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2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

The 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Season was the 52nd season of professional stock car racing in the United States, the 29th modern-era Cup series, and the last Cup series of the 20th century. The season began on February 13 and ended on 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 nine wins and 199 points.[1]

This was the final season for three-time Winston Cup Champion Darrell Waltrip. Also, this was unexpectedly the final full time season for seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, who was killed in the 2001 Daytona 500.

The season was marred by tragedy when Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin Jr. were killed in separate accidents during practice at the New Hampshire International Raceway.

Teams and drivers

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

Complete schedule

Make Team No. Race driver Crew chief
Chevrolet Andy Petree Racing 33 Joe Nemechek Danny Gill
55 Kenny Wallace Jimmy Elledge
Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 1 Steve Park Paul Andrews
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (R) Tony Eury
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Terry Labonte 32 Gary DeHart
Todd Bodine 1
Ron Hornaday Jr. 1
24 Jeff Gordon Robbie Loomis
25 Jerry Nadeau Tony Furr
Joe Bessey Racing 60 Geoffrey Bodine 16 Jim Long
Ted Musgrave 5
Dick Trickle 4
Rich Bickle 5
Joe Bessey 2
Hermie Sadler 2
Marcis Auto Racing 71 Dave Marcis 30 Bob Marcis
R. K. Smith 2
Kerry Earnhardt 1
Dick Trickle 1
Morgan-McClure Motorsports 4 Bobby Hamilton David Ifft
Richard Childress Racing 3 Dale Earnhardt Kevin Hamlin
31 Mike Skinner Larry McReynolds
Team SABCO 40 Sterling Marlin Scott Eggleston
Mattei Motorsports 7 Michael Waltrip Bobby Kennedy
Ford Bill Elliott Racing 94 Bill Elliott 32 Mike Ford
David Green 2
Brett Bodine Racing 11 Brett Bodine Mike Hillman
Donlavey Racing 90 Ed Berrier 18 Craig Huartson
Brian Simo 2
Hut Stricklin 14
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 33 (R) Chad Knaus
Jerry Pitts
Bobby Hillin Jr. 1
Penske-Kranefuss Racing 2 Rusty Wallace Robin Pemberton
12 Jeremy Mayfield 32 Peter Sospenzo
Kyle Petty 1
Tom Hubert 1
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 Little 27 Jeff Hammond
Kurt Busch 7
99 Jeff Burton Frank Stoddard
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Elliott Sadler Eddie Wood
Pontiac A. J. Foyt Racing 14 Mike Bliss (R) 4 Philippe Lopez
Dick Trickle 2
Rick Mast 28
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 Petty 21 Bobby Leslie
Chris Hussey
Steve Grissom 13
Tyler Jet Motorsports 10 Johnny Benson Jr. James Ince

Limited schedule

Make Team No. Race driver Crew chief Rounds
Chevrolet Andy Petree Racing 35 Geoffrey Bodine 1
Bill Baird Motorsports 52 Bill Baird 2
Bobby Hamilton Racing 57 Bobby Hamilton Jr. 1
Coulter Racing 61 Rich Bickle 1
Tim Sauter 1
Gerhart Racing 89 Bobby Gerhart 1
AC Motorsports Austin Cameron 1
Jim & Judie Motorsports 65 Dan Pardus 1
JKR Motorsports 34 David Green 1
Cicci-Welliver Racing Todd Bodine 1
Larry Hedrick Motorsports 41 Rick Mast 6
Gary Bradberry 3
LJ Racing 91 Andy Hillenburg 1
Todd Bodine 3
Larry Gunselman 1
Blaise Alexander 2
Marcis Auto Racing 72 Jim Sauter Bob Marcis 1
Dwayne Leik 2
Midwest Transit Racing 50 Ricky Craven Greg Connors 26
NEMCO Motorsports 87 Ron Fellows 1
Norm Benning Racing 84 Norm Benning 3
Petty Enterprises 45 Adam Petty Chris Hussey 1
Petty-Huggins Motorsports 96 Greg Sacks 1
Team SABCO 01 Ted Musgrave Tony Glover 14
P. J. Jones 1
Bobby Hamilton Jr. 1
42 Kenny Irwin Jr. 17
Ford Evernham Motorsports 19 Casey Atwood 3
Fenley-Moore Motorsports 15 Derrike Cope Joey Knuckles 4
Ted Musgrave 2
Haas-Carter Motorsports 46 Todd Bodine 1
Hover Motorsports 80 Morgan Shepherd 1
MacPherson Motorsports 98 Jeff Fuller Vic Kangas 1
Geoffrey Bodine 1
Mansion Motorsports 85 Carl Long 10
Darrell Waltrip 1
Penske-Kranefuss Racing 02 Ryan Newman 1
PPI Motorsports 96 Andy Houston 5
Sadler Brothers Racing 95 David Keith 2
Spencer Motor Ventures 23 Boris Said 3
TriStar Motorsports 48 Stanton Barrett 1
Team Menard 13 Robby Gordon Mark Tudor 23
P. J. Jones 1
Pontiac A. J. Foyt Racing 41 Larry Foyt 1
Bill Davis Racing 23 Scott Wimmer 1
Buckshot Racing 00 Buckshot Jones 1
Petty Enterprises 45 Kyle Petty Chris Hussey 2

Schedule

No. Race Title Track Date TV
Bud Shootout Qualifier Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 13 ESPN
Bud Shootout CBS
Gatorade 125s February 17 CBS
1 Daytona 500 February 20 CBS
2 Dura Lube/Kmart 400 North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham February 27 TNN
3 CarsDirect.com 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas March 5 ABC
4 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton March 12 ABC
5 Mall.com 400 Darlington Raceway, Darlington March 19 ESPN
6 Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol March 26 ESPN
7 DirecTV 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth April 2 CBS
8 Goody's Body Pain 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway April 9 ESPN
9 DieHard 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega April 16 ABC
10 NAPA Auto Parts 500 California Speedway, Fontana April 30 ABC
11 Pontiac Excitement 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond May 6 ESPN
No Bull 25 Shootout Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord May 19 TNN
Winston Open May 20 TNN
No Bull Sprint TNN
The Winston TNN
12 Coca-Cola 600 May 28 TBS
13 MBNA Platinum 400 Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover June 4 TNN
14 Kmart 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn June 11 CBS
15 Pocono 500 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond June 19 TNN
16 Save Mart/Kragen 350 Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma June 25 ESPN
17 Pepsi 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 1 CBS
18 thatlook.com 300 New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon July 9 TNN
19 Pennsylvania 500 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond July 23 TBS
20 Brickyard 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway August 5 ABC
21 Global Crossing @ The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen August 13 ESPN
22 Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn August 20 ESPN
23 Goracing.com 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol August 26 ESPN
24 Pepsi Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington September 3 ESPN
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25 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond September 9 ESPN
26 Dura Lube 300 Sponsored by Kmart New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon September 17 TNN
27 MBNA.com 400 Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover September 24 TNN
28 NAPA Autocare 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway October 1 ESPN
29 UAW-GM Quality 500 Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord October 8 TBS
30 Winston 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega October 15 ESPN
31 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham October 22 TNN
32 Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix November 5 TNN
33 Pennzoil 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead November 12 NBC
34 NAPA 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton November 20 ESPN

Bud Shootout

The Bud Shootout, NASCAR's race for all Pole Award winners from the previous season, was held February 13 at Daytona International Speedway. Mark Martin drew the pole. 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. The race was broadcast on CBS.

Top 10 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

The Gatorade Twin 125s were run on February 17 at Daytona International Speedway. Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd were the polesitters for races 1 and 2, respectively. The Gatorade Twin 125s were held on February 19 on CBS after the NASCAR Busch Series Race.

