2000 Race Reports
The Winston

 

Race: The Winston (non-points race)
Date: May 20, 2000
Track: Lowe's Motor Speedway
Qualified: 12th
Finished: 3rd
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 70 of 70
Points Pos. Before/After Race: 5/5
Points Earned: 0 (non points race)
Money Earned: $N/A

Summary:

Earnhardt survives wrecks to finish 3rd_5/20
Dale Earnhardt's Peter Max psychedelic-colored car wasn't one of the faster cars in Saturday night's Winston. He started the first segment in 12th, but wasn't able to move forward any and finished 13th. Following the first segment, the top 12 cars were inverted. It was too bad Dale finished 13th; had he finished just one position higher (12th) he would have been in first place after the top-12 were inverted.

Eight laps into the second segment, Jeff Gordon got loose and spun in the turn. Steve Park slowed down and Earnhardt ran into the back of Park while Park ran into Gordon. Dale had minor damage to the front of his car from the crash. He made a few pit stops under the yellow and got most of the damage to his nose smoothened out. He went on to finish 10th in the second segment.

The final 10-lap segment featured a battle between Steve Park and Joe Nemechek that ended in a multi-car accident. When the smoke and debris cleared, Earnhardt was sitting in fourth. Once the race resumed Dale Earnhardt Jr. tore through the field, passing his dad, Jerry Nadeau and Dale Jarrett to win the race. The elder Earnhardt got by Nadeau to finish 3rd.

"I thought I could get up there and give Jarrett some trouble, said Earnhardt. "I looked in my mirror and here this thing (No. 8 Budweiser Monte Carlo) comes. He hit the wall back there and it looked like and got it running better. We thought we were pretty good toward the end. We had wrecked our car up a little bit. We kept adjusting on it and working on it. I was really surprised I was up there racing. This red thing ran us down and I knew I just needed to let him go on. I thought I could go up there with him, but I couldn't. We don't seem to have any luck with the paint schemes. We're coming with a black car next year, I'll guarantee you. I wish we could have been up there with him tonight. The Pennzoil car ran good tonight. The Budweiser car won the race and the Goodwrench car ran good. We're happy."


Earnhardt family had a special day_5/22
Make no doubt about it, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has no problem living in his father’s shadow. Some days, he prefers things that way. Full Story.


Earnhardt will start 12th in The Winston
_5/19
Qualifying for Saturday night's Winston Select was held today at Charlotte. The qualifying format required each driver to take three laps around the track - including a pit stop on one of the laps. Dale qualified 12th out of the 18 drivers who were eligible.


Winston backround
_5/18
The Winston will be run in three segements. The first two will be a minimum of 30 laps with the final segment a minimum of 10 laps. A field inversion of 12 cars may occur after the first segment, depending upon the outcome of a random selection following the segment. Only green-flag laps will count toward the 70-lap total and any car that pits under caution will not lose a lap provided they return to the track by the time the green flag is displayed. All restarts will be double file. The Winston is scheduled for Saturday night, May 20th. (SpeedFX)

Dale Earnhardt is the only three-time winner of The Winston (1987, '90 and '93). Every year that Earnhardt has won the Winston he has gone on to win the championship. The seven-time champ is also the leading money winner of the event with $1,234,000 in winnings. Earnhardt, along with Ricky Rudd and Darrell Waltrip, has run in all 15 editions of The Winston.



Winston Schedule
_5/18
Friday, May 19

  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. NWC The Winston Practice
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. NWC The Winston Open Practice
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. NWC The Winston Open Practice (practice times will determine starting positions for the No Bull 25s)
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m. NWC The Winston Practice
  • 7:00 p.m. NWC The Winston Qualifying (3 laps with pit stop) (will be on TV Saturday at 9 am on TNN)
  • 8:45 p.m. NWC The Winston Open No Bull 25s - twin 25-lap races
  • Followed by NWC The Winston Practice ( hour)

Saturday, May 20

  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. NWC The Winston Practice
  • 1:45 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. NWC The Winston Open Practice
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. NWC The Winston Practice
  • 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. NWC The Winston Open Practice
  • 7:30 p.m. The Winston Open (30 laps & 16 laps) (TNN begins coverage at 7 pm)
  • 9:00 p.m. The Winston (30 laps/30 laps/10 laps) (TNN)




Earnhardt teams up with Peter Max
_5/18
The most anticipated special paint scheme of the season will hit the track at Lowe's Motor Speedway this week. Peter Max, one of America's most-renowned pop artists, has designed a special color scheme for the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet that seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt will drive in both of this month's events at the track. Full Story.


The Winston
_5/10
The Winston Cup series is off this weekend for Mother's Day. The following weekend is the Winston Select all-star race in Charlotte. With no new Earnhardt news to report at this time, below are links to race reports from the '95, '98 and '99 Winston Selects (for those who want something to read).


More changes made to The Winston
_5/7
Two additional changes have been made to the format of this year's Winston all-star race.

In addition to the modifications announced earlier this season - including a $500,000 payout to the winner of the 70-lap event - The Winston's qualifying process will start with a two-tire, rather than four-tire, pit stop. More.

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