"M&M's" Racing/Ernie Irvan Texas Motor Speedway Notes And Quotes
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Ernie Irvan's Darlington Raceway Highlights... If the two previous races on tracks 1.5 miles in length are any indication, things look good for the "M&M's" Racing Team at Texas Motor Speedway. Already this year the "M&M's" Pontiac has two top-10 finishes at tracks 1.5 miles in length. The "M&M's" Pontiac finished sixth at Las Vegas and seventh at Atlanta.
Ernie Irvan has a strong record at the intermediate tracks including Charlotte, Atlanta, Vegas and Texas. In all, Irvan has 19 top-10 finishes including 11 top fives at tracks 1.5 miles long.
The "M&M's" Racing Team is off to its best start in three years of competition. With two top-10 finishes in five starts, as well as a 14th-place finish in the Daytona 500, the crew has an average finishing position of 16th in five starts. The team is also 11th in the points standings. At the same point in the season last year, the team was 19th in points with an average finishing position of 21st.
Hard work and experience is paying off for the team and the performance of the "M&M's" Racing Team speaks for itself, but who's to say the addition of the Red, Yellow and Blue characters to the paint scheme this year didn't add a little extra horsepower.
Ernie Irvan's thoughts on racing at Texas Motor Speedway... "I think Texas is going to be a lot like Charlotte and Atlanta," said Ernie Irvan, driver of the No. 36 "M&M's" Pontiac, about the reconfiguration of the Texas track. "All the testing that's gone on there and the times teams have run now seems to correspond to Atlanta and Charlotte. At first Texas had its problems, and it may still have some flaws, but I think it is going to be a much better race track."
Ernie Irvan at Texas Motor Speedway Year Event St Fin Earnings 1997 Interstate 500 10 36 52,000 1998 Texas 500 19 43 44,525
Starts Wins Top Five Top 10 Poles Earnings Total 2 0 0 0 0 96,525
Ernie Irvan's 1999 Winston Cup Cumulative Results Date Race St. Fin. Earnings Status 2/14 Daytona International Speedway 31 14 $123,584 Running 2/21 North Carolina Speedway 34 29 32,675 Running 3/7 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 40 6 95,075 Running 3/14 Atlanta Motor Speedway 21 7 40,220 Running 3/21 Darlington Raceway 37 24 32,235 Running 3/28 Texas Motor Speedway 4/11 Bristol Motor Speedway 4/18 Martinsville Speedway 4/25 Talladega Superspeedway 5/2 California Speedway 5/15 Richmond International Raceway 5/30 Charlotte Motor Speedway 6/ 6 Dover Downs 6/13 Michigan Speedway 6/20 Pocono Raceway 6/27 Sears Point Raceway 7/3 Daytona International Speedway 7/11 New Hampshire Intl. Speedway 7/25 Pocono Raceway 8/7 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 8/15 Watkins Glen International 8/22 Michigan Speedway 8/28 Bristol Motor Speedway 9/5 Darlington Raceway 9/11 Richmond International Raceway 9/19 New Hampshire Intl. Speedway 9/26 Dover Downs 10/ 3 Martinsville Speedway 10/10 Charlotte Motor Speedway 10/17 Talladega Superspeedway 10/24 North Carolina Motor Speedway 11/7 Phoenix International Raceway 11/14 Homestead Motorsports Complex 11/ 21 Atlanta Motor Speedway
Totals: Starts Top 5 Top 10 Poles Outside Poles Money Won* 5 0 2 0 0 $323,789
*Includes non-points money