Consistency key for Dale Earnhardt at Daytona

One of the many goals the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team set for the 2000 NASCAR season was improvement in consistent finishes. In 1999 Dale Earnhardt drove his Chevrolet to 21 top-10 finishes, but complied only seven top-five finishes...

One of the many goals the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team set for the 2000 NASCAR season was improvement in consistent finishes. In 1999 Dale Earnhardt drove his Chevrolet to 21 top-10 finishes, but complied only seven top-five finishes throughout the season. In the first 16 events on the 2000 schedule the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team has compiled 13 top-10's and seven top-fives, including nine top-10 finishes in the last 10 races. "We said last year if we could get those top-10's up to top-5's, we would be right where we want to be," commented Dale Earnhardt. "We've put together a great team effort every week. Qualifying has improved; pit stops have been tremendous. I can't begin to tell you how many positions we've gained on pit road. It's just been unreal. All that together is what puts you in contention to win races and championships."

The GM Goodwrench Service Plus team and Dale Earnhardt have a total of 12 Winston Cup Superspeedway wins combining both Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedways. In 1999 Earnhardt finished with two wins and two runner up positions in the four superspeedway events. In the first two of 2000 he posted a 21st place at the Daytona 500 and finished third at Talladega in April.

Earnhardt holds the record for most wins at Daytona International Speedway with 34 to his credit including Winston Cup, Busch Series and IROC events. His last trip to victory lane came in the IROC event held in February.

Arnold Bush, Electronics Technician First Class, United States Navy is retiring after 20 years of service in the United States Navy. Mr. Bush will be presented with a US Flag signifying the end of his Naval career. Typically, retirement flags are flown at a location of the retiree's choice such as the Capitol Building or the White House, but Mr. Bush has requested his retirement flag be flown from the top of the GM Goodwrench Service Plus transporter at Daytona International Speedway. This weekend Mr. Bush's request will be honored during the Independence Day celebration as his retirement flag will wave proudly atop the RCR teams transporter in the garage area of Daytona International Speedway.

"With the bunched up racing we do at Daytona and Talladega anything can happen," remarked Richard Childress. "You can get caught up in other people's mistakes that can cost you dearly. We've got the best in the business behind the wheel of that 3 car, we just need to stay clear of the trouble."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt