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How the Races Were Won from 1994 to 1996

by Sean Wrona

I've decided I'm going to do several years at a time with each remaining column in this series. A single column for each year seemed superfluous, not to mention that they take longer to do that way. This particular time period was noteworthy because there were a lot more judgment calls than there were from 1990-1993. Two of Jacques Villeneuve's CART wins in particular stand out here. At Road America in 1994, Al Unser, Jr. attempted an outside pass of Paul Tracy on a late-race restart while Villeneuve moved on the inside of Tracy. However, Unser made contact with Tracy as they battled three-wide, which broke both of their momentum and allowed Villeneuve to complete the three-wide pass. That was a very hard judgment call but I ultimately decided to count it as incidental because I don't think Team Green that year had enough horsepower to beat Penske on a long straightaway like that had that contact not happened, and although this is probably not what most fans would mean by 'inheriting the lead when the leaders made contact' I think it technically counts. The same goes with Villeneuve's classic win at Cleveland in 1995. Coming to the white flag he passed Michael Andretti and Bryan Herta simultaneously (one on either side) when both of them slowed on the track at almost the exact same time, and I honestly don't think he would have completed either pass if they had remained on the same pace, so I think I have to count that as incidental as well. Unfortunately, counting both of those races as incidental means that Villeneuve only ended up with one natural win in CART - the 1995 Road America race which he led flag-to-flag except for pit stops, and none of his on-track passes for the lead ended up counting, when both of those were very close judgment calls. I understand if you disagree with me on them, but as I said before, the ideas are more important than whether you agree on my analysis of a particular race. While usually when the leaders make contact, I will always count it as incidental, there are certain situations where I'll occasionally differ if my viewing of the video indicates that the driver in 2nd did nothing wrong and would have made the pass regardless. For instance, at Sonoma in 1994, Dale Earnhardt went slightly off track and went back onto the track slightly making contact with 2nd place Mark Martin who ended up making the ultimately winning pass on the next same strategy, but I think Martin did nothing wrong there and was going to make that pass regardless of whether he made contact with Earnhardt or not. In that case, I decided to count it, but I think that will be a rare exception. You have to make judgment calls when doing this.

