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"M&M's" Racing/Ernie Irvan Michigan Speedway Notes And Quotes

"M&M's" Chocolate Candies Fascinating Fact...

In 1995 "M&M's" gave consumers the opportunity to vote for their favorite color of "M&M's" Chocolate Candies. The choices were blue, pink or purple.

"M&M's" received more than 10 million votes and the winner was...blue.

Ernie Irvan's Michigan Speedway Highlights...

* "M&M's" Racing Team driver Ernie Irvan has an outstanding performance record at Michigan Speedway. Irvan has 10 top-10 finishes including eight top fives at the two-mile Michigan oval in 19 starts. His overall performance at Michigan ranks second only to Talladega of all tracks on the current Winston Cup schedule.

* Irvan's last Winston Cup victory came at Michigan Speedway on June 15, 1997. The emotional win came two years after Irvan suffered a life-threatening crash at the track in August of 1994.

* In addition to 10 top 10s and eight top fives, the driver of the "M&M's" Pontiac also owns a pole position at Michigan Speedway. Irvan and the "M&M's' Racing Team captured the top qualifying position in August of 1998, one of three last season.

* The "M&M's' Racing Team has a solid chance at a top-five or top-10 finish in the 400-mile event. Irvan has five top-10 finishes at Michigan in the last six starts, including four top fives. Irvan's record in the last six starts boasts a win, two fourths, a fifth- and a sixth-place finish.

* The familiar "M&M's" Pontiac will sport a different logo at Michigan Speedway this weekend. Pedigree Brand for Dogs will be on the No. 36 Pontiac to support Michigan's Second Chance for Greyhounds. Pedigree will make a donation to the non-profit adoption organization following the race. M&M/Mars, the manufacturer of "M&M's", is a sister company to Kal Kan Foods, Inc., manufacturer of Pedigree Brand for Dogs.

Ernie Irvan's thoughts on racing at Michigan Speedway... "Michigan has been a really good race track for me. If you take out my accident the track has been great for me. It was the place where I got my first second-place finish, and I've pretty much had an overall good record there. Our season so far has been pretty up and down, and I hope that Michigan will be the place to turn it around."

Ernie Irvan at Michigan Speedway Year Event St Fin Earnings Event St Fin Earnings 1988 Miller 400 29 15 6,250 Champion 400 39 33 2,400 1989 Miller 400 30 18 6,350 Champion 400 13 25 4,500 1990 Miller 400 11 2 41,000 Champion 400 3 35 6,775 1991 Miller 400 19 5 24,725 Champion 400 5 7 18,850 1992 Miller 400 6 30 16,560 Champion 400 5 4 28,920 1993 Miller 400 5 3 41,240 Champion 400 24 32 17,415 1994 Miller 400 23 18 22,640 1996 Miller 400 32 5 45,025 GM Goodwrench 400 12 4 43,770 1997 Miller 400 20 1 93,830 Devilbiss 400 20 4 46,295 1998 Miller Lite 400 32 14 33,900 Devilbiss 400 1 6 64,840

        Starts        Wins        Top Five        Top 10        Poles         Earnings
Spring        10        1        5        5        0        327,020
Fall        9        0        3        5        1        233,765
Total        19        1        8        10        1        560,785

Ernie Irvan's 1999 Winston Cup Cumulative Results Date Race St. Fin. Earnings Status 2/14 Daytona International Speedway 31 14 $123,584 Running 2/21 North Carolina Speedway 34 29 32,675 Running 3/7 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 40 6 95,075 Running 3/14 Atlanta Motor Speedway 21 7 40,220 Running 3/21 Darlington Raceway 37 24 32,235 Running 3/28 Texas Motor Speedway 22 37 45,950 Engine 4/11 Bristol Motor Speedway 41 43 32,161 Handling 4/18 Martinsville Speedway 7 22 34,150 Running 4/25 Talladega Superspeedway 19 40 36,050 Accident 5/2 California Speedway 26 35 43,650 Running 5/15 Richmond International Raceway 25 33 31,475 Running 5/30 Charlotte Motor Speedway 20 36 37,500 Engine 6/ 6 Dover Downs 29 35 37,150 Running 6/13 Michigan Speedway 6/20 Pocono Raceway 6/27 Sears Point Raceway 7/3 Daytona International Speedway 7/11 New Hampshire Intl. Speedway 7/25 Pocono Raceway 8/7 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 8/15 Watkins Glen International 8/22 Michigan Speedway 8/28 Bristol Motor Speedway 9/5 Darlington Raceway 9/11 Richmond International Raceway 9/19 New Hampshire Intl. Speedway 9/26 Dover Downs 10/ 3 Martinsville Speedway 10/10 Charlotte Motor Speedway 10/17 Talladega Superspeedway 10/24 North Carolina Motor Speedway 11/7 Phoenix International Raceway 11/14 Homestead Motorsports Complex 11/ 21 Atlanta Motor Speedway

Totals:        Starts        Top 5        Top 10        Poles        Outside Poles        Money Won*
        13        0        2        0        0        $662,375

*Includes non-points money

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