Earnhardt hopes to go three for Talladega
Oct. 14, 1999 - By Brett Borden, NASCAR Online
TALLADEGA, Ala. - It wouldn't be surprising if Dale Earnhardt arrives in Talladega before any of his NASCAR Winston Cup Series driving brethren. He's won every other race there this year, it seems.
Earnhardt recorded his eighth overall series victory at Talladega Superspeedway this past spring when he took the checkered flag in the DieHard 500. For good measure, he also won the IROC event held that same weekend.
Earnhardt's legions of fans believe that good things come in threes. If that theory holds, there's a good chance their favorite driver will win yet another race at Talladega this year. It would be Earnhardt's third win at Talladega this year (counting the IROC race), his third win of the season, and the third time he has won at Talladega back-to-back.
Earnhardt did the Talladega two-step in 1990, winning both races there. He also won the summer race in 1993 and came back to win the spring race in '94.
"I enjoy racing on the big tracks," said Earnhardt. "It used to be more fun than it is now, because we could run wide open with no restrictor plates. You would carry so much speed going into the corners that you had to lift to make it around. Now it's straight leg, foot to the floor all they way around the track and the first one that lifts goes back to the end of the line."
Earnhardt was feeling like he might be at the end of the line to get into Victory Lane before he tamed Talladega this spring. Needless to say, he remembers that weekend fondly.
"The last trip here was a good one for us," remarked Earnhardt. "We had the IROC on Saturday when Rusty and I went for it on the last lap. I really didn't think I had a chance to get to Rusty, then Mark started to make his move which left the door open for me to go high and get past Rusty for the win.
"I learned to drive on these superspeedways from guys like Buddy Baker, David Pearson and Bobby Allison. I really watched Buddy Baker catch me, then blow right by me in 1980 to win the race. It took me a little while to figure out exactly what he did and I went over to him and told him what I saw. He laughed and told me I was pretty quick to figure it out. I'd tell you what it was, but then again maybe everyone out there should just figure it out on their own like I had too."
You can figure on Earnhardt being a major threat to pull another Talladega victory out of the air this weekend.
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