A look at the inaugural Brickyard 400 starters

Where Are They Now: A look at the starters from the 1994 Brickyard 400 INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004 -- A look at the 43 starters from the inaugural Brickyard 400 on Aug. 6, 1994, in the order they finished in that race: 1. JEFF GORDON...

Where Are They Now: A look at the starters from the 1994 Brickyard 400

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004 -- A look at the 43 starters from the inaugural Brickyard 400 on Aug. 6, 1994, in the order they finished in that race:

1. JEFF GORDON -- Won inaugural Brickyard 400 two days after 23rd birthday. Has won two more Brickyard 400s, three Brickyard 400 poles, has led 309 laps and won $4,170,109. Has won four NASCAR championships, 68 races and $60 million-plus in 385 races. In position to win a fifth title while still driving the DuPont Chevrolet. Turned 33 on Aug. 4.

2. BRETT BODINE -- Never finished better than 18th in seven more Brickyard 400 starts. Drove in 480 Cup races, one win in 1990. He and wife, Diane, formed Brett Bodine Racing. Hired as NASCAR's special projects engineer in April 2004. Age 45.

3. BILL ELLIOTT -- Won 2002 Brickyard 400, has seven top-eight finishes in 10 Brickyard starts. Retired from full-time racing at end of 2003 season, but the Brickyard 400 is one of the few races he's running this season. Has 734 Cup starts, 44 victories. Was first Winston Million winner. Age 48.

4. RUSTY WALLACE -- Has eight top-eight finishes in the Brickyard 400, including three seconds. Has never won. Has 55 career Cup victories and passed $40 million in winnings. Ended long losing streak with victory at Martinsville, Va., on April 18. Brickyard will be 655th start. Turns 48 Aug. 14.

5. DALE EARNHARDT -- Returned to win 1995 Brickyard 400. Finished in top 10 in five of seven Brickyard 400 starts. Clinched the IROC championship in 1999 and 2000 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Drove in 676 Cup races, won 76, seven championships. Fatally injured in a last-lap crash in 2001 Daytona 500. Was two months shy of his 50th birthday.

6. DARRELL WALTRIP -- Drove in seven Brickyard 400s before retiring after the 2000 season. Ended career at Indy in flourish with front -row start and 11th-place finish. Ended Cup career with 809 starts, Eighty-four wins tied for third all-time. Now Fox Sports announcer for NASCAR races. Also drives occasional Busch, truck races. Age 57.

7. KEN SCHRADER -- Missed last year's Brickyard 400. Seventh was best finish in nine starts. Has started 616 NASCAR races, won four times. Captured three straight Daytona poles (1988-90), Still racing regularly. 33rd in 2004 standings. Turned 49 on May 29.

8. MICHAEL WALTRIP -- His first Brickyard 400 start was the only one where he finished in top 10. Started fifth last year. Became only eighth driver to win Daytona 500 twice (2001, 2003). Has 590 Cup starts. 17th in 2004 point standings. Age 41.

9. TODD BODINE --- Youngest of three Bodine brothers who drove in first Brickyard 400. The 1994 finish was his only top-10 finish in six starts. Driving limited schedule in NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series this year. 42nd in Cup standings. Turned 40 this year.

10. MORGAN SHEPHERD -- Drove in four Brickyard 400s. Finished fifth in 1996 race after starting 38th. Made first NASCAR start in 1970. Started 11 races in 2004, 32nd is best finish. Led 75th lap of 2004 Pepsi 400 at Daytona to become oldest driver ever to lead a Cup race. Entered at Indy, would become oldest starter if he qualifies. Age 62.

11. RICKY RUDD -- Won 1997 Brickyard 400 and pole for 2000 race. Has earned $1,540,249 in 10 Brickyard starts. This year's Brickyard start will be 824th of NASCAR career, third all-time. Has won 23 times, but not in last two seasons. 28th in 2004 Cup standings. Best finish is 11th at Richmond. Age 47.

12. TERRY LABONTE -- Finished third in 1996 Brickyard, has started all 10 races at Indianapolis. Won NASCAR title in 1984, 1996. The New Hampshire race July 25 was his 800th career start. 20th in 2004 standings. Finished sixth at Pocono. Age 48.

13. TED MUSGRAVE -- Thirteenth in first Brickyard 400 was best finish in eight starts. Left Cup racing to compete in Craftsman Truck Series in 2001. In 2003 battled cancer during season. Returned full-time this year and is fourth in Craftsman Truck standings. Will be 50 Dec. 18.

14. STERLING MARLIN -- Has started all 10 Brickyard 400s. Best finish was second in 2001. Driving in 28th season. Has won Daytona 500 twice. Finished third in Cup standings in 1995 and 2001. 18th in 2004 standings. Has 624 Cup starts. Age 47.

