Dale Earnhardt hoping to ''three-peat'' at Talladega

Sweeping both NASCAR Winston Cup races at Talladega Superspeedway in 1999, Dale Earnhardt and the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team are looking to repeat or in this case, Three-peat, by winning three consecutive NASCAR Winston Cup races at...

Sweeping both NASCAR Winston Cup races at Talladega Superspeedway in 1999, Dale Earnhardt and the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team are looking to repeat or in this case, Three-peat, by winning three consecutive NASCAR Winston Cup races at Talladega Superspeedway.

Dale Earnhardt has won the last three races he has been involved in at Talladega by sweeping the NASCAR Winston Cup events along with the International Race of Champions (IROC) on Saturday last spring with a last lap pass of Rusty Wallace, Earnhardt won every event in 1999.

Dale Earnhardt will be defending his IROC title this weekend with the second of four races that make up the IROC series, Earnhardt is currently tied with Al Unser Jr with 11 victories in the Champions Series. He currently holds the record for winning four of the last five IROC races over the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

The GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo lead a total of 88 laps at Talladega Superspeedway in 1999. Before their 21st place finish at the 2000 season opening event at Daytona International Speedway, the GM team had a previous finishing record of two wins and two second place finishes on NASCAR's two superspeedways.

Dale Earnhardt holds the record for most wins at Talladega Superspeedway with nine trips to victory lane in NASCAR's premier Winston Cup series. His record of nine wins, 20 top-fives and 24 top-10's while collecting $1,718,570 in winnings represents how Earnhardt has dominated the superspeedway throughout his career.

Dale Earnhardt has won back-to-back races at Talladega Superspeedway three times. The first was a sweep of the 1990 season, when he won both the Die-Hard and Winston 500's. He repeated back-to-back finishes by winning the Die Hard 500 in July 1993, and came back to follow that up by winning the Winston 500 in May 1994. Again in 1999 winning all events he entered at Talladega with the Die-Hard, and Winston 500's, along with the IROC race.

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.

Richard Childress started his NASCAR Winston Cup career as a driver in 1969. The first race of his NASCAR Winston Cup career was at Alabama International Speedway, later renamed Talladega Superspeedway. His first race was the infamous "drivers protest race". Childress tells the story like this, "I was running in the Grand American series and we raced that Saturday at Talladega. Every one was talking about the safety of the track and how they weren't going to race. Our cars weren't going as fast as they were in the Winston Cup, so we raced the Grand American race and finished in one piece.

'We went back to the motel to clean up, when I got a phone call from Bill France, Sr. He said that the driver's weren't going to race and he needed driver's to fill the field. He asked if I would enter my car in Sunday's race. We didn't wreck on Saturday so the car was ready. I said why not I've always wanted to run with the big boys and here was my chance. I'm not really sure where we ended up, but Talladega was my first experience on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit as a driver"

Ironically, Talladega Superspeedway was the location for Childress' final event as a driver when he competed in the 1981 Talladega 500. After the race he went back to North Carolina and started working on his car to get it ready for the next event on the schedule. At the same time Dale Earnhardt was frustrated with new car owner J. D. Stacy and left the Stacey operation in pursuit of another ride after the 1981 Talladega race. Childress knew this was a good opportunity and entered the next race at Michigan as the car owner and Dale Earnhardt as his driver. The two split for two years and rejoined forces in 1984 and have won six championships and 66 Winston Cup victories and still are together as a team.

Richard Childress leads the field with most victories as a car owner at Talladega. He broke a tie with Rainer Racing last April when the RCR No. 3 crossed the line first and again with another victory in October. Richard Childress Racing has accomplished eight trips to Talladega's winner circle more than any other car owner.

Between Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway, Dale Earnhardt has an impressive record of 45 victories. Combined he has won in Winston Cup (12), Busch Series (8), IROC (8), 125-mile qualifiers (11) and Bud Shoot-out (6).

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Rusty Wallace , Al Unser Sr.