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2000 NASCAR Busch Series

The 2000 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series season began February 19 and ended on November 11. Jeff Green of ppc Racing was crowned series champion.

Contents

2000 team chart

List of full-time teams at the start of 2000.

NAPA Auto Parts 300

The NAPA Auto Parts 300 was held February 19 at Daytona International Speedway. Hut Stricklin won the pole. Two flips occurred during this race.The first flip was on lap 15 during a 7 car pileup coming out of the tri-oval. Jeff Green got turned around and flipped once. He was uninjured, though. Later, on lap 104, coming out of the tri-oval Michael Waltrip got turned around and flipped several times. He, too, was okay.

Top ten results

Failed to qualify: Shane Hall (#0), David Starr (#16), Lyndon Amick (#35), Kevin Grubb (#37) Michael Ritch (#55), Ed Berrier (#65), Skip Smith (#67), Blaise Alexander (#81), Greg Sacks (#84), Jimmie Johnson (#92), Gus Wasson (#96)

Alltel 200

The Alltel 200 was held February 26 at North Carolina Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top ten results

Failed to qualify: Mike Skinner (#19), Ward Burton (#22), Hut Stricklin (#61), Kevin Harvick (#2), Shane Hall (#0), Jason Jarrett (#11), Mike Stefanik (#90), Wayne Grubb (#83), Ricky Hendrick (#24), Ken Alexander (#03), Johnny Benson (#91)

Sam's Town 300

The Sam's Town 300 was held March 4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hank Parker Jr. won the pole.

Top ten results

Failed to qualify: Anthony Lazzaro (#97), Jay Sauter (#43), Rich Bickle (#91), Boris Said (#12), Gus Wasson (#96), Steve Park (#31), Tony Roper (#50), Hermie Sadler (#30), Shane Hall (#0), Mike Skinner (#19), Dave Steele (#82)

Aaron's 312

The Aaron's 312 was held March 11 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth won the pole.

Top ten results

Failed to qualify: Hermie Sadler (#30), Rich Bickle (#91), Tony Roper (#50), Gus Wasson (#96), Michael Ritch (#55), Jason Leffler (#18), Terry Labonte/Glenn Allen, Jr. (#44), Dave Steele (#82), Gary Bradberry (#86), Ron Young (#70)

SunCom 200

The SunCom 200 was held March 18 at Darlington Raceway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top ten results

Failed to qualify: Jason Jarrett (#11), Dave Steele (#82), Terry Labonte (#44), Wayne Grubb (#83), Ricky Hendrick (#24), Shane Hall (#0), Bobby Hillin, Jr. (#8), Jeff Purvis (#4), Morgan Shepherd (#19), Tony Roper (#50)

Cheez-It 250

The Cheez-It 250 was held March 25 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jeff Green won the pole.

Top ten results


Failed to qualify: Hermie Sadler (#30), Bobby Hillin, Jr. (#8), Tony Roper (#50), Mike Borkowski (#20), Brad Teague (#49), Michael Ritch (#55), Shane Hall (#0), Tracy Hines (#12), Jason Jarrett (#11), Mark Day (#16)

Albertsons 300

The Albertsons 300 was held April 1 at Texas Motor Speedway. Jason Leffler won the pole.

Top ten results

Failed to qualify: Chad Little (#30), Terry Labonte (#44), Bobby Hillin, Jr. (#8), Anthony Lazzaro (#97), Michael Waltrip (#7), Tony Roper (#50), Jeff Fuller (#82), Michael Ritch (#55), Jason Jarrett (#11), Rich Bickle (#91), Dave Blaney (#20)

The race was known for a controversial move by MTV Networks to not broadcast the race after a rain delay.

BellSouth Mobility 320

The final BellSouth Mobility 320 was held April 8 at Nashville Speedway USA. Casey Atwood won the pole.

