Dale Earnhardt holds the race record for the fastest 500 miles at Darlington. He did it in the TranSouth 500 in 1993 as the seven-time champion ran an average speed of 139.958 mph. He won that race from the pole position as the field was decided...
Dale Earnhardt holds the race record for the fastest 500 miles at Darlington. He did it in the TranSouth 500 in 1993 as the seven-time champion ran an average speed of 139.958 mph. He won that race from the pole position as the field was decided by points standings due to rain on qualifying day.
Dale Earnhardt is one win shy of tying David Pearson for all time wins at Darlington. Earnhardt holds nine victories to Pearson's 10 trips to winners circle. Ironically Pearson's last came while substituting for an injured Earnhardt in 1979.
The GM Goodwrench Service Plus team has an average finish of 8.9 after 21 events on the 2000 NASCAR schedule.
The Richard Childress Racing team dominated Darlington at one time winning three consecutive events from September 1989 to September 1990.
The GM Goodwrench Service Plus team started the spring event at Darlington in fourth place and moved to third before taking the checkered flag. The finish gave Earnhardt his 18th top-five finish of his career at Darlington.
The 1979 Southern 500 was the last race that Dale Earnhardt missed in his NASCAR Winston Cup career. It has been 636 consecutive starts for Earnhardt and 21 years since that race. Earnhardt currently is behind two time NASCAR champion Terry Labonte, who recently ended his consecutive streak of 655 starts earlier this month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"I enjoy racing at Darlington," stated Dale Earnhardt. "It gets hot and slick on Labor Day weekend. That track didn't get it's name 'too tough to tame' for nothing. You have to be on the wheel every lap."
"You can never count Dale Earnhardt out," said Kevin Hamlin. "He's very focused on what we're doing and knows it's time. He drove a great race at Bristol and I know he's pumped about coming to Darlington."
"This track can hurt you quick," said Dale Earnhardt. "It's been around for a long time and has given just about every driver a shot or two to remember it."