2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series (Simpsonverse)

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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 declared champion at season's end.

This was the final season for three-time Winston Cup Champion Darrell Waltrip, and the first season with Pikes Peak International Raceway and Nazareth Speedway on the schedule, as well as the first for a new NASCAR race car known as the “Strictly Stock Car”, which incorporates many new safety features. The car had been in development since February 1992, after the sport's acquisition by the Orange Roof Corporation.

The 2000 season also marked the final one for various networks that carried NASCAR racing. Because of the new television deal struck on December 15, 1999, it would be the last year for a multitude of these long-time broadcasters. NASCAR on ESPN, alongside its affiliated programming with ESPN on ABC, ended its initial run of covering NASCAR's top series (both networks returned during the 2007 season); ESPN's first run of twenty seasons concluded with the NAPA 500 at Atlanta, while ABC's then-twenty-five nonconsecutive seasons with the sport stopped with the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

Make Team No. Race driver Crew chief Model
Chevrolet Andy Petree Racing 33 Ken Schrader Danny Gill Monte Carlo
55 Kenny Wallace Jimmy Elledge
Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 1 Steve Park Paul Andrews Monte Carlo
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (R) Tony Eury
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Terry Labonte (32) Gary DeHart Camaro
Todd Bodine (1)
Ron Horaday Jr. (1)
24 Jeff Gordon Robbie Loomis
25 Jerry Nadeau Tony Furr
Joe Bessey Racing 60 Geoffrey Bodine Jim Long Camaro
Marcis Auto Racing 71 Dave Marcis Bob Marcis Monte Carlo
R.K. Smith
Kerry Earnhardt
Dick Trickle
Morgan-McClure Motorsports 4 Bobby Hamilton David Ifft Camaro
Richard Childress Racing 3 Dale Earnhardt Kevin Hamlin Monte Carlo
31 Mike Skinner Larry McReynolds
Team SABCO 40 Sterling Marlin Scott Eggleston Monte Carlo
42 Kenny Irwin Jr. Tony Glover
Mattei Motorsports 7 Michael Waltrip Bobby Kennedy Camaro
Ford Bill Elliott Racing 94 Bill Elliott Mike Ford Taurus
Brett Bodine Racing 11 Brett Bodine Mike Hillman Taurus
Donlavey Racing 90 Ed Berrier Craig Huartson Mustang
Brian Simo
Hut Stricklin
Galaxy Motorsports 75 Wally Dallenbach Jr. Newt Moore Taurus
Haas-Carter Motorsports 26 Jimmy Spencer Donnie Wingo Mustang
66 Darrell Waltrip Larry Carter
Jasper Motorsports 77 Robert Pressley Ryan Pemberton Taurus
Melling Racing 9 Stacy Compton (R) Chad Knaus

Jerry Pitts

Taurus
Bobby Hillin Jr.
Orr Motorsports 37 Rodney Orr John Page Taurus
Penske-Kranefuss Racing 2 Rusty Wallace Robin Pemberton Taurus
12 Jeremy Mayfield Peter Sospenzo
PPI Motorsports 32 Scott Pruett (R) Scott Houston Taurus
Robert Yates Racing 28 Ricky Rudd Michael McSwain Taurus
88 Dale Jarrett Todd Parrott
Roush Racing 6 Mark Martin Jimmy Fennig Roush Mustang
16 Kevin Lepage Pat Tryson
17 Matt Kenseth (R) Robbie Reiser
97 Chad Little Jeff Hammond
Kurt Busch
99 Jeff Burton Frank Stoddard
Steele/Favre Motorsports 15 Tim Steele Joey Knuckles Taurus
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Elliott Sadler Eddie Wood Shelby GT500
Pontiac A.J. Foyt Racing 14 Mike Bliss (R) Philippe Lopez Grand Prix
Dick Trickle
Rick Mast
Bill Davis Racing 22 Ward Burton Tommy Baldwin Jr. Grand Prix
93 Dave Blaney (R) Doug Randolph
Eel River Racing 27 Jeff Fuller (R) Barry Dodson Grand Prix
Mike Bliss (R)
Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Bobby Labonte Jimmy Makar Grand Prix
20 Tony Stewart Greg Zipadelli
MB2 Motorsports 36 Ernie Irvan Sammy Johns Firebird
Petty Enterprises 43 John Andretti Greg Steadman Firebird
44 Kyle Petty Bobby Leslie

