ACDelco 400 Sunday notebook By Shawn A. Akers ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Nov. 1, 1998) Some post-race notes from Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup ACDelco 400 at North Carolina Speedway: Pain? Dale Jarrett didn't feel much at all on Sunday. Just a...
ACDelco 400 Sunday notebook By Shawn A. Akers
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Nov. 1, 1998) Some post-race notes from Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup ACDelco 400 at North Carolina Speedway:
Pain? Dale Jarrett didn't feel much at all on Sunday. Just a few days removed from the hospital after suffering from a gall stone attack this past week at Phoenix, Jarrett drove his No. 88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Taurus to a gutsy second-place finish in the ACDelco 400 at North Carolina Speedway. Jarrett led the most laps of the 393-lap event, five times for 195 circuits, after qualifying fourth during Bud Pole Qualifying on Friday. "I feel pretty good right now, but I'm looking forward to getting some sleep and some more food," Jarrett said. "I didn't ever think I'd have to get out of the car, but I didn't know how much I'd have at the end. With about 100 laps to go I got a little dehydrated and my hands started to cramp, but thanks to Dr. Magary at John C. Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Phoenix, thanks to my wife Kelley who was there and orchestrated everything, and thanks to God for giving me strength." With his second-place finish, Jarrett was able to extend his lead over Rusty Wallace in the race for third place in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings to 46 points. Wallace finished third on Sunday.
Despite not winning the NASCAR Winston Cup championship, Mark Martin isn't about to hang his head over his 1998 season. Martin has accumulated seven victories this year and has enjoyed by far his best campaign of his career. He finished fourth on Sunday at Rockingham. "I just hope I can have another one (season) this good," Martin said graciously. "It's been the best year of my life and I just have this race team to thank -- Valvoline, Ford and all the folks that support us. I just hope and pray that I can be so blessed again."
With Jeff Gordon's victory on Sunday, Team Monte Carlo took the lead in the Manufacturer's race in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series with one race remaining in the 1998 season. Chevrolet's Team Monte Carlo now leads Ford in the race 231-229 going into the season finale next Sunday, the NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Unofficially, give the NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year Award to Kenny Irwin Jr. Heading into next weekend's NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the driver of the No. 28 Texaco-Havoline Ford has a 14-point advantage over Kevin Lepage in the rookie chase. No matter what Lepage does at Atlanta, he cannot catch Irwin. Irwin has 218 points, compared to 204 for Lepage, 194 for Jerry Nadeau and 167 for Steve Park. The award won't be official, however, until it is voted on at the end of the season and announced at the NASCAR Winston Cup Awards banquet in December.
Greg Burkhardt, a crew member for the No. 44 Hot Wheels Pontiac driven by Kyle Petty, suffered minor first-degree burns to his face when Petty pulled into the pits two-thirds of the way through Sunday's race with his car on fire. Burkhardt was taken to the infield care center, treated and released.
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