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1999:

Dale Jarrett Claims Victory

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Like Father, Like Son

Dale Jarrett held steady in his Robert Yates Racing Ford during the 1999 season to claim the lone NASCAR Cup Series championship of his career on the strength of four victories.

Jarrett, the son of two-time NASCAR champion Ned Jarrett, completed his 15th NASCAR Cup Series season with one of the sport’s most powerful teams. Robert Yates Racing was considered a strong title contender dating back to 1989 when the late Davey Allison began winning in the team’s No. 28 Ford.

Jarrett joined RYR four years earlier as part of an ongoing transition after Alison’s death on July 13, 1993, as the result of a helicopter crash one day earlier. Under the direction of crew chiefs Larry McReynolds and later Todd Parrott, the team had returned to championship form after Allison came within reach of the title during the 1992 Cup Series season finale at Atlanta.

Victories at Richmond, Michigan, Daytona and Indianapolis served as the foundation for a championship effort that included 24 top-five finishes and 29 top-10 results in 34 starts.

Jarrett began the year 36th in points after an early crash during the season-opening Daytona 500, but by the spring event at Bristol Motor Speedway, he had recovered to second in points through a string of top-10 finishes. When the Cup Series visited Richmond on May 15, Jarrett left Virginia with a victory and the lead in the Cup Series standings. Jarrett, Parrott, Robert Yates and their crew put together an effort that kept the No. 88 Ford on top throughout the remainder of the season.

Jarrett, of Conover, North Carolina, clinched the championship one week early at Homestead-Miami Speedway and enjoyed the champion’s celebration the next week at Atlanta.

1999

PRESIDENT: BILL CLINTON

NO. 1 SONG: “BELIEVE,” BY CHER

NO. 1 BOX OFFICE: STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE

GALLON OF GAS: $1.30

POP CULTURE: SPONGEBOB PREMIERES

BEST DRIVER

JEFF GORDON, DRIVER OF THE NO. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, scored seven victories, 18 top-five finishes, 21 top-10 results and seven pole positions in 34 starts during the 1999 season. His biggest victories came in the season-opening Daytona 500 during February and the fall race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gordon also scored race wins that year at Atlanta, California and Martinsville in addition to sweeping the two road course races.

BEST RACE

ON AUG. 28, 1999 AT BRISTOL MOTOR Speedway, Dale Earnhardt, driving the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, stayed close on the rear bumper of Terry Labonte’s No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet until spinning Labonte off Turn 2 on the final lap. Earnhardt said was wanted to “rattle his cage” but heard a chorus of boos from the grandstands. Ninth-place finisher Labonte was not happy with Earnhardt while addressing the media after the race.

TOP CARS

DALE JARRETT’S No. 88 Robert Yates Racing Ford recorded four victories and 29 top-10 finishes in 34 Cup Series starts. Bobby Labonte’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac scored five wins with 26 top-10 results and five poles in 34 races.

SEASON RECAP

DATE | LOCATION | WINNER

Feb. 14 | Daytona International Speedway | Jeff Gordon

Feb. 21 | Rockingham Speedway | Mark Martin

March 7 | Las Vegas Motor Speedway | Jeff Burton

March 14 | Atlanta Motor Speedway | Jeff Gordon

March 21 | Darlington Speedway | Jeff Burton

March 28 | Texas Motor Speedway | Terry Labonte

April 11 | Bristol Motor Speedway | Rusty Wallace

April 18 | Martinsville Speedway | John Andretti

April 25 | Talladega Superspeedway | Dale Earnhardt

May 2 | California Speedway | Jeff Gordon

May 15 | Richmond Raceway | Dale Jarett

May 30 | Charlotte Motor Speedway | Jeff Burton

June 6 | Dover International Speedway | Bobby Labonte

June 13 | Michigan International Speedway | Dale Jarrett

June 20 | Pocono Raceway | Bobby Labonte

June 27 | Sonoma Raceway | Jeff Gordon

July 3 | Daytona International Speedway | Dale Jarett

July 11 | New Hampshire Motor Speedway | Jeff Burton

July 25 | Pocono Raceway | Bobby Labonte

Aug. 7 | Indianapolis Motor Speedway | Dale Jarrett

Aug. 15 | Watkins Glen International | Jeff Gordon

Aug. 22 | Michigan International Speedway | Bobby Labonte

Aug. 28 | Bristol Motor Speedway | Dale Earnhardt

Sept. 5 | Darlington Raceway | Jeff Burton

Sept. 11 | Richmond Raceway | Tony Stewart

Sept. 19 | New Hampshire Motor Speedway | Joe Nemechek

Sept. 26 | Dover International Speedway | Mark Martin

Oct. 3 | Martinsville Speedway | Jeff Gordon

Oct. 11 | Charlotte Motor Speedway | Jeff Gordon

Oct. 17 | Talladega Superspeedway | Dale Earnhardt

Oct. 24 | Rockingham Speedway | Jeff Burton

Nov. 7 | Phoenix International Raceway | Tony Stewart

Nov. 14 | Homestead-Miami Speedway | Tony Stewart

Nov. 21 | Atlanta Motor Speedway | Bobby Labonte

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