15. LAKE SPEED -- Started first Brickyard 400 as provisional, qualified for next three. Started 13th in 1996. Best finish was 12th in 1997. Led seven laps. Was six-time world karting champion. Drove in Cup racing from1980-98. One win, at spring Darlington race. Still lives in Kannapolis/Concord, N.C. area, selling real estate, rearing three children. Has four grandchildren by an older son. Drives in Historic Stock Car Racing Association events. Age 56.

16. BOBBY LABONTE -- Won 2000 Brickyard 400 to conclude series of finishes of 2-3-2-1. Has won $2,276,363. In thick of fight (9th) for top 10 in standings at 26-race cutoff for 2004 10-race shootout. Has started Cup 386 races, won 21. Winless this season. Terry Labonte's younger brother. Turned 40 May 8.

17. ERNIE IRVAN -- Pitted as leader five laps from finish of first Brickyard 400, fell to 17th. Finished second in 1995. Second head injury caused him to announce retirement Sept. 3, 1999. Drove in 313 Cup races. Won five, including 1991 Daytona 500. Runs Ernie Irvan Enterprises. Associated with United Sprint Car Series. Toured U.S. Air Force bases in Europe in July. Age 45.

18. GREG SACKS -- Started first four Brickyard 400s. Led four laps in first race. Raced Winston Cup part time from 1983 until injured in 1998 crash at Texas. Won 1985 Firecracker 400. Started own team in 2004. Racing again, made first Cup start since April 1998 at Pocono Entered in Brickyard 400. Age 51.

19. JEFF BURTON -- Has a fifth-place and sixth-place finish in 10 Brickyard 400 starts. Driven for Jack Roush for the past nine seasons, winning 17 times. Third in points in 2000. 25th in points this season. Career earnings near $35 million. Age 37.

20. JOE NEMECHEK -- Three 20th-place finishes are best results in 10 Brickyard 400 starts. Led one lap in 2002. Started Cup racing in 1993. Has wins at New Hampshire, Rockingham and Richmond. 24th in 2004 Cup standings. Age 39.

21. BOBBY HILLIN JR. -- Started three Brickyard 400s. Fifth place in 1996 was most noteworthy effort. Son of former Indy car owner Bobby Hillin Sr. Drove in NASCAR from 1982-96, won one race in '86. Runs a non-destructive excavating company that uncovers utility lines in Houston. Age 40.

22. RICK MAST -- Won pole for first Brickyard 400. Had finishes of eighth and ninth in the Brickyard 400 in 1995-96, respectively. Last Brickyard start came in 2000. Drove in 364 Cup races. Quit racing in May 2002. Had lost 43 pounds, diagnosed with carbon-monoxide poisoning. Retired to Virginia farm. Age 47.

23. WALLY DALLENBACH JR. -- Started six Brickyard 400s. Led 14 laps in 1997. Son of long-time Indy car driver and official Wally Dallenbach. Drove in 226 Cup races during career; made one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start this year. Has moved to the TV booth where he is commentates on NASCAR races on NBC. Age 41.

24. BOBBY HAMILTON -- Drove in first eight Brickyard 400s. Highlight was second-place start, 11th-place finish in 1995. Cup career started in 1989. Had four wins, including 2001 Talladega 500. Second in Craftsman Truck standings this season with three wins. Son Bobby Jr. has five Cup starts, will replace Ricky Craven in 2005. Age 47.

25. KYLE PETTY -- Driven in nine Brickyard 400s. Best start fourth in 2000. Best finish 13th in 1997. Led single lap in 1996. 2004 Brickyard will be 699th career start. Has won eight Cup races, none since 1995. Son of Hall of Famer Richard Petty. Turned 44 on June 20.

26. JEREMY MAYFIELD -- Finished fifth in 1997 Brickyard 400. Started nine Brickyard 400s, led lap in 2002. Has driven in 328 Cup races, won three. 11th in current standings. Age 35.

27. DERRIKE COPE -- Competed in six Brickyard 400s. Returned in 2003 after missing three straight seasons. Best finish 12th in 1997. 394 Cup starts, two wins. Most remembered victory was 1990 Daytona 500, when he passed a slowing Dale Earnhardt on the final lap. Has started 13 races this season. Also works as motivational speaker. Age 45.

28. JOHN ANDRETTI -- Driven in all 10 Brickyard 400s. Best finish was seventh in 1998. Also has driven in seven Indianapolis 500s. Grew up in Indianapolis. Has 332 Cup starts, wins at Daytona, Martinsville. Released by Petty Enterprises in June 2003, drove for three other teams for 29 total races. Has started five races in 2004. Drove relief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Pocono in last race. Age 41.

29. RICH BICKLE -- Started five Brickyard 500s. Best finish was 29th. Started 85 Cup races, with one top-five finish, between 1989-2000. Now racing Craftsman Trucks, occasional ASA event. Age 43.