Race one top 10 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 10 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

42nd Daytona 500

The 2000 Daytona 500 was held February 20 at Daytona International Speedway. Dale Jarrett won the pole.

  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.
  • 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, totaling 32 years.
  • Johnny Benson Jr., 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 Dale Jarrett and Jeff Burton both passed him with four laps to go. Jarrett would wind up winning the race under caution, and Benson finished 12th.
  • This was the first Daytona 500 start for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth.

Dura Lube / Kmart 400

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

Top ten results

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

Failed to qualify: Ricky Craven (No. 50), Scott Pruett (No. 32), Dave Blaney (No. 93), Mike Bliss (No. 14)

CarsDirect.com 400

The CarsDirect.com 400 was held March 5 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Ricky Rudd won the pole. The race was broadcast on ABC.

Top 10 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 Jr.
  7. 88-Dale Jarrett
  8. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  9. 33-Joe Nemechek
  10. 8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Failed to qualify: Rick Mast (No. 41), Mike Bliss (No. 14), Ed Berrier (No. 90), Brett Bodine (No. 11), Dave Marcis (No. 71), Austin Cameron (No. 89)

  • Jeff Burton had also won the No Bull 5 Million Dollar Bonus.
  • The race was shortened to 148 laps due to rain.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500

The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 was held March 12 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Dale Jarrett won the pole. The race was broadcast on ABC.

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 1 lap down
  9. 24-Jeff Gordon 1 lap down
  10. 94-Bill Elliott 1 lap down

Failed to qualify: Dave Marcis (No. 71), Ed Berrier (No. 90), Johnny Benson Jr. (No. 10), Mike Bliss (No. 14), Robby Gordon (No. 13)

  • The race was highlighted with a photo finish by Dale Earnhardt over Bobby Labonte at a margin of 0.01 seconds.
  • This was 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.
  • Mike Skinner led a race high 191 laps and looked as if he was going to capture his first Winston Cup points win when an engine failure dropped him out of the race while leading with 20 laps to go. Skinner would finish 30th.

Mall.com 400

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 (No. 15), Ricky Craven (No. 50), Scott Pruett (No. 32), Wally Dallenbach Jr. (No. 75), Ed Berrier (No. 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.
  • This win marked the first time that Ward and Jeff Burton each won a race in the same season.

Food City 500 Presented by wrenchhead.com

The Food City 500 was held March 26 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Steve Park won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 2-Rusty Wallace
  2. 10-Johnny Benson Jr.
  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 (No. 71), Ricky Craven (No. 50), Ed Berrier (No. 90), Scott Pruett (No. 32)

  • On lap 390, Jeff Gordon ran over one of Steve Park's old right-side tires that had been left on pit road, 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.
  • Rusty Wallace became the 10th driver to win 50+ NASCAR races. He became the first driver since Dale Earnhardt in 1991 to score his 50th career win. He is currently the only driver in history to get his first and 50th career wins at the same track, in the same race.

DirecTV 500

The DirecTV 500 was held April 2 at Texas Motor Speedway. Terry Labonte won the pole.

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 (No. 13), Dave Marcis (No. 71), Wally Dallenbach Jr. (No. 75), Kyle Petty (No. 44), Todd Bodine (No. 91)

  • 19-year-old Adam Petty became the first fourth-generation athlete in professional sports history when he qualified 33rd for this race. He finished 40th after suffering a blown motor in his only ever Cup Series race. His great-grandfather, NASCAR pioneer Lee Petty, lived to see Adam race in NASCAR's top level. Lee would unfortunately pass away three days later on April 5th, at the age of 86, due to an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
  • This was Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first career win, coming in only his 12th start in the Cup series, a then-record for fewest starts to first victory, breaking the record of 16, coincidentally held by his father, Dale Earnhardt.
  • Kyle Petty later relieved an injured Elliott Sadler, after Adam dropped out of the race.

