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NASCAR Winston Cup Series MBNA 400 Preview: #3, Dale Earnhardt

18 September 1997

 #3 Dale Earnhardt, GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo
 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
 MBNA 400 Advance
 Dover Downs International Speedway

DOVER, DE - This weekend at Dover's Monster Mile, Dale Earnhardt and the GM 
Goodwrench Service Plus team are looking to get back into the winner's 
circle. Earnhardt had gone to victory lane three times at Dover, sweeping 
both 500-mile events in 1989 and again taking the checkered flag in June of 

 - The GM Goodwrench Service Plus team's best string of finishes came between 
September, 1994 and June, of 1996. In those four races they went home with a 
2nd, 5th, 5th, and a 3rd-place finish.

 - Earnhardt captured the pole at "the Monster" in only his second attempt to 
qualify for a Winston Cup race there on September 16, 1979. 

 - In the past year, Earnhardt has gone well over his share of bad luck, 
starting with the Daytona 500 slide on the roof, then a torn air hose at 
Indy, ending up with losing consciousness at Darlington. With all of those 
events, Earnhardt still has been able to continue his string of 539 
consecutive starts and stay in the top-10 in points.

 - Earnhardt's Dover Record - 37 races, 3 wins, 18 top-5's, 22 top-10's and 1 


"Going into Dover we're not looking at what we haven't done, but more so to 
what we have to do. You have to make your luck and we haven't done that," 
said Earnhardt. "We have seven races to improve in the points and get back 
into the top-five."

"They call it the 'Monster Mile' because it's a tough track. It's my job to 
tame the Monster." -- Dale Earnhardt

"We haven't given up," said Larry McReynolds. "I know the results don't show 
how hard this team works, but they work their tails off. They know what it 
takes to win, we just haven't had anything go our way all year. We're headed 
in the right direction and I'm confident winner's circle is in our future."

By Champion Sports Group