Additionally, I'm beginning to come to the conclusion that there probably have been a lot more strategic assists than I've counted. I don't nearly have enough time to watch every single race broadcast (even if all the races were online, which they're not) so I am looking exclusively for the lead changes. However, what that means is I may be ignoring several races where a driver made an on-track pass of somebody who stayed out of the pits or beat everyone out, but I really don't think it happened as much in these years as it did in later years. If a driver resumes the lead after previously taking the lead on track after other drivers gambled on pit strategy, I'm going to count it as natural. Hence, Eddie Cheever attempted to steal the 1995 CART race at Nazareth on fuel mileage before running out with two laps left. However, Emerson Fittipaldi led before and after with Fittipaldi passing his nephew Christian on track, so that is the pass of relevance, NOT Cheever running out of fuel. Similarly, Kenny Bräck won the 1999 Indy 500 after Robby Gordon attempted to gamble on fuel mileage and ran out of fuel with just over one lap remaining. However, since Bräck led before and after I'm going to count that one as natural too (and count the pass of relevance as the pass of Cheever, not the pass of Gordon). If, however, a different driver leads before and after a cycle of pit stops, regardless of the reason, I am going to count it as an off-track lead change. This led to a couple ugly judgment calls that you might also not agree with. At Long Beach in 1995, Michael Andretti dominated the early laps until Teo Fabi took the lead on a pit strategy gamble. Al Unser, Jr. later passed Andretti not for the lead while they were still behind Fabi and then inherited the lead after Fabi pitted and the win. One might say Unser deserves a natural win there since he did take effective control of the race with his pass of Andretti even if it wasn't for the lead. Unfortunately, given my definitions for these terms, I don't believe I can count it. Perhaps a more realistic nuanced version would count these passes as well. One major problem with this sort of thing is that racing broadcasters almost always focus on whoever's in the lead rather than whoever's actually relevant (which is not necessarily the best way to follow a race). In the fall Charlotte NASCAR race in 1996, Ricky Craven (pretty surprising actually since it was in the Larry Hedrick car, and that team was consistently below average) led the race entering the final round of pit stops, but by the time the pit cycle ended Terry Labonte was in the lead. While the broadcast did show Craven being passed by eventual 2nd place finisher Mark Martin and eventual 3rd place finisher Dale Jarrett (while they were not yet the leaders since Earnhardt and Jeff Burton waited quite a few laps to pit) it did not show whether Craven was passed by Labonte on track or in the pits because it followed Earnhardt even though he wasn't all that relevant late in that race. Craven did have a then stellar 17-second pit stop and the broadcasters were complimenting his pit crew's speed all race, which may make it hard to believe that Labonte passed Craven in the pits, although since he was the superior driver, it's possible he beat him on pit in/pit out laps. We simply don't know and lap chart data from that long ago simply isn't available (lap chart data from RECENT seasons isn't available, no less), so I have to make my best guess there, and that will actually make a big difference. If Labonte passed Craven on track, I would still have to count it as off-track since he did not pass Craven for the lead on track, but it would still be somewhat impressive (although not that much as Hendrick cars certainly had much more horsepower than Hedrick cars in 1996, or any other season for that matter). However, if he didn't, that makes the 1996 championship look even more farcical. While Gordon won eight of his ten races that year naturally (contrary to the popular opinion of late '90s Gordon that he only kept winning because the Rainbow Warriors beat everyone else out of the pits), Labonte won ZERO naturally (or one, if you believe pit cycle races or races where the ultimate pass for the lead is actually technically not for the lead should count). I'm sorry but this was not a championship-caliber season. I thought Labonte winning the title over Gordon when Gordon had eight more wins and wasn't even any less consistent since they had the same number of top fives and top tens was farcical already, but now knowing that Labonte more or less backed into both of his wins makes it look even less impressive.

I actually found it harder to find good data on the ultimate passes in NASCAR for these seasons than I did in 1990-1993. I own Greg Fielden's complete recap of every NASCAR race from 1949-1993, but he stopped providing such recaps in book form after that and there was very little information on NASCAR on the Internet before 1996 (when nascar.com, jayski.com, and thatsracin.com all launched). Hence unfortunately there are a few races in 1994 and 1995 that are not on YouTube for which I have to fill in the blanks. The spring Richmond race is a real puzzle as this contemporary article from the Orlando Sentinel reports that Ernie Irvan took the lead from Rusty Wallace in the pits after a lap 312 caution for debris, while both racing-reference.info and my site have Irvan taking the lead from Wallace at that point, not vice versa, with Irvan taking the ultimate lead several laps later (seemingly under green). I don't know what to make of that one, and racing-reference and I don't even agree on what lap Irvan took the lead (but I'm going to guess he is right since he has been a lot more thorough an archivist). Unfortunately, since all the sources seem to disagree on that one, all we can say is Irvan passed Wallace but without video footage I cannot determine how it was done (somebody upload this race onto YouTube pronto!) Although I'm almost certain Wallace passed Jeff Gordon on track in the fall Martinsville race, there seemed to be an awful lot of lead changes (and strange lead changes no less) in the first half of that race which causes me to be much less confident than I otherwise would be, but besides, without video footage, there's no way to be certain that Gordon didn't cut a tire or was the victim of a bump-and-run or something (I will not be counting Gordon's bump and run wins over Wallace, so if Wallace did the same to Gordon, I won't count that either). One of the things that surprised me when doing this for NASCAR is how few bump-and-run passes there were that ultimately decided the race. While there were a number of passes I reviewed on video where I couldn't tell whether it was a bump-and-run or not (usually in most of these cases I believe the runner-up took the air off the leader's spoiler), surprisingly few bump-and-runs were truly overt. The only overt one in my mind was Earnhardt's bump and run of Irvan at the 1993 Coca-Cola 600, which according to Matt McLaughlin in his classic column Dale Earnhardt's Greatest Hits was described by one writer as an "on-track mugging". Having actually now seen that pass, that statement seems to be overkill. It was a bump-and-run indeed but compared to Earnhardt's more famous punts, it was actually (for him) relatively subtle. I'm still not going to give him credit for it, but it was very surprising to me that from 1990-1996, that was the only ultimate pass in NASCAR based on a bump-and-run. The reputation NASCAR built for itself of endless rubbing and racing has been greatly exaggerated, and if a pass like that was considered an "on-track mugging" in 1993, that greatly indicates that the aggression of NASCAR in that period is nowhere near what people think it was. CART even beat NASCAR in this regard in this period for better or worse with Danny Sullivan punting Unser out of the lead at Long Beach in 1992 and Tracy spinning Unser into a tire barrier at Belle Isle in 1994.

