nascar drivers in the 2000's
The Pepsi Southern 500 was held September 3 at Darlington Raceway. 27), Robby Gordon (No. 50), Scott Pruett (No. Kenseth's first win was in 2000, and his last was in 2017 at Phoenix Raceway in the penultimate race of his full-time Cup Series career. 50), Scott Pruett (No. 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Standings Driver Points Races Wins Top 5's Top 10's Top 20's Avg Finish Avg Start Poles Laps Led 14), Darrell Waltrip (No. The race was the ABC's last broadcast of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series until 2007 (in which the series was renamed to The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series) as part of the ESPN group of networks. 14). Terry Labonte won the pole. Harvick's first win was in 2001, and his most recent one was in the 2019 playoffs at Texas Motor Speedway. While this season hasn't been as successful as everyone had hoped, he has earned six top 10 finishes in his first 52 starts, and did grab his first career pole. Tony Stewart became the first back-to-back winner of the year 2000 other than, This race is remembered for Mayfield getting. The No. He recorded three victories that year, followed up by three more the following season, his only other full season driving a truck. Flock's first win was in 1950, and his final one came in 1956. 71), Ricky Craven (No. Also, coming off a Sprint Cup Championship in 1999, Jarrett backed that up with three consecutive finishes in the top 10 in the point standings. This was brutal. He posted a career best six top 10's, and four top five finishes, while he finished the season 17th in the point standings. The race was not Parsons' final race as color commentator. The 2000 Daytona 500 was held February 20 at Daytona International Speedway. And in case you haven't heard, Johnson is now a five time defending Sprint Cup champion. Since his first full time season in the truck series in 2001, Musgrave has visited victory lane 17 times in 189 starts. Stewart, on two separate occasions, has also been able to kiss the bricks at Indianapolis, which was a lifelong dream for the Indiana native. The CarsDirect.com 400 was held March 5 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He won 10 times earlier in the decade,  including the first Daytona 500 of the new century and 49 of his 93 top 10 finishes ended in the top five. A loose wheel at Texas cost Biffle the title, as Tony Stewart won his second championship. 71). 14), Ed Berrier (No. It was that consistency that earned Kenseth the Sprint Cup Championship in 2003. Since that time, Kahne has totalled 11 wins and 87 top 10 finishes. And the scariest thing about Busch, is that he is still just 25 years old, and continuing to get better. Over the last 10 years, Labonte has scored 10 victories, while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. 18 Toyota team's title defense officially ended, and Busch's Round of 12 exit is the earliest a defending champ has been eliminated from the playoffs. The race was broadcast on CBS. In 2004, NASCAR introduced its Chase for the Championship. 71). 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. Mike Skinner is another driver who has less than desirable results outside of the truck series. Stewart led 242 of 400 Laps and moved up to 9th place in points. In those three seasons, Bowyer has finished third, second, and first, winning the championship in 2008. He has amassed 189 top 10 finishes, and in 2010 was one of only two drivers to be running at the finish of every race, while failing to complete only seven of the 10,778 laps run during the year. 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. The Pontiac Excitement 400 was held May 6 at Richmond International Raceway. He has earned 10 wins in 123 starts, and again has recorded top 10 finishes in more than half of his starts in that series as well. I would disagree, and say that his recent dominance of the Nationwide Series are more than enough to warrant his place. 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. How many championships do you need to be called the best? Prior to that, the 2000's were fairly kind to Jarrett. This 10th win broke him out of a four way tie for most wins at one track. 13), Dave Marcis (No. The Gatorade Twin 125s were run on February 17 at Daytona International Speedway. There were questions that maybe the 27 year old Vickers' career could be over, but it looks like he may now be able to return to his seat at Red Bull Racing. This lack of passing was so uncompetitive that, for Cup cars only, the restrictor plates were gone for the very next race. Failed to qualify: David Keith (No. Jeff Burton led all 300 laps. Carl Edwards has only been active in NASCAR competition since 2002. This race saw Dale Earnhardt's eldest son. 44), Dave Marcis (No. It took him eight pole positions of 2000 to finally score the win from that spot. Kenseth has been involved in all 394 races since the start of the 2000 season, and has scored 18 wins over that time period. Back when he drove for Jack Roush, Kenseth had a great season, but it was Tony Stewart who took his first title that season. 9), Dave Marcis (No. Since 2000, Burton has scored 10 wins in the Sprint Cup. But, it was his previous Nationwide runs that earn him a spot on this list. Rusty Wallace won the pole. 97 Ford. "When I go back to Indiana in my hometown, my bedroom... Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced on his weekly podcast that his wife, Amy Earnhardt, gave birth to their second daughter, Nicole Lorraine, on Monday, October 12 — just two days after Dale Jr.'s birthday. Hamlin's first win was in 2006, and his most recent one was at the beginning of…. This was the 16th and final time in their careers that. Since 2000, Sprague, no longer in active competition, grabbed 12 more wins and earned 91 top 10 finishes in 175 starts in the Truck Series. So, how do we claim the free Taco Bell tacos that Mookie Betts won us? 71), Hut Stricklin (No. The 2000 season also marked the final one for various networks that carried NASCAR racing. Failed to qualify: Wally Dallenbach Jr. (No. He won 14…. That has not been the case, as Stewart continues to be one of perennial favorites to win, week in and week out. 8 (76 wins), but Kyle Busch at No. Only one time in his career has he finished outside of the top 10 in points, an eleventh in 2006, and twice he has won the Sprint Cup. Casey Atwood scored his first career top-ten finish in the Cup Series. Ricky Rudd suffered a spectacular flip at the checkered flag when he was tapped by Sterling Marlin when Marlin ran into Bobby Labonte. Since 2004, Benson racked up 14 wins and 81 top 10 finishes in truck competition. In 1953…. In 85 starts Busch has amassed 24 victories, while being among the top 10 finishers 65 times. 44), Hut Stricklin (No. 90), Carl Long (No. But he still earns a spot, as one of the top 30 drivers of the last 10 years. In the top series, Busch 19 wins in 222 starts with 103 finishes inside the top 10. Keep in mind, that there is no mathematical formula that can clearly say one driver is better than another. The Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500 was held November 5 at Phoenix International Raceway. Johnson's first win was in 1955, and his last was in 1965, when he won 13 of NASCAR's 55 races. Bill Elliott led the most laps. In six full seasons of Nationwide competition, Edwards has never finished worse than third in the point standings. In his nine years of full time Sprint Cup action, Johnson's worst points finish is fifth, having done so two times. After winning the pole with a new track qualifying record, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a leading contender. 44), Robby Gordon (No. The race was stopped on lap 254 by a 51-minute red flag due to rain. After another second place finish early in the 2005 season, Kahne finally broke through for his first victory at Richmond in May of 2005. Ron Hornaday will go down in history as one of the greatest Truck Series drivers of all time. Bobby Labonte took the points lead after gaining it at Darlington and losing it at Talladega. He has only amassed 18 wins over that time, as well as compiling 150 top 10's, with 91 of those finishes being in the top five.

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