Begins Full-time Sprint Cup Career

2/20/2000

With Budweiser as his primary sponsor, Dale Jr. moved into NASCAR Sprint Cup action full time in 2000. Tony Eury Sr. and the Nationwide Series championship-winning team from the previous two seasons moved with him. Junior's official rookie season featured highs and lows. He captured two wins in his first 16 races, and he became the first rookie to win NASCAR's all-star race, The Winston. But the second half of the season saw only one top-10 (10th at Dover on June 4, 2000) and four DNFs. He finished second to Matt Kenseth for rookie of the year.