Dale Earnhardt, seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup
Series Champion, is scheduled to make history at Watkins Glen on August 15th when he is
scheduled to make his 600th consecutive career start. Earnhardt will attempt to qualify
for Sunday's Frontier @ The Glen on Kendall Qualifying Day, Friday, August 13th.
"It's amazing how time flies," said Earnhardt. "600 consecutive starts is a
lot of years of races without missing the show. This goes back to 1979 and there were one
or two of those races that I probably shouldn't have started. The one at Watkins Glen when
I was all broken up from the wreck at Talladega was probably one of those. But I was
determined not to let that keep me down and we came to Watkins Glen and sat on the pole.
It hurt, but it felt so good I didn't notice until Monday morning after the race."
In 1996, Earnhardt demonstrated tremendous physical and mental toughness. Despite
suffering a broken collarbone and sternum in a horrifying flip at Talladega two weeks
earlier, Earnhardt won the pole at Watkins Glen and set a NASCAR Winston Cup track record
of 73.054 seconds at 120.733 mph. His record still stands today. With David Green ready to
relief-drive at the first pit stop, Earnhardt decided he felt good enough to race. Dale
proceeded to lead the most laps in the 1996 Bud at The Glen, but faded late in the race to
Geoffrey Bodine, a native of Chemung, New York, was the eventual winner in a race
overshadowed by Earnhardt's gutsy performance.
Earnhardt, current record holder for qualifying at the 2.45 mile road course, has taken
the Pole three times at Watkins Glen. In his 600 consecutive career starts, none was more
thrilling than the 1996 Bud at The Glen.
As Earnhardt prepares to make his 600th consecutive career start at Watkins Glen, NASCAR
Winston Cup fans will be watching to see if he can finally claim the Reisbeck Cup by
winning this year's Frontier @ The Glen.
"Watkins Glen has its own history in motorsports and we've made some there by winning
the pole a couple of times, but have never made it to victory lane," said Earnhardt.
"It would be a great way to celebrate 600 consecutive starts, by making it to
winner's circle." Watch Earnhardt try for his 600th consecutive career start August
12-15 at Watkins Glen.
The Frontier @ The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup Series race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 15.
Tickets are still available. For ticket, camping, or additional information contact the
Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log on to the official Watkins Glen web site
at www.theglen.com .
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