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The 1999 Pepsi 400 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race that took place on July 3, 1999, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. This race would make the halfway point of the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season.

1999 Pepsi 400
Race details[1]
Race 17 of 34 in the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
Track map of Daytona International Speedway showing mainly the speedway.
Date July 3, 1999 (1999-July-03)
Official name Pepsi 400
Location Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.500 mi (4.023 km)
Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Weather Very hot with temperatures of 86 °F (30 °C); wind speeds of 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)
Average speed 169.213 miles per hour (272.322 km/h)
Attendance 130,000[2]
Pole position
Driver Felix Sabates
Most laps led
Driver Rusty Wallace Roger Penske
Laps 75
No. 88 Dale Jarrett Yates Racing
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Mike Joy, Ned Jarrett, Buddy Baker

Race reportEdit

It took nearly two hours and twenty-two minutes for Dale Jarrett to defeat Dale Earnhardt under the race's final caution flag in front of a live audience of 130,000.[2] Joe Nemechek would earn the pole position in this race driving at speeds up to 194.86 miles per hour or 313.60 kilometres per hour.[2] Ricky Craven would become the last-place finisher in this 160-lap race due to a steering issue on lap 34.[2] Mark Martin would be forced into a backup car while five drivers would fail to qualify for this race.[2] Only Michael Waltrip, Buckshot Jones, Steve Park, and Craven would fail to finish the race.[2] The average speed of the race was 169.213 miles per hour or 272.322 kilometres per hour with three cautions handed out by NASCAR authorities for nine brief laps.[2] Rain would briefly occur for four laps before disappearing for the remainder of the race.[2]

Loy Allen, Jr. would retire from NASCAR after this race.[3] The total prize purse for this race was estimated at more than two million dollars.[4] Winnings for this race varied from more than $160,000 for the winner and less than $36,000 for the last-place finisher.[5]

Drivers who failed to qualify for this race are Derrike Cope, Hut Stricklin, Ken Bouchard, Robert Pressley and Stanton Barrett. Jeff Burton, Terry Labonte, Kyle Petty, Kevin Lepage, Rick Mast, Ted Musgrave and Steve Park had to use a provisional in order to qualify for the race.[6]

Despite Rusty Wallace's average career finish of 18th place at Daytona International Speedway, Wallace would never clinch a win during his entire NASCAR Cup Series career.[7] His best finish at Daytona would be second place at the 2002 Pepsi 400.

Top ten finishersEdit

Pos[2] Grid No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Laps led Points Time/Status
1 12 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 160 40 180 2:21:50
2 10 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet 160 18 175 Lead lap under caution
3 37 99 Jeff Burton Ford 160 0 165 Lead lap under caution
4 8 31 Mike Skinner Chevrolet 160 7 165 Lead lap under caution
5 9 18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac 160 3 160 Lead lap under caution
6 6 20 Tony Stewart Pontiac 160 0 160 Lead lap under caution
7 25 22 Ward Burton Pontiac 160 0 146 Lead lap under caution
8 18 4 Bobby Hamilton Chevrolet 160 0 142 Lead lap under caution
9 32 36 Ernie Irvan Pontiac 160 0 138 Lead lap under caution
10 38 5 Terry Labonte Chevrolet 160 0 134 Lead lap under caution


Section reference: [2]

  • Start of race: Joe Nemechek has the pole position
  • Lap 34: Ricky Craven's vehicle had some problem with its steering, making him the last-place finisher
  • Lap 78: Steve Park had engine problems, forcing him out of the race
  • Lap 86: Rain began, thus delaying the race
  • Lap 89: Rain ended, allowing the cars to go back to full speed
  • Lap 110: Buckshot Jones's radiator developed problems on the track
  • Lap 113: The rear end of Michael Waltrip's vehicle became unusable, forcing him to leave the race prematurely
  • Lap 148: Caution for debris, ended after two laps
  • Lap 159: Caution for a two-vehicle accident on turn four, ended after a single lap
  • Finish: Dale Jarrett was officially declared the winner of the event

Standings after the raceEdit

Pos Driver Points[2] Differential
1   Dale Jarrett 2674 0
2   Bobby Labonte 2497 -177
3   Mark Martin 2440 -234
4   Jeff Burton 2419 -255
5   Jeff Gordon 2280 -394
6   Tony Stewart 2261 -413
7   Dale Earnhardt 2182 -492
8   Rusty Wallace 2053 -621
9   Ward Burton 2023 -651
10   Jeremy Mayfield 2018 -656


  1. ^ "Weather of the 1999 Pepsi 400". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k 1999 Pepsi 400 racing information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ 1999 Pepsi 400 results at Race-Database
  4. ^ NASCAR Race Results for the 1999 Pepsi 400 at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  5. ^ NASCAR Race Results for the 1999 Pepsi 400 Archived 2015-09-21 at the Wayback Machine at Driver Averages
  6. ^ 1999 Pepsi 400 qualifying information at Racing Reference
  7. ^ Rusty Wallace Results by Track at Driver Averages
Preceded by
1999 Save Mart/Kragen 350
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season
Succeeded by
1999 Jiffy Lube 300