2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

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2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
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The 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on Sunday February 13 and ended on Sunday November 20. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Bobby Labonte was crowned champion at season's end. The NASCAR Manufacturers' Championship was won by Ford when they captured 14 wins and 234 points to better Pontiac's 11 wins and 213 points. Chevrolet finished third with 9 wins and 199 points.[1]

Teams and drivers[edit]

Bobby Labonte, the 2000 Winston Cup Champion
Dale Earnhardt finished behind Labonte by 265 points.
Jeff Burton finished third in the championship

Complete schedule[edit]

Make Team No. Race Driver Crew Chief
Chevrolet Andy Petree Racing 33 Joe Nemechek Danny Gill
55 Kenny Wallace Jimmy Elledge
Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 1 Steve Park Paul Andrews
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (R) Tony Eury
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Terry Labonte32 Gary DeHart
Todd Bodine1
Ron Hornaday, Jr.1
24 Jeff Gordon Robbie Loomis
25 Jerry Nadeau Tony Furr
Marcis Auto Racing 71 Dave Marcis Bob Marcis
Midwest Transit Racing 50 Ricky Craven Greg Connors
Morgan-McClure Motorsports 4 Bobby Hamilton David Ifft
Richard Childress Racing 3 Dale Earnhardt Kevin Hamlin
31 Mike Skinner Larry McReynolds
SABCO Racing 01 Ted Musgrave Tony Glover
40 Sterling Marlin Scott Eggleston
Ultra Motorsports 7 Michael Waltrip Bobby Kennedy
Ford Bill Elliott Racing 94 Bill Elliott32 Mike Ford
David Green2
Brett Bodine Racing 11 Brett Bodine Mike Hillman
Donlavey Racing 90 Hut Stricklin Craig Huartson
Galaxy Motorsports 75 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Newt Moore
Haas-Carter Motorsports 26 Jimmy Spencer Donnie Wingo
66 Darrell Waltrip Larry Carter
Jasper Motorsports 77 Robert Pressley Ryan Pemberton
Melling Racing 9 Stacy Compton (R) Chad Knaus
Penske Racing 2 Rusty Wallace Robin Pemberton
12 Jeremy Mayfield Peter Sospenzo
PPI Motorsports 32 Scott Pruett (R) Scott Houston
Robert Yates Racing 28 Ricky Rudd Michael McSwain
88 Dale Jarrett Todd Parrott
Roush Racing 6 Mark Martin Jimmy Fennig
16 Kevin Lepage Pat Tryson
17 Matt Kenseth (R) Robbie Reiser
97 Chad Little27 Jeff Hammond
Kurt Busch7
99 Jeff Burton Frank Stoddard
Team Menard 13 Robby Gordon Mark Tudor
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Elliott Sadler Eddie Wood
Pontiac A. J. Foyt Racing 14 Mike Bliss (R)4 Philippe Lopez
Dick Trickle2
Rick Mast28
Bill Davis Racing 22 Ward Burton Tommy Baldwin Jr.
93 Dave Blaney (R) Doug Randolph
Eel River Racing 27 Jeff Fuller (R)7 Barry Dodson
Mike Bliss (R)27
Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Bobby Labonte Jimmy Makar
20 Tony Stewart Greg Zipadelli
MB2 Motorsports 36 Ken Schrader Sammy Johns
Petty Enterprises 43 John Andretti Greg Steadman
44 Kyle Petty21 Bobby Leslie
Chris Hussey
Steve Grissom13
Tyler Jet Motorsports 10 Johnny Benson, Jr. James Ince

Limited schedule[edit]

Make Team No. Race Driver Crew Chief Rounds
Pontiac Petty Enterprises 45 Adam Petty Chris Hussey 1
Kyle Petty 2

Bud Shootout[edit]

The Bud Shootout, NASCAR's race for all Pole Award winners from the previous season, was held February 13 at Daytona International Speedway. Ricky Rudd suffered a spectacular flip at the checkered flag when he was tapped by Sterling Marlin when Marlin ran into Bobby Labonte. Everyone involved walked away uninjured. Mark Martin drew the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 88-Dale Jarrett
  2. 24-Jeff Gordon
  3. 40-Sterling Marlin
  4. 20-Tony Stewart
  5. 16-Kevin Lepage
  6. 36-Ken Schrader
  7. 2-Rusty Wallace
  8. 33-Joe Nemechek
  9. 42-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
  10. 22-Ward Burton

Gatorade 125s[edit]

The Gatorade Twin 125s were run on February 17 at Daytona International Speedway. Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd were the polesitters for races one and two, respectively.

Race One Top Ten Results

  1. 94-Bill Elliott
  2. 88-Dale Jarrett
  3. 2-Rusty Wallace
  4. 20-Tony Stewart
  5. 6-Mark Martin
  6. 24-Jeff Gordon
  7. 18-Bobby Labonte
  8. 32-Scott Pruett
  9. 13-Robby Gordon
  10. 12-Jeremy Mayfield

Race Two Top Ten Results

  1. 28-Ricky Rudd
  2. 31-Mike Skinner
  3. 22-Ward Burton
  4. 8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  5. 7-Michael Waltrip
  6. 15-Derrike Cope
  7. 99-Jeff Burton
  8. 33-Joe Nemechek
  9. 42-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
  10. 25-Jerry Nadeau

Daytona 500[edit]

Main article: 2000 Daytona 500

The 2000 Daytona 500 was held February 20 at Daytona International Speedway. Dale Jarrett won the pole. This was the last Daytona 500 to be televised by CBS, and thus the last 500 broadcast for Buddy Baker and Ned Jarrett. Due to his failure to qualify, Dave Marcis' streak of making the Daytona 500 for consecutive years that started in 1968 came to an end. Johnny Benson, driving an unsponsored car for Tyler Jet Motorsports was surprisingly in the lead with less than 10 laps to go and looked as if he might capture his first Cup win in the biggest event of the season when the Fords of Dale Jarrett and Jeff Burton ganged up on and passed him with 4 laps to go. Benson would finish 12th. Jarrett would wind up winning the race under caution.