Top ten results

Failed to qualify: Andy Kirby (#39), Joe Buford (#16), Brad Baker (#13), David Keith (#95), Ron Young (#71), Kelly Denton (#75), Ashton Lewis (#46), Tyler Walker (#28), P. J. Jones (#19), Sammy Ragan (#78), Philip Morris (#30)

Touchstone Energy 300

The Touchstone Energy 300 was held April 14 at Talladega Superspeedway. Todd Bodine won the pole.

Top ten results

Failed to qualify: Johnny Rumley (#0), Bobby Hillin, Jr. (#8), Chad Little (#30), Kelly Denton (#75), Anthony Lazzaro (#97)

Auto Club 300

The Auto Club 300 was held April 29 at California Speedway. Jeff Green won the pole.

Top ten results


Failed to qualify: none

Hardee's 250

The Hardee's 250 was held May 5 at Richmond International Raceway. Jeff Green won the pole.

Top ten results

Failed to qualify: Mike Stefanik (#90), Curtis Markham (#29), Lance Hooper (#0), Kenny Wallace (#29), P. J. Jones (#19), Kenny Irwin, Jr. (#42), Jason Jarrett (#11), Tony Roper (#50), Chad Little (#30), Ken Alexander (#03)

Busch 200

The Busch 200 was held May 13 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Tim Fedewa won the pole. The weekend was marked by tragedy, when during a practice run on May 12, 19-year-old Adam Petty lost control of his race car and crashed into the Turn 3 wall. He did not survive the accident.

Top ten results


Failed to qualify: Ricky Hendrick (#24), Tony Roper (#50), Wayne Grubb (#83), Ashton Lewis (#46), Andy Kirby (#39)

CarQuest 300

The Carquest Auto Parts 300 was held May 27 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Dave Blaney won the pole.

Top ten results

Failed to qualify: P. J. Jones (#19), Michael Waltrip (#7), Anthony Lazzaro (#97), Jeff Purvis (#4), Mark Green (#63), Wayne Grubb (#83), Jim Bown (#51), Ashton Lewis (#46), Stanton Barrett (#50), Roberto Guerrero (#72), Michael Ritch (#55), Bobby Hillin, Jr. (#8), Rich Bickle (#91), Justin Labonte (#44)

MBNA Platinum 200

The MBNA Platinum 200 was held June 3 at Dover International Speedway. Kevin Harvick won the pole.

Top ten results


Failed to qualify: Mike Stefanik (#90), Bobby Hillin, Jr. (#8), Jason Jarrett (#11), Chad Little (#30), Rich Bickle (#91)

Textilease/Medique 300

The final Textilease/Medique 300 was held June 10 at South Boston Speedway. Casey Atwood won the pole.

Top ten results

Failed to qualify: R. D. Smith (#79), Forrest Urban, Jr. (#54)

Myrtle Beach 250

The final Myrtle Beach 250 was held June 17 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Jeff Green won the pole. It was also Jay Robinson Racing's first start

Top ten results

Failed to qualify: Richard Jarvis (#54), Jason Jarrett (#11), Andy Kirby (#39), Lance Hooper (#0)

Lysol 200

The Lysol 200 was held June 25 at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Ron Fellows won the pole. This race was known for a massive crash involving then-Busch Series regular Jimmie Johnson. Johnson's brakes failed entering turn 1, causing his car to smack the styrofoam retaining wall at about 140 miles per hour. Johnson was uninjured, even standing on top of the car and pumping his fists in the air after the wreck.

Top ten results


Failed to qualify: Michael Ritch (#55), Dale Quarterly (#32), Jaime Guerrero (#72), John Preston (#12)

Sears DieHard 250

The Sears DieHard 250 was held July 2 at The Milwaukee Mile. Jeff Green won the pole.

Top ten results

Failed to qualify: Ricky Hendrick (#24), Ted Smokstad (#12), Ashton Lewis (#46), Mario Gosselin (#58), Brad Baker (#13), David Starr (#16), Melvin Walen (#88), Doug Reid III (#86)

Econo Lodge 200

The Econo Lodge 200 was held July 16 at Nazareth Speedway. Jeff Green won the pole.