30. A.J. FOYT -- First Brickyard 400 was Foyt's last race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Started 35 Indianapolis 500s, won four, both records. Took green in 1994 Brickyard 400 from 40th spot, finished 30th. Son Larry started Brickyard 400 last year, Indianapolis 500 this year. A.J. Foyt won seven Cup races, including Daytona 500. Made 71 Cup starts overall. Age 69.

31. WARD BURTON -- Has started all 10 Brickyard 400s. Best finish was sixth in 1999, 2001. Brickyard 400 will be 343rd Cup race. Has won five races, including 2002 Daytona 500. 27th in 2004 standings. Age 42.

32. JIMMY HENSLEY -- Started first two Brickyard 400s. Finished 32nd each race. Started 93 races in Cup, 254 in Busch, 146 in Craftsman Trucks during career. Only two wins came in trucks. Retired to Ridgeway, Va., home. Age 58.

33. DANNY SULLIVAN -- One of four Indy-car drivers to start first Brickyard 400. Started 33rd, finished 26th in only career Cup start. Drove in 12 Indy 500s. Won 1985 race. Also raced in Formula One. Now involved with Red Bull F1 Driver Search program to develop an American driver for Formula One. Lives in the south of France. Age 55.

34. JEFF PURVIS -- Made two starts in Brickyard 400, finishing 34th in 1994, 37th in 1997. Drove in 50 Cup races over nine years, 186 Busch races (four wins). Injured in 2002 race at Nazareth, Pa. Made Busch start at Nazareth in 2004. Included in Clarksville, Tenn., Customs House Museum sports Hall of Fame. Age 45.

35. MARK MARTIN -- Has five top-five finishes in Brickyard 400, but no victories. Finished second in 2001. Has led 43 laps. One of NASCAR Cup stalwarts since 1981. Was series runner-up four times. This year's Brickyard 400 will be his 587th career start. Has won 34 races, including Dover in 2004. His winnings top $40 million. Age 45.

36. HUT STRICKLIN -- Drove in seven Brickyard 400s. Best finish 14th came in 2000. Last of NASCAR's vaunted Alabama Gang. Started 328 Cup races, 53 Busch races without victory. Has opened a truck salvage yard in Cleveland, Tenn. Age 43.

37. HARRY GANT -- Drove only in first Brickyard 400. Started 42nd as provisional, finished 37th. Led one lap. Won 18 of 470 Cup races. Earned nickname of "Mr. September" when he won four straight in September 1991 at age 51. Won 21 of 128 Busch starts. Retired to North Carolina farm after '94 season. Drove 11 Craftsman Truck Series races in '96. Age 64.

38. GEOFF BRABHAM -- Australian, only non-American to start Brickyard 400. Involved in accident on 128th lap in 1994 in his only career stock-car start. Drove in 10 Indy 500s. Finished fourth in 1983. Was standout sports-car endurance driver. Son of three-time Formula One World Champion Jack Brabham. Lives again in Australia and is BMW Group's driving instructor. Age 51.

39. GEOFFREY BODINE -- Started fourth in inaugural Brickyard 400. Led when he tangled with brother Brett Bodine on Lap 99. Started six more Brickyard 400s. Has started 568 Cup races, won 18. Has 100 top-five finishes. Only one start in 2003, but drove other cars. Tested in July for 2004 Brickyard. Age 55.

40. DALE JARRETT -- Inauspicious Brickyard 400 start, taken out in accident on Lap 100. Became two-time Brickyard 400 winner by taking checkered flag in 1996, 1999. Finished 39th last year. Started 551 Cup races. Won 1999 championship, three Daytona 500s, $44 million. Holds 12th in current standings. Age 47.

41. DAVE MARCIS -- Started four Brickyard 400s. 35th was best finish. Second all-time in Cup starts with 883. Won five races. Drove mostly own car or for low-budget teams. Helped develop IROC cars for Indy. Competed in one IROC race at Speedway. Last Cup race was in 2002. Age 63.

42. MIKE CHASE -- Received Winston West provisional with car number 50W. Slowest qualifier A.J. Foyt carried No. 50, so Chase's number was changed to 58. Involved in accident Lap 38, finished 42nd. Moved from California to North Carolina in 1993, drove in Craftsman Truck Series in 1995-96. Worked as shop foreman, shock specialist for Larry Foyt at 2003 Brickyard 400. Now mechanic for ST Racing Busch team of Stacey Compton. Age 52.

43. JIMMY SPENCER -- Has driven in every Brickyard 400. Best finish of eighth came in 2003. Has 452 career Cup starts, with two victories. Wins came in second Daytona and Talladega races in 1994. Driving Morgan-McClure Chevy on limited basis in 2004. 36th in 2004 Cup standings. Age 47.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Brett Bodine , Wally Dallenbach , Ernie Irvan , Terry Labonte , Larry Foyt , Ricky Craven , Richard Petty , Jack Brabham , Jack Roush , A.J. Foyt