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redarrow.gif (62 bytes)Earnhardt 2nd in Daytona 500
Dale Earnhardt fought the odds of an ill handling car early in the race.  Once the push in the car was corrected by his pit crew then the primary ignition system failed and he was forced to go to the backup ignition system.  Earnhardt masterfully worked his way back to the front to be in contention for the win.  With just 25 laps remaining, under caution, Earnhardt pitted for tires and fuel.  On the restart he was eighth.  Within a lap he was third.   Earnhardt, Skinner, Gordon and Kenny Irwin all took their shots at getting around Rusty Wallace, the race leader.  Finally, Earnhardt hooked up with Jeff Gordon and pushed him around Wallace.  Earnhardt followed.  For the last 10 laps Earnhardt went high, went low and every way he could to pass Gordon for the lead.
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)"I was just trying to get some help," said Earnhardt, who came within a car length of winning his second consecutive Daytona 500. "The 28 car (Kenny Irwin) and the 31 (Skinner) were trying to race each other. I couldn't really muster much on Jeff. His car was stronger from the center of the corner off than I was. I just never could get to him. If I could have got to him, I could have got a bumper under him.
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)After crossing the finish line, on the cool down lap, Earnhardt put his signature on Gordon's car.   Pulling along side the 24 car Earnhardt rubbed his tire on the door panel of Gordon's car, leaving a donut mark as a reminder that as the Dupont Monte Carlo sets in Daytona USA this year that it was the 3 car that pushed him to the front. Race Results

redarrow.gif (62 bytes)Earnhardt Jr. survives Speed Week and learned some lessons
Dale Earnhardt Jr. took some bumps and bruises during Speed Week '99. He was caught up in an early wreck during the IROC race on Thursday. The during the last Busch Series practice on Friday was caught up in another wreck causing him to have to go to a backup car for Saturday's NAPA Auto Parts 300 and forefit his 16th place starting postion and start in the back of the pack. Even on Saturday, after working his way up to second, he was caught up in yet another wreck on a re-start, but was able to complete all 120 laps of the NAPA Auto Parts 300 for a 14th place finish.fullstory.gif (209 bytes)
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redarrow.gif (62 bytes)Earnhardt Wins 23rd Annual Tru-Value IROC!
Feb. 12,1998 - DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Dale Earnhardt passed Mark Martin in turn four of the final lap of the 23rd Annual IROC series race to take the checked flag and win.   This is Earnhardt 33rd victory at Daytona racing events.  Bobby Labonte followed Earnhardt around Mark Martin just edging Martin out for second place.  Mark Martin finished third, Kenny Brack - fourth, G. Moore - fifth, Jeff Gordon - sixth and Dale Jarrett - seventh. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was taken out of the event early in the race when Rusty Wallace wrecked and collected Dale Jr.

redarrow.gif (62 bytes)NASCAR's Gatorade Twin 125 Race Results
Race 2
Dale Earnhardt Wins 10th Consecutive Gatorade Twin 125!
Tony Stewart led the first seven laps of race 2 then Earnhardt took the lead on lap eight and never looked back. Jeremy Mayfield, Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace and Mike Skinner finished nose to tail behind Dale Earnhardt to round out the top-five. Tony Stewart finished sixth.
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)Earnhardt has won all 10 consecutive Twin 125 races in the 1990's. Earnhardt said, "Now this race is put to bed, we can go on and win the Daytona 500."
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes) For Earnhardt, he extended his record to 32 victories at Daytona, while Labonte captured his first.
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)"All I can say is I love Daytona and I just have a great race team," said Earnhardt. "It has just worked out. I come back every year thinking, this is going to be the year I lose the qualifying race--and then we go out and win it again."
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)Posted awards for Sunday's Daytona 500 are $8,067,929 with more than $1million going to the champion. It is slated for a green flag at 12:15 p.m. and can be seen live on CBS Sports and heard on MRN Radio.
spacerwhite.gif (835 bytes)Dale Earnhardt couldn’t resist a dig or two at rookie Tony Stewart, who started first and finished sixth in the second Twin 125. While complimenting Stewart as a “good little racer,” Earnhardt also called him a “mirror-driving son of a gun” after Stewart forced him low during Dale’s move for the lead. What about Jeff Gordon, winner of the past two NASCAR championships? “Wonder Boy don’t bother me down here,” Earnhardt said. Asked when anyone would equal his record in 125s, Dale said, “It’ll be at least 10 years.” And a final mot from Earnhardt, when the interviewer asked if there were any more questions: “Save some for Sunday, guys.”

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Bobby Labonte
wins the 1st race over Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Ken Schrader and Mark Martin round out the top-five. Steve Park finished 12th and is guaranteed a starting position in the Daytona 500.

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