Top ten results

Failed to qualify: Jason Jarrett (#11), Bill Hoff (#93), Derrick Gilchrest (#15)

NAPA Autocare 250

The NAPA Autocare 250 was held July 22 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Jeff Purvis won the pole.

Top ten results

Failed to qualify: Brendan Gaughan (#16)

CARQUEST Auto Parts 250

The CARQUEST Auto Parts 250 was held July 29 at Gateway International Raceway. Jeff Green won the pole. Qualifying for this event was rained out.

Top ten results


Failed to qualify: Bobby Hillin, Jr. (#8), Andy Kirby (#39), Hut Stricklin (#11), Johnny Rumley (#0), Mel Walen (#85), Doug Reid III (#86), Curtis Markham (#29), Jay Fogleman (#68)

  • This was Kevin Harvick's first career victory in the NASCAR Busch Series
  • Kroger 200

    The Kroger 200 was held August 4 at Indianapolis Raceway Park at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Jason Leffler won the pole.

    Top ten results


    Failed to qualify: Brad Baker (#13), Justin Labonte (#44), Sammy Sanders (#16), Jay Fogleman (#68), Brian Tyler (#49), Melvin Whalen (#85), Forrest Urban, Jr. (#54), Bill Hoff (#93)

    NAPAonline.com 250

    The NAPAonline.com 250 was held August 19 at Michigan International Speedway. Buckshot Jones won the pole.

    Top ten results


    Failed to qualify: Morgan Shepherd (#11), Michael Ritch (#55), P. J. Jones (#19), Rich Bickle (#91), Brett Bodine (#44), Doug Reid III (#86), Mark Martin (#60)

    Food City 250

    The Food City 250 was held August 25 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick won the pole.

    Top ten results

    Failed to qualify: Jay Fogleman (#68), Wayne Grubb (#83), Matt Kenseth (#17), P. J. Jones (#19), Ashton Lewis (#46), Ron Young (#70), Tom Hubert (#20), Ricky Hendrick (#24), Doug Reid III (#86), Justin Labonte (#44)

    Dura Lube / All Pro Bumper to Bumper 200

    The Dura Lube / All Pro Bumper to Bumper 200 was held September 2 at Darlington Raceway. Mark Martin won the pole.

    Top ten results

    Failed to qualify: Steve Park (#31), Justin Labonte, Andy Kirby (#39), Mike Stefanik (#90), Jason Jarrett (#11), Stanton Barrett (#12)

    Autolite / Fram 250

    The Autolite / Fram 250 was held September 8 at Richmond International Raceway. Todd Bodine won the pole.

    Top ten results

    Failed to qualify: Michael Ritch (#55), Rich Bickle (#91), Tim Sauter (#61), Steve Park (#31), Ashton Lewis (#46), Mike Stefanik (#90), Justin Labonte (#44), Wayne Grubb (#83), Jay Fogleman (#68), Hermie Sadler (#6), Forrest Urban, Jr. (#54), Richard Jarvis (#80), Bill Hoff (#93)

    MBNA.com 200

    The MBNA.com 200 was held September 23 at Dover International Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole.

    Top ten results


    Failed to qualify: Terry Labonte (#44), P. J. Jones (#19), Andy Kirby (#39)

    All Pro Bumper to Bumper 200

    The All Pro Bumper to Bumper 200 was held October 7 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth won the pole.

    Top ten results

    Failed to qualify: Justin Labonte (#44), Steve Park (#31), Sterling Marlin (#01), Rich Bickle (#91), Mike Stefanik (#90), Johnny Rumley (#0), Chad Little (#74), Michael Ritch (#55), Terry Labonte (#04), Ricky Craven (#19), Ashton Lewis (#74), Jay Fogleman (#68)

    Sam's Club 200

    The Sam's Club 200 was held October 21 at North Carolina Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

    Top ten results

    Failed to qualify: Jason Jarrett (#11), Andy Kirby (#39), Michael Waltrip (#99), Lyndon Amick (#35), Brandon Butler (#83), Mike Stefanik (#90), Tim Sauter (#61), Scott Wimmer (#20), Rich Bickle (#91), Jay Fogleman (#68)

    Sam's Town 250

    The Sam's Town 250 was held October 29 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Jeff Green won the pole.

