Earnhardt survives wrecks to finish 3rd_5/20
Dale Earnhardt's Peter Max psychedelic-colored car
wasn't one of the faster cars in Saturday night's Winston. He started the first segment in
12th, but wasn't able to move forward any and finished 13th. Following the first segment,
the top 12 cars were inverted. It was too bad Dale finished 13th; had he finished just one
position higher (12th) he would have been in first place after the top-12 were inverted.
Eight laps into the second
segment, Jeff Gordon got loose and spun in the turn. Steve Park slowed down and Earnhardt
ran into the back of Park while Park ran into Gordon. Dale had minor damage to the front
of his car from the crash. He made a few pit stops under the yellow and got most of the
damage to his nose smoothened out. He went on to finish 10th in the second segment.
The final 10-lap segment featured a battle between Steve Park
and Joe Nemechek that ended in a multi-car accident. When the smoke and debris cleared,
Earnhardt was sitting in fourth. Once the race resumed Dale Earnhardt Jr. tore through the
field, passing his dad, Jerry Nadeau and Dale Jarrett to win the race. The elder Earnhardt
got by Nadeau to finish 3rd.
"I thought I could get up there and give Jarrett some
trouble, said Earnhardt. "I looked in my mirror and here this thing (No. 8 Budweiser
Monte Carlo) comes. He hit the wall back there and it looked like and got it running
better. We thought we were pretty good toward the end. We had wrecked our car up a little
bit. We kept adjusting on it and working on it. I was really surprised I was up there
racing. This red thing ran us down and I knew I just needed to let him go on. I thought I
could go up there with him, but I couldn't. We don't seem to have any luck with the paint
schemes. We're coming with a black car next year, I'll guarantee you. I wish we could have
been up there with him tonight. The Pennzoil car ran good tonight. The Budweiser car won
the race and the Goodwrench car ran good. We're happy."
Earnhardt family had a special day_5/22
Make no doubt about it, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has no problem living
in his fathers shadow. Some days, he prefers things that way. Full Story.
Earnhardt will start 12th in The Winston_5/19
Qualifying for Saturday night's Winston Select was held
today at Charlotte. The qualifying format required each driver to take three laps around
the track - including a pit stop on one of the laps. Dale qualified 12th out of the 18
drivers who were eligible.
The Winston will be run in three segements. The first
two will be a minimum of 30 laps with the final segment a minimum of 10 laps. A field
inversion of 12 cars may occur after the first segment, depending upon the outcome of a
random selection following the segment. Only green-flag laps will count toward the 70-lap
total and any car that pits under caution will not lose a lap provided they return to the
track by the time the green flag is displayed. All restarts will be double file. The
Winston is scheduled for Saturday night, May 20th. (SpeedFX)
Dale Earnhardt is the only three-time winner of The Winston (1987, '90 and '93). Every
year that Earnhardt has won the Winston he has gone on to win the championship. The
seven-time champ is also the leading money winner of the event with $1,234,000 in
winnings. Earnhardt, along with Ricky Rudd and Darrell Waltrip, has run in all 15 editions
of The Winston.
Friday, May 19
- 10:30 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. NWC The Winston
- 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. NWC The Winston Open
- 1:00 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. NWC The Winston Open
Practice (practice times will determine starting positions for the No Bull 25s)
- 2:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m. NWC The Winston
- 7:00 p.m. NWC The Winston Qualifying (3 laps
with pit stop) (will be on TV Saturday at 9 am on TNN)
- 8:45 p.m. NWC The Winston Open No Bull
25s - twin 25-lap races
- Followed by NWC The Winston Practice ( ½ hour)
Saturday, May 20
- 1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. NWC The Winston Practice
- 1:45 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. NWC The Winston Open
- 2:30 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. NWC The Winston Practice
- 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. NWC The Winston
- 7:30 p.m. The Winston Open (30 laps & 16
laps) (TNN begins coverage at 7 pm)
- 9:00 p.m. The Winston (30 laps/30 laps/10 laps) (TNN)
Earnhardt teams up with Peter Max_5/18
The most anticipated special paint scheme of the season will hit the track at
Lowe's Motor Speedway this week. Peter Max, one of America's most-renowned pop artists,
has designed a special color scheme for the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet that seven-time
champion Dale Earnhardt will drive in both of this month's events at the track. Full Story.
The Winston Cup series is off this weekend for Mother's
Day. The following weekend is the Winston Select all-star race in Charlotte. With no new
Earnhardt news to report at this time, below are links to race reports from the '95, '98
and '99 Winston Selects (for those who want something to read).
More changes made to The Winston_5/7
Two additional changes have been made to the format of
this year's Winston all-star race.
In addition to the modifications announced earlier this season - including a
$500,000 payout to the winner of the 70-lap event - The Winston's qualifying process will
start with a two-tire, rather than four-tire, pit stop. More.