Dale Earnhardt Jumps to Seventh in Standings

Dale Earnhardt and the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team have returned to their familiar position in the top-10 of the NASCAR points standings. With a runner up position at North Carolina Speedway, Earnhardt jumped 14 positions securing him the ...

Dale Earnhardt and the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team have returned to their familiar position in the top-10 of the NASCAR points standings. With a runner up position at North Carolina Speedway, Earnhardt jumped 14 positions securing him the seventh position after two events. The GM Goodwrench Service Plus team ended the 1999 campaign seventh in points, -770 behind the leader.

After completing a NASCAR wind tunnel test Monday morning in Atlanta, NASCAR returned the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo to RCR on Monday afternoon. Upon its return crew chief Kevin Hamlin decided NOT to bring the Monte Carlo that Earnhardt finished second with this past Sunday to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway was the location for the return of Dale Earnhardt after undergoing post season surgery to remove a ruptured disc between the seven-time series champions C-6 and C-7 vertebrae. Earnhardt after missing the entire winter testing season because of recovery from the surgery, climbed behind his No. 3 machine for the first time just over three weeks ago on February 1st, to make sure he was Y2K compliant. "We tested here a couple of weeks ago for a few reasons. First to see how the car would handle and secondly to see how I would handle after the surgery. After the test results you could say that I came out better than the car did." Since that test Earnhardt finished 21st at Daytona due to an on track incident, won his 11th IROC victory and record 34th victory at Daytona International Speedway, along with finishing second in last weeks NASCAR event at North Carolina Speedway.

Dale Earnhardt, Richard Childress and members of the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team will be attending the Grand Opening of the NASCAR Cafe in Las Vegas this Thursday night. The festivities begin at 6:00 pm and include the unveiling of the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo that Earnhardt will be driving at Lowe's Motor Speedway this May.

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"As a racer all you can ask for is be in contention to win at the end and last week we had that," remarked Dale Earnhardt. "This past weekend we did exactly what we need to do every weekend. Starting with qualifying up front on Friday, then working on the set-up on Saturday and going to the front on Sunday. It's as simple as that. If you can't do that week-in and week-out you're not going to win the championship."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Kevin Hamlin