    Top ten results

    Failed to qualify: Ashton Lewis (#46), Mike Stefanik, Justin Labonte (#44), Jason Jarrett (#11), Ron Young (#70), Sammy Sanders (#16), Steadman Marlin (#01), Wayman Wittman (#93)

    Outback Steakhouse 200

    The Outback Steakhouse 200 was held November 4 at Phoenix International Raceway. Jason Leffler won the pole.

    Top ten results

    Failed to qualify: Curtis Markham (#29), Hut Stricklin (#11), Justin Labonte (#44), Ashton Lewis (#46), Rich Bickle (#91), Brandon Butler (#83), Rick Carelli (#88)

    Miami 300

    The Miami 300 was held November 11 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Bobby Hamilton, Jr. won the pole.

    Top ten results


    Failed to qualify: Mike Dillon (#21), Sterling Marlin (#01), Chad Little (#74), Justin Labonte (#44), Michael Ritch (#55), Rich Bickle (#91), Lyndon Amick (#35), Curtis Markham (#29), Ricky Craven (#19), Mark McFarland (#84), Ashton Lewis (#46), Mark Green (#63)

    Final points standings

    1. Jeff Green - 5005
    2. Jason Keller - 4389
    3. Kevin Harvick - 4113
    4. Todd Bodine - 4075
    5. Ron Hornaday - 3870
    6. Elton Sawyer - 3776
    7. Randy LaJoie - 3670
    8. Casey Atwood - 3404
    9. David Green - 3316
    10. Jimmie Johnson - 3264
    11. Jeff Purvis - 3212
    12. Phil Parsons - 3176
    13. Kevin Grubb - 3124
    14. Hank Parker, Jr. - 3109
    15. Tony Raines - 3061
    16. Jay Sauter - 3037
    17. Matt Kenseth - 3022
    18. Tim Fedewa - 3009
    19. Bobby Hamilton, Jr. - 2968
    20. Jason Leffler - 2956
    21. Buckshot Jones - 2952
    22. Dick Trickle - 2808
    23. Mike Dillon - 2743
    24. Mike McLaughlin - 2690
    25. Blaise Alexander - 2540
    26. Mark Green - 2470
    27. Mark Martin - 2280
    28. Lyndon Amick - 2266
    29. Jeff Burton - 2259
    30. Kenny Wallace - 1814
    31. Kyle Petty - 1710
    32. Joe Nemechek - 1691
    33. Michael Ritch - 1643
    34. Andy Santerre - 1498
    35. Hermie Sadler - 1449
    36. Chad Chaffin - 1373
    37. Michael Waltrip - 1356
    38. P. J. Jones - 1262
    39. Jason Jarrett - 1187
    40. Wayne Grubb - 1158
    41. Bobby Hillin, Jr. - 1137
    42. Kevin Lepage - 1063
    43. Steve Park - 999
    44. Jason Schuler - 991
    45. Hut Stricklin - 983
    46. Dave Blaney - 976
    47. Adam Petty - 928
    48. Justin Labonte - 913
    49. Ricky Hendrick - 876
    50. Kenny Irwin, Jr. - 852

    Rookie of the Year

    Kevin Harvick tied for a record three wins and beat out pre-season favorite Ron Hornaday for the Rookie of the Year award in 2000, despite missing one race. Hornaday, the only rookie candidate to compete in every race, had two wins and a fifth-place points finish. Jimmie Johnson drove for a brand-new team and had a tenth-place points finish, while Jay Sauter had eight top-ten finishes. Michael Ritch struggled with qualifying problems all year, while P. J. Jones, Anthony Lazzaro, Mike Borkowski, and Dave Steele were all open-wheel drivers who were released from their rides early in the season. Mike Stefanik was the only other rookie candidate.

    References

    2000 NASCAR Busch Series Wikipedia


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