October 6, 1997 |
Dale Jarrett - the third-place driver in the Winston Cup standings - had said all he could do in his quest for the 1997 championship was to try to win each of the last five NASCAR races. Yesterday, he took the first step by coming on strong at the end to win the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. In the standings, however, Jarrett didn't gain much on second-place Mark Martin or leader Jeff Gordon. Martin finished fourth, and Gordon fifth. Gordon now leads Martin by 125 points and Jarrett by 197. But Jarrett, a second-generation NASCAR star, at least kept his title hopes alive with a career-high sixth victory of the season and his 14th overall.
May 8, 2000 |
Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most celebrated rookie in NASCAR history, is living up to the hype. Just 16 races into his Winston Cup career, "Little E" now has two victories. He won going away with an awesome car last month at Texas Motor Speedway. But he won without the best car Saturday night in the Pontiac 400 at Richmond International Raceway - holding off challenges by former series champions Terry Labonte and Dale Jarrett. Earnhardt Jr., 25, also ended a record string of 10 different winners to start the season.
July 9, 1997 |
Ernie Irvan, who made one of auto racing's great comebacks after he was nearly killed in a crash three years ago, won't be driving for Robert Yates after this season. Yates, owner of Robert Yates Racing, said yesterday he is not renewing Irvan's contract, and the decision is his alone. "I've worried and wrestled with it for more than a year and it's not a simple, one-answer deal," said Yates, who also fields Fords for Dale Jarrett in NASCAR's Winston Cup stock car series. Irvan is 16th in the Winston Cup standings.
June 3, 1999 |
Dale Jarrett knows a little something about luck - both good and bad - at Dover Downs International Speedway, site of this weekend's Busch and Winston Cup races. The only facility on the NASCAR circuit with Las Vegas-style gaming on the grounds of the speedway, Dover Downs offers race fans a chance to try their luck on the more than 1,500 slot machines in the adjoining casino. The drivers, meanwhile, are left to test their fate speeding around the perilously high-banked one-mile oval.
September 8, 1997 |
Teammates Alex Zanardi and Jimmy Vasser picked up all the spoils in yesterday's Texaco-Havoline 300K, with Vasser winning the race and Zanardi's third-place finish clinching the PPG CART World Series championship, at Monterey, Calif. It was almost a reversal of last year's race when Zanardi won, capturing rookie of the year honors, and Vasser wrapped up the title for the Target-Chip Ganassi Racing team by finishing fourth. "If I have to give up the [PPG] Cup to anybody, this is the guy I want to give it to," Vasser said, smiling at his Italian teammate.
February 11, 2002 |
Dale Jarrett was less than pleased with his sixth-place finish in yesterday's Budweiser Shootout in Daytona Beach, Fla. Tony Stewart won the 70-lap, made-for-TV event in a Pontiac, beating the Chevrolets of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon. Ken Schrader's Pontiac was fourth, followed by Sterling Marlin's Dodge. Jarrett had the first Ford, nearly 4 seconds behind Stewart. "We're usually a contender here for this and we weren't even hardly in the race," Jarrett said. "We ran good and made some passes, but most of the cars I passed were Fords.
September 1, 1996 |
Dale Jarrett has a chance to pick up a cool $1 million bonus by winning the Mountain Dew Southern 500 on Sunday at Darlington (S.C.) International Raceway (ESPN, 1 p.m.). Jarrett has his sights set on the Winston Select Million, which awards any driver who can take the checkered flag at three of the sport's four "crown jewels. " The other three are the Daytona 500, the Winston Select 500 in Talladega, Ala., and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C. "It goes beyond money, to pride and bragging rights, to say we were able to win three of the big four races," Jarrett said.
July 17, 1995 |
Dale Jarrett never will be accused of wasting fuel. In fact, he proved he's good to the last drop. Jarrett was virtually running on fumes as he held off a late charge by Jeff Gordon to post a dramatic win yesterday at the Miller Genuine Draft NASCAR 500 at Pocono International Raceway. It was the first victory in 19 races - including 16 this season - for the veteran driver from Conover, N.C. Jarrett last saw the checkered flag at Charlotte last October. Yesterday, his Texaco/ Havoline Thunderbird was pushed around the track by fellow driver Michael Waltrip during the traditional victory lap. "I thought I was out (of fuel)
February 17, 1995 |
Dale Earnhardt's reputation is that of a great race-car driver who can get mean during a race. Get in his way and suddenly you'll be forming a close, high-speed relationship with the outside wall. The screech of crumpling sheet metal is not pleasant. Dale Earnhardt. The man in black. The man with the gunslinger's glare. Earnhardt is a recordtying seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion. But incredibly, he is 0-for-the-Daytona 500. Sixteen starts, zero victories. "They'll probably start calling me the Buffalo Bills of NASCAR," Earnhardt has said, alluding to the Bills' four runner-up finishes in the Super Bowl.
February 4, 1999 |
Regardless of the weather or the track conditions, the action is guaranteed to shift into another gear this morning at Daytona International Speedway. The starting grid for Sunday's Bud Shootout, and the preceding 25-lap qualifying race, will be determined not by lap times but in a drawing. The winner of the preliminary race, which pits the fastest second-round qualifiers in 1998, will join 14 Bud Pole award winners from last season in the main event. The field for the first race includes Bill Elliott, Dick Trickle, Jimmy Spencer, Mike Skinner, Kenny Wallace, Morgan Shepherd, Steve Park, Joe Nemechek, Dave Marcis, Jeff Green, Gary Bradberry, Jerry Nadeau, Robert Pressley, Geoffrey Bodine, Dennis Setzer, Todd Bodine and Dan Pardus.