Elliott and Rudd win qualifiers

Two NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers who haven't seen victory circle in a while took the chequered flag on Thursday afternoon in the Twin 125 qualifying races

Elliott and Rudd win qualifiers

The races determined the starting line-up for the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

Bill Elliott (no.94 McDonald's Ford) and Ricky Rudd (no.28 Texaco/Havoline Ford) led the 27 other drivers across the stripe.

Rudd's position was already secured after qualifying on the front row for last Saturday afternoon.

He qualified second-fast and will line up on the outside of Robert Yates Racing team mate and 1999 series champion Dale Jarrett.

Elliott qualified third and his 4th career Twins win this afternoon locked him into that position.

Mike Skinner (no.31 Lowe's Chevrolet) was also able to keep his brand new Monte Carlo in 4th.

From this point on, most of the field shuffled due to their respective 125 race finish order.

The Daytona 500 is not only The Race, it is also unique in how the field is set.

The Twin 125s determine starting positions 3-30 as the front row is set in "regular" first round qualifying.

Removing the front row qualifiers from the 28-car fields in each qualifying race meant there were 26 drivers vying for 15 slots that would advance to the Daytona 500 starting line-up.

Drivers in positions 31-36 are lined up according to their qualifying times and the remaining seven spots are filled using provisionals based on the final 1999 points standings and a past Winston Cup Champion, respectively.

Since 1959, only seven of the 80 qualifying race winners have raced to victory in the Daytona 500.

Dale Earnhardt did in 1998 for his first career 500 win in "The Great American Race".

Earnhardt's streak of winning a 125 every year since 1990 was stopped today by Elliott.

Though he has just one Daytona 500 win in the books, Earnhardt's total victories at The Beach add up to a total of 33.

These include twelve Twin 125s, seven NASCAR Busch Series wins, six Bud Shootouts, five IROC Series victories, two checqered flags in the Pepsi 400 and the one Daytona 500 win.

Series veteran Dave Marcis will miss his first Daytona 500 start in 32 consecutive events.

Marcis is tied with Richard Petty for the most 500 starts, but Petty's were not consecutive.

Daytona International Speedway announced that the total purse for the race has been increased to $9,367,816, a new Series record.

Additional revenues from the sales of rights to international television broadcasters added to the already large purse.

There are 13 drivers who did not make the field: Geoffrey Bodine, Brett Bodine, Jim Sauter, Jeff Fuller, Carl Long, Bobby Gerhart, Dave Marcis, Andy Hillenburg, Stanton Barrett, Ricky Craven, Greg Sacks, Dan Pardus and Norm Benning will watch from the sidelines.

The 42nd annual Daytona 500 will take the green flag on Sunday, February 20, 2000, at 17:15pm GMT.




















































































































































Pos


Driver


Car


Laps


1


B Elliott


Ford


50


2


D Jarrett


Ford


50


3


R Wallace


Ford


50


4


T Stewart


Pontiac


50


5


M Martin


Ford


50


6


J Gordon


Chevrolet


50


7


B Labonte


Pontiac


50


8


S Pruett


Ford


50


9


R Gordon


Ford


50


10


J Mayfield


Ford


50


11


D Earnardt


Chevrolet


50


12


K Schrader


Pontiac


50


13


T Labonte


Chevrolet


50


14


J Benson


Pontiac


50


15


C Little


Ford


50


16


W Dallenbach


Ford


50


17


S Marlin


Chevrolet


50


18


K Petty


Pontiac


50


19


G Bodine


Chevrolet


50


20


M Bliss


Pontiac


50


21


W Dallenbach


Ford


50


22


S Compton


Ford


50


23


K Wallace


Chevrolet


50


24


D Waltrip


Ford


50


25


J Fuller


Pontiac


49


26


C Long


Ford


49


27


B Bodine


Ford


48


28


B Gerhart


Chevrolet


47






















































































































































Pos


Driver


Car


Laps


1


R Rudd


Ford


50


2


M Skinner


Chevrolet


50


3


W Burton


Pontiac


50


4


D Earnhardt Jr


Chevrolet


50


5


M Waltrip


Chevrolet


50


6


D Cope


Ford


50


7


J Burton


Ford


50


8


J Nemechek


Chevrolet


50


9


K Irwin


Chevrolet


50


10


J Nadeau


Chevrolet


50


11


J Spencer


Ford


50


12


M Kenseth


Ford


50


13


E Berrier


Ford


50


14


R Mast


Chevrolet


50


15


J Andretti


Pontiac


50


16


R Pressley


Ford


50


17


D Marcis


Chevrolet


50


18


A Hillenburg


Chevrolet


50


19


B Hamilton


Chevrolet


50


20


E Sadler


Ford


50


21


D Blaney


Pontiac


50


22


S Park


Chevrolet


50


23


S Barrett


Ford


50


24


R Craven


Chevrolet


50


25


G Sacks


Chevrolet


50


26


K LePage


Ford


50


27


D Pardus


Chevrolet


50


28


N Benning


Chevrolet


48

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