Goody's Body Pain 500

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. (No. 75), Rick Mast (No. 14), Dave Marcis (No. 71), Ed Berrier (No. 90)

  • This race had 17 cautions for 116 laps, season highs for the 2000 season.
  • Rusty Wallace dominated, leading 343 of the race's 500 laps, but with 64 laps to go, eventual winner Mark Martin passed Wallace and led until the finish.
  • This race was dedicated to the memory of Lee Petty, who died on April 5th due to an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He was 86 years old.

DieHard 500

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

Failed to qualify: Brett Bodine (No. 11), Kevin Lepage (No. 16), Gary Bradberry* (No. 41), Rick Mast (No. 14), Elliott Sadler (No. 21)

  • Jeff Gordon became the 11th driver, and the second driver of 2000, to win 50+ NASCAR races, joining Rusty Wallace, who won three weeks prior at Bristol. This is the third time, and currently the last time, in NASCAR history, that two drivers won their 50th career races in the same year, a feat that has not been accomplished since 1978 when Cale Yarborough and Bobby Allison won their 50th race in the same year. The first time was 1965 when Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett both won their 50th, yet final career races, in the same year.
  • Gordon is the youngest driver, and the quickest driver ever to win 50 NASCAR races. He accomplished this feat in 232 NASCAR starts, and he did it at 28 years old.
  • Gordon also won the race from the 36th starting spot.
  • Gordon finished a Career Grand Slam.

NAPA Auto Parts 500

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

Failed to qualify: Dave Marcis (No. 71), Ed Berrier (No. 90), Dwayne Leik (No. 72)

  • 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]
  • 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's win set a NASCAR all-time record with 10 different drivers winning the first 10 races of the season. As of 2018, this record still stands.

Pontiac Excitement 400

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 (No. 14), Darrell Waltrip (No. 66), Dave Marcis (No. 71), Ed Berrier (No. 90)

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. became the first repeat winner in this season.
  • This was Darrell Waltrip's first DNQ this season after having exhausted his past champion's provisionals.

The Winston

The Winston, the all-star race for all past champions and recent winners, was held May 20 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

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
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. was an automatic entry with two wins in the season, and won in his first All-Star Race start. He also became the first driver to win an All-Star Race in his rookie season.

Coca-Cola 600

The Coca-Cola 600 was held May 28 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole.

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 (No. 15), Steve Grissom (No. 44), Ed Berrier (No. 90), Darrell Waltrip (No. 66), Dave Marcis (No. 71)

  • Carl Long, who qualified in the No. 85 Mansion Motorsports entry, gave up his spot for Darrell Waltrip to compete in his final Coca-Cola 600.
  • The race was stopped on lap 254 by a 51-minute red flag due to rain.
  • This was Matt Kenseth's first career victory, the first rookie ever to win the Coca-Cola 600.
  • This would be the first time in NASCAR history that two rookies won in the same season (Dale Earnhardt Jr. won twice prior to Kenseth's win).
  • After winning the pole with a new track qualifying record, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a leading contender. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 175 laps, at one time overtaking his father for the lead after a restart.
  • Hendrick Motorsports driver Jerry Nadeau led 115 laps, most of them in the first half in a breakout performance. However, just after the rain delay, various engine problems dropped him from contention. Nadeau's night came to an end when his engine expired on lap 360.
  • Robby Gordon was competing in the Indianapolis 500, where the start was rain delayed by three hours. P. J. Jones started in place of Gordon in the No. 13 Ford. After finishing 6th at Indy, Gordon decided to fly to Charlotte anyway, arriving during the red flag at lap 254 and drove the remainder of this race. The car finished 35th, 11 laps behind the leader. Tony Stewart competed in both races in the previous season.
  • John Andretti, who was dealing with rib injuries suffered in a crash at The Winston Open, started the race in the No. 43 Pontiac. Andretti drove until Lap 81, when he was relieved by Tim Fedewa.