There are a few other minor quibbles. Many people will not agree with me about the inaugural Brickyard 400. Gordon and Irvan did have a fantastic battle for the win in that race, but I remain fully convinced that Irvan cut a tire seconds after Gordon's last pass because Gordon cut his tire, so I'm not going to give that to him. Although I am almost certain Ward Burton won his first race at Rockingham via beating Rusty Wallace on a green-flag pit cycle, there is surprisingly little written on this race and almost everything that is written about it is about the controversial caution flag that came out solely to give Earnhardt his lap back after NASCAR erroneously penalized him. All that makes me seriously really want to watch that race and makes me disappointed that it is not on YouTube anywhere. Finally, nobody is going to agree with me putting CART and IRL races in the same category. In the case of the strengths of the fields, they certainly weren't. CART had the stronger fields for sure from 1996-2001 and probably in 2002 (from 2003-2007 it was probably a wash or the IRL had a slight edge). However, now that IndyCar agrees to count all wins in both series equally, I see no reason not to myself. Are there drivers who certainly would not have won races if the series had not split leading to weaker fields in the last seasons of the split? For sure, but many of those will be easy to spot as they are the drivers who didn't win races naturally. Having said that, in the early years of the split, CART races were decided on strategy far more often than not (on all types of tracks) as it was following the Formula One model after the split (only with far more cautions which meant races were decided on speed much less often than they are in F1), while IRL races were decided on track a bit more (as it was following the NASCAR side-by-side pack racing model, although neither NASCAR nor IRL really had anywhere near as much pack racing as anyone thinks they did as most races in any kind of circuit race will inevitably be single-file), so in addition to the differences in CART and IRL's driver talent, the IRL drivers will also be inflated because the style of racing allowed for more natural passes. Obviously in many of the IRL races on the cookie cutters that were pack races (although there were fewer of these than anyone seems to acknowledge) as well as the CART Handford Device races at Michigan and Fontana in 1998-2002, as well as the recent Indy 500s which very much resemble the Handford Device races, passing was endless as frequently nobody wanted to hold the lead. Scarcity creates value, so the most valuable natural passes in my opinion would be those at the tracks where there is minimal passing. I suspect that is one of the main reasons Alex Zanardi's pass of Herta at Laguna Seca in 1996 (whether you think that should have been ruled as a legal pass or not...it was ruled as such so I counted it here as natural myself, but you're welcome to disagree with me) is considered so legendary. Laguna Seca (although it is a very pretty facility) had minimal passing at all in its last decade as a CART circuit (honestly that's the reason I unlike others am not clamoring to have it back as a must-have venue) so when somebody actually makes a natural pass there, it is something awe-inspiring (although you could argue it differently and actually say Herta had the better performance because Zanardi's car was WAY more dominant yet he still barely won), whereas in so many Cup restrictor plate races or IndyCar Michigan/Fontana/Chicagoland races the passing was endless so each individual pass means somewhat less. However, I still think winning a race via a natural pass in a race where passing is frequent is better than winning a race in the pits or winning incidentally, at least when it comes to evaluating drivers, but I have even more respect for on-track passes for position where they aren't supposed to happen. Andretti passing his teammate Christian Fittipaldi at Belle Isle, Detroit was also a big deal since that's another venue where there has historically been minimal passing, and he at least did in the same caliber of equipment rather than passing a car that was likely inferior (as in the case of Zanardi and Herta). Although I'll admit all these thoughts were rather scatterbrained as I spent more time on the analysis itself than the write-up, I still think they're all worth considering. In future columns until I finish this series, I'm going to have much more scant commentary and season lists almost exclusively, but I'm certainly going to do several seasons at a time from now on. I'm going to save most of my real analysis (especially the implications this has for specific drivers) until the series is over.

