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NASCAR: DieHard 500 Results, Bobby Labonte Wins

26 April 1998

By Terry Callahan
The Auto Channel

TALLADEGA, AL: Bobby Labonte has won the NASCAR Winston Cup race in Talladega, AL. Labonte started the DieHard 500 from the pole. It was the first "restrictor plate" victory in Pontiac's history. Labonte held off a hard charging Jimmy Spencer for the win.

Complete results with finishing position, (starting position), driver, hometown, car make, laps completed and money won follows:

1. (1) Bobby Labonte, Corpus Christi, Texas, Pontiac, 188, $141,870.
2. (22) Jimmy Spencer, Berwick, Pa., Ford, 188, $97,920.
3. (9) Dale Jarrett, Hickory, N.C., Ford, 188, $82,370.
4. (3) Terry Labonte, Corpus Christi, Texas, Chevrolet, 188, $85,520.
5. (6) Jeff Gordon, Pittsboro, Ind., Chevrolet, 188, $74,490.
6. (19) Ernie Irvan, Salinas, Calif., Pontiac, 188, $52,080.
7. (35) Kenny Wallace, St. Louis, Ford, 188, $45,830.
8. (20) Ward Burton, South Boston, Va., Pontiac, 188, $46,630.
9. (14) Sterling Marlin, Columbia, Tenn., Chevrolet, 188, $37,230.
10. (10) Randy LaJoie, South Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 188, $48,580.
11. (41) Brett Bodine, Chemung, N.Y., Ford, 188, $44,675.
12. (23) Rusty Wallace, St. Louis, Ford, 188, $44,295.
13. (37) Jeremy Mayfield, Owensboro, Ky., Ford, 188, $39,615.
14. (29) Kevin Lepage, Shelburne, Vt., Chevrolet, 187, $30,785.
15. (24) Darrell Waltrip, Franklin, Tenn., Chevrolet, 187, $28,555.
16. (42) Steve Grissom, Gadsden, Ala., Chevrolet, 187, $39,065.
17. (27) David Green, Owensboro, Ky., Chevrolet, 187, $30,400.
18. (36) Rick Mast, Lexington, Va., Ford, 186, $29,710.
19. (26) Dennis Setzer, Newton, N.C., Ford, 186, $26,620.
20. (16) Dick Trickle, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Ford, 185, $37,810.
21. (33) Michael Waltrip, Owensboro, Ky., Ford, 184, $36,570.
22. (7) Derrike Cope, Spanaway, Wash., Pontiac, 182, $35,300.
23. (38) Mark Martin, Batesville, Ark., Ford, 180, $41,990.
24. (13) Ricky Rudd, Chesapeake, Va., Ford, 179, $40,985.
25. (8) Lake Speed, Jackson, Miss., Ford, 178, $34,580.
26. (21) Wally Dallenbach, Basalt, Colo., Chevrolet, 176, $27,300.
27. (28) Dave Marcis, Wausau, Wis., Chevrolet, 176, $24,045.
28. (31) Billy Standridge, Shelby, N.C., Chevrolet, 172, handling, $23,890.
29. (4) Ken Schrader, Fenton, Mo., Chevrolet, 157, handling, $33,835.
30. (30) Bobby Hamilton, Nashville, Tenn., Chevrolet, 153, engine failure, $38,580.
31. (43) Robert Pressley, Asheville, N.C., Ford, 152, $33,725.
32. (11) Joe Nemechek, Lakeland, Fla., Chevrolet, 150, crash, $32,770.
33. (15) John Andretti, Indianapolis, Pontiac, 150, crash, $38,140.
34. (34) Chad Little, Spokane, Wash.., Ford, 145, crash, $23,210.
35. (5) Morgan Shepherd, Conover, N.C., Chevrolet, 145, handling, $22,955.
36. (2) Dale Earnhardt, Kannapolis, N.C., Chevrolet, 144, handling, $38,250.
37. (12) Jerry Nadeau, Danbury, Conn., Ford, 144, handling, $22,586.
38. (32) Kyle Petty, Randleman, N.C., Pontiac, 142, handling, $29,350.
39. (17) Bill Elliott, Dawsonville, Ga., Ford, 141, crash, $31,850.
40. (25) Kenny Irwin, Indianapolis, Ford, 128, engine failure, $37,250.
41. (39) Johnny Benson, Grand Rapids, Mich., Ford, 127, engine failure, $22,050.
42. (40) Ted Musgrave, Franklin, Wis., Ford, 110, ignition, $28,950.
43. (18) Jeff Burton, South Boston, Va., Ford, 51, engine failure, $38,450.