NASCAR WCUP: Dale Earnhardt wins Talladega Again
18 October 1999SnoopByMail@racingpr.com
It was DALE and DALE, down to the wire, delighting the full-house crowd at the NASCAR Winston 500 race at Talladega Speedway Sunday afternoon. It was drama, it was show biz, it was everything that NASCAR extols at the drivers' meetings. The Margin of Victory of DALE EARNHARDT/No.3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet over DALE JARRETT/No.88 Quality Care Ford was 0.144 seconds. Winning for the second time this year at Talladega was the third victory this season for The Intimidator, who now has 74 to his name. And this from someone who started 27th on the grid, the furthest back any Talladega winner has ever started.... a man who had to change an engine Saturday and requalify for the race, as did his RCR teammate, MICHAEL SKINNER/No.31 Lowes Chevrolet.
Jarrett left Talladega with even more of a points lead over BOBBY LABONTE/No.18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac, 246 points, with four races remaining in the 1999 season. Next year there will be 34 races in much the same order and at the same tracks, with no new tracks.
Pole sitter JOE NEMECHEK/No.42 BellSouth Chevrolet finished 30th.
MICHAEL WALTRIP/No.7 Philips Chevrolet was leading in the waning laps of the race, perhaps on to his way to finally winning a race when his engine thought otherwise, and yet again Waltrip finished out of the money - this time in 39th place, 34 laps down. Talk about a Malox moment.
There were 32 lead changes among 16 drivers, and only three cautions for a total of 17 laps out of 188. Twenty-one drivers finished on the lead lap, with six of the 43 failing to finish - three from accidents and three from mechanicals.
Chevrolet claims bragging rights at Talladega, and Daytona International Speedway, for 27 of 40 restrictor-plate races - 67.5%. With Earnhardt's win Sunday, RCR Racing and RICHARD CHILDRESS now lay claim to the most such wins - ten. Monday and Tuesday BOBBY HAMILTON runs a NASCAR test in his new 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo at Talladega.
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it's only fitting to acknowledge all that Jarrett, Ford, Ford Credit and Quality Care have done for the cause. Ford Credit donates money for every podium finish, $10,000 for first, $7500 for second and $5000 third, as well as $5000 for every pole. Their total this year is $95,000. The collectible profits, $86,013,from Jarrett's special Cancer car at The Winston in May were donated to the Susan B. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation by DALE and KELLY JARRETT, ROBERT YATES, MARK BODONI of Quality Care Service and BERNARD SILVERSTONE of Ford Credit. Just last week in Dallas, Jarrett and his wife Kelly received the JILL IRELAND Award from the Koman Foundation for voluntarism. At the lunch the Jarretts, MARK BONDONI of Quality Care Service and BERNARD SILVERSTONE from Ford Credit gave a check for to the Foundation.
UNOFFICIAL WINSTON CUP STANDINGS 1 DALE JARRETT/Ford 4602 2 BOBBY LABONTE/Pontiac 4356 3 MARK MARTIN/Ford 4283 4 JEFF GORDON/Chevrolet 4168 5 *TONY STEWART/Pontiac 4159 6 JEFF BURTON/Ford 4063 7 DALE EARNHARDT/Chevrolet 4039 8 RUSTY WALLACE/Ford 3677 9 WARD BURTON/Pontiac 3507 10 MIKE SKINNER/Chevrolet 3491 UNOFFICIAL WINSTON 500 RACE RESULTS 1 DALE EARNHARDT/Chevrolet 2 DALE JARRETT/Ford 3 RICKY RUDD/Ford 4 WARD BURTON/Pontiac 5 KENNY WALLACE/Chevrolet 6 *TONY STEWART/Pontiac 7 BOBBY LABONTE/Pontiac 8 JEFF BURTON/Ford 9 BOBBY HAMILTON/Chevrolet 10 KENNY IRWIN/Ford 11 RUSTY WALLACE/Ford 12 JEFF GORDON/Chevrolet 13 MIKE SKINNER/Chevrolet 14 STEVE PARK/Chevrolet 15 MARK MARTIN/Ford 16 JEREMY MAYFIELD/Ford 17 DAVID GREEN/Pontiac 18 KEVIN LEPAGE/Ford 19 KYLE PETTY/Pontiac 20 BILL ELLIOTT/Ford 21 *ELLIOT SADLER/Ford 22 STERLING MARLIN/Chevrolet 23 GEOFFREY BODINE/Chevrolet 24 JIMMY SPENCER/Ford 25 KEN SCHRADER/Chevrolet 26 RICK MAST/Ford 27 BUCKSHOT JONES/Pontiac 28 STEVE GRISSOM/Chevrolet 29 TED MUSGRAVE/Ford 30 JOE NEMECHEK/Chevrolet 31 BRETT BODINE/Ford 32 JOHN ANDRETTI/Pontiac 33 ED BERRIER/Ford 34 TERRY LABONTE/Chevrolet 35 WALLY DALLENBACH/Chevrolet 36 CHAD LITTLE/Ford 37 DERRIKE COPE/Chevrolet 38 DAVE MARCIS/Chevrolet 39 MICHAEL WALTRIP/Chevrolet 40 JERRY NADEAU/Pontiac 41 RICH BICKLE/Ford 42 JOHNNY BENSON/Ford 43 ANDY HILLENBURG/Chevrolet UNOFFICIAL MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS 1 FORD 204 2 CHEVROLET 194 3 PONTIAC 172 NASCAR WINSTON CUP STARTING GRID 1 JOE NEMECHEK/Chevrolet 2 RICKY RUDD/Ford 3 KENNY WALLACE/Chevrolet 4 KEN SCHRADER/Chevrolet 5 *TONY STEWART/Pontiac 6 STERLING MARLIN/Chevrolet 7 WALLY DALLENBACH/Chevrolet 8 TERRY LABONTE/Chevrolet 9 MARK MARTIN/Ford 10 RUSTY WALLACE/Ford 11 BOBBY LABONTE/Pontiac 12 MICHAEL WALTRIP/Chevrolet 13 WARD BURTON/Pontiac 14 JEFF GORDON/Chevrolet 15 JEREMY MAYFIELD/Ford 16 JEFF BURTON/Ford 17 DALE JARRETT/Ford 18 KEVIN LEPAGE/Ford 19 STEVE GRISSOM/Chevrolet 20 KENNY IRWIN/Ford 21 JOHNNY BENSON/Ford 22 CHAD LITTLE/Ford 23 BOBBY HAMILTON/Chevrolet 24 JERRY NADEAU/Pontiac 25 DAVE MARCIS/Chevrolet 26 MIKE SKINNER/Chevrolet 27 DALE EARNHARDT/Chevrolet 28 DAVID GREEN/Pontiac 29 DERRIKE COPE/Chevrolet 30 TED MUSGRAVE/Ford 31 KYLE PETTY/Pontiac 32 RICH BICKLE/Ford 33 ANDY HILLENBURG/Chevrolet 34 *ELLIOT SADLER/Ford 35 STEVE PARK/Chevrolet 36 JOHN ANDRETTI/Pontiac PROVISIONALS 37 JIMMY SPENCER/Ford 38 BILL ELLIOTT/Ford 39 GEOFFREY BODINE/Chevrolet 40 RICK MAST/Ford 41 BRETT BODINE/Ford 42 BUCKSHOT JONES/Pontiac 43 ED BERRIER/Ford DID NOT QUALIFY BOBBY GERHART/Chevrolet ROBERT PRESLEY/Ford DARRELL WALTRIP/Ford HUT STRICKLIN/Ford *-Rookie