MBNA Platinum 400

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 1 lap down
  7. 33-Joe Nemechek 2 laps down
  8. 22-Ward Burton 2 laps down
  9. 31-Mike Skinner 2 laps down
  10. 8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2 laps down

Failed to qualify: Kyle Petty* (No. 44), Carl Long (No. 85)

  • Stewart led 242 of 400 Laps and moved up to 9th place in points.
  • Kyle Petty actually ran this race for John Andretti. They made the driver swap at the first caution. This was Kyle's first race since the death of his son Adam.

BIG Kmart 400

The BIG Kmart 400 was held June 11 at Michigan International Speedway. Bobby Labonte won the pole. The race was shortened to 194 laps due to darkness 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 (No. 66), Ricky Craven (No. 50), Dave Marcis (No. 71)

  • Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 21 car went for a wild ride in practice, flipping 12 times after blowing a tire on the frontstretch. He was not injured.
  • 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

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 (No. 66), Dwayne Leik (No. 72), Bill Baird (No. 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

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 (No. 14), Geoffrey Bodine (No. 60), R.K. Smith (No. 71)

  • Jeff Gordon won his 6th consecutive road course race, an all-time record, and as of 2017, the only driver to accomplish that feat, in NASCAR history.

Pepsi 400

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 (No. 11), Dave Marcis (No. 71), Robby Gordon (No. 13)

  • Last Winston Cup race for Kenny Irwin Jr., who died on July 7 of injuries sustained at New Hampshire.
  • Last Winston Cup race to be televised on CBS. CBS had been with NASCAR for 22 years, starting with the 1979 Daytona 500.

thatlook.com 300

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 (No. 71)

Pennsylvania 500

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. 14-Rick Mast
  9. 26-Jimmy Spencer
  10. 12-Jeremy Mayfield

Failed to qualify: Geoffrey Bodine (No. 60), Carl Long (No. 85)

  • Jeremy Mayfield was less than a lap away from the Pocono sweep when a cut tire cost him
  • First time since 1996 that Rusty Wallace won multiple races in a season.
  • Terry Labonte had Rich Bickle relieve him at the first caution period, who drove to an 11th-place finish.

Brickyard 400

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. Rusty Wallace led a dominating 110 laps of the race's 160, but it was a hard charging Bobby Labonte who caught and passed Rusty to lead the last 15 laps and win the race.

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 (No. 95), Rich Bickle (No. 61), Dave Marcis (No. 71), Robby Gordon (No. 13), Steve Grissom (No. 44), Bill Baird (No. 52)

  • This race has the record for the fastest Brickyard 400, with only 2 cautions and an average speed of 155.912 mph.
  • This was the third straight year that the points leader coming into this race would win the Brickyard 400, and still retain the points lead for the rest of the season, and go on to win the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship. Jeff Gordon did it in 1998, Dale Jarrett in 1999, and Bobby Labonte in 2000.
  • Terry Labonte was forced to miss this and the next race due to inner ear injuries suffered at Pocono. At the time, he held the record for consecutive starts, with 655.

Global Crossing @ The Glen

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 (No. 23), Scott Pruett (No. 32), R.K. Smith (No. 71), Brett Bodine (No. 11), Brian Simo (No. 90)

  • This was Steve Park's first career Winston Cup victory.
  • Jeff Gordon, winner of the last six road course races, did not win a seventh, as he and Tony Stewart collided with each other on lap 2, causing him to hit the guard rail, eventually finishing in the 23rd position.

Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer

The Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer was held August 20 at Michigan International 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 Jr.
  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 (No. 60), Darrell Waltrip (No. 66), Stacy Compton (No. 9), Kyle Petty (No. 44), David Keith (No. 95), Carl Long (No. 85)

  • This race saw Dale Earnhardt's eldest son Kerry Earnhardt make his NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut. The presence of Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kerry made this the only time in NASCAR's modern era, and only the second time in NASCAR's history altogether that a father would race against two of his sons. Lee Petty had previously accomplished that feat with sons Richard and Maurice back in 1960.[2] It would be a good day for the elder Earnhardt, as he would finish in the sixth position, but both of his sons had troubles during the race. Dale Jr. blew an engine en route to a 31st place finish, while Kerry fell victim to an early accident and finished last in the 43-car field.

