tony Stewart, 170.465, started 15th, finished 5th
#55-Bobby Hamilton, 166.001, started 40th provisional, DNF finished 43rd.
#99-Jeff Burton, 167.916, started 39th provisional, finished 9th.(3-3-2002)
Next No Bull Five is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March 2002. The five drivers eligible for the No Bull Five are:
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr
#55-Bobby Hamilton (10-21-2001)
No Bull 2002 plans: R.J. Reynolds officials have a news conference scheduled for Tuesday in Charlotte to pair drivers and fans for the next No Bull 5 race at Talladega on Oct. 21 and to announce plans for the No Bull 5 program and The Winston in 2002. The Winston all-star race will return to Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 18, and the same five races will be in the No Bull 5 program next year - Las Vegas in March, Charlotte in May, Daytona in July, Richmond in September and Talladega in October.(That's Racin')(10-7-2001)
UPDATE: R.J. Reynolds officials also confirmed that next year's No Bull 5 races will be March 3 at Las Vegas, May 26 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, July 6 at Daytona, Sept. 7 at Richmond and Oct. 6 at Talladega - the same lineup as this year.(That's Racin')(10-10-2001)
How it works:
No Bull Five returns: The No Bull 5 driver bonus program continues for 2002. The program allows five eligible drivers - each matched with a fan - to win a $1 million bonus should they win at five different tracks during the season. This season, those races are the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, Coca-Cola 600, Pepsi 400, Richmond 400 and EA Sports 500. Instead of "one man, one race, one shot, one million", the Winston Million in 1998 became the Winston No Bull 5 and continued in 1999, 2000, 2001 and will again in 2002. The Winston No Bull 5 offers a total of $5 million to drivers, paid in possible $1 million pay-outs in 5 different events in 2002.
The 5 races in the 2002 Winston No Bull 5 are:
UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400/Las Vegas
Chevy Monte Carlo 400/Richmond(sept)
EA Sports 500/Talladega(oct)
|Number in parens is how many No Bull 5's driver has qualified for since its inception|
|2001 EA Sports 500
|Coca Cola 600
|EA Sports 500
- Drivers become eligible to win the $1 million Winston No Bull 5 bonus by finishing in the top-five at the previous Winston No Bull 5 event. The five races comprising the Winston No Bull 5 in 2002 are, in chronological order: the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 (March 3); the Coca-Cola 600 (May 26) at Charlotte; the Pepsi 400 (July 6); The Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 at Richmond (Sept. 7); and the EA Sports 500 (Oct. 6) at Talladega.
- Eligible drivers at a particular Winston No Bull 5 event can win the Winston No Bull 5 million-dollar bonus by finishing first in said event.
- If all five qualified drivers fail to capture the $1 million Winston No Bull 5 bonus at a particular Winston No Bull 5 event, the bonus will not roll over to the next event. Each Winston No Bull 5 event is worth $1 million to the qualified drivers.
- If a qualified driver wins a Winston No Bull 5 event, one fan will also win a $1 million bonus check as part of Winston's "They Win, You Win" sweepstakes. Five fans will be eligible at each Winston No Bull 5 event. They will be selected at random through a nationwide sweepstakes program, then each will be paired, at random, with one of the eligible Winston No Bull 5 drivers. If an eligible driver wins the Winston No Bull 5 bonus, then the fan paired with that driver will also win a $1 million check from Winston.
Winston No Bull 5 history:
Dale Earnhardt Jr, 2002 EA Sports 500, 10/2002
none, 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400, 9/2002
none, 2002 Pepsi 400, 7/2002
Mark Martin, 2002 Coca Cola 600, 5/2002
none, 2002 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, 3/2002
Dale Earnhardt Jr, 2001 EA Sports 500, 10/2001
none, 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400, 9/2001
none, 2001 Pepsi 400, 7/2001
none, 2001 Coca Cola 600, 5/2001
Jeff Gordon, 2001 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, 3/2001
Dale Earnhardt, 2000 Winston 500, 10/2000
none, 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400, 9/2000
none, 2000 Coca Cola 600, 5/2000
Jeff Burton, 2000 CarsDirect.com 400, 3/2000
Dale Jarrett, 2000 Daytona 500, 2/2000
none, 1999 Winston 500, 10/1999
Jeff Burton, 1999 Pepsi Southern 500, 9/1999
Jeff Burton, 1999 Coca Cola 600, 5/1999
none, 1999 Las Vegas 400, 3/1999
Jeff Gordon, 1999 Daytona 500, 2/1999
Dale Jarrett, 1998 Winston 500, 10/1998
Jeff Gordon, 1998 Pepsi Southern 500, 9/1998
Jeff Gordon, 1998 Brickyard 400, 8/1998
none Coca Cola 600, 5/1998
none, 1998 Daytona 500, 2/1998
Qualified drivers: (Number of times) including next No Bull 5 race
Dale Earnhardt Jr(6)
Drivers who have qualified: 35 (including next No Bull 5 race)
* NOTE: Skinner replaced the late Dale Earnhardt at Las Vegas in March 2001
X = no longer active / retired, deceased or not in the series
Manufacturer's comparison: (Number of No Bull Wins)
Chevy - 44 attempts(7 wins)
Ford - 55 attempts(6 wins)
Pontiac - 21 attempts(0 wins)
Dodge - 5 attempt(0 wins)
(includes the next no-bull race)
All Time Winners
Jeff Gordon, 4 (1998 Indy, 1998 Darlington, 1999 Daytona 500, 2001 Las Vegas
Jeff Burton, 3 (1999 Coca Cola 600, 1999 Darlington, 2000 Las Vegas)
Dale Jarrett, 2 (1998 Talladega, 2000 Daytona 500)
Dale Earnhardt Jr, 2 (2001 and 2002 Talladega)
Dale Earnhardt, 1 (2000 Talladega)
Mark Martin, 1 (2002 Coca Cola 600)
Track History (25 races, 13 wins)
c-Lowes Motor Speedway(Coca Cola 600), 5, 2 wins
c-Talladega (fall race), 5, 4 wins
c-Las Vegas, 4, 2 wins
Daytona 500, 3, 2 wins
c-Richmond (2nd race), 3, 0 wins
Darlington (Southern 500), 2, 2 wins
c-Daytona Pespi 400, 2, 0
Indianapolis, 1, 1
(c = current events)
The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. announced an addition to the No Bull 5 promotion. As many as 5 fans could collect a $1 million bonus. Fans will be asked to mail in an entry blank to qualify. If an eligible driver wins the bonus, 5 names will be selected and sent to the next No Bull 5 event. There, a drawing will be held to determine the winner. To see details on how to enter the sweepstakes see Jayski's Racing Contest Page.