2000 Daytona 500

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2000 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 34 in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the 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 Mild with temperatures approaching 73 °F (23 °C); wind speeds reaching as fast as 15.9 miles per hour (25.6 km/h)[1]
Average speed 155.669 miles per hour (250.525 km/h)
Pole position
Driver 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, in Daytona Beach, Florida as the first race of both the 2000 NASCAR Winson Cup season and the 2000s decade. Dale Jarrett, the polesitter, led the most laps and won the race for the third time, after winning in 1993 and 1996. 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.

The average green flag run for the race was confirmed by NASCAR officials as 29 laps. 12% of the event was held under a caution flag, mostly for oil, debris, and accidents.[2]

Qualifying and Gatorade 125s[edit]

Dale Jarrett won the pole for the race with a speed of just over 191 mph, and started alongside his new teammate Ricky Rudd in an all-Robert Yates front row. A total of 57 drivers made an attempt to qualify for the 42nd Daytona 500. Bill Elliott won the first Gatorade 125 qualifying race after taking the lead from Jarrett on lap 1 and leading all 50 laps. Rudd won the second Gatorade duel after leading all 50 laps also. Both Gatorade 125 races were caution-free.

Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon stole headlines during qualifying when Stewart spun Gordon. Robby Gordon, who was trying to qualify his new #13 self-owned team in the race, confronted Stewart in the garages and asked Stewart about the spin. Stewart shoved Gordon as he turned away to walk off, leading to a fist-fight. Security broke them up. Stewart was fined $15,000 by NASCAR for the shove.

Drivers qualified for the Daytona 500 either by finishing in the Top 16 in their qualifying race, through a two-lap qualifying run, or a provisional starting spot based on owner points from the 1999 season. They had three chances to make a two-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 as pole-sitter Dale Jarrett led the field to the start of the race. However, he did not lead until lap 5 since he lost the first lap to outside polesitter Ricky Rudd. Mike Skinner took the lead away from Rudd on lap 2 and led two more. Bill Elliott briefly took the lead on lap 34, and then Jarrett regained it just before the first caution came out due to oil on a section of the track. The next green flag period lasted nearly 100 laps, in which Mark Martin took the lead and remained there for 65 laps. The second caution (also for oil) came on lap 134 and the third one came out on lap 157. During the latter caution, Johnny Benson, Jr. passed Martin for the lead as the lead-lap cars raced back to the yellow flag.

Benson, Jr. led the next 39 laps, which included yet another caution on lap 170, once again for oil. 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 four laps to go, and Benson, Jr. looked as if he might capture his first cup series win in the biggest event of the season when the Fords of 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 front stretch wall, which allowed the final lap to be run under caution, securing a third Daytona 500 win for Jarrett, making him the fourth driver to win three or more Daytona 500s.

Not counting the No Bull 5 Million Dollar Bonus, Dale Jarrett picked up $1,277,975. The last-place finisher got $90,100.

The five drivers going for the No Bull 5 Million Dollar Bonus were the top five finishers from the 1999 Winston 500 at Talladega: Dale Jarrett, Ricky Rudd, Ward Burton, Dale Earnhardt, and Kenny Wallace.

Results[edit]

Winning car on display at Daytona USA in early 2001
Pos Grid Car Driver Team Make Laps Led Status
1 1 88 Dale Jarrett (W) Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 89 Running
2 14 99 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 200 0 Running
3 3 94 Bill Elliott (W) Bill Elliott Racing Ford 200 1 Running
4 5 2 Rusty Wallace Penske-Kranefuss Racing Ford 200 0 Running
5 9 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 200 65 Running
6 13 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 200 0 Running
7 25 5 Terry Labonte Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 0 Running
8 6 22 Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing Pontiac 200 0 Running
9 23 36 Ken Schrader MB2 Motorsports Pontiac 200 0 Running
10 24 17 Matt Kenseth (R) Roush Racing Ford 200 0 Running
11 19 12 Jeremy Mayfield Penske-Kranefuss Racing Ford 200 0 Running
12 27 10 Johnny Benson Tyler Jet Motorsports Pontiac 200 39 Running
13 8 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (R) Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 200 0 Running
14 18 42 Kenny Irwin, Jr. SABCO Racing Chevrolet 200 0 Running
15 2 28 Ricky Rudd Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 1 Running
16 4 31 Mike Skinner Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 3 Running
17 7 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 200 0 Running
18 17 13 Robby Gordon Team Gordon Ford 200 0 Running
19 15 32 Scott Pruett (R) PPI Motorsports Ford 200 0 Running
20 32 77 Robert Pressley Jasper Motorsports Ford 200 0 Running
21 21 3 Dale Earnhardt (W) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 0 Running
22 30 43 John Andretti Petty Enterprises Pontiac 200 0 Running
23 29 97 Chad Little Roush Racing Ford 200 2 Running
24 38 40 Sterling Marlin (W) SABCO Racing Chevrolet 199 0 Flagged
25 42 44 Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises Pontiac 199 0 Flagged
26 33 9 Stacy Compton (R) Melling Racing Ford 199 0 Flagged
27 31 93 Dave Blaney (R) Bill Davis Racing Pontiac 199 0 Flagged
28 28 41 Rick Mast Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevrolet 199 0 Flagged
29 39 55 Kenny Wallace Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet 199 0 Flagged
30 22 26 Jimmy Spencer Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford 197 0 Flagged
31 36 1 Steve Park Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 197 0 Flagged
32 43 66 Darrell Waltrip (W) Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford 197 0 Flagged
33 35 14 Mike Bliss (R) A. J. Foyt Racing Pontiac 197 0 Flagged
34 11 24 Jeff Gordon (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 195 0 Flagged
35 20 25 Jerry Nadeau Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 195 0 Flagged
36 41 16 Kevin Lepage Roush Racing Ford 195 0 Flagged
37 26 90 Ed Berrier (R) Donlavey Racing Ford 193 0 Track Bar
38 40 21 Elliott Sadler Wood Brothers Racing Ford 192 0 Contact T2
39 10 7 Michael Waltrip Mattei Motorsports Chevrolet 192 0 Contact T2
40 34 75 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Galaxy Motorsports Ford 174 0 Contact
41 12 15 Derrike Cope (W) Fenley-Moore Motorsports Ford 169 0 Engine
42 16 33 Joe Nemechek Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet 131 0 Oil Pressure
43 37 4 Bobby Hamilton Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 68 0 Engine
Failed to Qualify
34 David Green (R) Joyner-Kersee-Roehig Motorsports Chevrolet
50 Ricky Craven Midwest Transit Racing Chevrolet
27 Jeff Fuller (R) Eel River Racing Pontiac
91 Andy Hillenburg LJ Racing Chevrolet
71 Dave Marcis Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet
11 Brett Bodine Brett Bodine Racing Ford
96 Greg Sacks Petty-Higgins Motorsports Chevrolet
89 Bobby Gerhart (R) Bobby Gerhart Racing Chevrolet
48 Stanton Barrett (R) TriStar Motorsports Ford
85 Carl Long (R) Mansion Motorsports Ford
72 Jim Sauter Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet
84 Norm Benning (R) Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet
60 Geoffrey Bodine (W) Joe Bessey Motorsports Chevrolet
65 Dan Pardus (R) Jim & Judie Motorsports Chevrolet
"2000 Daytona 500 - Racing-Reference.info". Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weather of the 2000 Daytona 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  2. ^ "Race information about the 2000 Daytona 500". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2015-05-07. 

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