Feb. 12, 1999 The World of NASCAR: Earnhardts Go Head-to-Head
by Troy Fletcher - Special to United Press International
What happens when "The Intimidator"
finally meets "Little E" on U.S. turf? We'll all find out Friday.
That's when seven-time Winston Cup champ Dale
Earnhardt Sr. will go up against son Dale Jr., the reigning Busch Grand National Series
champion, for the first time in the United States. The two are slated to run in the True
Value International Race of Champions at Daytona International Speedway.
"Daytona is thrilled to be a part of this history-making race between father and
son," said track president John Graham. "The IROC is an opportunity for fans to
see top drivers from other forms of motorsports compete against the best stock car
Joining the Earnhardts in the IROC field will be Winston Cup drivers Jeff Burton, Mark
Martin, Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace and Dale Jarrett; IRL drivers Kenny Brack and Eddie
Cheever; and CART regulars Greg Moore, Al Unser Jr. and Adrian Fernandez.
Dale Jr., known as Little E, will be racing in his first IROC competition. He's more than
anxious to see what he can accomplish.
"Just to be among so many champions is a real thrill, but to go fender-to-fender with
them is what I count as a real privilege that not too many people get to experience,"
he said. "I have watched my dad race these cars for years and it looked like so much
fun. Just to know that you are in cars that are equally prepared and that no one has a
real advantage is what makes IROC racing great.
"Racing with my dad for the second time in my life is also going to be fun. But
remember, I'm an Earnhardt and I am going to race to win."
The father and son first raced against each other in the NASCAR Thunder Special Motegi
Coca Cola 500, an exhibition event held in Motegi, Japan, in November. Little E is also
scheduled to run in five Winston Cup races this season.(Country.com)
NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Feb. 14, 1999