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The 1999 NAPA 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event held on November 21, 1999, at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the American community of Hampton, Georgia.

1999 NAPA 500
Race details[1]
Race 34 of 34 in the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Atlanta Motor Speedway (after 1997, before Atlanta International Speedway)
Atlanta Motor Speedway (after 1997, before Atlanta International Speedway)
Date November 21, 1999 (1999-November-21)
Official name NAPA 500
Location Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, Georgia
Course 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)
Attendance 165,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Jack Roush
Most laps led
Driver Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 147
Winner
No. 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Bob Jenkins
Benny Parsons
Ned Jarrett

BackgroundEdit

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.[3] The standard track at Atlanta Motor Speedway is a four-turn quad-oval track that is 1.54 miles (2.48 km) long.[4] 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.[4]

SummaryEdit

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.[2]

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.[2] In addition, the pole position was Kevin Lepage's for the only time in his NASCAR career.[5]

 
Atlanta Motor Speedway, the race track where the race was held

Chevrolet and Ford vehicles were the dominant vehicles in the lineup.[2] 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.[2]

Notable crew chiefs who actively participated in the race included Robin Pemberton, Larry McReynolds, Travis Carter, Todd Parrott, and Junie Donlavey.[6]

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).[7]

The 1999 NAPA 500 was the last NASCAR race of the 1990s decade.

ResultsEdit

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Make Laps Led Status
1 37 18 Bobby Labonte (W) Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 325 147 Running
2 10 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 325 17 Running
3 23 12 Jeremy Mayfield Penske-Kranefuss Racing Ford 325 27 Running
4 3 6 Mark Martin (W) Roush Racing Ford 325 17 Running
5 14 99 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 325 3 Running
6 12 97 Chad Little Roush Racing Ford 325 0 Running
7 15 10 Ricky Rudd Rudd Performance Motorsports Ford 325 0 Running
8 38 31 Mike Skinner Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 325 0 Running
9 36 3 Dale Earnhardt (W) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 325 0 Running
10 35 4 Bobby Hamilton Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 325 0 Running
11 6 22 Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing Pontiac 325 0 Running
12 2 1 Steve Park Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 325 72 Running
13 19 2 Rusty Wallace (W) Penske-Kranefuss Racing Ford 324 0 -1 Laps
14 13 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (R) Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 324 1 -1 Laps
15 30 20 Tony Stewart (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 324 1 -1 Laps
16 34 21 Elliott Sadler (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 324 2 -1 Laps
17 1 16 Kevin Lepage Roush Racing Ford 323 17 -2 Laps
18 4 60 Geoffrey Bodine Joe Bessey Motorsports Chevrolet 323 0 -2 Laps
19 20 33 Ken Schrader Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet 323 0 -2 Laps
20 21 36 Jerry Nadeau MB2 Motorsports Pontiac 323 0 -2 Laps
21 41 45 David Green Tyler Jet Motorsports Pontiac 323 0 -2 Laps
22 27 94 Bill Elliott (W) Bill Elliott Racing Ford 323 0 -2 Laps
23 29 25 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 322 0 -3 Laps
24 36 44 Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises Pontiac 321 1 -4 Laps
25 22 90 Ed Berrier (R) Donlavey Racing Ford 321 0 -4 Laps
26 11 00 Buckshot Jones (R) Buckshot Racing Pontiac 321 0 -4 Laps
27 31 77 Robert Pressley Jasper Motorsports Ford 319 0 -6 Laps
28 43 71 Dave Marcis (W) Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet 319 3 -6 Laps
29 25 28 Kenny Irwin, Jr. Robert Yates Racing Ford 319 0 -6 Laps
30 42 11 Brett Bodine Brett Bodine Racing Ford 317 0 -8 Laps
31 18 40 Sterling Marlin SABCO Racing Chevrolet 314 0 -11 Laps
32 28 42 Joe Nemechek SABCO Racing Chevrolet 303 0 Engine
33 33 43 John Andretti Petty Enterprises Pontiac 242 0 Contact
34 32 55 Kenny Wallace Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet 235 0 -90 Laps
35 9 41 Gary Bradberry Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevrolet 233 0 Engine
36 8 7 Michael Waltrip Mattei Motorsports Chevrolet 196 12 Contact T4
37 7 93 Dave Blaney (R) Bill Davis Racing Pontiac 182 0 Contact T4
38 16 24 Jeff Gordon (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 181 0 Engine
39 17 26 Johnny Benson, Jr. Roush Racing Ford 172 4 Contact BS
40 39 5 Terry Labonte Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 148 0 Contact T4
41 26 98 Rick Mast Cale Yarborough Motorsports Ford 131 0 -194 Laps
42 24 23 Jimmy Spencer Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford 80 0 Contact T2
43 5 30 Todd Bodine Eel River Racing Pontiac 42 0 Contact T2
Failed to Qualify
66 Darrell Waltrip (W) Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford
15 Derrike Cope Fenley-Moore Motorsports Ford
75 Hut Stricklin Galaxy Motorsports Ford
50 Ricky Craven Midwest Transit Racing Chevrolet
9 Stacy Compton (R) Melling Racing Ford
05 Morgan Shepherd (W) Shepherd Racing Pontiac

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weather information for the 1999 NAPA 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e Results for the 1999 NAPA 500 at Racing Reference
  3. ^ "NASCAR Race Tracks". NASCAR. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "NASCAR Tracks—The Atlanta Motor Speedway". Atlanta Motor Speedway. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  5. ^ Results for the 1999 NAPA 500 at Race Database
  6. ^ 1999 NAPA 500 crew chiefs information at Racing Reference
  7. ^ Prize purse information for the 1999 NAPA 500 at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
Preceded by
1999 Pennzoil 400
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
1999-2000
Succeeded by
2000 Daytona 500