2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

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2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
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Champions | Seasons
Bobby Labonte, the 2000 Winston Cup Champion
Dale Earnhardt finished behind Labonte by 265 points.
Jeff Burton finished third in the championship

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]

2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Drivers[edit]

TeamMake#DriverSponsorCar OwnerCrew Chief
A. J. Foyt RacingPontiac Grand Prix14Mike Bliss (R)
Rick Mast
ConsecoA. J. FoytPhilippe Lopez
Andy Petree RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo33Joe NemechekOakwood HomesAndy PetreeDanny Gill
55Kenny WallaceSquare D/Cooper LightingJimmy Elledge
Bill Davis RacingPontiac Grand Prix22Ward BurtonCaterpillarBill Davis
Gail Davis
Tommy Baldwin Jr.
93Dave Blaney (R)AmocoDoug Randolph
Bill Elliott RacingFord Taurus94Bill ElliottMcDonald'sBill ElliottMike Ford
Brett Bodine RacingFord Taurus11Brett BodineRalphs SupermarketsBrett Bodine
Diane Bodine
Mike Hillman
Dale Earnhardt IncorporatedChevrolet Monte Carlo1Steve ParkPennzoilDale EarnhardtPaul Andrews
8Dale Earnhardt Jr. (R)BudweiserTony Eury
Donlavey RacingFord Taurus90Hut StricklinHills Bros CoffeeJunie DonlaveyCraig Huartson
Eel River RacingPontiac Grand Prix27Jeff Fuller (R)
Mike Bliss (R)
Pfizer/ViagraJack BirminghamBarry Dodson
Galaxy MotorsportsFord Taurus75Wally Dallenbach, Jr.Turner BroadcastingDarwin OordtNewt Moore
Haas-Carter MotorsportsFord Taurus26Jimmy SpencerBig Kmart/Route 66Travis Carter
Carl Haas
Donnie Wingo
66Darrell WaltripLarry Carter
Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet Monte Carlo5Terry LabonteKellogg'sRick Hendrick
Joe Hendrick
Gary DeHart
24Jeff GordonDuPontRobbie Loomis
25Jerry NadeauMichael HoliganTony Furr
Jasper MotorsportsFord Taurus77Robert PressleyJasper Engines & TransmissionsDoug BawelRyan Pemberton
Joe Gibbs RacingPontiac Grand Prix18Bobby LabonteInterstate BatteriesJoe GibbsJimmy Makar
20Tony StewartThe Home DepotGreg Zipadelli
Marcis Auto RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo71Dave MarcisRealtreeHelen MarcisBob Marcis
MB2 MotorsportsPontiac Grand Prix36Ken SchraderM&M'sNelson BowersSammy Johns
Melling RacingFord Taurus9Stacy Compton (R)Kodiak/CougarMark MellingChad Knaus
Midwest Transit RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo50Ricky CravenBudweiserHal HicksGreg Connors
Morgan-McClure MotorsportsChevrolet Monte Carlo4Bobby HamiltonKodakLarry McClureDavid Ifft
Penske RacingFord Taurus2Rusty WallaceMiller LiteRoger PenskeRobin Pemberton
12Jeremy MayfieldMobil 1Peter Sospenzo
Petty EnterprisesPontiac Grand Prix43John AndrettiSTP/CheeriosKyle Petty
Richard Petty
Greg Steadman
44Kyle Petty
Steve Grissom
Hot WheelsBobby Leslie
Chris Hussey
45Adam PettySprintChris Hussey
PPI MotorsportsFord Taurus32Scott Pruett (R)TideCal WellsScott Houston
Richard Childress RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo3Dale EarnhardtGM Goodwrench Service PlusRichard ChildressKevin Hamlin
31Mike SkinnerLowe'sLarry McReynolds
Robert Yates RacingFord Taurus28Ricky RuddTexaco/HavolineRobert YatesMichael McSwain
88Dale JarrettQuality Care Service/Ford CreditTodd Parrott
Roush RacingFord Taurus6Mark MartinValvolineJack Roush
Geoff Smith
Mark Martin
Georgetta Roush
Robert Corn
Jimmy Fennig
16Kevin LepageFamilyClick.comPat Tryson
17Matt Kenseth (R)DeWalt Power ToolsRobbie Reiser
97Chad LittleJohn DeereJeff Hammond
99Jeff BurtonCitgo/Exide BatteriesFrank Stoddard
SABCO RacingChevrolet Monte Carlo01Ted MusgraveBellSouthFelix SabatesTony Glover
40Sterling MarlinCoors LightScott Eggleston
Team MenardFord Taurus13Robby GordonTurtle WaxRobby GordonMark Tudor
Tyler Jet MotorsportsPontiac Grand Prix10Johnny Benson, Jr.Aaron'sTim BeverlyJames Ince
Ultra MotorsportsChevrolet Monte Carlo7Michael WaltripNationsRentJim SmithBobby Kennedy
Wood Brothers RacingFord Taurus21Elliott SadlerCitgoGlen WoodEddie Wood

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]

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.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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. 13-Robby Gordon
  5. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  6. 20-Tony Stewart
  7. 12-Jeremy Mayfield
  8. 94-Bill Elliott
  9. 8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  10. 2-Rusty Wallace

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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.

Pocono 500[edit]

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Pepsi Southern 500[edit]

The Pepsi Southern 500 was held September 3 at Darlington Raceway. 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)

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)

Dura Lube 300 Sponsored by Kmart[edit]

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. 41-Rick Mast

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

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)

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)

Winston 500 Presented by UPS[edit]

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)

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]

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)

NAPA 500[edit]

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)

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:

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]