Charlotte, North Carolina
(September 29, 1998)
this week in Charlotte the proclaiming red "Plus" on Earnhardt's hood will be
replaced by the GM Goodwrench Service Plus logo.
Known as the master of the superspeedway, Dale
Earnhardt has a combined total of 48 victories between Charlotte, Talladega and Daytona.
He has 31 wins at Daytona, nine at Talladega, and eight at Charlotte. With
those three tracks occupying the next three slots on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series
schedule, Earnhardt and the GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet team feel confident that
it won't be long before they're back in Victory Lane. The team's last win was at
this year's Daytona 500.
"We need to get back up front," Earnhardt said. "With the
superspeedways coming back onto the schedule, it might be enough to steer us in the right
direction. We can't catch the leaders, but we can sure catch the next couple of positions
in the points."
During the 1997 GM UAW 500 in Charlotte, Earnhardt was making a charge in the final
laps pushing his Monte Carlo to the limit. He was slipping and sliding around the
high-bank turns only to come up short. Earnhardt finished in third after starting in
Lately, the team has been on a dry spell at Charlotte Motor Speedway. They've
finished 11 of the last 13 races in the top-10, including two wins and seven top-fives.
Their last victory came in the 1993 Coca-Cola 600.
Earnhardt won his first race at Charlotte in only his eighth attempt around the
1.5-mile superspeedway. That win came in the 1980 National 500; it was his sixth win
of his career. He went on to win four more times at CMS including back-to-back races
"Charlotte is where I ran my first Winston cup race," Earnhardt said.
"I remember coming down here with my family to watch the races as a kid. A lot of
things have happened since then. I've won a lot of races here and have seen some really
exciting finishes, but my biggest thrill was watching my son Dale Jr. get the chance to
race here. I have a funny feeling he's going to get his share of victories here too."
After a 15-month run, the familiar bright red PLUS that has donned the hood of the
No. 3 Chevrolet has been replaced with the GM Goodwrench Service Plus logo seen at your
local Chevrolet dealerships.