  1. 88-Dale Jarrett
  2. 99-Jeff Burton
  3. 94-Bill Elliott
  4. 2-Rusty Wallace
  5. 6-Mark Martin
  6. 18-Bobby Labonte
  7. 5-Terry Labonte
  8. 22-Ward Burton
  9. 36-Ken Schrader
  10. 17-Matt Kenseth*

Failed to qualify: 60-Geoffrey Bodine, 84-Norm Benning, 72-Jim Sauter, 65-Dan Pardus, 85-Carl Long, 48-Stanton Barrett, 89-Bobby Gerhart, 96-Greg Sacks, 11-Brett Bodine, 71-Dave Marcis, 91-Andy Hillenburg, 27-Jeff Fuller*, 50-Ricky Craven, and 34-David Green.

  • Dale Jarrett won the Winston No Bull 5 Million Dollar Bonus

Dura Lube / BIG K 400[edit]

The Dura Lube / Kmart 400 was held February 27 at North Carolina Speedway. Rusty Wallace won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 18-Bobby Labonte
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 22-Ward Burton
  4. 20-Tony Stewart
  5. 88-Dale Jarrett
  6. 28-Ricky Rudd
  7. 12-Jeremy Mayfield
  8. 6-Mark Martin
  9. 1-Steve Park
  10. 24-Jeff Gordon

Failed to qualify: Ricky Craven (#50), Scott Pruett (#32), Dave Blaney (#93), Mike Bliss (#14)

CarsDirect.com 400[edit]

The CarsDirect.com 400 was held March 5 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Ricky Rudd won the pole. The race was shortened to 148 laps due to rain.

Top Ten Results

  1. 99-Jeff Burton
  2. 20-Tony Stewart
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 94-Bill Elliott
  5. 18-Bobby Labonte
  6. 10-Johnny Benson
  7. 88-Dale Jarrett
  8. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  9. 33-Joe Nemechek
  10. 8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Failed to qualify: Rick Mast (#41), Mike Bliss (#14), Ed Berrier (#90), Brett Bodine (#11), Dave Marcis (#71), Austin Cameron (#89)

  • Jeff Burton had also won the No Bull 5 Million Dollar Bonus

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500[edit]

The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 was held March 12 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Dale Jarrett won the pole. The race was highlighted with a photo finish by Dale Earnhardt over Bobby Labonte at a margin of 0.01 seconds.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 18-Bobby Labonte
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 1-Steve Park
  5. 33-Joe Nemechek
  6. 97-Chad Little
  7. 91-Todd Bodine
  8. 22-Ward Burton
  9. 24-Jeff Gordon
  10. 94-Bill Elliott

Failed to qualify: Dave Marcis (#71), Ed Berrier (#90), Johnny Benson (#10), Mike Bliss (#14), Robby Gordon (#13)

  • This was Dale Earnhardt's 75th career NASCAR Winston Cup win, and his final win at a non-restrictor plate track. The win made Earnhardt the third driver to win on both configurations of Atlanta Motor Speedway, the others being Bobby Labonte and Jeff Gordon. All three have won on the old 1.522 mile oval and the current 1.54 mile oval.

Mall.com 400[edit]

The Mall.com 400 was held March 19 at Darlington Raceway. Jeff Gordon won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 22-Ward Burton
  2. 88-Dale Jarrett
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 20-Tony Stewart
  5. 99-Jeff Burton
  6. 17-Matt Kenseth
  7. 4-Bobby Hamilton
  8. 24-Jeff Gordon
  9. 6-Mark Martin
  10. 16-Kevin Lepage

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#15), Ricky Craven (#50), Scott Pruett (#32), Wally Dallenbach, Jr. (#75), Ed Berrier (#90)

  • This was Pontiac's first win at Darlington since 1963 by Joe Weatherly
  • It had been 131 races since Ward Burton had gone to victory lane, the last time being the October 1995 race at Rockingham.

Food City 500 Presented by wrenchhead.com[edit]

The Food City 500 was held March 26 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Steve Park won the pole. Rusty Wallace won his 50th race at this event.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Rusty Wallace
  2. 10-Johnny Benson
  3. 22-Ward Burton
  4. 12-Jeremy Mayfield
  5. 5-Terry Labonte
  6. 18-Bobby Labonte
  7. 1-Steve Park
  8. 24-Jeff Gordon
  9. 99-Jeff Burton
  10. 40-Sterling Marlin

Failed to qualify: Dave Marcis (#71), Ricky Craven (#50), Ed Berrier (#90), Scott Pruett (#32)

  • Around lap 390, Steve Park's crew had left his right side tire on pit road, and Jeff Gordon ran over it, ending his chances to win. The incident led to the rule change that pit crews have to bring the right side tires back to the pit wall during a pit stop.