Chris Hussey

Tyler Jet Motorsports 10 Johnny Benson Jr. James Ince Grand Prix

Limited schedule

Make Team No. Race driver Crew chief Rounds Model
Chevrolet Andy Petree Racing 35 Geoffrey Bodine 1 1999 Monte Carlo
Bill Baird Motorsports 52 Bill Baird 2 1999 Monte Carlo
Bobby Hamilton Racing 57 Bobby Hamilton Jr. 1 1997 Monte Carlo
Coulter Racing 61 Rich Bickle 1 1999 Monte Carlo
Tim Sauter 1
Gerhart Racing 89 Bobby Gerhart 1 Camaro
AC Motorsports Austin Cameron 1 Camaro
Jim & Judie Motorsports 65 Dan Pardus 1 1999 Monte Carlo
JKR Motorsports 34 David Green 1 Monte Carlo
Cicci-Welliver Racing Todd Bodine 1 1998 Monte Carlo
Larry Hedrick Motorsports 41 Rick Mast 6 Camaro
Gary Bradberry 3
LJ Racing 91 Andy Hillenburg 1 1999 Monte Carlo
Todd Bodine 3
Larry Gunselman 1
Blaise Alexander 2
Marcis Auto Racing 72 Jim Sauter Bob Marcis 1 1999 Monte Carlo
Dwayne Leik 2
McDuffie Racing 70 Loy Allen 20 Camaro
Midwest Transit Racing 50 Ricky Craven Greg Connors 26 Monte Carlo
NEMCO Motorsports 87 John Nemechek 5 1999 Monte Carlo
Ron Fellows 1
Norm Benning Racing 84 Norm Benning 3 1999 Monte Carlo
Petty-Huggins Motorsports 96 Greg Sacks 1 Camaro
Ford Davis & Weight Motorsports 81 Michael Ritch 1 1999 Taurus
Evernham Motorsports 19 Casey Atwood 1 Taurus
Haas-Carter Motorsports 46 Todd Bodine 1 Mustang
Hover Motorsports 80 Morgan Shepherd 1 1999 Taurus
MacPherson Motorsports 98 Jeff Fuller Vic Kangas 1 1999 Taurus
Geoffrey Bodine 1
Mansion Motorsports 85 Carl Long 10 1997 Thunderbird (no factory support)
Darrell Waltrip 1
Penske-Kranefuss Racing 02 Ryan Newman 1 1999 Taurus
PPI Motorsports 96 Andy Houston 5 1999 Taurus
Sadler Brothers Racing 95 David Keith 2 1999 Taurus
Spencer Motor Ventures 23 Boris Said 3 Mustang
TriStar Motorsports 48 Stanton Barrett 1 Taurus
Team Menard 13 Robby Gordon Mark Tudor 23 Mustang
P. J. Jones 1
Pontiac A. J. Foyt Racing 41 Larry Foyt 1 1999 Grand Prix
Bill Davis Racing 23 Scott Wimmer 1 1999 Grand Prix
Buckshot Racing 00 Buckshot Jones 1 1999 Grand Prix
Chevrolet 4

Pontiac 3

Petty Enterprises 45 Adam Petty Chris Hussey 7 Monte Carlo 4

Grand Prix 3

Schedule

No. Race Title Track Date TV
Bud Shootout Qualifier Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida|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, North Carolina|Rockingham February 27 MGM
3 CarsDirect.com 400 Las Vegas March 5 ABC
4 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 Hampton March 12 ABC
5 Mall.com 400 Darlington March 19 MGM
6 Food City 500 Bristol March 26 ESPN
7 DirecTV 500 Fort Worth April 2 CBS
8 Howard Johnson's 400 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain April 9 MGM
9 DieHard 500 Talladega April 16 ABC
10 NAPA Auto Parts 500 California Speedway, Fontana, California|Fontana April 30 ABC
11 Pontiac Excitement 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia|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 MGM
12 Coca-Cola 600 May 28 TBS
13 MBNA Platinum 400 Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover, Delaware|Dover June 4 TNN
14 Kmart 400 Brooklyn June 11 CBS

