Watkins Glen Will there be and Earnhardt in victory circle?

Watkins Glen, NY (July 27, 2000) - Victory Circle at Watkins Glen has typically been a place where the superstars of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series could be found in early August. Gordon, Martin, Wallace, Rudd, Irvan, Bodine, Richmond and...

Watkins Glen, NY (July 27, 2000) - Victory Circle at Watkins Glen has typically been a place where the superstars of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series could be found in early August. Gordon, Martin, Wallace, Rudd, Irvan, Bodine, Richmond and Petty have all found their way to a win on the fast 2.45-mile historic road course known as The Glen. Since the NASCAR Winston Cup Series returned to the track in 1986, there has only been one name missing from the winner's podium, Dale Earnhardt. This year's Global Crossing @ The Glen may see the first Earnhardt in Victory Circle, only chances are pretty good it'll be a "Jr." instead of the man currently third in the points standings as he pursues his eighth NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship. "Jeff Gordon has won the last three or so races, so to be considered a favorite is quite flattering," said the young driver of the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet. "Hopefully my three years of experience at Watkins Glen will help me out. Fuel mileage and pit strategy play a big role. This will be a race where track position is very important." Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is already a two-time winner in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and will be looking to close the gap between friend and rival, Matt Kenseth, in the Rookie of the Year title chase when arriving at Watkins Glen. The 25-year old Earnhardt currently trails Kenseth in the points chase, but would seem to have a definite advantage when they arrive in upstate New York for the August 13 Global Crossing @ The Glen event. "It would be easy for me to stand here and say the points race with Matt doesn't matter because I'm behind him. But it does matter. Still, I'm not losing to a slouch. He's a proven driver and talent. Watkins Glen should give us an opportunity to do something good." Earnhardt, Jr. won't arrive at Watkins Glen without the proper credentials. In last year's Lysol 200 NASCAR Busch Series event, Dale hung with road racing ace Ron Fellows all day, eventually passing him for the win on the last lap. "We've run really well at The Glen and we won the Busch race there in 1999. That was a kind of personal achievement of mine that I'm really proud of," said Earnhardt, Jr. "I never really considered myself a road course specialist or anything like that so to have done as well as we have I was really excited and happy about that and I'm excited to return in a Winston Cup car." "We didn't test there this year so I don't know exactly what to expect as far as performance, but I intend to have a lot of fun whether I'm in the front or the back. My father was testing there this week and I'm sure he'll bring back some notes for us to utilize. Our first goal will be trying to stay on the track. We need to stay out of the gravel pits. We've seen it before that if you get in those things you don't come out." In years past, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at Watkins Glen has been a place for great family fun. This year, great times are sure to be had by those both on and off the historic race track. According to the young rookie, "driving Watkins Glen is a blast. It reminds you of being a kid and riding your go-kart out in the yard." Tickets for the August 10 - 13 Global Crossing @ The Glen weekend are still available. For ticket, reserved camping, or additional information, contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or visit The Glen's website at www.theglen.com .

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Ron Fellows