DirecTV 500[edit]

The DirecTV 500 was held April 2 at Texas Motor Speedway. Terry Labonte won the pole. 19-year-old Adam Petty became the first fourth-generation athlete when he qualified 33rd for this race. He finished 40th after suffering a blown motor in his only Winston Cup race. This was Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s first career win, coming in only his 12th start in the Cup series.

Top Ten Results

  1. 8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  2. 99-Jeff Burton
  3. 18-Bobby Labonte
  4. 2-Rusty Wallace
  5. 16-Kevin Lepage
  6. 12-Jeremy Mayfield
  7. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  8. 5-Terry Labonte
  9. 20-Tony Stewart
  10. 28-Ricky Rudd

Failed to qualify: Robby Gordon (#13), Dave Marcis (#71), Wally Dallenbach, Jr. (#75), Kyle Petty (#44), Todd Bodine (#91)

  • Kyle Petty later relieved an ill Elliott Sadler, after Adam dropped out of the race.

Goody's Body Pain 500[edit]

The Goody's Body Pain 500 was held April 9 at Martinsville Speedway. Rusty Wallace won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6-Mark Martin
  2. 99-Jeff Burton
  3. 7-Michael Waltrip
  4. 24-Jeff Gordon
  5. 88-Dale Jarrett
  6. 20-Tony Stewart
  7. 12-Jeremy Mayfield
  8. 94-Bill Elliott
  9. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  10. 2-Rusty Wallace

Failed to qualify: Wally Dallenbach, Jr. (#75), Rick Mast (#14), Dave Marcis (#71), Ed Berrier (#90)

  • This race had 17 cautions for 116 laps, the record for the season.

DieHard 500[edit]

The DieHard 500 was held April 16 at Talladega Superspeedway. Jeremy Mayfield won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 24-Jeff Gordon*
  2. 31-Mike Skinner
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 42-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
  5. 26-Jimmy Spencer
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 5-Terry Labonte
  8. 40-Sterling Marlin
  9. 44-Kyle Petty
  10. 22-Ward Burton
  • Jeff Gordon became the youngest driver ever to win over 50 NASCAR races in just 232 NASCAR Cup starts.
  • Gordon also won the race from the 36th starting spot.
  • Gordon finished a Career Grand Slam.

Failed to qualify: Brett Bodine (#11), Kevin Lepage (#16), Gary Bradberry (#41), Rick Mast (#14), Elliott Sadler (#21)

NAPA Auto Parts 500[edit]

The NAPA Auto Parts 500 was held April 30 at California Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 12-Jeremy Mayfield*
  2. 18-Bobby Labonte
  3. 17-Matt Kenseth
  4. 28-Ricky Rudd
  5. 99-Jeff Burton
  6. 22-Ward Burton
  7. 31-Mike Skinner
  8. 2-Rusty Wallace
  9. 88-Dale Jarrett
  10. 20-Tony Stewart
  • Jeremy Mayfield was fined 151 points and crew chief Peter Sospenzo was fined and suspended after this race for a rules infraction not related to the running of this event. The fine was a result of actions taken at the previous race, the April 16 DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. NASCAR delayed the penalty in order to research the motive behind the infraction. [1]

Failed to qualify: Dave Marcis (#71), Ed Berrier (#90), Dwayne Leik (#72)

  • Bobby Labonte took the points lead after gaining it at Darlington and losing it at Talladega. He would keep it for the remainder of 2000.
  • Mayfield became the tenth different winner in the first ten races of 2000, a season-opening record that continues to this day.

Pontiac Excitement 400[edit]

The Pontiac Excitement 400 was held May 6 at Richmond International Raceway. Rusty Wallace won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  2. 5-Terry Labonte
  3. 88-Dale Jarrett
  4. 28-Ricky Rudd
  5. 2-Rusty Wallace
  6. 22-Ward Burton
  7. 99-Jeff Burton
  8. 20-Tony Stewart
  9. 94-Bill Elliott
  10. 3-Dale Earnhardt

Failed to qualify: Rick Mast (#14), Darrell Waltrip (#66), Dave Marcis (#71), Ed Berrier (#90)

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. became the first rookie to be a repeat winner in the year 2000.

The Winston[edit]

The Winston, the all-star race for all past champions and recent winners, was held May 20 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was an automatic entry with two wins in the season, and won in his first All-Star Race start.

Top Ten Results

  1. 8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  2. 88-Dale Jarrett
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 25-Jerry Nadeau
  5. 99-Jeff Burton
  6. 5-Terry Labonte
  7. 2-Rusty Wallace
  8. 94-Bill Elliott
  9. 18-Bobby Labonte
  10. 22-Ward Burton

Coca-Cola 600[edit]

The Coca-Cola 600 was held May 28 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the pole. This was the first career Winston Cup series win for Matt Kenseth.

