Earnhardt News
2001 Season

Earnhardt, Labonte, Jarrett added to IROC 2001

Dale Earnhardt is tied at four with Mark Martin for most IROC championships. He will try for five in 2001.

Tinton Falls, N.J. (January 5, 2001)
Three Winston Cup champions have been added to the 2001 International Race of Champions competition.

2000 IROC Champion Dale Earnhardt, NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Bobby Labonte, and 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Dale Jarrett were announced Friday as participants in the twenty-fifth anniversary season of the True Value International Race of Champions.

Dale Earnhardt is the only one of the three drivers named Friday who has an IROC title. His second place finish in the NASCAR Winston Cup final points standings backed up the automatic invite for the reigning True Value IROC Champion. Earnhardt's fourth True Value IROC crown ties him with Mark Martin for the most series' championships.

Labonte's stellar year in NASCAR Winston Cup competition fortified the 36-year old his second series invitation. He picked up his first True Value IROC win at Talladega last year and finished up fourth in final points.

Dale Jarrett returns for his fifth consecutive True Value IROC series. Jarrett placed fourth in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup final points standing with two wins and 24 top-ten finishes, of which 15 were in the top-five. Jarrett placed ninth in 2000 True Value IROC competition.

The series begins on February 16 with race one at Daytona International Speedway and will be broadcast on ESPN Sunday, February 18 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Labonte, Earnhardt and Jarrett join previously announced Indy Racing Northern Light series Champion Buddy Lazier, fellow Northern Light series drivers Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever, Jr., and Mark Dismore. Also previously announced were NASCAR Busch Grand National Champion Jeff Green, and NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Jeff Burton and Ricky Rudd.  Final driver selections will be announced next week.

True Value is the world's largest hardware and home center retailer with more than 6,500 locations worldwide, representing annual retail sales of more than $18 billion. True Value's racing involvement includes a 16-year history with IROC as well as involvement with NASCAR. Additional information on True Value and individual True Value locations is available at www.truevalue.com.



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