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DEI hires Jones to run 16 team...Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) announced Monday that Sandy Jones has joined the organization as crew chief for the No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet driven by Ron Hornaday on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Jones replaces Fred Graves, who left the 16 team to work with his son, Andy, on Hendrick Motorsports' No. 5 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Chevrolet. Jones, who hails from Florence, Ala., comes to DEI from Diamond Ridge Motorsports. As crew chief at Diamond Ridge, he recorded seven NASCAR Busch Series wins, including two this year with driver Elliott Sadler. "This is a great opportunity for me," Jones said. "Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Ron Hornaday are a winning combination and I am excited to be part of the team."(12-15-98)(NASCAR Online)

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. One of the most exciting young talents in auto racing, Dale Earnhardt Jr., will be part of the Pennzoil Motorsports '99 Auto Racing Trade Show. The three-day show, Jan. 15-17, at the Fort Washington (Pa.) Expo Center, is expected to attract more than 50,000 people.(12-3-98)

DW It's OFFICIAL: Kmart Corp. today announced an agreement to enter the Kmart Racing Team in the 1999 Winston Cup Series with three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip driving the #66 Big Kmart Ford Taurus. See the complete story at www.dw17.com - News, Image at NASCAR Online and on their Photo Gallery #5(12-3-98)(Jayski)

Graves leaves DEI: It was announced today that Fred Graves, crew chief for the Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) No. 16 NASCAR CTS team sponsored by NAPA, has resigned his position with the team. Graves is leaving to pursue other opportunities in motorsports. The DEI organization has begun the process of searching for a team leader.(GoRacing) and although not stated in the release from DEI, country.com/Motorsports has learned that Graves will be joining the Hendrick Motorsports Winston Cup organization in a team management role with the #5 car. Graves' son, Andy Graves, will continue as the crewchief of the #5, driven by Terry Labonte, but the senior Graves will join the team to assist during testing, at the shop, and at the track(11-30-98)(Nascar Online )

In the Genes - Intimidator, son a study in opposites
Even though they share a similar genetic code, Dale Earnhardt and his son Dale Jr. couldn't seem
more different. The elder is a like your cantakerous uncle, while the younger couldn't seem more enthusiastiac and optimistic. But they both know how to go fast -- Dale Sr. is a seven-time Winston Cup champ, and Dale Jr. just won the Busch crown.(11-29-98)(By Mark Armijo, Special to SpeedNet)

A bookend season for Earnhardt
Between the first race of the season and the exhibition race at its end, Dale Earnhardt had a rather ho-hum season. But because of its unforgettable start and finish, 1998 will be a year forever remembered by "The Intimidator" and his fans.
Earnhardt began the year in grand style, capturing his first Daytona 500 after 19 previous attempts.

The Banquet: Then and Now
The pot of gold at the end of each NASCAR Winston Cup season is the point championship and the rainbow ends each December with a grand production at a world-renowned hotel in New York City. NASCAR's 50th Anniversary gives us a chance to celebrate the history, tradition and pageantry of NASCAR Winston Cup racing.(11-27-98)(RaceWire)

Daytona offers limited edition Earnhardt ticket
Dale Earnhardt, who for years had dominated every race at Daytona International Speedway except the Daytona 500, finally found the winning ticket in 1998, taking the checkered flag in "The Great American Race." Now race fans have the opportunity to buy a ticket with the Intimidator's likeness on it at "The World Center of Racing."(11-25-98)(NASCAR Online)

NASCAR Night at the Smithsonian on tap
Some of the most powerful and influential people in NASCAR racing have been invited by the world-renowned Smithsonian Associates to make a two hour presentation elaborating on the history, present success and future goals of the organization responsible for the fastest-growing sport in North America.(11-25-98)(NASCAR Online)

ESPN Video prepares holiday releases
Thanks to its exclusive relationship with NASCAR, ESPN Video will unveil two brand-new NASCAR titles on Dec. 8 -- "NASCAR 1998 YEAR IN REVIEW" and "GOOD TO GO" -- just weeks after the close of this season, and only days after ESPN broadcasts the NASCAR Winston Cup Awards Banquet from the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.(11-25-98)(NASCAR Online)

Japan in 1999:
Next year the Japan race will be a Winston West event and will count for
championship points. Winston West is a regional touring series patterned
after the Winston Cup Series. Mike Helton, NASCAR vice president of
competition, broke the news during a Friday press conference. The date
of the Winston West Japan stop wasn't announced.
(SpeedMagazine)(11-24-98)

ESPN will broadcast the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Awards
Banquet live on Friday, Dec. 4 at 9pm/et from the Waldorf-Astoria in New
York.
(NASCAR Online)

NASCAR Thunders Back to Home Turf
Join Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and others as Kazuo their bus driver navigates them down
narrow roads and frequent, sharp s-turns that come seemingly out of nowhere on their way back to home turf.(11-24-98)(NASCAR Online)

Some good articles at SpeedWorld
With Five You Get Fish Eyes
by Matt McLaughlin SpeedWorld
No, I wasn't in Japan. I missed the race by watching it on TBS instead.
Top Ten Reasons Bobby Hamilton Punted DW.(11-24-98)

