Sept. 9 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 Richmond International Raceway ESPN
Sept. 17 New Hampshire 300 New Hampshire International Speedway TNN
Sept. 24 MBNA Gold 400 Dover Downs International Speedway TNN
Oct. 1 NAPA Autocare 500 Martinsville Speedway ESPN
Oct. 8 UAW-GM Quality 500 Lowe's Motor Speedway TBS
Oct. 15 Winston 500 Talladega Superspeedway ESPN
Oct. 22 Pop Secret 400 North Carolina Speedway TNN
Nov. 5 Checker Auto Parts/ Phoenix International Raceway TNN
  Dura Lube 500K
Nov. 12 Pennzoil 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway NBC
Nov. 19 NAPA 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway ESPN
*non-points events

2000 True Value IROC Series ScheduleRace OneFeb. 18: Daytona International Speedway, ABC (March 12, 5 p.m. EST)

Race TwoApril 15: Talladega Superspeedway,ABC (April 16, 5 p.m. EST)

Race ThreeJune 10: Michigan Speedway, ESPN (Live, Noon EST)

Race FourAug. 4: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, ABC (August 5,4 p.m. EST)

It's Not The Car Your Mama DroveComparing and Contrasting the Winston Cup CarsThe evolution of race cars during the last 50 years has been nothing short of incredible. Cars that roll out on the speedways today bear virtually no resemblance to their yesteryear ancestors that churned up sand on the beaches of Daytona. Due to higher speeds and safety requirements, auto racing has made changes in designs that have resulted in the race cars we see today-and what changes they have been.

Today's racing stock cars are truly a revolution of evolution, and although we fawn over our favorite, whether it's a Ford Taurus, a Chevrolet Monte Carlo or a Pontiac Grand Prix, none has much in common with the stock cars we drive on the street. Look closely at a NASCAR Winston Cup car and you'll see that most of what's inside can't be ordered as optional equipment on your street car. Sure, the engine powering each brand is patterned after the stock engine, but the similarities end there.

While the exterior of the race car also is quite different from its stock car sibling, that's where you'll find the most similarities between the two. The race car's body represents the effort of stock-car approximation, and in an attempt to retain brand recognition, Ford, Chevrolet and Pontiac have incorporated certain design elements to make us feel like we see our favorite brand on the track.

In one sense, it's hard to miss your favorite if you're looking at the race car's front end, because each brand has its name emblazoned on the nose of the car. Yet in addition to the name, other features, such as grille configuration, character lines (hood, trunk and side), headlight decals and window shapes provide the stock look.