Driver Handicaps For Richmond

Dale Jarrett- DJ has fared well here with nine top 5 finishes in the last eleven races run at Richmond, including a third in this event last year. Jarrett didn't fare as well last Fall at Richmond where he lost a tire, hit the wall and came home 31st. DJ won here in 97 and 99 so if he wins every odd number year, it's his turn.

Jeff Gordon- Jarrett shouldn't look to make up much ground on Jeff Gordon in the points hunt here, as Gordon runs phenomenally well here as well. Jeff won here last Fall, one of two wins and eleven top 10s at the track.

Johnny Benson- Benson's 7th place finish at Richmond last fall was his best ever at the track and his first top 10 here since 1997.

Rusty Wallace- Richmond is virtually Rusty's playground. Wallace has six wins here including a sweep at both Richmond's races in 1989. But Wallace didn't fare so well here last Fall, 34th, one of only three finishes outside the top 10 here for Rusty since 1989.

Sterling Marlin- Marlin has done little to distinguish himself at Richmond with only three career top 5 finishes dating back to 1988. Last year he finished 20th and 29th at Richmond.

Ricky Rudd- Ricky Rudd won here at Richmond way back in 1984, at which point only luxury cars had airbags and he was driving for Bud Moore. How long ago was that? Darrell Waltrip finished second. Enough said. 4th here in this race last year.

Bobby Hamilton- While Bobby has finished in the top 10 in eight of twelve Richmond races coming into this weekend, he didn't fare so well last year. Hamilton finished 31st and 38th .

Steve Park- This track had been a bit of enigma to Park until last year, and the worst part was he didn't even know what an enigma was. 11th and 4th here last year the two best Richmond finishes of Steve's career.

Tony Stewart- Stewart looked to have this race won last year, when incidental contact from Dale Earnhardt Jr. on pit road caused his tire to go flat. Stewart won his first Winston Cup race here in 1999 and named his dog Richmond.

Dale Earnhardt Junior- Junior scored his second Winston Cup victory here in this race last year, after the above mentioned contact on pit road. Dale also scored his first career top 10 in a Winston Cup race here in the Fall event of 1999.

Bill Elliott- Elliott won over $272,000 including the Unocal bonus money here by winning this race from the pole in 1992. Has only finished in the top 5 at Richmond once since.

Jerry Nadeau- Nadeau had never had much luck at Richmond until finishing 10th here last Fall.

Kevin Harvick- This is Harvick's first Winston Cup run at Richmond but he did finish 3rd in last Spring's Busch race here.

Elliott Sadler- Elliott hasn't given his home state fans much to cheer about here at Richmond. Best career finish of 17th. 42nd here last Fall after wrecking, I reckon.

Bobby Labonte- Labonte had his worst finish of the entire 2000 season in this race. (26th). 15th after losing power steering here last Fall. Did finish 2nd and 3rd here in 99.

Matt Kenseth- 15th and 32nd here in his two Winston Cup starts. May I be excused? Did finish 3rd here in a Busch race in 1999.

Jimmy Spencer- Spencer has never had much luck at Richmond with only two career top ten finishes, both 9th places. May be a good place for Jimmy to pay back some of the drivers he felt wronged him at Talladega.

Terry Labonte- Ran second to Dale Junior at this race last year. Terry is a three time winner at Richmond including the controversial bump and run pass on Dale Jarrett after a red flag period in 1998.

Ward Burton- There is some question as to whether Ward will drive this weekend due to neck pain from the incident at Fontana. Might start the race and hand the wheel to a relief driver as well. Did score two top 10s at Richmond last year.

Jeremy Mayfield- Two career top 10s and no top 5s at Richmond. See Jeremy play.

Other Notables:

Jeff Burton- Held off Jeff Gordon for a dramatic win at Richmond back in 1998. Two top ten finishes at Richmond last year. Can almost here him screaming the famous line from Rambo, "Do we get to win this time, Sir?" No, probably not.

Mark Martin- Won here back in 1993 and 3rd here last Fall.

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