Ernie Irvan Set For Success At Richmond

Richmond International Raceway Holds Success, Site Of First Career Winston Cup Start For Ernie Irvan CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Just as there are five different varieties of "M&M's"® Chocolate Candies, Ernie Irvan has five major accomplishments at ...

Richmond International Raceway Holds Success, Site Of First Career Winston Cup Start For Ernie Irvan

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Just as there are five different varieties of "M&M's"® Chocolate Candies, Ernie Irvan has five major accomplishments at Richmond International Raceway. When Irvan, driver of the No. 36 "M&M's"® Pontiac, travels to the Virginia track on May 15 for the third short track race of the year, he is looking to build on his past. Irvan's string of successes at Richmond International Raceway started on September 13, 1987, where he made his first career Winston Cup start that fall night 13 years ago. "I got my first start at Richmond, but that was a really long time ago," Irvan said. "The track was completely different back then, but I guess I adapted to the changes pretty well because I've had some really good runs at Richmond." Irvan's string of success at the .75-mile track is capped off by two victories. He first took the checkered flag in the spring of 1994 and then again in the fall of 1995. It has been too long since Irvan has won at Richmond and he is ready to visit victory lane again, this time in the No. 36 "M&M's"® Pontiac. The entire "M&M's"® Racing Team is optimistic, due largely to a successful test at the track April 19-20. According to Richmond International Raceway officials, Irvan unofficially broke the track qualifying record. Irvan and the "M&M's"® Racing Team were a little more humble about the test results. "The test should be a big help for the "M&M's"® Racing Team because we really worked a lot on qualifying," Irvan said. "I'm not positive that the test will help, but I feel pretty confident that it will be a good weekend for us." As for the track record at Richmond, Irvan and the crew expect a new qualifying record at the end of the day, much like what happened at Martinsville. "I really think the track record is going to fall this year," Irvan said. "If the temperatures are a little cooler, I just see us having a new track record to shoot for in qualifying. Hopefully when it is all said and done, the "M&M's"® Pontiac will start in the top 10, if not from the pole." Irvan is no stranger in leading the field to the green flag at Richmond International Raceway. In addition to having two wins at the track, Irvan also has two pole positions. Irvan's top qualifying efforts came earlier in his career, claiming the top spot in 1990 and 1992. "I guess Richmond has been pretty good for me," Irvan said. "I've had four big days at the track, five if you count my first Winston Cup race. I'm looking for another big day, and I know the "M&M's"® Racing Team is looking for one too." Irvan and the "M&M's"® Racing Team are really flexing their muscles in 1999, and the successful results at the Richmond test is further proof the team is finding its path to victory lane. Through the first eight races of 1999, the "M&M's"® Racing Team ran in the top 10 during six different events. The next challenge for the team is to not only consistently run in the top 10, but to finish in the top 10 each week. Irvan and the "M&M's"® Racing Team are hoping for a sixth Richmond International Raceway career milestone -- The race is on!

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ernie Irvan