1999 Goody's Headache Powder 500
|Race 23 of 34 in the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series|
Map of the Bristol Motor Speedway
|Date||August 28, 1999|
|Location||Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee|
Permanent racing facility|
0.5 mi (0.8 km)
|Distance||500 laps, 266.5 mi (428.89 km)|
|Weather||Very hot with temperatures of 84.2 °F (29.0 °C); wind speeds of 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)|
|Average speed||91.276 miles per hour (146.894 km/h)|
|Driver||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Time||124.589 miles per hour (200.507 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|No. 3||Dale Earnhardt||Richard Childress Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons Ned Jarrett|
The race was the 23rd of the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. The pole position was held by Joe Gibbs Racing's Tony Stewart, who also led the most laps with 225. The race winner was Dale Earnhardt of Richard Childress Racing, who started 26th, the lowest starting position for a winner at Bristol.
The early part of the race was primarily dominated by Tony Stewart, but Terry Labonte and Dale Earnhardt dominated the latter half, with the two trading the lead seven times starting on lap 300 when Terry Labonte passed Jeff Gordon. Earnhardt took the lead for the first time on lap 380. On lap 410, the caution flew after Dave Marcis' car stopped against the turn-2 wall. Upon the caution flag waving, Marcis proceeded to drive away, and as Marcis was frequently aided by Richard Childress Racing, suspicions arose over whether or not Marcis intentionally caused a caution. NASCAR then penalized Marcis, and made him stay in pit road for a lap; NASCAR stated that Marcis claimed he couldn't reach pit road, and had to stop. However, NASCAR said Marcis had a chance to reach pit road on the two laps he was driving slowly before stopping. On the restart, Terry Labonte led the race, and on lap 435, Earnhardt passed Labonte for the lead. However, Labonte then passed Earnhardt with 57 laps left, but on lap 490, Labonte slowed down and was spun by Darrell Waltrip, giving the lead back to Earnhardt.
What's forgotten in the craziness of the white flag lap is that Tony Stewart really had the dominant car during this race and was running the best a rookie had ever run maybe since Davey Allison in 1987. Stewart would end up winning three times in 1999, but ended up getting a fifth-place finish for all of his efforts.
Labonte then pitted for new tires, and eventually, with five laps remaining, Labonte contested Earnhardt for the lead, setting up the finish. Terry Labonte was leading on the last lap, but he was spun by Earnhardt in turn 2, and Earnhardt secured his ninth victory at Bristol. Jimmy Spencer finished second, followed by Ricky Rudd, Jeff Gordon and Stewart. Labonte finished in 8th, and one lap down. Earnhardt's victory was subsequently met by boos from the crowd, probably one of the few if not only time this happened. NASCAR officials reviewed the pass, but decided to let Earnhardt keep the victory. Earnhardt later stated, "I didn’t mean to wreck him, I just wanted to rattle his cage a bit."
A similar incident between Earnhardt and Labonte had occurred four years prior, at the Goody's 500; Earnhardt turned Labonte sideways, and Labonte was pushed by Earnhardt past the finish line sideways, giving Labonte the win.
Top ten finishersEdit
|2||24||23||Jimmy Spencer||Ford||500||0||170||+0.189 seconds|
|3||35||10||Ricky Rudd||Ford||500||0||165||Lead lap under green flag|
|4||4||24||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||500||48||165||Lead lap under green flag|
|5||1||20||Tony Stewart||Pontiac||500||225||165||Lead lap under green flag|
|6||7||6||Mark Martin||Ford||500||0||150||Lead lap under green flag|
|7||10||40||Sterling Marlin||Chevrolet||500||0||146||Lead lap under green flag|
|8||9||5||Terry Labonte||Chevrolet||499||115||147||Terminal vehicle damage|
|9||5||22||Ward Burton||Pontiac||499||0||138||+1 lap|
|10||13||33||Ken Schrader||Chevrolet||499||0||134||+1 lap|
Standings after the raceEdit
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