Formula One 1994

InterlagosMichael Schumacher beat Ayrton Senna out of the pitsoff-track
OkayamaSchumacher passed Senna on tracknatural
ImolaSchumacher inherited the lead when Senna had his fatal crashincidental
MonacoSchumacher led the entire racenatural
CatalunyaDamon Hill passed Schumacher on tracknatural
MontrealSchumacher led the entire racenatural
Magny-CoursSchumacher led the entire race except for an exchange of pit stopsnatural
SilverstoneHill led the entire race except for an exchange of pit stopsnatural
HockenheimGerhard Berger led the entire racenatural
HungaroringSchumacher led the entire race except for an exchange of pit stopsnatural
Spa-FrancorchampsHill inherited the win when Schumacher was disqualifiedincidental
MonzaHill passed David Coulthard on tracknatural
EstorilHill passed Coulthard on tracknatural
JerezSchumacher beat Hill on pit stop exchangeoff-track
SuzukaHill beat Schumacher on pit stop exchangeoff-track
AdelaideNigel Mansell inherited the lead when Berger drove off trackincidental

Formula One 1995

InterlagosMichael Schumacher inherited the lead when Damon Hill broke a gearboxincidental
Oscar GalvezHill passed Schumacher on tracknatural
ImolaHill inherited the lead when Gerhard Berger stalled in the pitsoff-track
CatalunyaSchumacher led the entire racenatural
MonacoSchumacher beat Hill on a pit stop exchangeoff-track
MontrealJean Alesi inherited the lead when Schumacher had an electrical problemincidental
Magny-CoursSchumacher beat Hill on a pit stop exchangeoff-track
SilverstoneJohnny Herbert inherited the lead after David Coulthard sped in the pitsincidental
HockenheimSchumacher inherited the lead when Hill crashedincidental
HungaroringHill led the entire racenatural
Spa-FrancorchampsSchumacher passed Hill on tracknatural
MonzaHerbert inherited the lead when Alesi had a wheel bearing failureincidental
EstorilCoulthard led the entire race except for an exchange of pit stopsnatural
NurburgringSchumacher passed Alesi on tracknatural
OkayamaSchumacher beat Coulthard on a pit stop exchangeoff-track
SuzukaSchumacher led the entire race except for pit stop exchangesnatural
AdelaideHill inherited the lead when Coulthard crashed in the pitsincidental

Formula One 1996

MelbourneDamon Hill inherited the lead when Jacques Villeneuve had an oil leakincidental
InterlagosHill led the entire race except for an exchange of pit stopsnatural
Oscar GalvezHill led the entire racenatural
NurburgringVilleneuve passed Hill on tracknatural
ImolaHill beat David Coulthard on a pit stop exchangeoff-track
MonacoOlivier Panis inherited the lead when Jean Alesi had a suspension failureincidental
CatalunyaMichael Schumacher passed Villeneuve on tracknatural
MontrealHill led the entire race except for an exchange of pit stopsnatural
Magny-CoursHill inherited the lead when Schumacher blew an engine on the parade lapincidental
SilverstoneVilleneuve passed Hill on tracknatural
HockenheimHill inherited the lead when Gerhard Berger blew an engineincidental
HungaroringVilleneuve beat Schumacher on a pit stop exchangeoff-track
Spa-FrancorchampsSchumacher beat Villeneuve by pitting before a safety car came outoff-track
MonzaSchumacher beat Alesi on a pit stop exchangeoff-track
EstorilVilleneuve beat Hill on a pit stop exchangeoff-track
SuzukaHill passed Villeneuve on tracknatural

