2000 Daytona 500

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2000 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 34 in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway
Date February 20, 2000 (2000-02-20)
Location Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 73 °F (23 °C); wind speeds approaching 15.9 miles per hour (25.6 km/h)[1]
Average speed 155.669 miles per hour (250.525 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing
Time 47.098
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Bill Elliott Bill Elliott Racing
Duel 2 Winner Ricky Rudd Robert Yates Racing
Most laps led
Driver Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing
Laps 89
Winner
No. 88
Dale Jarrett
Robert Yates Racing
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Mike Joy, Buddy Baker and Ned Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 8.4/22
(12.9 million viewers)

The 2000 Daytona 500, the 42nd running of the event, was held February 20 at Daytona International Speedway. It was the first NASCAR race of both the season, and of the 2000s decade. Dale Jarrett won both the race and the pole. It was Jarrett's third career Daytona 500 win. This was (to date) the last Daytona 500 to be televised by CBS, and thus the last 500 broadcast for Buddy Baker and Ned Jarrett. Dave Marcis failed to qualify for the first time since 1968.

Qualifying and Gatorade 125s[edit]

Dale Jarrett won the pole for the race with a speed of just over 191 mph, and would start alongside his new teammate Ricky Rudd in an all-Robert Yates front row. A total of 57 drivers would make an attempt to qualify for the 2000 Daytona 500. Bill Elliott would win the first Gatorade 125 qualifying race after taking the lead from Jarrett on lap 1 and leading all 50 laps. Rudd won the 2nd Gatorade duel after leading all 50 laps himself. Both Gatorade 125 races were caution-free.

Drivers qualified for the Daytona 500 either by finishing in the top 16 in their qualifying race, through a 2-lap qualifying run, or a provisional starting spot based on owner points from the 1999 season. They had three chances to make a 2-lap time trial run that would be fast enough to make the Daytona 500.

Race summary[edit]

The green flag waved at 12:15 pm with Dale Jarrett out in front, but he did not lead the race until lap 5. Bill Elliott briefly took the lead on lap 34, and then Jarrett regained the lead just before the first caution of the race came out due to oil on a section of the track. The next green flag period lasted nearly 100 laps, during which Mark Martin took the lead and remained out in front for 65 laps. Another oil caution came on lap 134, and on lap 157 when the race's third yellow flag came out, Johnny Benson passed Martin for the lead as the lead-lap cars raced back to the caution.

Benson led the next 39 laps, which included yet another oil caution on lap 170. On lap 192, several drivers, including Michael Waltrip, Elliott Sadler, and John Andretti, were involved in a crash right at the start-finish line. The race restarted with 4 laps to go, and Johnny Benson looked as if he might capture his first cup series win in the biggest event of the season when the Fords of Dale Jarrett and Jeff Burton ganged up on and passed him entering turn 3. One lap before the white flag was scheduled, Jimmy Spencer hit the frontstretch wall, which caused the final lap to be run under caution, and secured a third Daytona 500 win for Dale Jarrett. Jarrett became the fourth driver to win three or more Daytona 500s with this win.

Results[edit]