Top Ten Results

  1. 17-Matt Kenseth
  2. 18-Bobby Labonte
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  5. 88-Dale Jarrett
  6. 12-Jeremy Mayfield
  7. 31-Mike Skinner
  8. 2-Rusty Wallace
  9. 1-Steve Park
  10. 24-Jeff Gordon

Failed to qualify: Ted Musgrave (#15), Steve Grissom (#44), Ed Berrier (#90), Darrell Waltrip (#66), Dave Marcis (#71)

  • Carl Long, who qualified in the #85 Mansion Motorsports entry, gave up his spot so Darrell Waltrip could compete in his final Coca-Cola 600.
  • The race was stopped on lap 254 by a 51-minute red flag due to rain.
  • Kenseth became the only rookie ever to win the Coca-Cola 600.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole with a new track qualifying record. Earnhardt led a race-high 175 laps, but a caution flag on lap 360 caused by oil on the track from Jerry Nadeau's blown engine, at which point he was leading by nearly 5 seconds, and a slow pit stop dropped him to 6th on the final restart.
  • Nadeau himself led 115 laps, most of them in the first half (he had led only 14 total laps in his Cup career before this race), and lap 254 when the race was stopped for rain. However, just after the rain delay, various engine problems dropped him from contention.
  • Robby Gordon was competing in the Indianapolis 500, where the start was delayed 3 hours by rain. Gordon finished 6th in that event. P.J. Jones started the 600 in Gordon's #13 Ford. Gordon arrived at Charlotte during the red flag at lap 254 and drove the remainder of this race. The car finished 35th, 11 laps off the pace.
  • John Andretti started the race in the #43 Pontiac. On lap 81, he was replaced by Tim Fedewa. Andretti was suffering from a rib injury he suffered in a crash at the Winston Open.

MBNA Platinum 400[edit]

The MBNA Platinum 400 was held June 4 at Dover Downs International Speedway. Rusty Wallace won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 20-Tony Stewart
  2. 17-Matt Kenseth
  3. 18-Bobby Labonte
  4. 88-Dale Jarrett
  5. 28-Ricky Rudd
  6. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  7. 33-Joe Nemechek
  8. 22-Ward Burton
  9. 31-Mike Skinner
  10. 8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Failed to qualify: Kyle Petty (#44), Carl Long (#85)

  • Stewart led 242 of 400 Laps - his average finish was 3rd after this.
  • Stewart moved up to 9th place in points.
  • Stewart would go on to be the first back to back winner of the year in points races by winning the next week at Michigan.

BIG Kmart 400[edit]

The Kmart 400 was held June 11 at Michigan Speedway. Bobby Labonte won the pole. The race was shortened to 194 laps due to darkness that caused by two rain delays.

Top Ten Results

  1. 20-Tony Stewart
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 18-Bobby Labonte
  4. 88-Dale Jarrett
  5. 77-Robert Pressley
  6. 22-Ward Burton
  7. 2-Rusty Wallace
  8. 94-Bill Elliott
  9. 43-John Andretti
  10. 40-Sterling Marlin

Failed to qualify: Darrell Waltrip (#66), Ricky Craven (#50), Dave Marcis (#71)

Elliott Sadler, driver of the #21 car went for a wild ride in practice, flipping 12 times after blowing a tire on the frontstretch. He was not injured.

  • Jeremy Mayfield had the lead shortly before the race was called official, but pitted, hoping the race would resume.
  • Tony Stewart became the first back to back winner of the year 2000 other than Dale Earnhardt Jr. who became the first rookie to win repeat wins in 2000 prior to his win at Richmond back in May.

Pocono 500[edit]

Main article: 2000 Pocono 500

The Pocono 500 was scheduled for June 18 but was held June 19 at Pocono Raceway due to rain. Rusty Wallace won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 12-Jeremy Mayfield
  2. 88-Dale Jarrett
  3. 28-Ricky Rudd
  4. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  5. 6-Mark Martin
  6. 20-Tony Stewart
  7. 99-Jeff Burton
  8. 24-Jeff Gordon
  9. 31-Mike Skinner
  10. 2-Rusty Wallace

Failed to qualify: Darrell Waltrip (#66), Dwayne Leik (#72), Bill Baird (#52)

  • This race is remembered for Mayfield getting Dale Earnhardt loose on the final lap in the final turn to move him out of the way and take the win by using a patented Earnhardt move.

Save Mart/Kragen 350[edit]

The Save Mart/Kragen 350 was held June 25 at Sears Point International Raceway. Rusty Wallace won the pole. During qualifying, Ward Burton flipped.

Top Ten Results

  1. 24-Jeff Gordon
  2. 40-Sterling Marlin
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 18-Bobby Labonte
  5. 28-Ricky Rudd
  6. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  7. 88-Dale Jarrett
  8. 25-Jerry Nadeau
  9. 99-Jeff Burton
  10. 20-Tony Stewart

Failed to qualify: Rick Mast (#14), Geoffrey Bodine (#60), R.K. Smith (#71)

  • This was the last race that the famous #43 car would have STP as the major sponsorship. At the Pepsi 400 it was changed to Cheerios with STP as associate sponsorship.
  • Jeff Gordon won 6 of his 9 Road Course wins & this was an all-time record 6 straight Road Course wins the first ever driver to do it in history.

Pepsi 400[edit]

The Pepsi 400 was held July 1 at Daytona International Speedway. Dale Jarrett won the pole. This was the final Winston Cup race that was televised on CBS.

Top Ten Results

  1. 99-Jeff Burton
  2. 88-Dale Jarrett
  3. 2-Rusty Wallace
  4. 6-Mark Martin
  5. 28-Ricky Rudd
  6. 20-Tony Stewart
  7. 22-Ward Burton
  8. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  9. 31-Mike Skinner
  10. 24-Jeff Gordon

Failed to qualify: Brett Bodine (#11), Dave Marcis (#71), Robby Gordon (#13)

  • Last Winston Cup race for Kenny Irwin, Jr., who died on July 7 of injuries sustained at New Hampshire.

thatlook.com 300[edit]

The thatlook.com 300 was held July 9 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Rusty Wallace won the pole. The race was shortened to 273 laps due to rain. The weekend was marked by tragedy as Kenny Irwin, Jr. was killed in a Turn 3 practice crash on July 7. Race winner Tony Stewart later gave the race trophy to Irwin's parents.