Cumulative wins by type:

DriverTotalNaturalOff-trackIncidentalStrategic Assist
M. Schumacher2210930

CART 1994

Surfers ParadiseMichael Andretti passed Nigel Mansell on tracknatural
PhoenixEmerson Fittipaldi inherited the lead when Paul Tracy crashedincidental
Long BeachAl Unser, Jr. inherited the lead when Fittipaldi had gearbox problemincidental
IndianapolisUnser inherited the lead when Fittipaldi crashedincidental
MilwaukeeUnser passed Fittipaldi on tracknatural
Belle IsleTracy inherited the lead when he spun Unser into a tire barrierincidental
PortlandUnser led the entire race except for pit stop exchangesnatural
ClevelandUnser led the entire race except for pit stop exchangesnatural
TorontoMi. Andretti passed Mansell on tracknatural
MichiganScott Goodyear inherited the lead when Unser blew an engineincidental
Mid-OhioUnser inherited the lead when Tracy was penalized for passing under cautionincidental
LoudonUnser passed Tracy on tracknatural
VancouverUnser inherited the lead when Adrian Fernandez ran out of fuelincidental
Road AmericaVilleneuve inherited the lead when Unser swerved into Tracy on a restartincidental
NazarethTracy passed Fittipaldi on tracknatural
Laguna SecaTracy led the entire racenatural

CART 1995

Bicentennial ParkJacques Villeneuve beat Mauricio Gugelmin out of the pitsoff-track
Surfers ParadisePaul Tracy passed Michael Andretti on tracknatural
PhoenixRobby Gordon passed Andretti on track natural
Long BeachAl Unser, Jr. inherited the lead when Teo Fabi pittedoff-track
NazarethEmerson Fittipaldi passed Christian Fittipaldi on track after beating Villeneuve on pit cyclestrategic assist
IndianapolisVilleneuve inherited the lead when Scott Goodyear was penalizedincidental
MilwaukeeTracy passed Unser on tracknatural
Belle IsleGordon won on fuel mileage and inherited the lead when Unser/Tracy pittedoff-track
PortlandUnser inherited the lead when Villeneuve nearly went off course while blockingincidental
Road AmericaVilleneuve led the entire race except for an exchange of pit stopsnatural
TorontoAndretti inherited the lead when Villeneuve pittedoff-track
ClevelandVilleneuve inherited the lead when Bryan Herta slowed on trackincidental
MichiganScott Pruett passed Unser on tracknatural
Mid-OhioUnser inherited the lead when Andretti broke a headerincidental
LoudonAndre Ribeiro passed Andretti on tracknatural
VancouverUnser passed Andretti on tracknatural
Laguna SecaGil de Ferran beat Villeneuve on pit stop exchangeoff-track

CART 1996

HomesteadJimmy Vasser passed Gil de Ferran on tracknatural
Rio de JaneiroAndre Ribeiro inherited the lead when Greg Moore blew an engineincidental
Surfers ParadiseVasser led the entire race except for an exchange of pit stopsnatural
Long BeachVasser inherited the lead when de Ferran had an exhaust hose come looseincidental
NazarethMichael Andretti beat Paul Tracy on a pit cycle after Tracy hit a crewmanoff-track
MichiganVasser passed Ribeiro on track as he entered the pits needing a splash of fuelincidental
MilwaukeeAndretti passed Al Unser, Jr. on tracknatural
Belle IsleAndretti passed Christian Fittipaldi on tracknatural
PortlandAlex Zanardi passed Unser on tracknatural
Clevelandde Ferran wins on fuel mileage after Zanardi pitsoff-track
TorontoAdrian Fernandez inherited the lead after Moore pittedoff-track
MichiganRibeiro passed Scott Pruett on tracknatural
Mid-OhioZanardi led the entire race except for pit stop exchangesnatural
Road AmericaAndretti inherited the lead after Unser blew an engine on the last lapincidental
VancouverAndretti inherited the lead when Zanardi crashedincidental
Laguna SecaZanardi passed Bryan Herta on tracknatural

