North Wilkesboro notes

>From NASCAR Public Relations FOR Immediate RELEASE April 15, 1996 NASCAR WINSTON CUP NOTES OF INTEREST DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --- Wrapping up the First Union 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway: *** The $229,025 in winnings collected by...

>From NASCAR Public Relations

FOR Immediate RELEASE April 15, 1996

NASCAR WINSTON CUP NOTES OF INTEREST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --- Wrapping up the First Union 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway:

*** The $229,025 in winnings collected by Terry Labonte for taking the checkered flag in Sunday's First Union 400 was the highest payday of Labonte's career. His previous best was the 5138,475 he received for finishing third in the 1994 Daytona 500.

*** Labonte's winnings included a Unocal 76 Challenge bonus of $129,900. It was the second-largest payout in NASCAR Winston Cup short-track history. Bill Elliott won 5272,700 with a 5197,600 Unocal bonus in the spring of 1992 in Richmond, Va.

*** Labonte's winnings also pushed him across the $11 million mark for his career ---$11,006,830 to be exact-- fifth on the all-time list behind Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, Darrell Waltrip and Rusty Wallace.

*** Although the winner at North Wilkesboro has started from the Busch Pole more than any other single starting position (15 in 71 races), Labonte's win from the top spot in Sunday's race was the first time it had happened at North Wilkesboro since the spring of 1988. The driver then? Labonte.

*** In the last five races at North Wilkesboro, Terry Labonte has two wins, a runner-up and a fourth and an average finish of 4.8.

*** Jeff Gordon's average finish since Rockingham, (when his average finish was 41st), is 1.6 (three wins, a runner-up-up and a third).

*** Earnhardt's third-place finish in Sunday's race gave him his 19th career top-five finish at North Wilkesboro in 33 races(58 percent) and his 29th top-10 (88 percent).

Jack Durbin indy500@freenet.tlh.fl.us Motorsport News International jackd@motorsport.com (Moderators for "rec.autos.sport.info") Homepage http://www.freenet.tlh.fl.us/users/indy500/index.html

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Terry Labonte , Rusty Wallace