Isurvivor 500:/I Laps 51 100
January 25, 2001 | 12:00 A.M. EST
The Event: RacingOne Survivor 500
The Track: 1.5-mile high-banked oval
Event Length: 500 miles (334 laps)
Today’s Action: Laps 51-100
With the yellow flag flying on Lap 50 – because Red Byron’s Olds “done blowed up” – the entire field prepared for a round of pit stops on Lap 51.
Alan Kulwicki – the 1992 Winston Cup champion – led the pack down pit road, followed by Wendell Scott and Ned Jarrett.
This set of stops would turn out to be anything but routine for a couple members of the racing Flock family.
Tim Flock – carrying the famous Jocko Flocko (a monkey) in his No. 300 Chrysler – pulled into his stall right behind his brother Fonty and directly in front of A.J. Foyt.
When Foyt came to a stop in his pit stall, and demanded a peanut butter and banana sandwich from his Wood Brothers crew, all hell broke loose.
Jocko Flocko - catching the scent of bananas close by - ripped off his miniature HANS device and started swinging from roll bar to roll bar in Tim Flock’s car.
In all of the excitement, and trying to settle down his monkey friend, Flock accidentally knocked the car into gear and slammed into the back of his brother’s No. 14 machine.
Both cars were too damaged to continue, but there were no injuries from the incident.
“Jocko goes bananas for bananas, and Foyt knew that. It was a good strategy,” Tim Flock said. “If he pulls up behind Junior Johnson or Buddy Baker with some barbecue ribs later in the race, I’ll bet you see the same result.”
Kulwicki’s Hooters team pulled off a good stop, and he’d lead the field back to green on Lap 54.
Other than a few lead changes between Kulwicki, Scott and Bobby Labonte, the race rolled along fairly smoothly until Lap 67, when yet another driver dropped out.
On that lap, Ricky Rudd pulled his No. 5 Tide machine behind the wall. Climbing from his car, Rudd explained why he was exiting the event with no apparent damage to the vehicle.
“I was just cruising along, and then I realized I’ll probably have a much better career if I go out on my own immediately and leave this Rick Hendrick-owned machine,” Rudd said. “I figure I’ll start my own team, take Tide with me and prove that single-car teams with an owner/driver is the wave of the future. This whole multicar team thing is never going to pan out. It’s just a fad.”
Despite some bumping here or there from the Earnhardt trio (Dale, Dale Jr. and Ralph) as they made their way closer the front running nose to tail, the race remained under green-flag conditions until Lap 94.
Coming out of Turn 2 on that lap, Ned Jarrett – known as Gentleman Ned – realized he was in the way of some other drivers. Being the gentleman he is, he took his foot totally off the gas to let all of the others by.
The sudden lack of speed from Jarrett forced several machines to dive left and right to avoid slamming into the back of him.
Just as it seemed all of the machines would pass, Ernie Irvan slid up the track ever so slightly and nudged the No. 22 of Fireball Roberts. Roberts, who was hoping to go on the low side of Jarrett, had no options and tore into the back of Jarrett’s No. 11.
“I guess you could say I had me a Kodak moment,” Roberts said, referring to Irvan’s No. 4 Kodak machine. “It sure can be pretty unnervin’ when running with swervin’ Irvan.”
As the cleanup crews hit the track and the Jarrett and Roberts machines were towed away, the field made its way down pit road once again.
Though Kulwicki had pulled away to a four-car lead on the field, a slight miscalculation in the pits (some young fellow named Evernham kept wanting to make the calls instead of crew chief Paul Andrews) left the owner/driver in sixth spot as the cars went back on the track.
As NASCAR prepared to drop the green flag on Lap 101, the Top 5 consisted of Scott, Labonte, Lee Petty, Davey Allison and Bobby Isaac.
So, with 234 laps remaining – and 15 cars out of the event – the drivers prepared to take the green once again… Stay tuned!
Tomorrow’s green flag is scheduled to fall early in the day, so be sure to tune in to RacingOne for all the action.
LINEUP WITH 234 LAPS REMAINING
1. Wendell Scott
2. Bobby Labonte
3. Lee Petty
4. Davey Allison
5. Bobby Isaac
6. Alan Kulwicki
7. Junior Johnson
8. Cale Yarborough
9. Jeff Gordon
10. Harry Gant
11. Richard Petty
12. David Pearson
13. Dale Jarrett
14. Buck Baker
15. Bobby Allison
16. Rusty Wallace
17. Buddy Baker
18. Neil Bonnett
19. Bill Elliott
20. Dale Earnhardt
21. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
22. Ralph Earnhardt
23. Donnie Allison
24. Mark Martin
25. Tim Richmond
26. Jeff Burton
27. Fred Lorenzen
28. Tony Stewart
29. Curtis Turner
30. Terry Labonte
31. Ernie Irvan
32. A.J. Foyt
33. Kyle Petty
34. Dave Marcis
35. Darrell Waltrip
36. Fireball Roberts (Reason Out – Kodak moment)
37. Ned Jarrett (Reason Out – too kind)
38. Ricky Rudd (Reason Out – independence)
39. Fonty Flock (Reason Out – brotherly love tap)
40. Tim Flock (Reason Out – monkey business)
41. Red Byron (Reason out – old)
42. Geoff Bodine (Reason out – tires)
43. Herb Thomas (Reason out – Earnhardts)
44. Joe Weatherly (Reason out – Earnhardts)
45. Marvin Panch (Reason out – Earnhardts)
46. LeeRoy Yarbrough (Reason Out - name)
47. Glen Wood (Reason Out - reality)
48. Speedy Thompson (Reason Out - car number)
49. Benny Parsons (Reason Out - career change)
50. Tiny Lund (Reason Out - hunger)
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