Earnhardt the top Chevy in Daytona_7/1
race all but dominated by Fords, Dale Earnhardt was the highest finishing Chevy in the
Pepsi 400, coming home 8th.
Earnhardt started 18th but was never a real threat until the end of the race. He didn't
get into the top 5 until passing Ward Burton for 5th on lap 96.
In the closing laps Earnhardt and Jarrett began drafting together and worked their way
into the third and fourth positions by Lap 139 (of 160).
On Lap 141, Earnhardt and Jarrett picked up another spot and brought Martin and Stewart
with them around Wallace. Then Earnhardt went low to pass Jeff Burton for the lead, but
Jarrett went high. Jarrett got by Earnhardt for third. A late caution for a Jimmy Spencer
wreck set up a 4 lap shootout.
Earnhardt then got shuffled back to 8th after being passed by Rusty Wallace with three
laps to go. Dale was able to gain 14 points on Bobby Labonte after Bobby finished 12th.
"Aerodynamically and speed wise, we couldn't go with them
on the restarts, said Earnhardt. "Handling wise after I'd get going, I could really
work on 'em, especially down there off turn two. The car was turning good down there. We
had a good setup in it. The guys did a good job.
"I think the Chevrolets are all about 15th-place cars. I was just lucky to
come home in the top 10. Once we got going and ran awhile, we got 'em on hot tires. I
think we could race 'em. It didn't give you a chance on that restart. They sort of sucked
up on you and got around me. It's hard to block 'em all at one time. I was expecting no
help from whoever. Everybody was wanting to better their position. You can't blame 'em.
Everybody behind them was pulling out and it was just a chess match. Not a race, just a
chess match. Lost 15 or 20 to the 88 didn't we? I want to beat them (18 and 88) both. We
lost ground on that 88. He's behind us, but he's as much a factor as that 18 car."
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Earnhardt has had his fill of plate racing_6/30
Dale Earnhardt has run in all 50 of the Daytona
and Talladega races in which restrictor plates have been used, and leads all drivers with
10 wins, 31 top-fives, 38 top-10s and 2,084 laps led. Despite that success, he hates plate
Jarrett would love a last-lap crack at No. 3_6/30
In the Pepsi 400 last year, fans never got to
see Dales Jarrett and Earnhardt battle against each other for the victory thanks to a
late-race spin by Jeremy Mayfield. Full Story.
Earnhardt will line up 18th in Pepsi 400_6/29
ran the 18th fastest lap (184.888 mph) in Thursday night's qualifying at Daytona. Only one
Chevrolet qualified in the top-14. Earnhardt indicated his car will be stronger in the
race than it has been in practice and qualifying.
"I feel better about our car," said Earnhardt. "I know we're going
to be able to get in there and race with them. We're really lost in qualifying, but
qualifying isn't the race. We picked up a lot from practice. We did some things after
practice and adjusted the car. We pulled some things out of our head really. We changed
some gearing around in the car, and it got better. We're happy with that, and I think we
can adjust the car and go racing.
"It's not a Ford track. It's a Ford restrictor. It's frustrating coming down
here and having to race like this. This is not what we wanted, but we gained a lot. We
threw some mystery things at it after the last practice, hoping they would work and some
of them did. Our fastest lap in practice was a 49.25, so a 48.67 (in qualifying) is quite
"Daytona is more of a handling, horsepower track. It takes a lot of
horsepower. I think they hurt us, more than they did some of the other cars with the
restrictor plate size and all that. It's tough we're racing for a points championship.
We're racing with what you might say is a disadvantage or an advantage, I don't know. The
things we have to go through here just to race here, the shocks, restrictor plates and all
this stuff. I'll be glad to get back to the unrestricted tracks. It'll be a lot more fun.
I think we'll be OK here. Our race car races good. That's the one thing we've got going
for us. If we can race good here, we'll be in good shape (regardless of where we
Earnhardt raced this same Monte Carlo chassis in the Daytona 500 and again in the DieHard
500 in April at Talladega. He finished 21st in the Daytona 500 and third at Talladega.
Earnhardt has scored six straight top 10 finishes, including a sixth-place performance
last week at Sears Point. Earnhardt, a 49-year-old seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion
from Kannapolis, N.C., stands second in the NWCS and trails leader Bobby Labonte by 57
Dial E for Daytona dominance_6/28
When it comes to superspeedways,
one letter spells dominance -- E.
Dale Earnhardt, driver of the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet, is without a
doubt the master of the Daytona draft, having notched 34 victories in three different
series on the famed 2.5-mile oval. Overall, 'Big E' has totaled 12 NASCAR Winston Cup
Series wins at Daytona and Talladega, tying Richard Petty for most superspeedway wins. Full Story.