WCUP: Ernie Irvan Notes and Quotes from Talladega

22 April 1999

"M&Mís"® Racing/Ernie Irvan
Talladega Superspeedway
Notes And Quotes

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Ernie Irvanís Talladega Superspeedway HighlightsÖ
Talladega Superspeedway has been a friend to Ernie Irvan, driver of the "M&Mís" Pontiac. Irvan has been the fastest qualifier on five occasions at the
2.66-mile track, which places him third on the Talladega Superspeedway
all-time list of fastest qualifiers. If he wins the pole this weekend in the
"M&Mís" Pontiac, he will tie Cale Yarborough for second place on the list.

Irvanís most successful outings at Talladega Superspeedway have come in the
spring event. In 10 springtime starts at the track, Irvan has captured the
pole position four times, has one win, four top-five and six top-10
finishes.

Irvan is looking to take the ďM&MísĒģ Pontiac to victory lane at Talladega
for win number three. His first Talladega victory came in the fall of 1992
followed by a second win in the spring of 1993.

The "M&Mís" Racing Team experienced their best qualifying effort of the
1999 season last weekend at Martinsville Speedway. The No. 36 Pontiac
qualified seventh for the event, breaking the previous qualifying record.


Ernie Irvanís thoughts on racing at Talladega SuperspeedwayÖ
"Once the race goes green it is important to be familiar with the
characteristics of the track, especially on the big tracks. At Talladega
there is so much that goes into not only being fast, but also having
control. Iíve got to really have a lot of finesse with the gas pedal.
Another really critical part of restrictor plate racing at the
superspeedways is fuel mileage. Since the tires donít back off very much at
Talladega and Daytona, we usually need fuel before we need tires. Those are
just a few things that make Talladega and Daytona unique. Restrictor plate
races are always tough and the best cars are always going to win. That is
pretty much true at all races, but especially at superspeedways. A slow car
is not going to win at Talladega."

Ernie Irvan at Talladega Superspeedway
Year	Event	        St	Fin   Earnings  Event	        St	Fin	Earnings
1988	Winston 500	41	32	4,350	Diehard 500	31	32	3,235
1989	Winston 500	34	25	5,275	DieHard 500	33	20	7,125
1990	Winston 500	4	4	30,150	DieHard 500	16	6	16,325
1991	Winston 500	1	32	15,740	DieHard 500	3	33	13,645
1992	Winston 500	1	5	35,840	DieHard 500	7	1	81,815
1993	Winston 500	16	1	85,875	DieHard 500	2	2	53,210
1994	Winston 500	1	2	67,990	DieHard 500	5	3	47,130
1996	Winston 500	1	31	32,155	DieHard 500	6	4	44,455
1997	Winston 500	7	10	40,800	DieHard 500	1	5	57,275
1998	DieHard 500	19	6	52,080	Winston 500	20	37	35,206

	Starts	Wins Top Five Top 10  Poles 	Earnings
Spring	10	1	4	6	4	370,255
Fall	10	1	5	6	1	359,421
Total	20	2	9	12	5	729,676

Ernie Irvanís 1999 Winston Cup Cumulative Results
Date	Race	                        St	Fin.	Earnings	Status
2/14 	Daytona International Speedway	31	14	$123,584	Running
2/21 	North Carolina Speedway	        34	29	32,675	Running
3/7 	Las Vegas Motor Speedway	40	6	95,075	Running
3/14 	Atlanta Motor Speedway	        21	7	40,220	Running
3/21 	Darlington Raceway	        37	24	32,235	Running
3/28 	Texas Motor Speedway	        22	37	45,950	Engine
4/11 	Bristol Motor Speedway	        41	43	32,161	Handling
4/18 	Martinsville Speedway	         7	22	34,150	Running
4/25 	Talladega Superspeedway
5/2 	California Speedway
5/15 	Richmond International Raceway
5/30 	Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/ 6 	Dover Downs
6/13 	Michigan Speedway
6/20 	Pocono Raceway
6/27 	Sears Point Raceway
7/3	Daytona International Speedway
7/11 	New Hampshire Intl. Speedway
7/25	Pocono Raceway
8/7 	Indianapolis Motor Speedway
8/15 	Watkins Glen International
8/22 	Michigan Speedway
8/28 	Bristol Motor Speedway
9/5 	Darlington Raceway
9/11 	Richmond International Raceway
9/19 	New Hampshire Intl. Speedway
9/26 	Dover Downs
10/ 3 	Martinsville Speedway
10/10 	Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/17 	Talladega Superspeedway
10/24 	North Carolina Motor Speedway
11/7 	Phoenix International Raceway
11/14 	Homestead Motorsports Complex
11/ 21 	Atlanta Motor Speedway

Totals:	Starts	Top 5	Top 10	Poles	Outside Poles	Money Won*
  	  8	  0	  2	  0	     0	        $458,550

*Includes non-points money


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