Begins with a 'Little E'
June 17, 1999
Never in the history of the sport had a NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut been so eagerly
anticipated as Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s. A great article by Mike Hembree, Inside NASCAR. Full Story
Starting Line Up Dale Jr, 8th
- Dale Earnhardt, 15th.
Earnhardt, trying to make the field for his well-publicized
and much-anticipated first Winston Cup race, had a 184.407 in his only allotted lap around
Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte. "I ain't never been that nervous in my
life," said Earnhardt, whose lap guaranteed him the eighth starting spot in Sunday's
43-car field. It also put him seven spots ahead of his father, seven-time Winston Cup
champion Dale Earnhardt. "In 600 miles we're bound to run into each other sooner or
later--not literally, I hope," said Earnhardt, 24, who heightened expectations for
his move up to NASCAR's top circuit by winning NASCAR's Busch Grand National title last
year as a rookie. Practice 1 - Wed
2:00pm Qualifying Order
Articles: Dale Earnhardt Jr. has plenty
to live up to
June 2, 1999
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s souvenir trailer is parked just outside
the main gates of Lowe's Motor Speedway, glistening in the morning sun as potential
shoppers stroll by. And on that rig, there's no shortage of gear for sale.
There's the obligatory Dale Jr. T-shirt and Dale Jr. hat, displayed next to pricier,
perhaps more exclusive items such as $65 Dale Jr. diecast cars and $150 Dale Jr. jackets.
But he's more interested in the item tucked into the corner of the display case -- a
compact disc with three tracks, including a 10-minute interview of him and his friends'
E' has unspectacular but solid debut
May 30, 1999
After weeks -- months -- of hype, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s NASCAR
Winston Cup Series debut was thoroughly uneventful. And that was just fine with everyone
involved. Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet team did exactly what they set
out to do in Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
will pull double duty Sunday
May 28, 1999
CONCORD, N.C. -- Steve Hmiel, technical director at Dale Earnhardt Inc., will pull double
duty Sunday. Hmiel will work with his usual team, the No. 1 Chevrolets of Steve Park, but
DEI added another member with the Winston Cup debut Sunday of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the
Coca-Cola 600. Park will start fifth Sunday, while Earnhardt Jr. will line up eighth.
on Little E looks like a winning venture
May 28, 1999
Early indications are that the $50 million-plus gamble was
worth it. Dale Earnhardt Jr. took an important first step in his Winston Cup career by
qualifying eighth for his inaugural race, the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Lowe's Motor
Speedway at Charlotte. Wednesday night's time trials capped more than six months of
planning and hoopla surrounding the targeted series debut for the 24-year-old son of one
of the sport's most famous champions. On Thursday, the relief was evident on the faces of
everyone associated with the driver known as Little E.
E - This Bud's for You
May 27, 1999
The Dale Earnhardt Jr. marketing juggernaut is just
getting up to speed. While not quite on par with the Second Coming, Little E's qualifying
attempt and potential debut in this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 is receiving promotional
muscle heretofore unseen in NASCAR. Apparently, the marketing guys have learned something
since Jeff Gordon (quietly) started his first Winston Cup race and aren't going to let
such an opportunity for star-making to go unchecked. Today Jim Sprick, brand manager,
Budweiser marketing announced at Lowe's Motor Speedway that Budweiser has released a
commemorative 16-oz can of the "King of Beers" featuring Earnhardt Jr.'s #8
Monte Carlo on it.
E' has big qualifying debut
May 27, 1999
One can forgive Dale Earnhardt Jr. if he feels a bit overwhelmed by now. Thrust into the
limelight during his breakout season last year, the media circus that resulted is in many
ways more difficult for a young man to handle than anything thrown at him on the track.
But the brighter the spotlight becomes, the bigger the man they call "Little E"
seems to come through.
Dale Jr. ready for
Winston Cup Debut
May 26, 1999 - News-Journal Wire Services
CONCORD, N.C. - History is about to repeat itself 24 years after a young driver named Dale
Earnhardt made his Winston Cup debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Going for a spin
- Whirlwind life speeding faster for Dale Earnhardt Jr. this week
May 26, 1999
Two years ago nobody much cared what you did or when you did it and now you're 24 years
old and suddenly it seems like somebody has scheduled your whole life without giving you
any say in it and you've signed this big huge contract and you expected your life to be
busy, and you're willing to do everything you're supposed to do but everybody has his
limits and after all you know you have a championship to defend and a whole new world to
conquer but everybody thinks you can do it all without so much as the slightest stumble
and the worst thing is you can't get anybody to understand that you'll do whatever is
expected of you if they'll just give you a minute every now and then to shut it all off
and just chill.
May 26, 1999
Dale Earnhardt has a picture of himself and his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., together in
Victory Lane in 1990 when Dale Sr. won the Winston Cup championship. ``They said he was 16
years old in that picture, but he looks 10,'' the elder Earnhardt said. ``In 1998, eight
years later, he's the Grand National champion. That's hard to believe.
Hype is Heavy
May 26, 1999
In the hype-filled world of NASCAR, the ''countdown to E-day'' promotion has been one of
the bigger promotions in recent years. Now it's up to Dale Earnhardt Jr., the ''E,'' to
Time To Shine
May 25, 1999
At age 14, Dale Earnhardt Jr. roamed through the NASCAR Winston Cup Series garage, nachos
in one hand and pizza in the other, begging his father's cohorts to let him wax their cars
to a gleaming shine.
Now, a decade later, he is set to compete against many of those same drivers, only now the
aspirations of one day becoming a famous racer and waxing his own car have quickly
transformed from fantasy into reality. This weekend, it is his time to shine.
Earnhardt Jr. is his own man
May 20, 1999
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s life has changed in countless ways, ways in which even he probably
doesn't yet realize. Two years ago, few pulled and tugged at him for interviews,
autographs, commercials and the like. Two years from now, once he's made the jump to
Winston Cup, the pressures he faces now will seem trivial, a picnic. The 1998 Busch Series
champion will attempt tomake his Winston Cup debut in the May 30 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's
Motor Speedway, and in some ways, he'll never look back. He'll compete for the Winston Cup
circuit's Rookie of the Year title next year, giving the sport a highly anticipated boost
in a brand-new millennium. Many consider Earnhardt racing's next mega-superstar, and he's
already got the souvenir sales to prove it.
Little E Knows Next Step Is
May 12, 1999
Dale Earnhardt Jr. should be excused if he's nervous.
After all, his jump to NASCAR's top series is the biggest step of his young career. Like
many 24-year-olds, he's been known to party with friends and act a little crazy at times.
But the third-generation stock car driver says he's ready for all the responsibilities of
Winston Cup racing.
Speedway Test Speeds: Overall test speeds from Lowe's Motorspeedway
May 13, 1999 StockCar Fans Newsletter
Overall testing speeds from Thursday's (5-6-1999)
and Monday & Tuesday (5-10 & 11-99) Ford test session at
Lowe's Motor Speedway with position, car number, driver,
car make and speed. Here are the top ten:
Earnhardt Jr. Online Chat Session Postponed
June 1, 1999
The ACDelco Online Chat session with Dale Earnhardt Jr. was postponed due to the death of
Ralph Eury. ACDelco will continue to collect questions for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and
will rescedule the online chat session. Please continue to check the ACDelco Web site (http://www.acdelco.com) for the
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