Charlotte: Dale Earnhardt reaching for untouchable fourth victory

{TX} Seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt is one of three drivers that have competed in every Winston event since the all-star events inception in 1985. Ricky Rudd and Darrell Waltrip are the only other two drivers to race in all 15 all-star ...

{TX} Seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt is one of three drivers that have competed in every Winston event since the all-star events inception in 1985. Ricky Rudd and Darrell Waltrip are the only other two drivers to race in all 15 all-star events.

Dale Earnhardt has collected $1,234,000 in winnings from the R. J. Reynolds company and its Winston brand for his team's efforts in the Saturday night shoot-out. No other driver has reached the million-dollar plateau in winnings from the event.

"R. J. Reynolds has put up a big carrot with the half million dollar check," remarked Earnhardt. "It's always an exciting race, but I think it's going to be really exciting come Saturday night. I'm sure everyone will be up on the wheel every lap."

Richard Childress Racing with Dale Earnhardt and the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team have three victories in NASCAR's all-star event. Winning their first in 1987, dominating in 1990 by leading every lap for the second and in 1993 clinching the teams favorite number of three.

Celebrating the millennium with its "Good Times Saving" promotion, GM Goodwrench Service Plus, Richard Childress Racing and Pop Artist Peter Max have joined together for the May, NASCAR events held in Charlotte. Earnhardt known for his changing of the colors for the all-star event will be driving a work of art for his first non-points race of the millennium. Pop Artist Peter Max known for his colorful artwork that gain him worldwide popularity in the '60's and '70's, designed the No. 3 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that the "Intimidator" will be driving for the next two weeks.

"Peter Max's art is pretty cool and colorful," commented Dale Earnhardt. "He did a good job on my Monte Carlo with all those colors. It might not look to intimidating coming at you but it sure will look fast going by you. We started this in 1995 (changing colors), it has been fun giving the fans something new each year. I bet we really surprised them with this years concept."

Crew chief Kevin Hamlin has participated in the Winston Open since becoming a Winston Cup crew chief in 1994. It wasn't until 1999 that Hamlin made it to the "A main" feature event, the Winston, when he guided the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team and Dale Earnhardt to a top-five finish.

"It's definitely one of the biggest events we have," said Kevin Hamlin. "When you leave the garage and line the cars up on the front stretch that's when you know this is a special event. The fans really enjoy the racing and we do too watching it from the pits. I enjoyed it last year, but not as much as I will when we win it."

<pre> Dale Earnhardt -- Winston Record Date Car St Fin Laps Money 5-25-85 RCR Chevrolet 7 10 70 (70) $ 11, 500 5-11-86 RCR Chevrolet 3 3 83 (83) $ 75, 000 5-17-87 RCR Chevrolet 4 1 135(135) $ 200, 000 5-22-88 RCR Chevrolet 3 1 135(135) $ 27, 000 5-21-89 RCR Chevrolet 2 3 135(135) $ 70, 000 5-20-90 RCR Chevrolet 1 1 70 (70) $ 325, 000 5-19-91 RCR Chevrolet 4 10 70 (70) $ 21, 000 5-16-92 RCR Chevrolet 8 14 69 (70) $ 25, 500 5-22-93 RCR Chevrolet 3 1 70 (70) $ 222, 500 5-21-94 RCR Chevrolet 11 18 49 (70) $ 18, 000 5-20-95 RCR Chevrolet 4 14 60 (70) $ 25, 500 5-18-96 RCR Chevrolet 2 3 70 (70) $ 100, 000 5-17-97 RCR Chevrolet 2 4 70 (70) $ 55, 000 5-16-98 RCR Chevrolet 19 18 9 (70) $ 18, 000 5-22-99 RCR Chevrolet 6 4 70 (70) $ 30, 000 </pre> LUG NUTS -- · Earnhardt is the only driver to win the Winston three times.

· Earnhardt has $1,234,000 in winnings from this all-star event, more than any other driver.

· Earnhardt (1990) and the late Davey Allison (1991) are the only two drivers to lead the event from start-to-finish.

· Drove Silver car in honor of R.J. Reynolds 25th anniversary in racing('95). Drove Red, White & Blue car with Olympic flame logo in honor of the 1996 Olympic Games('96). Drove Wheaties orange Monte Carlo in 1997 Winston Drove Gold and Black Bass Pro Shops Monte Carlo(98). Drove retro Wrangler Jeans paint scheme(99). GM Goodwrench Service Plus Good Times Savings, Peter Max designed Monte Carlo(00).

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Darrell Waltrip , Kevin Hamlin , Davey Allison
Teams Richard Childress Racing