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February 12, 1998
Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.TodayWhat: Gatorade 125-mile qualifying racesTime: 12: 30 p.m.TV: Chs. 13, 9 (tape delay, Saturday, 3: 30 p.m.)First race front row: Bobby Labonte and Ken SchraderSecond race front row: Terry Labonte and Dale EarnhardtTomorrowWhat: Discount Auto Parts 200 Goody's Dash Series RaceTime: 11 a.m.Pole-sitter: Mike Swaim (162.905 mph)TomorrowWhat: IROC XXIITime: 1: 30 p.m.Pole-sitter: Tony Stewart, IRL champion.TV: Chs. 2, 7 (tape delay, March 8, 5 p.m.)
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Sometimes too much change, too often, can be disillusioning for fans. That's a big part of the backlash to NASCAR CEO Brian France's announcement last week that the sanctioning body was considering changes to the Chase. You wouldn't want to see any drastic moves, but the idea of some sort of elimination is intriguing. "Everybody was skeptical about the format of the Chase to begin with," Tony Stewart said. "But, you know, it has provided some great, great excitement for our series at the end of the year."
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By Joe Strauss | September 30, 2001
UP -- Tony Batista A minor adjustment in his unorthodox stance has made him a threat again. Credit Batista for not dumping a tough season. Credit hitting coach Terry Crowley with the suggestion. Now about shortstop ... EVEN -- Peter Angelos Where will the majority owner watch Saturday's Ripken farewell - from his luxury bunker or on the field, where he was last seen in 1995? UP -- Sean Douglass He and fellow young arms Rick Bauer and Jorge Julio have given September meaning ... and next February an air of suspense.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2003
RICHMOND, Va. - Joe Nemechek had never finished better than sixth here at Richmond International Raceway, but last night he won the Pontiac Excitement 400. Avoiding all the debris from a record 15 caution flags, Nemechek was in the right place at the right time to earn his third career victory. Though 11 different drivers were able to take the lead at one time or another, it was Nemechek who was in the lead after the first lap and at the end of Lap 393 when NASCAR red-flagged the race due to rain.
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By ORLANDO SENTINEL | February 19, 2001
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Racing at speeds approaching 180 mph, Bobby Labonte experienced major technical difficulties at Daytona International Speedway. "The 20 car landed on my windshield," he said. Yesterday's Daytona 500 history took an ugly turn on Lap 176, where the ride got bumpy for 19 drivers on the backstretch coming off Turn 2. The incident wiped out nearly half the field. The unavoidable domino effect provided the most visually graphic moment of the race: Tony Stewart's No. 20 Pontiac catching on fire and flipping three times before plopping on top of the Pontiac of teammate Bobby Labonte.
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April 14, 1991
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Bobby Labonte followed a lapped ca around Dale Earnhardt to take the lead with 18 laps left and held on to win his first Busch Grand National race in record time yesterday in the Budweiser 250.Labonte was second to Earnhardt when Davey Allison, working his way back into the lead lap, dipped below Earnhardt and passed him. Labonte took advantage of the pathway opened by Allison and cruised to victory in his Oldsmobile.Labonte set a track record for a Grand National race at the high-banked .533-mile Bristol International Raceway with an average speed of 92.875 mph. The previous record was 85.776 by Rick Wilson in 1989.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2003
RICHMOND, Va. - Joe Nemechek had never finished better than sixth here at Richmond International Raceway, but last night he won the Pontiac Excitement 400. Avoiding all the debris from a record 15 caution flags, Nemechek was in the right place at the right time to earn his third career victory. Though 11 different drivers were able to take the lead at one time or another, it was Nemechek who was in the lead after the first lap and at the end of Lap 393 when NASCAR red-flagged the race due to rain.
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By Sandra McKee | February 17, 2002
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "I'm sick of finishing second," Earnhardt said after collecting his second runner-up finish of the week in the Twin 125 qualifying race Thursday. But he didn't seem to be trying as hard as he could in those races. "If it was the 500, I probably would have been going for it a little harder," he said with a sly grin, refusing to show his hand. Earnhardt, who drives the Bud Chevrolet, was second in what was a tragic race last year. His plan over the past two days was to spend much of his time figuring out what he can do to make a successful pass to win today.
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July 7, 2010
Sometimes too much change, too often, can be disillusioning for fans. That's a big part of the backlash to NASCAR CEO Brian France's announcement last week that the sanctioning body was considering changes to the Chase. You wouldn't want to see any drastic moves, but the idea of some sort of elimination is intriguing. "Everybody was skeptical about the format of the Chase to begin with," Tony Stewart said. "But, you know, it has provided some great, great excitement for our series at the end of the year."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 7, 2000
RICHMOND, VA. - The answer to the biggest question of the night was waiting at the end of the Pontiac Excitement 400. Would the Winston Cup series have its 11th different winner of the season? With 10 different winners in the first 10 races, the series already had a record. Could it be lengthened? Pole-sitter Rusty Wallace, who already had won once, certainly didn't want the streak to continue, and neither did nine other victorious men. And through the evening, as a crowd of 97,000 enjoyed a warm and hazy night, it seemed nearly all of them took a shot at stopping it. And the rookie among them did. Dale Earnhardt Jr. became the first two-time winner of the season and moved within one of the modern era record of three set last season by Tony Stewart.