Top Ten Results

  1. 20-Tony Stewart
  2. 33-Joe Nemechek
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 25-Jerry Nadeau
  5. 24-Jeff Gordon
  6. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  7. 88-Dale Jarrett
  8. 12-Jeremy Mayfield
  9. 18-Bobby Labonte
  10. 28-Ricky Rudd

Failed to qualify: Dave Marcis (#71)

  • First win for Pontiac to win at Loudon since Rusty Wallace won it in the inaugural running in 1993

Pennsylvania 500[edit]

The Pennsylvania 500 was held July 23 at Pocono Raceway. Tony Stewart won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Rusty Wallace
  2. 99-Jeff Burton
  3. 24-Jeff Gordon
  4. 88-Dale Jarrett
  5. 17-Matt Kenseth
  6. 18-Bobby Labonte
  7. 31-Mike Skinner
  8. 41-Rick Mast
  9. 26-Jimmy Spencer
  10. 12-Jeremy Mayfield

Failed to qualify: Geoffrey Bodine (#60), Carl Long (#85)

  • Jeremy Mayfield was less than a lap away from the Pocono sweep when a cut tire cost him
  • Terry Labonte ended a streak of 655 consecutive starts after an inner ear infection forced him out of action for Indianapolis and Watkins Glen.

Brickyard 400[edit]

The Brickyard 400 was held August 5 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ricky Rudd won the pole. This would be ABC's last Winston Cup race until they returned with the fall Richmond race in 2007.

Top Ten Results

  1. 18-Bobby Labonte
  2. 2-Rusty Wallace
  3. 94-Bill Elliott
  4. 25-Jerry Nadeau
  5. 20-Tony Stewart
  6. 99-Jeff Burton
  7. 88-Dale Jarrett
  8. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  9. 31-Mike Skinner
  10. 32-Scott Pruett

Failed to qualify: David Keith (#95), Rich Bickle (#61), Dave Marcis (#71), Robby Gordon (#13), Steve Grissom (#44), Bill Baird (#52)

  • This race has the record for the fastest Brickyard 400, with only 2 cautions and an average speed of 155.912 mph.

Global Crossing @ The Glen[edit]

The Global Crossing @ The Glen was held August 13 at Watkins Glen International. Bobby Labonte won the pole. Due to qualifying being rained out, the starting lineup was set by owner's points.

Top Ten Results

  1. 1-Steve Park
  2. 6-Mark Martin
  3. 99-Jeff Burton
  4. 13-Robby Gordon
  5. 18-Bobby Labonte
  6. 20-Tony Stewart
  7. 88-Dale Jarrett
  8. 33-Joe Nemechek
  9. 75-Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
  10. 17-Matt Kenseth

Failed to qualify: Boris Said (#23), Scott Pruett (#32), R.K. Smith (#71), Brett Bodine (#11), Brian Simo (#90)

Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer[edit]

The Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer was held August 20 at Michigan Speedway. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Rusty Wallace
  2. 28-Ricky Rudd
  3. 18-Bobby Labonte
  4. 88-Dale Jarrett
  5. 10-Johnny Benson
  6. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  7. 26-Jimmy Spencer
  8. 17-Matt Kenseth
  9. 22-Ward Burton
  10. 99-Jeff Burton

Failed to qualify: Geoffrey Bodine (#60), Darrell Waltrip (#66), Stacy Compton (#9), Kyle Petty (#44), David Keith (#95), Carl Long (#85)

Goracing.com 500 Presented by SkyTel[edit]

The goracing.com 500 was held August 26 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Rusty Wallace won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 2-Rusty Wallace
  2. 20-Tony Stewart
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  5. 1-Steve Park
  6. 99-Jeff Burton
  7. 21-Elliott Sadler
  8. 40-Sterling Marlin
  9. 88-Dale Jarrett
  10. 28-Ricky Rudd

Failed to qualify: Mike Bliss (#27), Hut Stricklin (#90), Carl Long (#85), Ricky Craven (#50)

  • Robert Pressley had hit the wall and burst into flames
  • Rusty Wallace swept both races at Bristol following his 50th career win here in March & became the 2nd driver since Tony Stewart to win back to back races in 2000.

Pepsi Southern 500[edit]

The Pepsi Southern 500 was held September 3 at Darlington Raceway. The race was shortened to 328 laps due to thunderstorms. Jeremy Mayfield won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 18-Bobby Labonte
  2. 99-Jeff Burton
  3. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  4. 24-Jeff Gordon
  5. 88-Dale Jarrett
  6. 22-Ward Burton
  7. 16-Kevin Lepage
  8. 28-Ricky Rudd
  9. 20-Tony Stewart
  10. 1-Steve Park

Failed to qualify: Stacy Compton (#9)

  • Bobby Labonte won the race from 37th starting position. the worst starting spot to victory since Jeff Gordon at Talladega when he started 36th.
  • This was the first win for Pontiac to win the Southern 500 since Buck Baker in 1960.

Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400[edit]

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 was held September 9 at Richmond International Raceway. Jeff Burton won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 24-Jeff Gordon
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 1-Steve Park
  5. 99-Jeff Burton
  6. 20-Tony Stewart
  7. 10-Johnny Benson
  8. 22-Ward Burton
  9. 28-Ricky Rudd
  10. 25-Jerry Nadeau

Failed to qualify: Mike Bliss (#27), Robby Gordon (#13), Darrell Waltrip (#66), Dave Marcis (#71)

  • Jeff Gordon was docked 100 points after issues with his car after his win at Richmond & was 691 points behind Bobby Labonte (3761 Points).

Dura Lube 300 Sponsored by Kmart[edit]

Main article: 2000 Dura Lube 300

The Dura Lube 300 Sponsored by Kmart was held September 17 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Bobby Labonte won the pole.

This race also has the distinction of being the only Cup race outside of Daytona and Talladega to run a restrictor plate race since the adoption of the current 358 cubic inch formula. After Adam Petty's fatal crash in the Busch Series practice in May, and Kenny Irwin, Jr.'s fatal crash in the Cup Series practice in July, NASCAR decided to run restrictor plates. Adding restrictor plates did have the desired result of slowing down the cars drastically, but at the same time restricted passing so much that Jeff Burton led all 300 laps. This lack of passing was so uncompetitive that, for Cup cars only, the restrictor plates were gone for the very next race.

Top Ten Results

  1. 99-Jeff Burton
  2. 18-Bobby Labonte
  3. 28-Ricky Rudd
  4. 88-Dale Jarrett
  5. 2-Rusty Wallace
  6. 24-Jeff Gordon
  7. 43-John Andretti
  8. 6-Mark Martin
  9. 33-Joe Nemechek
  10. 36-Ken Schrader

Failed to qualify: Steve Grissom (#44), Dave Marcis (#71)

MBNA.com 400[edit]

The MBNA.com 400 was held September 24 at Dover Downs International Speedway. Jeremy Mayfield won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 20-Tony Stewart
  2. 10-Johnny Benson
  3. 28-Ricky Rudd
  4. 1-Steve Park
  5. 18-Bobby Labonte
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 33-Joe Nemechek
  8. 2-Rusty Wallace
  9. 24-Jeff Gordon
  10. 14-Rick Mast

Failed to qualify: Hut Stricklin (#90), Joe Bessey (#60)

  • This was Kurt Busch's first race in the Cup series, having replaced Chad Little as driver of the #97 John Deere Ford. Busch's arrival had come at around the time that John Deere would be departing the team at season's end. Kurt started 10th and finished 18th

NAPA Autocare 500[edit]

The NAPA Autocare 500 was held October 1 at Martinsville Speedway. Tony Stewart won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 20-Tony Stewart
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 99-Jeff Burton
  4. 28-Ricky Rudd
  5. 24-Jeff Gordon
  6. 88-Dale Jarrett
  7. 26-Jimmy Spencer
  8. 31-Mike Skinner
  9. 40-Sterling Marlin
  10. 18-Bobby Labonte

Failed to qualify: Scott Pruett (#32), Steve Grissom (#44), Carl Long (#85), Dave Marcis (#71), Rich Bickle (#60)

  • This was Burton's final race with Exide Batteries as his sponsor. From the next race onward, CITGO would take over for remainder of the season.
  • For the 2nd time Tony Stewart once again won back to back wins following his sweep at Dover last week.

UAW-GM Quality 500[edit]

The UAW-GM Quality 500 was held October 8 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Jeff Gordon won the pole. This was the final race that aired on TBS.

Top Ten Results

  1. 18-Bobby Labonte
  2. 12-Jeremy Mayfield
  3. 28-Ricky Rudd
  4. 20-Tony Stewart
  5. 6-Mark Martin
  6. 99-Jeff Burton
  7. 1-Steve Park
  8. 10-Johnny Benson
  9. 17-Matt Kenseth
  10. 22-Ward Burton

Failed to qualify: Scott Pruett (#32), Ricky Craven (#50), Steve Grissom (#44), Carl Long (#85), Stacy Compton (#9), Dave Marcis (#71)

  • This was Labonte's 4th & final win of 2000 & after this race he was now 252 points ahead of Jeff Burton.

Winston 500 Presented by UPS[edit]

Main article: 2000 Winston 500

The Winston 500 was held October 15 at Talladega Superspeedway. Joe Nemechek won the pole. Bill Elliott led the most laps. This was Earnhardt's 76th and final career victory before his death in February 2001 at Daytona. This race is remembered for Earnhardt storming to the front in the final 5 laps to take the win picking up 17 spots.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 55-Kenny Wallace
  3. 33-Joe Nemechek
  4. 24-Jeff Gordon
  5. 5-Terry Labonte
  6. 31-Mike Skinner
  7. 6-Mark Martin
  8. 2-Rusty Wallace
  9. 27-Mike Bliss
  10. 17-Matt Kenseth

Failed to qualify: Wally Dallenbach, Jr. (#75), Blaise Alexander (#91), Hut Stricklin (#90)

Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400[edit]

The Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 was held October 22 at North Carolina Speedway. Jeremy Mayfield won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 88-Dale Jarrett
  2. 24-Jeff Gordon
  3. 28-Ricky Rudd
  4. 99-Jeff Burton
  5. 2-Rusty Wallace
  6. 1-Steve Park
  7. 20-Tony Stewart
  8. 22-Ward Burton
  9. 4-Bobby Hamilton
  10. 33-Joe Nemechek

Failed to qualify: Ted Musgrave (#01), Rich Bickle (#60), Steve Grissom (#44), Hut Stricklin (#90), Stacy Compton (#9)

  • This was Dale Jarrett's first win since the Daytona 500 back in February and last with Quality Care/Ford Credit as sponsor.
  • Dale Jarrett's first Rockingham win.

Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500[edit]

The Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500 was held November 5 at Phoenix International Raceway. Rusty Wallace won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 99-Jeff Burton
  2. 12-Jeremy Mayfield
  3. 1-Steve Park
  4. 2-Rusty Wallace
  5. 18-Bobby Labonte
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 24-Jeff Gordon
  8. 93-Dave Blaney
  9. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  10. 88-Dale Jarrett

Failed to qualify: Stacy Compton (#9), Steve Grissom (#44), Robby Gordon (#13), Dave Marcis (#71), Hut Stricklin (#90)

Pennzoil 400 Presented by Discount Auto Parts[edit]

Main article: 2000 Pennzoil 400

The Pennzoil 400 Presented by Discount Auto Parts was held November 12 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Steve Park won the pole. Bobby Labonte clinched the championship by finishing 4th with only one race left.

Top Ten Results

  1. 20-Tony Stewart
  2. 12-Jeremy Mayfield
  3. 6-Mark Martin
  4. 18-Bobby Labonte
  5. 26-Jimmy Spencer
  6. 28-Ricky Rudd
  7. 24-Jeff Gordon
  8. 1-Steve Park
  9. 93-Dave Blaney
  10. 19-Casey Atwood

Failed to qualify: Kyle Petty (#45), Hut Stricklin (#90), Ricky Craven (#50), Dave Marcis (#71), Steve Grissom (#44), Norm Benning (#84), Hermie Sadler (#60), Ted Musgrave (#01)

  • Tony Stewart win his 6th win of the year & by the end of this year; he would end up finishing 6th in points.
  • Bobby Labonte clinched the championship by 256 points over Jeff Burton.
  • This was Joe Gibbs' first Winston Cup Championship as an owner since he formed his racing team back in 1992.

NAPA 500[edit]

Main article: 2000 NAPA 500

The NAPA 500 was scheduled for November 19 but was held on November 20 due to a rain delay at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Jeff Gordon won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 25-Jerry Nadeau
  2. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  3. 22-Ward Burton
  4. 24-Jeff Gordon
  5. 18-Bobby Labonte
  6. 31-Mike Skinner
  7. 2-Rusty Wallace
  8. 40-Sterling Marlin
  9. 17-Matt Kenseth
  10. 10-Johnny Benson

Failed to qualify: Stacy Compton (#9), Hermie Sadler (#60), Hut Stricklin (#90), Dick Trickle (#71), Blaise Alexander (#91), Morgan Shepherd (#80), Tim Sauter (#61), Larry Foyt (#41), Kevin Lepage (#16), Carl Long (#85), Mike Bliss (#27), Steve Grissom (#44), Norm Benning (#84)

  • Because of a deal that gave broadcasting rights to Fox, FX, NBC, and TNT, this was ESPN's last Winston Cup race until the station along with ABC was brought back to NASCAR in 2007. It is remembered for Bob Jenkins making a farewell speech, and his fellow commentator Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett almost making him cry as they said goodbye on TV. Jenkins introduced a video from ESPN thanking all the fans simply stating "without you there would be no magic".
    • The race was not Parsons' final race as color commentator, though. He would continue in the position with NBC and TNT.
  • This race also marked the first and only victory of Jerry Nadeau's career.
  • This was Scott Wimmer's first Cup Series event.
  • This was Darrell Waltrip's final Cup Series event after 29 years.
  • Elliott Sadler with the Wood Brothers debuted the 2001 Motorcraft Ford and Rusty Wallace debuted his 2001 paint scheme.
  • This was Dale Earnhardt Sr's last lead lap finish in a Winston Cup points event.

Final Points Standings[edit]

  1. Bobby Labonte – 5130
  2. Dale Earnhardt – 4865
  3. Jeff Burton – 4841
  4. Dale Jarrett – 4684
  5. Ricky Rudd – 4575
  6. Tony Stewart – 4570
  7. Rusty Wallace – 4544
  8. Mark Martin – 4410
  9. Jeff Gordon – 4361
  10. Ward Burton – 4152
  11. Steve Park  – 3934
  12. Mike Skinner- 3898
  13. Johnny Benson – 3716
  14. Matt Kenseth – 3711
  15. Joe Nemechek – 3534
  16. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. – 3516
  17. Terry Labonte – 3433
  18. Ken Schrader – 3398
  19. Sterling Marlin – 3363
  20. Jerry Nadeau – 3273
  21. Bill Elliott – 3267
  22. Jimmy Spencer – 3188
  23. John Andretti – 3169
  24. Jeremy Mayfield – 3156
  25. Robert Pressley – 3055
  26. Kenny Wallace – 2874
  27. Michael Waltrip – 2797
  28. Kevin Lepage – 2795
  29. Elliott Sadler – 2762
  30. Bobby Hamilton – 2715
  31. Dave Blaney – 2656
  32. Chad Little – 2634
  33. Rick Mast – 2366
  34. Wally Dallenbach, Jr. – 2344
  35. Brett Bodine – 2145
  36. Darrell Waltrip – 1981
  37. Scott Pruett – 1929
  38. Stacy Compton – 1857
  39. Mike Bliss – 1748
  40. Ted Musgrave – 1614
  41. Kyle Petty – 1441
  42. Kenny Irwin, Jr. – 1440
  43. Robby Gordon – 1309
  44. Ricky Craven – 1175
  45. Geoffrey Bodine – 1039
  46. Dave Marcis – 723
  47. Ed Berrier – 628
  48. Kurt Busch – 613
  49. Todd Bodine- 456

