Victory LapsBobby LabonteNorth Carolina SpeedwayBobby Labonte had it wired at Rockingham. Nobody seemed to have anything for the #18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac on the long green-flag runs. Labonte calmly stole the show and led the final 113 laps, holding off a late-charging Dale Earnhardt for the win. The victory was the 13th of Labonte's Winston Cup career.Winner: Dura-Lube/Kmart 400
Jeff BurtonLas Vegas Motor SpeedwayJeff Burton, aka the Rain Man, took advantage of Mother Nature and won a rain-shortened race for the third time in less than a year. The CarsDirect 400 ended after only 148 of the scheduled 267 laps. Burton also claimed the Winston No Bull 5 bonus of $1 million for the third time in his career.Winner: CarsDirect.com 400
Dale EarnhardtAtlanta Motor SpeedwayThe Intimidator eked out a win by a matter of inches over Bobby Labonte in the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. With 30 lead changes in, by far, the most exciting race of the year, Earnhardt crossed the line in front for his 75th career Winston Cup victory.Winner: Atlanta Motor Speedway
Bill Elliott: The Newest Dodge-rBill Elliott is once again in the spotlight. After opening eyes in Daytona, Elliott has remained in the top 10 in points through the first four races of the season. The big news, however, came at Atlanta with the announcement that Elliott will drive one of Ray Evernham's Dodge entries in 2001. Time will tell if Elliott/Evernham makes for an "awesome" team.
Mark Martin:The Busch MasterMark Martin and Roush Racing have dominated NASCAR's Busch Series so far this year. In the first four races, Martin has won twice, while teammates Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth have each picked up a win apiece.
Ward Burton: Ward Will WinWard Burton has but one win in his Winston Cup career. However, the driver of the Catepillar Pontiac has been a threat week after week for more than half a season going back to last year. Burton is currently eighth in points and seems destined to win in 2000.
By The Numbers500The number of victories for Ford (more than any other manufacturer) in NASCAR's top division. Jeff Burton gets credit for the milestone with his win at Las Vegas.
30That's 30 lead changes, folks-the most for one race this year. It happened at Atlanta just when fans were wondering where all the "excitement" was.
9The number of Bill Elliott's Dodge Intrepid for 2001. It is the same number Elliott drove to the series title in 1988.
8The number of consecutive races Jeff Gordon has gone without posting a top-five finish.
3The number of rain-shortened victories Jeff Burton has logged in the last year.
009The margin of victory by which Dale Earnhardt beat Bobby Labonte in the Cracker Barrel 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. That .009 translates into about 8 inches.
NewsmakersDon't Bet Against HimJack Roush can't lose in Las Vegas. Roush drivers have won every Busch and Winston Cup race run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway since its opening in 1997. With its five wins in five tries, the Roush stable is the closest one can get to a "sure thing."
Rookie RatingsFrom the get-go, the rookies are keeping it fast and close in the point standings. The favorite, Dale Jr., leads the latest crop of young guns.
Raybestos Rookie of the Year Points following Race No. 4
|Dale Earnhardt Jr. ||42 |
|Matt Kenseth ||36 |
|Stacy Compton ||34 |
|Dave Blaney ||28 |
|Jeff Fuller ||25 |
Potent quotable "It's just one of those deals. I had no idea (who won). I couldn't tell. So yes, there was an element of doubt."-Bobby Labonte after losing by a nose to Dale Earnhardt at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"I'd crash my mom to win my first race."-Mike Skinner after an on-track altercation with teammate Dale Earnhardt at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Later in the race, Skinner was leading with 20 laps to go when his engine blew.
Quick StatBobby Labonte#18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac
| ||Start ||Finish |
|Daytona ||13 ||6 |
|Rockingham ||3 ||1 |
|Las Vegas ||4 ||5 |
|Atlanta ||22 ||2 |
Average Start: 10Average Finish: 3
Quick StatCaution: Two of the first four races have ended under a yellow flag. Daytona: accident; Vegas: rain
|… following Atlanta, race No. 4 |
|1. ||Bobby Labonte ||665 |
|2. ||Mark Martin ||647 |
|3. ||Dale Earnhardt ||597 |
|4. ||Bill Elliott ||557 |
|5. ||Ward Burton ||548 |
|6. ||Dale Jarrett ||546 |
|7. ||Ricky Rudd ||535 |
|8. ||Tony Stewart ||503 |
|9. ||Rusty Wallace ||480 |
|10. ||Ken Schrader ||471 |
NewsmakersNASCAR and the Nose KnowsPrior to the fourth race of the year, after Fords have been the dominant manufacturer, NASCAR officials enacted a rule change allowing the Chevrolet Monte Carlo to extend its front air dam 2 inches forward of the current measurement. The result: a victory for Chevrolet and Dale Earnhardt in Atlanta (and a lot closer racing).