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1998 California 500 Presented by NAPA


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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 10 of 33
Sunday, May 3, 1998 at California Speedway, Fontana, CA
250 laps on a 2.000 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:33:57
Average Speed: 140.22 mph
Pole Speed: 181.772 mph
Cautions: 6 for 35 laps
Margin of Victory: 1.287 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 18

Glossary    1998 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1998 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led Points
3 95   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet25096,200running0165
4 124   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet25098,800running23165
5111   Darrell Waltrip Pennzoil   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet25047,950running0155
9433   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service Plus   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet25053,800running0138
141440   Sterling Marlin Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet25036,325running0121
151533   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet25045,975running0118
181996   David Green Caterpillar   (Buz McCall)Chevrolet24935,725running0109
22 642   Joe Nemechek BellSouth   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet24841,025running23102
241046   Morgan Shepherd First Union   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet24733,525running091
27314   Bobby Hamilton Kodak MAX Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet24654,625running082
304141   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet24539,025running073
352731   Mike Dillon Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet23928,050running058
363950   Randy LaJoie Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet21034,950crash055
401391   Kevin Lepage Fluidyne Automotive   (Joe Falk)Chevrolet9327,300oil leak043
1 36   Mark Martin Valvoline / Cummins   (Jack Roush)Ford250141,375running165185
2 212   Jeremy Mayfield Mobil 1   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford25088,800running16175
64097   Chad Little John Deere   (Jack Roush)Ford25057,450running1155
7267   Geoffrey Bodine Philips Consumer Communications   (Jim Mattei)Ford25055,600running0146
8 526   Johnny Benson, Jr. Cheerios   (Jack Roush)Ford25051,700running3147
102199   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford25056,950running0134
112310   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford25058,025running0130
161828   Kenny Irwin, Jr. Texaco / Havoline   (Yates Racing)Ford24950,425running0115
172077   Robert Pressley Jasper Engines   (Doug Bawel)Ford24932,625running0112
193481   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford24934,925running0106
203721   Michael Waltrip Citgo   (Wood Brothers)Ford24943,775running0103
212823   Jimmy Spencer Winston / No Bull   (Travis Carter)Ford24941,625running4105
233578   Gary Bradberry Pilot Travel Centers   (Jim Wilson)Ford24730,425running094
253075   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford24733,225running088
263313   Jerry Nadeau FirstPlus Financial   (Bill Elliott)Ford24729,825running085
283811   Brett Bodine Paychex   (Brett Bodine)Ford24539,525running079
32169   Lake Speed Cartoon Network   (Harry Melling)Ford24331,650running067
332416   Ted Musgrave Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford24338,150running064
34 42   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford24243,250engine1566
372990   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers   (Junie Donlavey)Ford19334,750handling052
413688   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford8644,275engine040
431294   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford8436,725crash034
12 822   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac25045,775running0127
132236   Ernie Irvan Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac25044,675running0124
294235   Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Tabasco   (Bob Hancher)Pontiac24529,225running076
312543   John Andretti STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac24443,850running070
38 718   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries / Hot Rod Magazine   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac19142,350engine049
393230   Derrike Cope Gumout   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac15334,325crash046
421744   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac8534,250crash037

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
44Dave Marcis71RealTree CamouflageDave MarcisChevrolet
45Rich Bickle98Thorn Apple ValleyCale YarboroughFord
46Tony Raines19Yellow Freight / Roehrig MotorsportsKurt RoehrigFord
47Hut Stricklin8Circuit CityStavola BrothersChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
16464  
65684   debris turn 3 
698618  
87926   #88,31,44,3,94 accident turns 1/2 
9314452  
1451528   #90 spun turn 2 
1531542  
1551595   #30 accident turn 2 
16021354  
2142185   #50 accident turn 4 
2192279  
2282347   #23,41,43,40,13,33,16 accident turn 4 
23525016  
  Percent of race run under caution: 14.0%             Average green flag run: 30.7 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Jeff Gordon12121
  Jeremy Mayfield223413
  Mark Martin354814
  Jeff Gordon49491
  Joe Nemechek50512
  Rusty Wallace526514
  Mark Martin668924
  Joe Nemechek9011021
  Jeff Gordon1111111
  Mark Martin11214332
  Jimmy Spencer1441474
  Mark Martin1481536
  Johnny Benson, Jr.1541541
  Mark Martin15519844
  Rusty Wallace1991991
  Jeremy Mayfield2002023
  Chad Little2032031
  Johnny Benson, Jr.2042052
  Mark Martin20625045

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jeremy Mayfield 1457    
2   Terry Labonte 1421   -36  
3   Jeff Gordon 1410   -47  
4   Rusty Wallace 1384   -73  
5   Mark Martin 1334   -123  
6   Dale Jarrett 1295   -162  
7   Dale Earnhardt 1223   -234  
8   Jimmy Spencer 1184   -273  
9   Bobby Labonte 1169   -288  
10   Ken Schrader 1158   -299  
11   Bill Elliott 1139   -318  
12   Michael Waltrip 1138   -319  
13   Ward Burton 1136   -321  
14   Jeff Burton 1110   -347  
15   Johnny Benson, Jr. 1079   -378  
16   Bobby Hamilton 1070   -387  
17   Chad Little 1061   -396  
18   Ernie Irvan 1056   -401  
19   Brett Bodine 1056   -401  
20   Ted Musgrave 1007   -450