Goracing.com 500 Presented by SkyTel

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 (No. 27), Hut Stricklin (No. 90), Carl Long (No. 85), Ricky Craven (No. 50)

  • Despite winning the pole for this race, and also winning his fourth and final race of the year, this was Rusty Wallace's first win of the season from the pole. It took him eight pole positions of 2000 to finally score the win from that spot. The race marked the last win from the pole in Wallace's career.
  • With this win, Wallace tied Dale Earnhardt and Cale Yarborough for second place all time as a nine time winner at Bristol. Darrell Waltrip is the only winner with more than ten, winning 12 races. Wallace's nine wins at Bristol were the most at any one track in his career.
  • Wallace swept the Bristol races, the first time he swept a track since Martinsville at 1994. It was also the last time that Wallace swept both of the races at a track
  • Wallace became the second driver of 2000 to win back-to-back races, joining Tony Stewart.
  • Final back-to-back wins for Wallace.
  • Final time in his career that Wallace won multiple races in a season.

Pepsi Southern 500

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 (No. 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.
  • Terry and Bobby Labonte became the first set of brothers to win the Southern 500.
  • This was the first win for Pontiac to win the Southern 500 since Buck Baker in 1960.

Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400

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 Jr.
  8. 22-Ward Burton
  9. 28-Ricky Rudd
  10. 25-Jerry Nadeau

Failed to qualify: Mike Bliss (No. 27), Robby Gordon (No. 13), Darrell Waltrip (No. 66), Dave Marcis (No. 71)

  • Jeff Gordon was docked 100 points after issues with his car after his win at Richmond and was left 691 points behind Bobby Labonte (3761 points).
  • Gordon held off a hard charging Dale Earnhardt, denying Earnhardt a million dollar bonus as being eligible for the No Bull 5 program in this event.
  • The race marked the third and final win for Gordon in 2000, the lowest winning total for him since 1994.
  • Casey Atwood, along with Ray Evernham's new team Evernham Motorsports, made their NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut in the 19 car, driving a Ford (the team switched to Dodge in 2001 due to the team being a huge part of Dodge's return into NASCAR). Atwood finished his debut in 19th place, two laps down.

Dura Lube 300 Sponsored by Kmart

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. Replacing the plates was an engine kill switch, which is located on the steering wheel, and it allows drivers to halt the car if their throttle is stuck open going too hard into the turns.[3]

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 (No. 44), Dave Marcis (No. 71)

  • Jeff Burton led all 300 laps. As of 2017, this was the last time that a driver led every single lap in a NASCAR points race. The closest a driver came to accomplishing this feat was in 2016 when Martin Truex Jr. led 392 of 400 laps, and won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.

MBNA.com 400

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 Jr.
  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 1 lap down

Failed to qualify: Hut Stricklin (No. 90), Joe Bessey (No. 60)

  • This was Kurt Busch's first race in the Cup series, having replaced Chad Little as driver of the No. 97 Ford. Busch started 10th and finished 18th.

NAPA Autocare 500

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 (No. 32), Steve Grissom (No. 44), Carl Long (No. 85), Dave Marcis (No. 71), Rich Bickle (No. 60)

UAW-GM Quality 500

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 Jr.
  9. 17-Matt Kenseth
  10. 22-Ward Burton

Failed to qualify: Scott Pruett (No. 32), Ricky Craven (No. 50), Steve Grissom (No. 44), Carl Long (No. 85), Stacy Compton (No. 9), Dave Marcis (No. 71)

  • This was Labonte's fourth and final win of 2000 and held a points lead of 252 over Jeff Burton following the race..

