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NASCAR Winston Cup Series Hanes 500 Preview: #3, Dale Earnhardt

24 September 1997

 #3 Dale Earnhardt, #3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo
 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
 Hanes 500 Advance
 Martinsville Speedway


MARTINSVILLE, VA - Coming off their third, second-place finish of the
season, Dale Earnhardt and the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team are
closing in on the top-5 in the Winston Cup points standings. With six
races remaining on the schedule Earnhardt need only to gain 12 points
on Terry Labonte to capture the fifth position.

 - Dale Earnhardt led four laps last weekend at Dover, making it the
sixth time this season that he has led a lap.

 - Earnhardt and the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team know what is
needed to win at Martinsville. Combined, they have gone to victory
lane six times with 14 top-5s, and 19 top-ten finishes.

 - Richard Childress Racing Museum in Welcome, NC will be open Monday
through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sat. 9:00 am to 12:30
pm. RCR Shop Tours will be given Monday through Friday. For further
information call 1-800-476-3389.

 - Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet will be having their 11th Annual Open
House, Monday, September 29th, starting at 8:00 am. An autograph
session begins at 1:00 pm featuring Dale Earnhardt, Ron Hornaday, Jr.,
Steve Park, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Earnhardt Chevrolet is located on
Highway 16 in Newton, NC.  For further information call


"I said last week we're looking forward and not worrying about what
has happened in the past and it showed. We didn't win, but the team
worked hard all week to do the best we could. I think having the best
Chevrolet of the day was all we really could do at Dover and we did
accomplish that," remarked Dale Earnhardt.

"Between Martinsville, Charlotte, Talladega, and Rockingham we have 21
wins," said Earnhardt. "Coming back to those tracks, you can bet we're
looking to make that number 22 or better."

"On race tracks like Martinsville, Bristol and Darlington, you have to
qualify good enough to pit on the front stretch. If not, you're
spotting the competition on half a lap. As tight as the competition in
today you can't do that," said Larry McReynolds.

By Champion Sports Group