2000 Pepsi Southern 500

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2000 Pepsi Southern 500
Race details
Race 24 of 34 in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Date September 3, 2000 (2000-September-03)
Official name Pepsi Southern 500 presented by Kmart
Location Darlington Raceway, Darlington County, South Carolina
Course 1.366 mi (2.198 km)
Distance 328 laps, 448.048 mi (721.063 km)
Scheduled Distance 367 laps, 501.322 mi (806.800 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 84.2 °F (29.0 °C); wind speeds up to 20.8 miles per hour (33.5 km/h)[1]
Average speed 108.273 miles per hour (174.249 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Penske-Kranefuss Racing
Most laps led
Driver Jeremy Mayfield Penske-Kranefuss Racing
Laps 104
No. 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN/ESPN2
Announcers Bob Jenkins, Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons

The 2000 Pepsi Southern 500 presented by Kmart, the 51st running of the event, was the 24th race of the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. It was held at Darlington Raceway on September 3, 2000. The race was scheduled for 367 laps but was shortened to 328 laps due to rain. Bobby Labonte of Joe Gibbs Racing won the race.

Darrell Waltrip would lead his final Cup Series lap in his career on lap 48. Rick Mast leads a lap for the final time on lap 304.[2] The Mayfield-Marcis tango didn't bring out a caution. Mayfield thought he was clear out of 2, then got hooked in the wall by Marcis. Mayfield slid down the track, sparks flying, right-front tore up, but the green flag remained active.

Top 10 results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac
2 99 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford
3 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
5 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford
6 22 Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing Pontiac
7 16 Kevin Lepage Roush Racing Ford
8 28 Ricky Rudd Robert Yates Racing Ford
9 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac
10 1 Steve Park Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet

Race statistics[edit]

  • Time of race: 4:08:20
  • Average Speed: 108.273 miles per hour (174.249 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 169.444
  • Cautions: 9 for 69 laps
  • Margin of Victory: under caution
  • Lead changes: 22
  • Percent of race run under caution: 21%
  • Average green flag run: 28.8 laps



  1. ^ Weather information at the Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ Racing information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ Race statistics at Race Database