Winston 500 presented by UPS

The Winston 500 was held October 15 at Talladega Superspeedway. Joe Nemechek won the pole. Bill Elliott led the most laps.

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. (No. 75), Blaise Alexander (No. 91), Hut Stricklin (No. 90)

  • This was Earnhardt's 76th and final career victory before his death in February 2001 at Daytona, as well as the final time the No. 3 car was in victory lane in the Cup Series until the 2017 Coca-Cola 600. This race is remembered for Earnhardt storming to the front in the final 5 laps to take the win picking up 17 spots. This was also Earnhardt's first and only Winston No Bull 5 Million Dollar Bonus win.
  • This was Earnhardt's 10th career Talladega win, the most wins at Talladega by a driver as of 2018.
  • 10 wins at Talladega is the most wins at one track in Dale Earnhardt's legendary career. This 10th win broke him out of a four way tie for most wins at one track. His second most wins at one track is nine each at three tracks: Atlanta, Bristol, and Darlington.
  • This was the last career Winston Cup race that Dave Marcis led a lap.
  • This was the last Cup race sponsored by a tobacco product.

Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400

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 (No. 01), Rich Bickle (No. 60), Steve Grissom (No. 44), Hut Stricklin (No. 90), Stacy Compton (No. 9)

  • This was Dale Jarrett's first win since the Daytona 500 back in February.
  • The race also marked Jarrett's first Rockingham win.

Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500

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 (No. 9), Steve Grissom (No. 44), Robby Gordon (No. 13), Dave Marcis (No. 71), Hut Stricklin (No. 90)

Pennzoil 400 Presented by Discount Auto Parts

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 1 lap down
  8. 1-Steve Park 1 lap down
  9. 93-Dave Blaney 2 laps down
  10. 19-Casey Atwood 2 laps down

Failed to qualify: Kyle Petty (No. 45), Hut Stricklin (No. 90), Ricky Craven (No. 50), Dave Marcis (No. 71), Steve Grissom (No. 44), Norm Benning (No. 84), Hermie Sadler (No. 60), Ted Musgrave (No. 01)

  • It was Tony Stewart's sixth win of the year.
  • Bobby Labonte clinched the championship, leading the points 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.
  • Casey Atwood scored his first career top-ten finish in the Cup Series.

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 1 lap down
  10. 10-Johnny Benson Jr. 1 lap down

Failed to qualify: Stacy Compton (No. 9), Hermie Sadler (No. 60), Hut Stricklin (No. 90), Dick Trickle (No. 71), Blaise Alexander (No. 91), Morgan Shepherd (No. 80), Tim Sauter (No. 61), Larry Foyt (No. 41), Kevin Lepage (No. 16), Carl Long (No. 85), Mike Bliss (No. 27), Steve Grissom (No. 44), Norm Benning (No. 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. He would continue in the position with NBC and TNT until he died in January 2007.
  • This was Ned Jarrett's final Winston Cup race as a color commentator until NBC brought Jarrett back in the mid-2010s during Darlington Raceway throwback weekends.
  • Jerry Nadeau scores first and only victory of his career.
  • This was Scott Wimmer's first Cup start, and Darrell Waltrip's last.
  • This was Dale Earnhardt Sr's last lead lap and top five finish in a Winston Cup points event.

Final points standings

  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 Jr. - 3716
  14. Matt Kenseth (R) - 3711
  15. Joe Nemechek - 3534
  16. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (R) - 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 (R) - 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 (R) - 1929
  38. Stacy Compton (R) - 1857
  39. Mike Bliss (R) - 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 (R) - 628
  48. Kurt Busch - 613
  49. Todd Bodine - 456
  50. Hut Stricklin- 430

Rookie of the Year

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.

References

  1. ^ "Standings: 2000 Manufacturer Standings". NASCAR; Turner Sports and Entertainment Digital Network. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ Kerry Earnhardt website Archived 2011-10-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ NASCAR 2003 New Hampshire 300 Intro

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