CONCORD, North Carolina (May 22, 1999) Terry Labonte celebrates his win in The Winston -- his second at the event. Terry Labonte celebrated the 11th anniversary of his first win at NASCAR's The Winston by using a late push on Saturday night to...
CONCORD, North Carolina (May 22, 1999) Terry Labonte celebrates his win in The Winston -- his second at the event. Terry Labonte celebrated the 11th anniversary of his first win at NASCAR's The Winston by using a late push on Saturday night to capture the event for the second time in his career. With four laps to go in the funky 70-lap, three-segment event, Labonte took the lead for good from Tony Stewart, who had qualified for the Indianapolis 500 in the morning. Labonte held on in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo to win by 1.229 seconds.
Labonte, who also led from lap 31 to 49, collected $207,500. He also finished third in the second 30-lap segment, earning $7,500.
"Those guys made some changes," Labonte said. "We had some trouble early, but it was just a great win. We never expected it. It was a good run for us."
After the second 30-lap segment, Labonte changed all four tires, while Stewart, who took the lead from Jeff Gordon on lap 61, changed just the right side tires.
Driving a Pontiac Grand Prix, Stewart settled for second, completing a hectic day. Gordon was third in a Chevrolet and won $100,000 for winning both 30-lap segments.
Stewart was second in the qualifying order for the Indy 500 and was already in Charlotte when he learned he was bumped to 24th in the 33-car field. In this event, he started from the rear of the 21-car field, gaining the last spot with a dominant run in the Winston Open, a 50-lap shootout. He returned to Indianapolis immediately after the race.
Three-time event winner Dale Earnhardt was fourth and Jeremy Mayfield rounded out the top-5.
The race was slowed by three cautions and took over 1 1/2 hours to complete.
The second and third cautions came from back-to-back crashes on lap 11. Jeff Burton, Ricky Rudd and Dale Jarrett were part of the first crash and Ernie Irvan, Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin and pole-sitter Bobby Labonte wrecked right at the restart on the same lap. None of the drivers was injured but all dropped out of the race.
The Winston is an all-star event that puts together winners on the Winston Cup circuit and past race champions. It does not count toward the Winston Cup points standings.
The series remains in Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600, the 13th race of the season next Sunday.
Source: NASCAR Online