NASCAR on TNN|TNN

15 Pocono 500 Long Pond June 19 TNN
16 Save Mart/Kragen 350 Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, California|Sonoma June 25 ESPN
17 Pepsi 400 Daytona Beach July 1 CBS
18 thatlook.com 300 New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire|Loudon July 9 TNN
19 SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth July 23 MGM

Nickelodeon

20 Brickyard 400 Speedway August 5 ABC
21 Global Crossing @ The Glen Watkins Glen August 13 MGM
22 Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer Brooklyn August 20 ESPN
23 Goracing.com 500 Bristol August 26 MGM
24 Pepsi Southern 500 Darlington September 3 ESPN
NASCAR on ESPN|ESPN2
25 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia|Richmond September 9 ESPN
26 Tyson Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro September 17 TNN
27 Budweiser 400 Riverside International Raceway, Moreno Valley September 24 MGM
28 NAPA Autocare 500 Ridgeway October 1 ESPN
29 UAW-GM Quality Roval 500 Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord (Roval) October 8 MGM
30 Winston 500 Talladega October 15 ESPN
31 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham, North Carolina|Rockingham October 22 TNN
32 Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500k Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, Arizona|Phoenix November 5 MGM
33 Pennzoil 400 Presented by Discount Auto Parts Homestead November 12 NBC
34 NAPA 500 Hampton November 20 ESPN


Changes

New Car

A new car, known officially as the Strictly Stock Car (SSC), and unofficially as the Gen-5 car, was introduced in the second half of the 1999 season, going full-time in 2000, but not necessarily mandatory. The new car was the culmination of seven years of development starting in 1992, first by mandating the HANS device, then making other modifications, as well as introducing SAFER barriers, before introducing the SSC in 1999.

The cars have modifications to the chassis, engine, and interior, but are still visually identical to their showroom counterparts. Private engine builders were ousted in favor of having the manufacturers build engines, often being race-spec stock engines. It is essentially a modernized version of the second-generation cars run between 1967 and 1980.

The SSC is built on a new chassis provided by the manufacturer. Engines and body panels also come from the manufacturer, and are distributed from a designated factory team (usually whichever teams finished the highest three in points the previous season); for 2000, the factory teams were Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, and Morgan-McClure Motorsports for Chevrolet, Robert Yates Racing, Roush Racing and Penske Racing for Ford, and Joe Gibbs Racing, Bill Davis Racing, and Petty Enterprises for Pontiac. One feature inherited from the older car is the use of an X-exhaust system. It also uses what is referred to by NASCAR as an "electronic carburetor", which combines electronic fuel injection with a traditional carburetor.

The rules were also changed so that manufacturers run could multiple models on the track. All manufacturers field two models. In terms of models used:

  • Chevrolet fields the Monte Carlo and Camaro
  • Ford fields the Taurus and Mustang, with Roush Racing using its own high-performance version of the Mustang
  • Pontiac fields the Grand Prix and Firebird

The SSC received universal acclaim from fans and drivers, and the intense competition between manufacturers resurrected the old adage "race on Sunday, sell on Monday". Despite this, several small teams continued using the older car (the car was run in the Bud Shootout, before making its competitive debut in the Gatorade 125s), forcing NASCAR to maintain a separate rule package for these holdouts (most part-time teams could not afford the new car, and thus had to continue using the older cars; the SSC was made much cheaper in 2001). No such cars finished in the top ten in 2000, due to a multitude of disadvantages in terms of aerodynamics, engines, and fuel capacity, as well as the older car not having any factory support due to Chevrolet, Ford, and Pontiac focusing completely on the SSC. All teams who switched to the SSC either cascaded the chassis to the Busch Series, where most only lasted a year before the SSC was introduced in the Busch Series in 2001 (like in the Cup Series, several smaller Grand National Series teams still used the older car to cut costs); most chassis were also sold to ARCA RE/MAX Series teams, where the old bodystyle would stay in use until older SSC bodies began appearing in 2004. Most such chassis are now run by regional and local stock car leagues and clubs, often with different bodies than the ones they bore in NASCAR competition. Any chassis that weren't sold or cascaded either still run in the Cup and Grand National Series, donated to museums, sold to private collectors, or were scrapped or recycled (for example, in 2000, the axles for the Hendrick Camaros came off of their old chassis dating back to 1995; they switched to factory-supplied axles in 2001).

