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1998 DieHard 500


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 9 of 33
Sunday, April 26, 1998 at Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL
188 laps on a 2.660 mile paved track (500.1 miles)

Time of race: 3:30:40
Average Speed: 142.428 mph
Pole Speed: 195.728 mph
Cautions: 3 for 16 laps
Margin of Victory: 0.167 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 19

Glossary    1998 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1998 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
1 118   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac188141,870running60180
22223   Jimmy Spencer Winston / No Bull   (Travis Carter)Ford18897,920running0170
3 988   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford18882,370running8170
4 35   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet18885,520running88170
5 624   Jeff Gordon DuPont Automotive Finishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet18874,490running3160
61936   Ernie Irvan Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac18852,080running0150
73581   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford18845,830running0146
82022   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac18846,630running0142
91440   Sterling Marlin Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet18837,230running13143
101050   Randy LaJoie Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet18848,580running0134
114111   Brett Bodine Paychex   (Brett Bodine)Ford18844,675running1135
12232   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford18844,295running0127
133712   Jeremy Mayfield Mobil 1   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford18839,615running0124
142991   Kevin Lepage Dare County Tourism   (Joe Falk)Chevrolet18730,785running0121
15241   Darrell Waltrip Pennzoil   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet18728,555running0118
164241   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet18739,065running0115
172796   David Green Caterpillar   (Buz McCall)Chevrolet18730,400running0112
183675   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford18629,710running0109
192689   Dennis Setzer McDonald's McRib   (Bill Elliott)Ford18626,620running0106
201690   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers   (Junie Donlavey)Ford18537,810running0103
213321   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford18436,570running3105
22 730   Derrike Cope Gumout   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac18235,300running097
23386   Mark Martin Valvoline / Cummins   (Jack Roush)Ford18041,990running094
241310   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford17940,985running091
25 89   Lake Speed Cartoon Network   (Harry Melling)Ford17834,580running088
262146   Wally Dallenbach, Jr. First Union   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet17627,300running085
272871   Dave Marcis RealTree Camouflage   (Dave Marcis)Chevrolet17624,045running082
283147   Billy Standridge FCR / Philips Consumer Comm.   (Billy Standridge)Ford17223,890running079
29 433   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet15733,835crash076
30304   Bobby Hamilton Kodak MAX Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet15338,580handling073
314377   Robert Pressley Jasper Engines   (Doug Bawel)Ford15233,725running070
321142   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet15032,770crash067
331543   John Andretti STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac15038,140crash064
343497   Chad Little John Deere   (Jack Roush)Ford14523,210crash061
35 531   Morgan Shepherd Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet14522,955crash058
36 23   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service Plus   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet14438,250crash1060
371213   Jerry Nadeau FirstPlus Financial   (Bill Elliott)Ford14422,586crash052
383244   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac14229,350crash049
391794   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford14131,850crash251
402528   Kenny Irwin, Jr. Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford12837,250engine043
413926   Johnny Benson, Jr. Cheerios   (Jack Roush)Ford12729,050engine040
424016   Ted Musgrave Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford11028,950engine037
431899   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford5138,450engine034

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
44Todd Bodine35TabascoBob HancherPontiac
45Jeff Green29Team Monte CarloGary BechtelChevrolet
46Hut Stricklin8Circuit CityStavola BrothersChevrolet
47Matt Kenseth60Peterbilt Truck CentersJack RoushFord
48Rich Bickle98Thorn Apple ValleyCale YarboroughFord
49Dan Pardus07Midwest TransitHal Hicks / Mike WittersChevrolet
50Gary Bradberry78Pilot Travel CentersJim WilsonFord
51Geoffrey Bodine7Philips Consumer Comm.Jim MatteiFord
52Bob Strait85Sherwin-Williams / Mansion MotorsportsFrancis DixonChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason'Lucky
Dog'
1109109  
1101145   debris backstretch 
11512915  
1301334   fluid on track 
1341418  
1421487   #3,6,50,31,44,33,43,22,10,94,21,9,30,90,97,4,13,42,41,75 accident turn 1 
14918840  
  Percent of race run under caution: 8.5%             Average green flag run: 43.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Bobby Labonte11717
  Terry Labonte183013
  Dale Earnhardt31344
  Bobby Labonte35362
  Dale Jarrett37382
  Dale Earnhardt39391
  Sterling Marlin405213
  Dale Earnhardt53575
  Bobby Labonte587013
  Dale Jarrett71722
  Terry Labonte7310432
  Michael Waltrip1051073
  Terry Labonte10812922
  Brett Bodine1301301
  Jeff Gordon1311333
  Bill Elliott1341352
  Bobby Labonte13616126
  Dale Jarrett1621654
  Terry Labonte16618621
  Bobby Labonte1871882

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Rusty Wallace 1318    
2   Jeremy Mayfield 1282   -36  
3   Terry Labonte 1256   -62  
4   Dale Jarrett 1255   -63  
5   Jeff Gordon 1245   -73  
6   Mark Martin 1149   -169  
7   Bobby Labonte 1120   -198  
8   Bill Elliott 1105   -213  
9   Dale Earnhardt 1085   -233  
10   Jimmy Spencer 1079   -239  
11   Ken Schrader 1040   -278  
12   Michael Waltrip 1035   -283  
13   Ward Burton 1009   -309  
14   Bobby Hamilton 988   -330  
15   Brett Bodine 977   -341  
16   Jeff Burton 976   -342  
17   Ted Musgrave 943   -375  
18   Johnny Benson, Jr. 932   -386  
19   Ernie Irvan 932   -386  
20   Chad Little 906   -412