Earnhardt talks seat time at Michigan

The GM Goodwrench Service Plus team left Michigan Speedway last June with a second place finish after starting the day from the ninth position. In the seven races between the two Michigan events, the RCR team has posted one top-five and...

The GM Goodwrench Service Plus team left Michigan Speedway last June with a second place finish after starting the day from the ninth position. In the seven races between the two Michigan events, the RCR team has posted one top-five and five top-10 finishes.

Dale Earnhardt currently holds the record for consecutive NASCAR Winston Cup starts with 634 after Terry Labonte's decision not to run in the Brickyard 400 because of health reasons. For Earnhardt the streak isn't important. What is important is that Terry returns to the track 100%. "Terry made a tough decision in Indy," said Earnhardt. "I told him to take a lap and get out, but he knows what's best for him and his team. The main thing is that he gets healthy and back on the race track soon."

The GM Goodwrench Service Plus team left Watkins Glen with their second 25th place finish in three races. While running second at Pocono the No. 3 cut a right front tire ending their chances of victory and finished 25th. Those two finishes along with an eighth place in the Brickyard 400 resulted in the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team dropping 175 points to the leader in the past three events. "We have to regroup and make up some points on the No. 88 and the No. 18," stated crew chief Kevin Hamlin. "217 is still very much in the chase. There is plenty of time left. Look at how fast you can lose 175 points, it took us three races. We've got to have everything go our way and finish every race in the top-five. We're coming up on tracks that we ran good at earlier this year. We just dug a little hole, now it's time to climb out."

Earnhardt talks to Money Magazine about "SEAT TIME". In the September Issue of Money Magazine, Dale Earnhardt is featured with fellow athletes Shaq O'Neil, Jim Courier, Anna Kournikova and others. The cover story address' professional athletes and their investment interests. In the story Earnhardt talks about his owning seats on both the American and New York Stock Exchanges.

Dale Earnhardt was featured on the TV Guide cover for the week of August 12. Earnhardt was one of a four-cover collector's set with NASCAR Veterans.

The eldest Earnhardt offspring, Kerry Earnhardt will attempt to qualify for this weekends NASCAR Winston Cup event at Michigan Speedway. Kerry will be driving for NASCAR veteran Dave Marcis in the No. 71 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. "Dave Marcis made this possible," remarked Dale Earnhardt. "Kerry tested here after winning Pocono in June and ran times fast enough to make the top-25 in qualifying. I talked to Dave and told him what we would like to do. He thought about it and eventually said yes. I don't know if this would be happening if we couldn't do it with Marcis Racing."

Richard Childress Racing has opened up the back doors to its championship racing facility for the first time giving fans a chance to purchase authentic RCR items from its RCRRACING.com web site. RCRRACING.com will have items available for bidding on the web site and will add new items each week. The auction page opened last week. One of the first items available on the RCRRACING.com site is the complete body from the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo featuring the Tasmanian devil on the hood. This is the authentic body from the Chevrolet that Dale Earnhardt drove in the 2000 Daytona 500. "We started this auction a few weeks ago," remarked Richard Childress. "There use to be a time when you couldn't give some of this stuff away. Now there is a market for old tires and sheet metal for the serious NASCAR collector. We wanted to make these available to the race fans, so we started putting them up for auction on the RCR web site a few weeks ago. The response to the auction has been tremendous. Mostly because the fans know that they are getting authentic RCR/GM Goodwrench Service Plus items."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Terry Labonte , Dave Marcis , Kerry Earnhardt , Kevin Hamlin
Teams Richard Childress Racing