The Good, Bad and Ugly by Matt McLaughlin SpeedWorld
Part 1 I'd guess a decade from now the one stellar memory of the 1998 season most of us will
recall clearly is Dale Earnhardt finally winning the Daytona 500.
Part 2 To use in an indelicate analogy, in the great punch bowl of the 50th Anniversary of NASCAR Party,
the "Five and Five" rule was the turd that floated to the top and ruined the celebration.
Part 3 Blame them on the five and five rules, blame them on restrictor plates, or in one notable case
blame them on a broken front end part. The fact remains that this year we saw more serious injuries
and frightening wrecks than in any recent year I can recall.(11-24-98)

RUMBLINGS -- JAPAN
It's gotta be the sushi. Mike Skinner is 2 for 2 in Japan, and I hear
he's lobbying NASCAR for a series over there. I also hear he's a party
of one!...(more)

Coca-Cola 500
Race Results
Final Practice Results
Earnhardt Jr and Earnhardt Sr, 3rd and 10th fastest in final practice
Qualifying Results
Earnhardt Jr and Earnhardt Sr start 9th and 15th respectively
2nd Practice Results from Motegi, Japan

Earnhardt Jr and Earnhardt Sr, 2nd and 14th in second practice session
1st Practice Results from Motegi, Japan
Earnhardt's 8th and 9th fastest in practice before qualifying

A "Wanna Be" Sports Columnist description of a NASCAR Fan...(more)

Dale Jr. honors the generations that came before him...(more)
Dale Earnhardt on Racing with his son...(Listen Via Real Audio)
Rising Son: Earnhardt Jr. Lets Own Personality Shine Through...(more)
Dale Earnhardt Jr MCI/NASCAR Teleconference...(Listen Via Real Audio)

The Champions of the Modern Age (In memory of Alan, Davey, and the rest) a Poem by K.C. Fahel
Modern Day Records...Hog Wash...Media Hype...(more)
Dale Earnhardt Jr to drive his grandfather's, Ralph Earnhardt, #8...
(more)
Darrell Waltrip is still looking for a ride for 1999...
(more)
Drivers List of the Coca-Cola 500 in Japan...
(more)
The Earnhardt's, a Family that races...
(more)
Earnhardts to race in Coca-Cola 500 in Japan...
(more)
Dale Earnhardt Jr, Soon to be Champion...
(more)
Silly Season - Silly Ending...(more)
Darrell Waltrip wants to go out in style...
(more)
RCR testing the new Monte Carlo this week...
(more)
Rule Changes for Atlanta...(more)
Waltrip wants a ride with Earnhardt
Darrell Waltrip, "I'd like to be with an organization that understands marketing"...
(more)
Stock-car teams awaiting word on new spoiler rule...(more)
Hmeil signs mutli-year contract with DEI...(more)
NASCAR could change the spoiler rule before the end of the season...(more)
Darrell Waltrip resigns from Tyler Jet Motorsports...(more)
Tabasco bails on Waltrip and Beverley at the end of the 1998 season...
(more)

Earnhardt Sponsor: Dale Earnhardt Jr and The Outlaw...(more)
Hornaday is Two Million Dollar Man...
(more)
DEI Drivers to endorse Gargoyles...
(more)
Hornaday and DEI - BGN in 1999...
(more)
Earnhardt Jr becoming major enterprise...
(more)
Pennzoil Team getting ready for the 1999 Monte Carlo...
(more)
DEI to obtain #8?...
(more)
Earnhardt Jr plans to run "as hard as we can go"...
(more)
Beverley says NO to sell?...
(more)

NASCAR Sources report...Dale Earnhardt may buy Darrell Waltrip's team from Tim Beverley??? (more)
The above link will take you to the story about Beverely selling but we suggest you read our entire Earnhardt theory
Will DALE EARNHARDT JR. Become NASCAR'S first Third-Generation champion at Homestead?
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Earnhardt ready for streak to end...
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"He never gives you an inch to breathe in," says Dale, Jr...
(more)
"No Bull 5" Program extended to 1999...
(more)
Earnhardt the artist...
(more)
Restrictor Plate Racing as defined by Jeremy Mayfield...
(more)
The King,Petty, speaks out on restrictor plates, "It's racing. Let's go race!"...
(more)
Dave Marcis can still dance...
(more)
Normal Winston Cup Race Weekend Flight Manifest For DEI...
(more)
Team DEI speaks out on Pit Crew Limits...
(more)
Hornaday at home in Bakersfield...
(more)
"No Bull" unveiling for 1999...
(more)
The 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo...(more)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. goes into Saturday's Quest Auto Parts 250...
(more)
Earnhardt still fans favorite...
(more)
Dale Earnhardt and Daytona...
(more)
Mike Skinner's post race comments...
(more)
Mike Helton on limiting the size of pit crews...
(more)
Dave Marcis gets boost from RCR...
(more)
NASCAR Inspectors confiscate rear deck lid of #3 car...
(more)
So, what's the big deal about a "plate-race?" A race is a race, right?
(more)
Contrary to rumors, Park is NOT out of a ride...
(more)
Daytona Test Speeds, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday...
(more)
Budweiser's Perdicament...
(more)
Kerry Earnhardt on the move...
(more)
Daytona Double in the Works for Earnhardt? (more)
Dale Earnhardt records quickest lap Tuesday at Daytona testing...(more)
Hmiel should have no trouble keeping busy...(more)
Earnhardt Jr. won't fit into NASCAR's cookie cutter...(more)
NASCAR's Bill France is firmly committed to limiting Winston Cup pit crews to eight men, car owner Andy Petree said yesterday after lengthy talks with NASCAR officials about the proposal.(more)
Bruton Smith is right: The racing in NASCAR's Winston Cup series has become downright boring.(more)

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