Earnhardt News
2000 Season

Powerful Earnhardt ready for Atlanta

Hampton, Ga. (Mar. 9, 2000)
It is no secret that Dale Earnhardt cast a very large shadow in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. And no, the Intimidator hasn't put on a lot of weight.

Earnhardt was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the Power 100, a list of the 100 most powerful celebrities and athletes, based on such factors as earnings, media attention, and Internet hits. Earnhardt ranked 36th on the list, with an estimated 26.5 million in income, 29,754 web hits, and 11,537 press clippings. He is 39th on the money ranking. Atlanta native Julia Roberts is ranked No. 1 on the list.

But Earnhardt is first and foremost a racer. He'd probably tell you that the Forbes ranking and 50 cents would only get you a newspaper. And the newspapers in Atlanta could be talking about the Intimidator extending his mastery of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The 1.54-mile AMS is one of three tracks at which the seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion holds the record for most wins. Earnhardt won his record eight races at Atlanta beginning in March 1980 with the second win of his career and his most current victory coming in the spring of 1996. He also holds the record at both Talladega (nine) and Daytona (34 all races) in the most wins category.

Earnhardt also holds the race records at Atlanta with the track record of 163.633 mph in the NAPA 500, on Nov. 12, 1995 and 161.298 mph in the 1996 spring event. With a ninth-place finish last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Earnhardt and the GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet team have finished in the top-10 in all three races held at the 1.5-mile speedway.

"Our goal is top-5 finishes," Earnhardt said. "We had 21 top-10s last year, so if we can turn those into top-5s, then we have a shot at the championship. I believe we have the team to run for the championship we'll have to wait and see where we're at in November."


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