Pos Grid Car Driver Sponsor Team Make Laps Led Status
1 1 88 Dale Jarrett (W) Quality Care/Ford Credit Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 89 Running
2 14 99 Jeff Burton Exide Batteries Roush Racing Ford 200 0 Running
3 3 94 Bill Elliott (W) McDonald's Bill Elliott Racing Ford 200 1 Running
4 5 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Lite Penske-Kranefuss Racing Ford 200 0 Running
5 9 6 Mark Martin Valvoline/Cummins Roush Racing Ford 200 65 Running
6 13 18 Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 200 0 Running
7 25 5 Terry Labonte Kellogg's Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 0 Running
8 6 22 Ward Burton Caterpillar Bill Davis Racing Pontiac 200 0 Running
9 23 36 Ken Schrader M&M's MB2 Motorsports Pontiac 200 0 Running
10 24 17 Matt Kenseth (R) DeWalt Tools Roush Racing Ford 200 0 Running
11 19 12 Jeremy Mayfield Mobil 1 Penske-Kranefuss Racing Ford 200 0 Running
12 27 10 Johnny Benson Lycos.com Tyler Jet Motorsports Pontiac 200 39 Running
13 8 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (R) Budweiser Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 200 0 Running
14 18 42 Kenny Irwin, Jr. BellSouth SABCO Racing Chevrolet 200 0 Running
15 2 28 Ricky Rudd Texaco/Havoline Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 1 Running
16 4 31 Mike Skinner Lowe's Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 3 Running
17 7 20 Tony Stewart Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 200 0 Running
18 17 13 Robby Gordon Turtle Wax/Ingersoll Rand Team Gordon Ford 200 0 Running
19 15 32 Scott Pruett (R) Tide PPI Motorsports Ford 200 0 Running
20 32 77 Robert Pressley Jasper Engines Jasper Motorsports Ford 200 0 Running
21 21 3 Dale Earnhardt (W) GM Goodwrench Service/Tazmanian Devil Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 0 Running
22 30 43 John Andretti STP/Cheerios Petty Enterprises Pontiac 200 0 Running
23 29 97 Chad Little John Deere Roush Racing Ford 200 2 Running
24 38 40 Sterling Marlin (W) Coors Light SABCO Racing Chevrolet 199 0 Flagged
25 42 44 Kyle Petty Hot Wheels Petty Enterprises Pontiac 199 0 Flagged
26 33 9 Stacy Compton (R) Kodiak Melling Racing Ford 199 0 Flagged
27 31 93 Dave Blaney (R) Amoco Bill Davis Racing Pontiac 199 0 Flagged
28 28 41 Rick Mast Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevrolet 199 0 Flagged
29 39 55 Kenny Wallace Square D Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet 199 0 Flagged
30 22 26 Jimmy Spencer Big Kmart Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford 197 0 Flagged
31 36 1 Steve Park Pennzoil Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 197 0 Flagged
32 43 66 Darrell Waltrip (W) Big Kmart/Route 66 Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford 197 0 Flagged
33 35 14 Mike Bliss (R) Conseco A. J. Foyt Racing Pontiac 197 0 Flagged
34 11 24 Jeff Gordon (W) DuPont Automotive Refinishes/NASCAR 2000 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 195 0 Flagged
35 20 25 Jerry Nadeau Michael Holigan.com Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 195 0 Flagged
36 41 16 Kevin Lepage NorthernLight.com Roush Racing Ford 195 0 Flagged
37 26 90 Ed Berrier (R) Hills Brothers Coffee Donlavey Racing Ford 193 0 Track Bar
38 40 21 Elliott Sadler Citgo Wood Brothers Racing Ford 192 0 Contact T2
39 10 7 Michael Waltrip NationsRent Mattei Motorsports Chevrolet 192 0 Contact T2
40 34 75 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Turner Broadcasting Galaxy Motorsports Ford 174 0 Contact
41 12 15 Derrike Cope (W) n/a Fenley-Moore Motorsports Ford 169 0 Engine
42 16 33 Joe Nemechek Oakwood Homes Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet 131 0 Oil Pressure
43 37 4 Bobby Hamilton Kodak Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 68 0 Engine
Failed to Qualify
34 David Green (R) Sunoco/Kendall Joyner-Kersee-Roehig Motorsports Chevrolet
50 Ricky Craven Midwest Transit Midwest Transit Racing Chevrolet
27 Jeff Fuller (R) Pfizer/Viagara Eel River Racing Pontiac
91 Andy Hillenburg KMC Telecom LJ Racing Chevrolet
71 Dave Marcis RealTree Camouflage Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet
11 Brett Bodine Ralph's Supermarkets Brett Bodine Racing Ford
96 Greg Sacks Island Oasis Petty-Higgins Motorsports Ford
89 Bobby Gerhart (R) Kewadin Casinos Bobby Gerhart Racing Chevrolet
48 Stanton Barrett (R) Sportcut.com TriStar Motorsports Ford
85 Carl Long (R) Mansion Decorators Mansion Motorsports Ford
72 Jim Sauter RealTree Camoflauge Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet
84 Norm Benning (R) SoBe Beverages Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet
60 Geoffrey Bodine (W) Power Team Joe Bessey Motorsports Chevrolet
65 Dan Pardus (R) D&M Motorsports Jim & Judie Motorsports Chevrolet
"2000 Daytona 500 - Racing-Reference.info". Archived from the original on 1998-02-20. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weather of the 2000 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

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