1999 NAPA 500
|Race 34 of 34 in the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season|
Atlanta Motor Speedway (after 1997, before Atlanta International Speedway)
|Date||November 21, 1999|
|Official name||NAPA 500|
|Location||Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, Georgia|
Permanent racing facility|
1.522 mi (2.449 km)
|Distance||328 laps, 499.2 mi (803.3 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching up to 64 °F (18 °C); wind speeds reaching up to 8.9 miles per hour (14.3 km/h)|
|Average speed||137.932 miles per hour (221.980 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Bobby Labonte||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|No. 18||Bobby Labonte||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Television in the United States|
Bob Jenkins |
Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of ten intermediate to hold NASCAR races; the others are Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Homestead Miami Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and Texas Motor Speedway. The standard track at Atlanta Motor Speedway is a four-turn quad-oval track that is 1.54 miles (2.48 km) long. The track's turns are banked at twenty-four degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, and the back stretch are banked at five.
Out of the 49 drivers who were on the entry list, only 43 drivers managed to make the race. Two of the more notable drivers who did not qualify were Darrell Waltrip and Morgan Shepherd. There were numerous accidents causing a series of yellow flags. Each green flag run was 30 laps while more than 16% of the race was run under a caution flag.
Todd Bodine was the last-place finisher of this 325-lap event that lasted for a duration of three and a half hours. Kevin Lepage was the lucky pole position winner with his solo qualifying speed of 193.731 miles per hour or 311.780 kilometres per hour. A live audience of 165,000 NASCAR enthusiasts came to see 38 different lead changes along with eight cautions lasting 53 laps. The average speed of the race was clocked at 137.932 miles per hour (221.980 km/h); with Bobby Labonte having a 2.5 second edge over Dale Jarrett. In addition, the pole position was Kevin Lepage's for the only time in his NASCAR career.
Chevrolet and Ford vehicles were the dominant vehicles in the lineup. All of the drivers on the grid were born in the United States of America; a far cry from the racing done in the late-2000s and early-2010s where now-retired Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya and now-retired Australian driver Marcos Ambrose routinely raced in the NASCAR schedule. Ten drivers failed to finish the race, including Joe Nemechek.
The total prize amount offered to the drivers was $2,232,402 ($3,357,521.91 when adjusted for inflation); the winner received $174,300 ($262,146.36 when adjusted for inflation) while the last-place finisher received a meager $33,507 ($50,394.37 when adjusted for inflation).
The 1999 NAPA 500 was the last NASCAR race of the 1990s decade.
- Weather information for the 1999 NAPA 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
- Results for the 1999 NAPA 500 at Racing Reference
- "NASCAR Race Tracks". NASCAR. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
- "NASCAR Tracks—The Atlanta Motor Speedway". Atlanta Motor Speedway. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
- Results for the 1999 NAPA 500 at Race Database
- 1999 NAPA 500 crew chiefs information at Racing Reference
- Prize purse information for the 1999 NAPA 500 at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
1999 Pennzoil 400
| NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
2000 Daytona 500