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By Sandra McKee | February 17, 2002
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "I'm sick of finishing second," Earnhardt said after collecting his second runner-up finish of the week in the Twin 125 qualifying race Thursday. But he didn't seem to be trying as hard as he could in those races. "If it was the 500, I probably would have been going for it a little harder," he said with a sly grin, refusing to show his hand. Earnhardt, who drives the Bud Chevrolet, was second in what was a tragic race last year. His plan over the past two days was to spend much of his time figuring out what he can do to make a successful pass to win today.
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By Joe Strauss | September 30, 2001
UP -- Tony Batista A minor adjustment in his unorthodox stance has made him a threat again. Credit Batista for not dumping a tough season. Credit hitting coach Terry Crowley with the suggestion. Now about shortstop ... EVEN -- Peter Angelos Where will the majority owner watch Saturday's Ripken farewell - from his luxury bunker or on the field, where he was last seen in 1995? UP -- Sean Douglass He and fellow young arms Rick Bauer and Jorge Julio have given September meaning ... and next February an air of suspense.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2001
INDIANAPOLIS - Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart raced door to door, lap after dwindling lap, as the last race of the True Value IROC XXV series hurried toward its finish. "I wouldn't have run that close with anybody else," Stewart said later. "But I ran out of real estate. I didn't expect him to do that ... but he ran me right out into the fence." On Lap 35 Stewart had swept down to the outside to pass Labonte in Turn 1, but the Texan wasn't done. He gathered his car's power and charged back.
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By ORLANDO SENTINEL | February 19, 2001
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Racing at speeds approaching 180 mph, Bobby Labonte experienced major technical difficulties at Daytona International Speedway. "The 20 car landed on my windshield," he said. Yesterday's Daytona 500 history took an ugly turn on Lap 176, where the ride got bumpy for 19 drivers on the backstretch coming off Turn 2. The incident wiped out nearly half the field. The unavoidable domino effect provided the most visually graphic moment of the race: Tony Stewart's No. 20 Pontiac catching on fire and flipping three times before plopping on top of the Pontiac of teammate Bobby Labonte.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2000
ATLANTA - When you're 36 and you've spent your entire life working toward something, it makes sense that once you get it, you want to savor it. Bobby Labonte, who by last weekend had clinched his first Winston Cup championship, at this moment was busy eating a plate of lasagna in his team's truck and putting his feelings into words. "I'm now sitting in a place a lot of other people want to be," he said last week, a couple of days before finishing sixth in the season-ending NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 7, 2000
RICHMOND, VA. - The answer to the biggest question of the night was waiting at the end of the Pontiac Excitement 400. Would the Winston Cup series have its 11th different winner of the season? With 10 different winners in the first 10 races, the series already had a record. Could it be lengthened? Pole-sitter Rusty Wallace, who already had won once, certainly didn't want the streak to continue, and neither did nine other victorious men. And through the evening, as a crowd of 97,000 enjoyed a warm and hazy night, it seemed nearly all of them took a shot at stopping it. And the rookie among them did. Dale Earnhardt Jr. became the first two-time winner of the season and moved within one of the modern era record of three set last season by Tony Stewart.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | October 6, 1996
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Jeff Gordon Express is set to check out of the Charlotte Motor Speedway "station" today at 1: 10 p.m.Forty-two other NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers will be trying to derail the run in the UAW-GM Quality 500.With Gordon as the engineer and crew chief Ray Evernham serving as the conductor/fireman, the Hendrick Motorsports team's Chevrolet has been running as smooth and fast as a bullet train the past six weeks.Gordon, 25, has won three Winston Cup races in a row and four of the past five.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | April 16, 2000
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Mark Martin has learned a thing or two through the years. He's learned that cooperation disappears if you win "too much." And he also has learned that if you stay behind Dale Earnhardt and follow him toward the front, Earnhardt will win and you won't. Yesterday, with Bobby Labonte leading Earnhardt and Martin into the last lap, Martin decided to do something about that in the True Value IROC Race 2. The result was Earnhardt didn't win and Bobby Labonte did. A further result might have been to plant a few seeds that could flower as soon as today's DieHard 500 Winston Cup race.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | April 16, 2000
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Mark Martin has learned a thing or two through the years. He's learned that cooperation disappears if you win "too much." And he also has learned that if you stay behind Dale Earnhardt and follow him toward the front, Earnhardt will win and you won't. Yesterday, with Bobby Labonte leading Earnhardt and Martin into the last lap, Martin decided to do something about that in the True Value IROC Race 2. The result was Earnhardt didn't win and Bobby Labonte did. A further result might have been to plant a few seeds that could flower as soon as today's DieHard 500 Winston Cup race.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 12, 1999
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It was just a little game of chess."He moves, I move, he moves, they move," said Dale Earnhardt, after he and Bobby Labonte had won the two Gatorade 125-mile qualifying races that determine the starting lineup for Sunday's 41st Daytona 500.Earnhardt won for an unprecedented 10th straight time and will start fourth Sunday, in the same spot he did a year ago, when he went on to win the 500 for the first time in 20 tries."
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