UNOFFICIAL RESULTS OF 27TH ANNUAL DIEHARD 500 ROUND 18 NASCAR WINSTON CUP SERIES RACE AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY
1. Sterling Marlin, 188 laps in two hours, 53 minutes, 15 seconds; avg. speed 173.187 mph; margin of victory .05 seconds; 2 caution periods for 11 laps; 21 lead changes among 9 drivers; 2. Dale Jarrett 188; 3. Dale Earnhardt 188; 4. Morgan Shepherd 188; 5. Bill Elliott 188; 6. Kyle Petty 188; 7. Mark Martin 188; 8. Jeff Gordon 188; 9. Michael Waltrip 188; 10. Jimmy Spencer 187; 11. Ted Musgrave 187; 12. Mike Wallace 187; 13. Jeremy Mayfield 187; 14. Elton Sawyer 187; 15. Derrike Cope 187; 16. Bobby Hillin 187; 17. Rick Mast 187; 18. Chad Little 186; 19. Dave Marcis 186; 20. Ward Burton 186; 21. Bobby Hamilton 186; 22. Jeff Burton 186; 23. Joe Nemechek 186; 24. Geoff Bodine 185; 25. Steve Grissom 185; 26. Ricky Craven 185; 27. Robert Pressley 183; 28. Brett Bodine 181; 29. Todd Bodine 162 accident; 30. Rusty Wallace 158 accident; 31. Bobby Labonte 144 accident; 32. Ken Schrader 138 accident; 33. Terry Labonte 138 accident; 34. John Andretti 138 accident; 35. Lake Speed 138 accident; 36. Hut Stricklin 126 engine; 37. Chuck Bown 107 accident; 38. Dick Trickle 103 engine; 39. Loy Allen 97 ignition; 40. Randy LaJoie 96 transmission; 41. Ricky Rudd 68 piston; 42. Jeff Purvis 50 engine; 43. Darrell Waltrip 45 engine.
POINT STANDINGS (unofficial): 1. Gordon 2705; 2. Marlin 2627; 3. Earnhardt 2559; 4. Martin 2531; 5. Musgrave 2527; 6. Shepherd 2225; 7. (tie) M. Waltrip & R. Wallace 2212; 9. T. Labonte 2205; 10. Elliott 2117.
CHAD LITTLE (#97 Lever 2000 Ford) -- (Little picked up more than two-and-a-half mph from Busch Pole to second-round qualifying for the DieHard 500.) It was simple. We leased a Jack Roush engine. They have done all the development and research on the restrictor plate engines, so we felt like that was the way to go. Engines mean so much here! We'll be running it in the race also.
JEFF PURVIS (#44 Jackaroo Barby-Q Sauce Chevrolet) -- I guess we burned a piston or something. It didn't give me any warning -- it just went! The car was real good when we got started. Then it got a little bit loose. We came in and made some adjustments, but we never got to go back out and see what it was gonna be like. (What was it like driving in a 43-car lead draft for the first 10-15 laps?) I don't know, I was just driving my own car right there. I didn't know who was passing me, behind me or in front of me. I was just trying to pick and go the best that I could. It looks like it's gonna be a good race.
HUT STRICKLIN (#26 Quaker State Ford) -- We've got to go look in the engine compartment and find out what's wrong. We lost three motors in the last race here and this week we've lost two. The car was really running good. We were handling good and driving good. POST-RACE NOTES
TONY GLOVER (crew chief #4 Kodak Film Chevrolet) -- The biggest thing we had to overcome? Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett there at the end... A helluva bunch of 'em! We didn't really have to make any major adjustments all day. We were pretty good all day long. You don't have to handle very good if you've got one of Runt's motors and a body like the one that Carolina Race Cars put on it. It was all pretty easy. I just had to stand and watch.
STERLING MARLIN (#4 Kodak Film Chevrolet) -- They were all back there running good. I just tried to block the inside and not let 'em get by. The car drove the best it did at the last. My hat's off to Tony, Runt and all the boys at the shop for giving me the best race car. Yeah, it's easier to win from out front. It's hard to win once you get back in all that traffic. It's hard to pass. The crew had some good stops and kept us up front all day.
MORGAN SHEPHERD (#21 Citgo Ford) -- At the end, we were trying to get closer and we were going to team up with (Dale) Earnhardt and run together. I didn't think (Dale) Jarrett was going to make that move. When Jarrett made his move, it messed up our plan. We came in fourth and it was a good run. Sterling was out in front and he definitely had the car. Earnhardt and some of them thought they had something for him, but they didn't.
DALE JARRETT (#28 Texaco Havoline Ford) -- This is great. We've got two good races in a row. We've had a good car for a long time. I kept saying that if we could get to the point where we could show that, we would show the people some things.
BILL ELLIOTT (#94 McDonald's Ford) -- Well, to start first last week and come here and qualify as fast as we did really made us feel bad. But we knew we ran well at Daytona and instead of trying to worry about requalifying we decided to worry about getting the car to where it will draft well. We spent all of our time yesterday trying to make sure our car would draft well and run well and do what it needed to do. We were very fortunate to get through that deal on the backstretch where (Ken) Schrader spun out. In a lot of respects we were lucky.
MAXX RACE CARDS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR POINTS (unofficial) 1. Ricky Craven 171; 2. Robert Pressley 167.