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1999 DieHard 500

Race: DieHard 500 (Race No. 9)
Date: April 25, 1999
Track: Talladega Superspeedway
Qualified: 17th
Finished: 1st
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 188 of 188
Points Pos. Before/After Race: 15/9
Points Earned: 185
Money Earned: $147,795


Earnhardt rides to victory in Talladega!  Apr. 25
Dale Earnhardt picked up win No. 1 of 1999 today with a hair raising victory in the DieHard 500!  The 'Intimidator', who has now visited victory lane 72 times, held off Dale Jarrett and Mark Martin in the race's closing laps to claim the win.  Earnhardt started 17th but was up to 9th spot just three laps into the event. He moved into 3rd by lap seven.  From there, Earnhardt dominated the race, leading the most laps and picking up his eighth Talladega victory.  The win, which followed his IROC victory yesterday, moved Dale from 15th to 9th in the Winston Cup points.  Full Story.


Earnhardt wins IROC with last-lap pass!  Apr. 24
(IROC) Dale Earnhardt secured the victory at Talladega today with a brilliant last lap pass. Earnhardt overtook Rusty Wallace in the final corner of the final lap crossing the finish line a half car length ahead of Wallace taking the checkered flag for the second time this season.

The last lap of today's race was almost a carbon copy of the Daytona IROC race where Earnhardt put the move on Mark Martin in the final corner of the final lap securing the victory.

Earnhardt, who started last, was up to second position just 3 laps into the race.  He lost the lead draft midway through the race but was able to catch back up.  Earnhardt has now won both IROC races of the season.
Fans: At irocracing.com you can now see the broadcast of Round 2 of IROC. Also available is the post-race conference will Dale Earnhardt.

Earnhardt displeased, qualifies only 17th  Apr. 23
Dale Earnhardt could muster from his No. 3 Monte Carlo only enough speed for the 17th position in first-round qualifying at Talladega.  Earnhardt indicated that, obviously, he is not getting the speed he wants out of his car.  His lap of 195.472 mph will get him into the race in first-round qualifying for a change, however.

Earnhardt, who leads all drivers with seven victories at Talladega, posted the 13th quickest lap on Friday afternoon in practice, with a lap of 194.444 mph.  The lap was 2.3 seconds slower than the best lap of the session, posted by Joe Nemechek.

Talladega "Happy Hour" will be televised on Saturday night at 11 p.m. ET on espn2, and will be re-televised on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on espn2.  The DieHard 500 begins Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.

Earnhardt knows Talladega  Apr. 22
Dale Earnhardt returns to Talladega this weekend with expectations of continuing his restrictor-plate supremacy.  In 47 restrictor-plate starts, Earnhardt has won eight times and has led at least one lap in 40 of those races with a total of 1,998 laps led. Earnhardt has not yet led a lap this season. He has finished in the top 10 in 36 of the 47 restrictor-plate starts and averages 147 points in those races, better than any active driver with at least four starts at Daytona or Talladega.


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