Earnhardt looks for big weekend at Rockingham

Dale Earnhardt captured the 76th win of his NASCAR Winston Cup career at Talladega last Sunday when he drove his GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo from 18th position with less than five laps remaining to the front and took the checkered flag.

Dale Earnhardt captured the 76th win of his NASCAR Winston Cup career at Talladega last Sunday when he drove his GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo from 18th position with less than five laps remaining to the front and took the checkered flag. The win marked crew chief Kevin Hamlin's fifth victory as a NASCAR Winston Cup crew chief. Along with team owner Richard Childress adding to his six NASCAR Winston Cup championships with RCR's 69th career NASCAR Winston Cup win.

The GM Goodwrench Service Plus crew has won three out of the last four races at Talladega Superspeedway. The win gave Dale Earnhardt an addition to his record of most wins at the superspeedway with ten NASCAR Winston Cup victories.

Richard Childress Racing led the field at Talladega Superspeedway for 37 of the 188 laps that made up the 500 mile event. Earnhardt in the No. 3 Monte Carlo led for 34 circuits including the final one, while Mike Skinner in the RCR No. 31 led for three laps while challenging for the win.

When Dale Earnhardt took the checkered flag Sunday he collected his biggest payoff of his career for a single event. With a Million Dollar Bonus from series Sponsor R. J. Reynolds, the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team took home $1,135,900.00 in winnings. Their previous record was when they won the 1998 Daytona 500 of $1,059,105.00

The GM Goodwrench Service Plus pit crew has made some incredible pit stops during the 2000 season. This Saturday they have a mission of capturing the Unocal Pit Crew Championship at Rockingham. The RCR pit crew history in this competition goes back to the mid eighties when the GM Goodwrench Service Plus "Flying Aces" won four consecutive pit crew championships. The 2000 over the wall squad include, Mike Moore, Chocolate Myers, Steve Lawrence, Jerry Hailey, Ron Otto, Mike Cluka and Coy Hedrick.

Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Andy Pilgrim will team up for the opening event of Daytona International Speedways Speedweeks events as the three drive the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Corvette in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. This will be the first time either Earnhardt has driven on the road course at Daytona. For the elder Earnhardt, he will attempt to be only the third driver to win both the 24-hour event and the Daytona 500. Putting him in the company of Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt.

The GM Goodwrench Service Plus team finished with a runner-up position in the second race of the 2000 NASCAR season at North Carolina Speedway. Earnhardt who chased Bobby Labonte to the checkered flag started the event from the fourth position. He has three victories at the Rock.

"We need to take this momentum to Rockingham and capitalize on it. The crew is fired up; I'm fired up; the fans are fired up; We need to get on the hard slick race track and go for it," remarked Earnhardt.

"When I left Talladega on Sunday night it was very different from the first time I left there in 1969," remarked Richard Childress. "In '69 I left eating a bologna sandwich in my box van with less than $1,500 for our efforts. This past weekend, I was still eating the bologna sandwich, but jumped on the RCR plane to come home with a million dollar check in our pocket. NASCAR's come a long way since then"

"We've been swapping it back and forth between Joe Gibb's Racing and Richard Childress Racing," remarked Dale Earnhardt. "I've said it before it's Bobby's to lose (championship). All we can do, is do our best and Sunday we did that. We need to come into Rockingham, Phoenix, and Homestead and do the same. We need to make it close in the next three, so we can go into Atlanta with a shot at winning it all. They haven't stumbled in 30 races, so it's hard to believe that they will in the final four. But anything can happen. Look at our spring Bristol or July Pocono races."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Bobby Labonte , Andy Pilgrim , Mario Andretti , Kevin Hamlin , A.J. Foyt
Teams Richard Childress Racing