IRL 1996

Walt Disney WorldBuzz Calkins passed Tony Stewart on tracknatural
PhoenixArie Luyendyk inherited the lead when Scott Sharp was penalizedoff-track
IndianapolisBuddy Lazier passed Davy Jones on tracknatural

Cumulative wins by type:

DriverTotalNaturalOff-trackIncidentalStrategic Assist
Mi. Andretti2618341
Unser, Jr.2211380
de Ferran20200
B. Lazier11000
J. Andretti10010
Ma. Andretti10010

NASCAR Winston Cup 1994

DaytonaSterling Marlin passed Ernie Irvan on tracknatural
RockinghamRusty Wallace passed Dale Earnhardt on tracknatural
RichmondErnie Irvan passed Rusty Wallace but unsure whether on or off track?
AtlantaIrvan passed Jeff Burton on tracknatural
DarlingtonEarnhardt passed Irvan on tracknatural
BristolEarnhardt inherited the lead when Geoff Bodine pitted before a caution came outoff-track
North WilkesboroTerry Labonte passed Wallace on tracknatural
MartinsvilleWallace beat Irvan out of the pitsoff-track
TalladegaEarnhardt passed Jimmy Spencer on tracknatural
Sears PointIrvan passed Earnhardt on tracknatural
CharlotteJeff Gordon beat Wallace on pit stop exchangeoff-track
DoverWallace passed Irvan on tracknatural
PoconoWallace passed Earnhardt on tracknatural
MichiganWallace passed Earnhardt on tracknatural
DaytonaSpencer passed Irvan on track with a car later acknowledged as illegalincidental
LoudonRicky Rudd passed Earnhardt on tracknatural
PoconoBodine passed Ward Burton on tracknatural
TalladegaSpencer passed Irvan on track with a car later acknowledged as illegalincidental
IndianapolisGordon passed Irvan on track but cut down his tire on the final passincidental
Watkins GlenMartin passed Earnhardt on tracknatural
MichiganBodine passed Bill Elliott on tracknatural
BristolWallace inherited the lead when Bodine blew an engineincidental
DarlingtonElliott passed Earnhardt on tracknatural
RichmondLabonte passed Wallace on tracknatural
DoverWallace inherited the lead when Martin crashedincidental
MartinsvilleWallace passed Gordon on track - probable but unconfirmed?
North WilkesboroBodine passed J. Burton on tracknatural
CharlotteDale Jarrett passed Morgan Shepherd on tracknatural
RockinghamEarnhardt passed Shepherd on tracknatural
PhoenixLabonte passed Martin on tracknatural
AtlantaMartin beat Todd Bodine on pit stop exchangeoff-track

