The Winston - Paint Schemes
1996: U.S. Olympics in Atlanta
1996 Winston Select:
The silver paint scheme of 1995 was so
popular, that in 1996, RCR again gave its Chevy a special look for the Winston Select. The
stars and stripes of the U.S. flag were painted on the car to support the U.S. Olympics
that were to be held in Atlanta that summer. The trend was catching on. A few weeks later,
Ken Schrader's car was also given a special Olympic paint scheme. Rusty Wallace and Terry
Labonte also used special paint jobs that year.
In the Race:
Dale Jarrett won the first 30-lap segment for a check of $50,000.
Earnhardt rallied from placing 12th in the opening segment to win the second 30-lap
segment. In the first lap of the segment Dale moved from eighth to fifth, and after two
more laps he was up to second. Terry Labonte passed Harry Gant for first place and ran
strong, only to be run down by Earnhardt with six laps to go. Earnhardt also collected a
$50,000 check for his second segment win.
Then came the final 10-lap shootout for the win and the big check. When the racing finally
began, what people thought would happen, did. Earnhardt had Stars 'n' Stripes on the
inside, Terry Labonte was on the outside; neither was backin' off. Earnhardt and Labonte
were side by side (visions of last year's race) when the two cars bumped, taking them high
up the banking in Turn 2. Michael Waltrip, running third, saw the opening on the inside
and took it straight to victory lane. Earnhardt finished 3rd.
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The crew checks the car prior to the race.
On display 2.
A promo shot.
Before the race, teams line their cars up on the frontstretch, facing the grandstands.
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