Races

No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Make/Model
Bud Shootout Qualifier Ricky Craven Dale Jarrett Dale Jarrett Ford Taurus
Bud Shootout Mark Martin Sterling Marlin Dale Jarrett Ford Taurus
Gatorade 125 #1 Dale Jarrett Bill Elliott Bill Elliott Ford Taurus
Gatorade 125 #2 Ricky Rudd Ricky Rudd Ricky Rudd Ford Taurus
1 Daytona 500 Dale Jarrett Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Johnny Benson Pontiac Grand Prix
2 Dura Lube/Kmart 400 Rusty Wallace Bobby Labonte Bobby Labonte Pontiac Grand Prix
3 CarsDirect.com 400 Ricky Rudd Jeff Burton Jeff Burton Ford Roush Mustang
4 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 Dale Jarrett Mike Skinner Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Monte Carlo
5 Mall.com 400 Jeff Gordon Ward Burton Ward Burton Pontiac Grand Prix
6 Food City 500 Steve Park Jeff Gordon Rusty Wallace Ford Taurus
7 DirecTV 500 Terry Labonte Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Monte Carlo
8 Goody's Body Pain 500 Rusty Wallace Rusty Wallace Mark Martin Ford Roush Mustang
9 DieHard 500 Jeremy Mayfield Mark Martin Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Camaro
10 NAPA Auto Parts 500 Mike Skinner Matt Kenseth Jeremy Mayfield Ford Taurus
11 Pontiac Excitement 400 Rusty Wallace Rusty Wallace Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Monte Carlo
No Bull 25 Race 1 Ricky Craven Jerry Nadeau Jerry Nadeau Chevrolet Camaro
No Bull 25 Race 2 Mike Skinner Steve Park Jimmy Spencer Ford Mustang
Winston Open Jerry Nadeau Jerry Nadeau Steve Park Chevrolet Monte Carlo
No Bull Sprint Mike Skinner Mike Skinner Jerry Nadeau Chevrolet Camaro
The Winston Bill Elliott Bill Elliott Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Monte Carlo
12 Coca-Cola 600 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Mustang
13 MBNA Platinum 400 Rusty Wallace Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Pontiac Grand Prix
14 Kmart 400 Bobby Labonte Jeremy Mayfield Tony Stewart Pontiac Grand Prix
15 Pocono 500 Rusty Wallace Rusty Wallace Jeremy Mayfield Ford Taurus
16 Save Mart/Kragen 350 Rusty Wallace Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Camaro
17 Pepsi 400 Dale Jarrett Dale Jarrett Jeff Burton Ford Roush Mustang
18 thatlook.com 300 Rusty Wallace Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Pontiac Grand Prix
19 SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Rusty Wallace Rusty Wallace Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Camaro
20 Brickyard 400 Ricky Rudd Rusty Wallace Bobby Labonte Pontiac Grand Prix
21 Global Crossing @ The Glen Bobby Labonte Steve Park Steve Park Chevrolet Monte Carlo
22 Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer Dale Earnhardt Jr. Rusty Wallace Rusty Wallace Ford Taurus
23 goracing.com 500 Rusty Wallace Rusty Wallace Rusty Wallace Ford Taurus
24 Pepsi Southern 500 Jeremy Mayfield Jeremy Mayfield Bobby Labonte Pontiac Grand Prix
25 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 Jeff Burton Jeff Burton Jeff Gordon Pontiac Grand Prix
26 Tyson Holly Farms 400 Bobby Labonte Jeff Burton Terry Labonte Chevrolet Camaro
27 Budweiser 400 Jeremy Mayfield Tony Stewart Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Monte Carlo
28 NAPA Autocare 500 Tony Stewart Jeff Burton Tony Stewart Pontiac Grand Prix
29 UAW-GM Quality 500 Jeff Gordon Ricky Rudd Bobby Labonte Pontiac Grand Prix
30 Winston 500 Joe Nemechek Bill Elliott Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Monte Carlo
31 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 Jeremy Mayfield Jeremy Mayfield Dale Jarrett Ford Taurus
32 Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500k Rusty Wallace Jeff Burton Jeff Burton Ford Roush Mustang
33 Pennzoil 400 presented by Discount Auto Parts Steve Park Tony Stewart Tim Steele Ford Taurus
34 NAPA 500 Jeff Gordon Jerry Nadeau Jerry Nadeau Chevrolet Camaro