NASCAR Winston Cup 1995

DaytonaSterling Marlin passed Dale Earnhardt on tracknatural
RockinghamJeff Gordon passed Bobby Labonte on tracknatural
RichmondTerry Labonte beat Rusty Wallace out of the pitsoff-track
AtlantaGordon passed Kyle Petty on tracknatural
DarlingtonMarlin passed Earnhardt on tracknatural
BristolGordon passed Mark Martin on tracknatural
North WilkesboroEarnhardt passed Petty on tracknatural
MartinsvilleWallace passed Gordon on tracknatural
TalladegaMartin passed Earnhardt on tracknatural
Sears PointEarnhardt passed Martin on tracknatural
CharlotteBobby Labonte inherited the lead when Ken Schrader blew an engineincidental
DoverPetty beat out Ted Musgrave on pit stop exchangeoff-track
PoconoT. Labonte inherited the lead after Gordon missed a shift on a restartincidental
MichiganB. Labonte passed Gordon on tracknatural
DaytonaGordon beat Marlin out of pitsoff-track
LoudonGordon passed Earnhardt on tracknatural
PoconoDale Jarrett passed Gordon on tracknatural
TalladegaMarlin passed Martin on tracknatural
IndianapolisEarnhardt beat Wallace on pit stop exchangeoff-track
Watkins GlenMartin passed Wally Dallenbach, Jr. on tracknatural
MichiganB. Labonte won on fuel mileage after Gordon pittedoff-track
BristolT. Labonte passed Jarrett on tracknatural
DarlingtonGordon passed Hut Stricklin on tracknatural
RichmondWallace passed Gordon on tracknatural
DoverGordon passed Bobby Hamilton on tracknatural
MartinsvilleEarnhardt passed Wallace on tracknatural
North WilkesboroMartin passed Jarrett on tracknatural
CharlotteMartin passed T. Labonte on tracknatural
RockinghamWard Burton beat Rusty Wallace on pit stop exchange(?)?
PhoenixRicky Rudd passed Derrike Cope on tracknatural
AtlantaEarnhardt passed Rudd on tracknatural

NASCAR Winston Cup 1996

DaytonaDale Jarrett passed Dale Earnhardt on tracknatural
RockinghamEarnhardt passed Jarrett on tracknatural
RichmondJeff Gordon beat Jeff Burton out of the pitsoff-track
AtlantaEarnhardt beat Terry Labonte on pit stop exchangeoff-track
DarlingtonGordon passed Jarrett on tracknatural
BristolGordon passed Rusty Wallace on tracknatural
North WilkesboroT. Labonte inherited the lead when Wallace crashedincidental
MartinsvilleWallace passed Gordon on tracknatural
TalladegaSterling Marlin passed T. Labonte on tracknatural
Sears PointWallace passed Gordon on tracknatural
CharlotteJarrett passed Gordon on tracknatural
DoverGordon passed Earnhardt on tracknatural
PoconoGordon passed Geoff Bodine on tracknatural
MichiganWallace won on fuel mileage after Gordon pittedoff-track
DaytonaMarlin passed Michael Waltrip on tracknatural
LoudonErnie Irvan inherited the lead when Gordon had an ignition failureincidental
PoconoWallace passed Ricky Rudd on tracknatural
TalladegaGordon passed Jarrett on tracknatural
IndianapolisJarrett passed Irvan on tracknatural
Watkins GlenBodine passed Ken Schrader on track after beating the other leaders on strategystrategic assist
MichiganJarrett passed Mark Martin on tracknatural
BristolWallace passed Gordon on tracknatural
DarlingtonGordon passed Hut Stricklin on tracknatural
RichmondIrvan passed Johnny Benson on tracknatural
DoverGordon beat Jarrett out of the pitsoff-track
MartinsvilleGordon passed Bobby Hamilton on tracknatural
North WilkesboroGordon passed Earnhardt on tracknatural
CharlotteT. Labonte passed Ricky Craven on pit stop exchange (may have passed on track not for the lead)off-track
RockinghamRudd stayed out of the pits under caution and retained the leadoff-track
PhoenixHamilton passed G. Bodine on tracknatural
AtlantaBobby Labonte passed Hamilton on tracknatural

Cumulative wins by type:

DriverTotalNaturalOff-trackIncidentalStrategic Assist
G. Bodine117301
T. Labonte84220
D. Waltrip53200
B. Labonte42110
B. Bodine10010
W. Burton10000
Sean Wrona is the Managing Editor of racermetrics.com, the Webmaster of race-database.com, the winner of the 2010 Ultimate Typing Championship at the SXSW Interactive Conference in Austin, and the ratings compiler and statistician for the Mensa Scrabble-by-Mail SIG. He earned a master's in applied statistics from Cornell University in 2008 and previously digitized several seasons of NBA box scores on basketball-reference.com. You may contact him at sean@racermetrics.com.