poised for win, record in Pepsi 400
The Earnhardt Connection
Earnhardt hopes to break another record at Daytona
Motor Speedway in the Pepsi 400.
Daytona Beach, Fla.
(June 17, 1999)
When Dale Earnhardt returns to Daytona
International Speedway for the Pepsi 400 on July 3, he will be looking for the win that so
narrowly escaped him in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500. He also
will be poised to break a long-held record by Cale Yarborough as the all-time Pepsi 400
If Earnhardt -- who earned Pepsi 400 victories in 1990 and '93 -- leads 105 laps in the
160-lap Pepsi 400, he will surpass Yarborough's record as the all-time lap leader with 645
Earnhardt already holds several records at Daytona -- most notably the career victories
lead with more than 30 -- but including the all-time leading money winner in the Pepsi 400
($620,165). He shares the record for the most consecutive Bud Pole Awards (two) with
Yarborough and Sterling Marlin. In addition, he is one of only five drivers to win the
Pepsi 400 from the pole position, a feat he accomplished in 1990.
Earnhardt's pair of Pepsi 400 victories came at average speeds of 160.894 mph in 1990 and
151.755 mph in '93.
Earnhardt's last race at the speedway, the Daytona 500, resulted in a close finish with
Jeff Gordon taking the checkered flag by a margin of only .178 seconds. Victories at the
"World Center of Racing" have been traded between the Earnhardt's No. 3 GM
Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet and Gordon's No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet
in recent years. Gordon won the 1999 Daytona 500 and the 1998 Pepsi 400. Earnhardt won the
1998 Daytona 500.
While competition in the July 3 race will be intense with a field of talented drivers, the
result may be yet another trade between Earnhardt and Gordon, with Earnhardt ending up on
top. Either way, fans are sure to enjoy exciting door-to-door action under the lights at
Daytona this Fourth of July weekend.
Tickets for the Pepsi 400 are still available; including
reserved specialty vehicle packages and Daytona Club hospitality packages. For ticket
information and purchase call the speedway ticket office at (904) 253-7223 or log on to
the speedway's web site at www.daytonausa.com.