Rookie of the Year[edit]

In the preseason, the two favorites for the award were Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.. While Earnhardt had the name, the popularity, and the two wins, Kenseth had more consistency and was able to claim the title by a narrow margin. The third-place finisher was Dave Blaney, who had finished 31st in points. Scott Pruett and Stacy Compton showed promise in the beginning of the year, but eventually lost momentum and bottomed out at the end of the year. Mike Bliss started the year with A.J. Foyt Racing, was released after 4 races, then finished the season with Eel River Racing. Ed Berrier and Jeff Fuller finished towards the bottom, mainly due to being released from their rides during the season.

Quotes[edit]

In the final season of the broadcasting coverage of CBS, ABC, TNN, TBS, and ESPN, different broadcasters said different calls that are very memorable and others not heard as much. Here are some of the moments the broadcasters had as a last shine for their stations for NASCAR Winston Cup coverage:

  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 at Atlanta; Bob Jenkins for ABC as Bobby Labonte and Dale Earnhardt crossed the start/finish line with Earnhardt winning in a photo finish: "Here comes Bobby Labonte making a charge! They come toward the line, who will it be? It is gonna be!..."
  • DirecTV 500 at Texas; Mike Joy for CBS when Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first Cup race: "His grandfather Ralph, former national champion they called him Ironhardt because he gave nothing on the racetrack. His father, 7-time Winston cup champion one dubbed Ironhead, and then The Intimidator and how about this kid...Checkered flag, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is Texas Motor Speedway's second first time winner!"
  • Diehard 500 at Talladega; Bob Jenkins for ABC when Jeff Gordon won his first race of 2000, snapping a 14 race winless streak: "Gordon has the lead as they come down through the tri-oval, and Jeff Gordon is back! He's gonna win the Diehard 500!"
  • Pocono 500 at Pocono; Eli Gold for TNN when Dale Earnhardt got bumped out of the way and Jeremy Mayfield won at Pocono: "He bumps him out of the way! Earnhardt goes high! Mayfield is going to win here at Pocono! Oh my! Dale Earnhardt gets rooted out of the way, Jeremy Mayfield waves out of the window and Mayfield on the final turn on the final lap, pushes Earnhardt aside and grabs the win in the Pocono 500! "
  • Pepsi 400 at Daytona; Mike Joy for CBS as Jeff Burton came down to win the final Cup race CBS televised: "Jeff Burton won his first Winston Cup race on CBS. He comes off turn 4 and he's gonna win the last Winston Cup race on CBS, Jeff Burton over Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace, and Mark Martin winning the Pepsi 400!"
  • Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono; Allen Bestwick for TBS when Jeremy Mayfield cut a tire on the final lap, giving Rusty Wallace the win. "Mayfield has a flat tire! Here goes Wallace by! Now the race for the win between Wallace and Burton, Mayfield slows on the final lap!...Rusty Wallace needing to get off the corner and beat Jeff Burton back to the finish line. Here they come, the final sprint down to the checkered flag, Burton tries to draft up inside...Wallace wins it! "
  • UAW Gm Quality 500 at Charlotte; Ken Squier for TBS before TBS signed off for the last time covering NASCAR action: " For years, we who have been fans and followers have wanted one thing from this sport: Respect. And over the past few years, we've obtained a lot more of just that - the sense of being included in the real part of the American sport spectrum. And for years, we've wanted these drivers to get the financial respect that we believe they deserve for their commitment to this very dangerous and very difficult game. 2001 will be a pivotal year in Winston Cup racing and its history. New tracks will bring the speed, the spectacle, and the heroes to new facilities and major population areas. And this new TV contract will provide the Winston Cup drivers with the dollars they deserve, and the television promise is to bring new technology and new excitement. You know, I love 1969 and '70 when the pioneer effort was with the Motor Racing Network in bringing radio broadcasting to a new level. It was exciting then. It was thrilling in the year 1979 with that first live flag-to-flag broadcast of the Daytona 500 which many say changed the way America perseeved this sport and its heroes. And I think it's gonna be just as exciting next year to see what's on the horizon for the Great American Game - Stock car racing. Thank you so much for being part of it with us."
  • Winston 500 at Talladega; Dr. Jerry Punch for ESPN when Dale Earnhardt won his 76th and final career Cup win, and winning his only No Bull 5 Million Dollar Bonus: "The No Bull 5 contender, Mr. Restrictor Plate! Dale Earnhardt comes down and will take his 10th career victory at Talladega!"
  • NAPA 500 in Atlanta; Bob Jenkins for ESPN as Jerry Nadeau came down to win the season finale, ending the era of ESPN's broadcasting until 2007: "Back in March of '81, Darrell Waltrip took the checkered flag to win the very first race we televised on ESPN...and in November of 2000...Jerry Nadeau wins the final race on ESPN!"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Standings: 2000 Manufacturer Standings". NASCAR; Turner Sports and Entertainment Digital Network. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  2. ^ Kerry Earnhardt website

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