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Dale Jarrett - Quick Facts & Thoughts Pontiac Excitement 400, May 15, 1999 Career Record Starts: 365 Wins: 18 ...

Dale Jarrett - Quick Facts & Thoughts Pontiac Excitement 400, May 15, 1999 Career Record Starts: 365 Wins: 18 Poles: 7 Earnings: $16,238,963

* Dale Jarrett collected his seventh top-five finish of the 1999 season two weeks ago at the California Speedway. Starting second, he finished fifth. * Out of 10 races, Jarrett has finished outside the top 10 only twice - 37th in the Daytona 500 (involved in an accident) and 11th at Las Vegas. * Jarrett remains in second position in the points, trailing leader Jeff Burton by 55. * Racing For A Cure - Jarrett has earned $32,500 for the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in 1999 through his third place finish in the Gatorade Twin 125 (Daytona), his three second-place finishes at the North Carolina Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway and a third-place at Bristol.

Dale Jarrett's Finishes At Richmond International Raceway Tell The Story: * Has one win at RIR - the 1997 Exide Batteries 400. He still holds the race speed record for this race: 109.047 mph, two hours, 45 minutes, 04 seconds. * In the Pontiac Excitement 400, Jarrett has finished in the top-five, four out of the last six races held. His best - second, twice. * In the Exide Batteries 400, Jarrett has finished in the top-five, three out of the last four races held. * Jarrett has a total of seven top-five finishes, including the win in '97. * In this race in 1998, Jarrett started fourth and finished second to Terry Labonte

Dale Jarrett's Reflections On Racing At Richmond: "It's definitely a fun track to race," said Jarrett. "We tend to run well there, but unfortunately the last race there was one of the worst we've had at Richmond since we've had this race team (started seventh, finished 16th). We know what went wrong then and we want to get back to those opportunities of having a chance to win, which we have had a number of times there. It's always a very exciting race."

Talking About The Championship... Now?: "It's something that you have to concentrate on right from the very beginning," Jarrett said. "I think it's nice that we have the talk about the championship because you can't have an off week. The beauty of it is that you can even though we're behind, we've got several races left. We've got a long time to go. Jeff Gordon is still the man to beat and that's not to take away from Mark Martin or Jeff Burton or anyone else. Out of the guys that are up there in the top five, he's the only one to win a Winston Cup championship, so the rest of us have to prove that we can do that for an entire year."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Terry Labonte , Mark Martin