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NASCAR Winston Cup Bud at Watkins Glen Preview: #3, Dale Earnhardt

7 August 1997

 #3 Dale Earnhardt, GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo
 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
 The Bud at the Glen Advance
 Watkins Glen International
WATKINS GLEN, NY - The GM Goodwrench Service Plus team last year came to 
Watkins Glen with a driver that two weeks earlier broke his collar bone and 
sternum. Earnhardt wouldn't let that stop him, as he captured the Pole for 
The Bud at the Glen with a tack record of 123.733 mph, 73.054 seconds.

 - Earnhardt and the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team have started the event 
from the pole position three times (1990, 1992, 1996). They have one road 
course victory to their credit with a win in 1993 at Sears Point Raceway in 
Sonoma, California.

 - After the GM Goodwrench Service Plus learn sat on the pole last year, they 
continued to lead The Bud at the Glen for 34 of the races 90 laps. Eventually 
falling out of the top-3 with a sixth place finish.

 - Dale Earnhardt went to Las Vegas this past Monday to film a new music 
video with county music duo Brooks & Dunn. The video, with a cameo appearance 
by Earnhardt, will be released later this year.

 - Steve Park, driver of the Busch Grand National No. 3 ACDelco Monte Carlo, 
will attempt to make his first Winston Cup race this weekend. Park will be 
driving the No. 14 Chevrolet owned by Teresa Earnhardt.


"I didn't get out of the race car last year," said Earnhardt. "That probably 
hurt more than helped in my recovery. David Green was standing by, but the 
car felt too good to get out. It sure didn't feel that way towards the end. 
With about 10 to go I was wondering why I didn't let David drive.

"When it came time to qualify I knew I had a job to do," said Earnhardt. "The 
team did a great job preparing for the race and I didn't want to let them
down. I got out at Indy and just couldn't bring myself to do it again. So I
pulled the belts tight and did what I had to do. When they told me it was 
the pole I was as surprised as anyone."

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