Earnhardt Atlanta pre-race

* The return to Atlanta Motor Speedway comes almost eight months after the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team left there with its first win of the 2000 NASCAR season. In what is still considered one of the closes race ever at AMS, Dale Earnhardt ...

Earnhardt Atlanta pre-race

* The return to Atlanta Motor Speedway comes almost eight months after the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team left there with its first win of the 2000 NASCAR season. In what is still considered one of the closes race ever at AMS, Dale Earnhardt edged Bobby Labonte by a headlight to add to the "Intimidator's" list with a record of nine wins at AMS.

* The win at Atlanta Motor Speedway was Dale Earnhardt's 75th NASCAR Winston Cup victory. A memorable victory lane was had as Earnhardt met and accepted the trophy from retired Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman and former United States Army General Colin Powell. "I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Colin Powell and the things he has accomplished. He was a strong leader for our country and I'm thrilled to have had the chance to get to meet him."

* The win at Atlanta moved Earnhardt into the top-five in the points standings and from there the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team took off with consistency claiming12 top-10 finishes in the next 14 races. They never fell from the top-five in points since leaving Atlanta Motor Speedway.

* With the NASCAR Winston Cup championship already locked up by Bobby Labonte. The GM Goodwrench Service Plus team goes into the final event battling for second place in the points standings with Jeff Burton. Burton took the lead by 19 points over Earnhardt last week at Homestead. "We're racing the 99 team," remarked Earnhardt. "They jumped ahead of us last week and now we have one chance to get it back. We need to repeat our performance from March and that's all we can do. If we're ahead of them when the checkered flag drops we'll see where it all winds up."

* The team of Richard Childress and Dale Earnhardt are on record as being one of the most successful teams in NASCAR history. Since joining forces in 1984 to run for the championship, the Childress/Earnhardt combination has achieved the ultimate success and then some in their 17 years together. With six NASCAR Championships to their credit, the combination can be proud of many achievements, but one that they are very proud of is that of consistency. Since 1984, Richard Childress Racing with Dale Earnhardt driving the No. 3 has only finished out of the top-10 in the season ending points standings one time. That was in 1992 when the duo fell to 12th . They have also won at least one race a year in all but one of those years, when in 1997 the two never made it to the winners circle.

* Dale Earnhardt will appear on ESPN's 2MinuteDrill on Thanksgiving Day. ESPN's new game show, hosted by ESPN personality Kenny Mayne, will air at 7:00 pm, on Thursday, November 23rd, 2000. Earnhardt will be reading questions to the contestants vying for the grand prize. On the panel with the NASCAR champion is NBA player Juwan Howard of the Washington Wizards, and the New York Giants secondary specialist Jason Sehorn, ESPN anchor Rob Eisen, along with host Kenny Mayne.

Earnhardt comments on fellow Champion and friend Darrell Waltrip:

"Darrel leaves behind a great legacy as a driver and champion in NASCAR. I raced against him as a rookie in 1979 and as a champion. He helped me early on to understand what being a champion was all about. Over the years we've had our differences, that's going to happen when you have two competitive people.

"I know in his heart he doesn't want to stop driving race cars. One of the highlights for myself was when he drove a DEI car when Park was all broken up. We had a rookie team and he came in with his veteran experience and was a big asset. He proved he could still run in the front and I think it boosted his confidence to continue driving.

"He'll do a good job on TV, he's a natural with his colorful personality. I just hope he doesn't talk about me and tell any stories. He's seen it all happen and will be able to give a new perspective of what's happening on the track. It'll be fun for the viewers.

"It's a good situation for him. He will be able to spend more time with Stevie and their girls and at the same time still come to the race track. I'm sure Stevie and the girls are looking forward to having him around more."

shares
comments
Ford Motor company honors Bill Elliott
Previous article

Ford Motor company honors Bill Elliott

Next article

SBRS: Nadeau takles win at Atlanta

SBRS: Nadeau takles win at Atlanta
Load comments
How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Prime

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, but his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines...

NASCAR Cup
Nov 10, 2021
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Prime

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR Cup
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Prime

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR Cup
Oct 5, 2021
Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI Prime

Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI

In a career that has had many ups and downs, Kurt Busch has been written off many times before. But facing career uncertainty after the sale of Chip Ganassi's NASCAR team, the 2004 Cup champion has found a new berth at Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan's 23XI organization - which underlines his enduring value

NASCAR Cup
Aug 31, 2021
From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview Prime

From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview

The death of Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500 shocked NASCAR to the core. At the Daytona 24 Hours, two weeks before his fatal accident, ‘The Intimidator’ shared his expectations of challenging for an eighth Cup title with JONATHAN INGRAM, in an article first published in the 15 February 2001 issue of Autosport magazine. Little did we know then what tragedy would unfold…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death Prime

The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death

On February 18, 2001, seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt – the fearless ‘Intimidator’ – was in his element at Daytona International Speedway. While his own DEI team’s cars ran 1-2 towards the finish line, his famed #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo was playing rear gunner to block any late runs from the chasing pack. As the cars tore through Turns 3 and 4 on that fateful final lap, Earnhardt maintained the strongarm tactics that encapsulated his persona… but his actions in those moments sadly proved to be his last.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR Prime

Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series is changing. Whether it be the gradual morphing out the seasoned drivers of yesterday as the next generation step up, a radical calendar shake-up featuring more road courses than ever before and the prospect of an all-new car on the horizon, stock car racing’s highest level is nearing the end of a huge facelift.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2021
The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021 Prime

The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 13, 2021