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NASCAR Winston Cup Jiffy Lube 300 Preview -- #3, Dale Earnhardt

10 July 1997

 #3 Dale Earnhardt, GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo
 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
 Jiffy Lube 300 Advance
 New Hampshire International Speedway

LOUDON, NH - Dale Earnhardt hopes to extend the streak of first time
winners at New Hampshire International Speedway by capturing his first
win this weekend. In the brief four year history at NHIS, no driver
has ever won two Winston Cup events.

GM Goodwrench  Service   Plus team leader  Larry McReynolds,   was the
winning crew chief in the 1996 NHIS Winston Cup event.

Although the Winston Cup series has only been coming to NHIS for four
years, Dale Earnhardt, on the other hand, has been racing there since
the first NASCAR Busch Grand National Event in 1990. He has two second
place finishes -- one in each division -- to round out his seven races

In February, Dale Earnhardt and the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team
left Daytona 31st in the points race. This past weekend's run at
Daytona moved the No. 3 team into a fifth place tie with Jeff
Burton. The GM team has made up 26 positions in 15 races.

Plus - The word "Plus" has been added to the hood of the famous
No. 3. "Plus" stands for GM Goodwrench Service dealers' commitment to
set a new standard of quality service for their customers. The Plus
program includes competitive up-front pricing, courtesy
transportation, convenient service hours and a lifetime service
guarantee covering associated labor cost. The "Plus" will remain on
the hood for the next couple of weeks.


"I like the layout of New Hampshire," remarked Earnhardt. "You have
close racing and high speeds. It isn't banked that much, so handling
is the key to getting around there. If you're able to get into the
turns and bring the car out of the turn at a good speed, then you're
ahead of the game."

"This year hasn't gone how we would have liked," said Richard
Childress.  "We've made some extensive personnel changes coming into
this season. Changes that I feel will be better for RCR in the long
run. The problem is everyone expects us to have success right out of
the box. It rarely happens that way.  It takes time and when that time
does come, I feel we'll have one of the strongest teams on the

"I read what everybody is saying 40 something races without a
win. What I don't read is 13 with broken bones and 16 with a new crew
chief," commented Richard Childress.

By Champion Sports Group