Jarrett helps fan win $1 million WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Dec. 3, 1998) Ronald Sims admits that he always pulled for the "other" Dale, but following Dale Jarrett's victory in the final Winston No Bull 5 event of the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup season,...
Jarrett helps fan win $1 million
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Dec. 3, 1998) Ronald Sims admits that he always pulled for the "other" Dale, but following Dale Jarrett's victory in the final Winston No Bull 5 event of the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup season, Sims has one million reasons to switch his allegiance. Sims, a lifetime Dale Earnhardt fan and resident of Breaux Bridge, La., is the latest winner of the Winston No Bull 5 "They Win, You Win" $1 million fan sweepstakes. Sims' name was drawn at random from a nationwide pool of sweepstakes entrants following Jarrett's million-dollar victory in the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. "To be honest, I've always rooted for Dale Earnhardt," Sims said. "This is just unbelievable, to win a million bucks. I guess this means I'll have to start pulling for Dale Jarrett." The 45-year-old Sims joins Jim Chorman of Staten Island, N.Y., and Elizabeth Naylor of Boaz, Ala., as winners of the Winston No Bull $5 million sweepstakes. Like his fellow winners, who needed a new car (Chorman) and a new home (Naylor), Sims knows exactly what he would like to do with his new windfall. "Well, right now I'm looking for work," Sims said. "But the most important thing is that I have a son, Ronnie Jr., who has Down's Syndrome. This money will really help him. Winning this contest is like a blessing from God. At the present time, we really needed the money. It truly is a blessing." The Winston No Bull 5, the richest single-season bonus program ever conducted in NASCAR Winston Cup racing, awarded $6 million to drivers and fans during its inaugural year. Two-time defending NASCAR Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon led the way, capturing the driver bonus on two occasions -- at Indianapolis and Darlington -- on his way to a NASCAR Winston Cup record $6.1 million in single-season winnings. Winston officials announced in October that the Winston No Bull 5 program, introduced in 1998 as a tribute to NASCAR's 50th-anniversary season, will return in 1999. The five races comprising the Winston No Bull 5 in 1999 are, in chronological order: The Daytona 500 (Feb. 14); The Las Vegas 400 (March 7); The Coca-Cola 600 (May 30) at Charlotte; The Pepsi Southern 500 (Sept. 5) at Darlington, S.C.; and The Winston 500 (Oct. 17) at Talladega, Ala. In addition, fans again will have the opportunity to win $1 million at each Winston No Bull 5 event. The announcement regarding next season's Winston No Bull 5 fan sweepstakes was made Thursday at the annual NASCAR Winston Cup news conference at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
Source: NASCAR Online