Jarrett Finishes Strong After Qualifying Poorly
Sept 26, 1999
Dale Jarrett overcame a brush with the wall in first round Qualifying at Dover.
After Friday's attempt, DJ dialed the car in and paced second round Qualifying
with a speed that would have started him 5th. He showed that speed during the
race, leading a few laps before falling back to a couple of faster cars.
Mark Martin's win moves him back into second place behind Jarrett, but DJ
finished 3rd, not giving up many points to the race winner. Up next:
Martinsville, where DJ has only one top-5 since 1994... Go DJ!
It's Official, Rudd is Jarrett's Teammate for 2000
September 13, 1999
Just a quick note, DJ fans. Robert Yates Racing made the official
announcement today that Ricky Rudd will pilot the #28 next
season. Unfortunately for Ricky, his own team hopes fell through. But
he should be glad to have DJ as a teammate, and I'm sure DJ is glad
he's gaining a well experienced teammate as well. They should be a
tough combo to beat next year!
Stewart Wins First, Jarrett Strong, Martin Slips
September 12, 1999
It finally was Tony Stewart's night. More than once this year the
former IRL champ looked to be the man to beat but could not finish out front
for his first Winston Cup win. But Saturday night at Richmond there
was no denying him the checkered flag, as he easily pulled away at the end
of the race from teammate Bobby Labonte. Dale Jarrett finished third,
showing a strong late run after hanging out in the back of the top-10
for most of the night. At one point it looked as if Dale Earnhardt
bumped DJ and DJ fell back to 17th spot as the car got loose. Mark
Martin was running in the top-5 five at the time and it looked like
DJ might lose even more points to him in the Winston Cup
standings. But DJ battled he way back up to the top-5, passing
Earnhardt on the way, while Martin blew his engine and finished
35th. Instead of losing points, DJ gains 102 on Martin.
Oh yeah... Maybe that Ricky Rudd deal isn't quite done yet. Keep
your browser pointed here for the latest news on the #28 seat.
Rudd to Drive #28 in 2000, Jarrett Prepares for Qualifying
September 10, 1999
The speculations turned out to be true as Robert Yates announced that Ricky Rudd will take the driver's seat of the #28 taurus in the 2000 season. Rudd currently owns his own team, but lost his sponsorship earlier this year. Apparently he tried all he could to keep his own team, but in the end the move to Robert Yates was the best move. I think Rudd is a great driver, and he and DJ will be a tough combination to beat next year.
Dale Jarrett is problably not thinking about next year quite yet, as he needs to finish this year strong to hold off a late-charging Mark Martin. Qualifying for Saturday night's race at Richmond begins today. Let's cheer DJ to a bud-pole and a win! Go DJ!
Jarrett Can't Move Up From Back Pits, Burton Wins the Million
September 5, 1999
Dale Jarrett spun out in Qualifying, giving him a 36th place start and a pit
on the back stretch. DJ's car was good, but he consistantly lost spots on the
track during pit stops. Oh well. The rain shortened the race, and Jeff Burton
ended up beating his brother for the win and a No-Bull Million Dollar Bonus.
DJ holds on to the lead going into next weekends race a Richmond. DJ's last
visit to the track in the spring resulted in a victory, so let's hope he can
do it again! Go DJ!
Earnhardt Bumps To Win, Jarrett Spins Out 100 Point Loss
August 29, 1999
Well, if anything bad was going to happen, it was going to happen at Bristol.
And a lot of people had bad times, Dale Jarrett included. Jarrett lost control
of his car coming out of a turn about 100 laps into the race. He couldn't keep
the car on the apron, and as a result got banged up quite a bit as he slid up
the track. When DJ came back out, he was very loose, and going slowly. Apparently
too slowly for the lead cars coming up behind him, as Jerry Nadeau bumped DJ in
the rear bumper and sent him spinning again, this time hitting the infield wall.
Nadeau was penalized two laps for his bump, but DJ lost 160 while his crew replaced
the entire rear axel assembly. DJ ended up finishing 38th in a Duct-Tape colored #88.
Up front, the end of the race was very action-packed, and to make a long story short,
Dale Earnhardt bumped Terry Labonte into the wall on the final lap to take the win.
I've never heard more people boo someone in Victory Lane (even Gordon!).
Oh well. DJ's nearest competetor in the point standings, Mark Martin, finished 6th, and
gained 101 points on DJ, reducing his lead to... 213 points. Which means he could do as
bad two more times and still be leading the points. So all is not lost, and if anything
this emphasizes DJ domination so far this year. Next week, The track "too tough to tame",
Darlington, and a shot at 1 million dollars!!! Go DJ!
Check out Eric's New Home Page!
August 27, 1999
Just a quick note: I have finally gotten a personal home page after I
lost my one from school. It will eventually have a lot of personal
information on it, and info on some of my other interests. There's
really nothing there right now, but if you want to check it out, it's
located at http://ejk.freeservers.com.
Check it out. Later today: Qualifying! Go DJ!
Labonte Passes Hard To Win, Jarrett Grabs Another Top-5
August 22, 1999
Even though Dale Jarrett brought the same car back to Michigan, he
didn't pull away from the pack like he did in his record-setting run
in the Winston Cup's first visit to the track this year. Just goes to
show you how much the little things really make a difference in
NASCAR. Bobby Labonte made something big the difference in his win, as
he pulled off a daring pass of front runners Jeff Gordon and Dale
Earnhardt to take the lead late in the race. They were too busy
battling each other to see Labonte
coming, I guess. DJ led a few laps early, but seems content to hang
around in the top-5 near the end of the race, finishing
fourth. Jarrett finished three spots ahead of his nearest challenger
for the Winston Cup, Mark Martin, and now leads by 314 points. Up Next
for the WC boys, a Saturday Night spin around the cereal bowl, also
known as Bristol. And if trouble happens to DJ, it will probably be
Gordon Wins at the Glen, Jarrett Extends Points Lead
August 15, 1999
Normally, Jeff Gordon winning his fifth straight road course victory at
Watkins Glen would be another amazing sign of the Goldenboy's
dominance of Winston Cup racing. But this year, his win is
overshadowed by another top-5 finish from this year's points leader:
Dale Jarrett. Jarrett finished ahead of both Mark Martin and Bobby
Labonte, and extended his lead to over 300 points. Oh yeah, and next
week Jarrett returns to the site of his most dominant win of the
season: Michigan Speedway. and he's bringing back the same car that
won there as well as at Indy. Go DJ!
Jarrett To Get New Teammate For 2000
August 12, 1999
Robert Yates announced Wednesday that Dale Jarrett's teammate Kenny
Irwin would not be back in the #28 Texaco Taurus next season. Irwin
will finish this season with the team, but no statements have been
made concerning his future employment or who will take over for the
#28 team next year. Irwin was rookie of the year last year, and now is
20th in the overall standings. Apparently his 13th place finish at
Indy was not enough to convice Yates to keep him. Check back with
Go.Dale.Jarrett.Com for the latest updates about Kenny's future and
DJ's new teammate for next year!
Jarrett Dominates, Vindicates, and Validates at the Brickyard
August 7, 1999
Dale Jarrett's dominating performance at the Brickyard on Saturday is
a clear indicator at just how good the #88 team can be. Jarrett
returned to Indy with the same car that had dominated last year's
race, and everyone looked to him to pull away from the field
again. Only this time, it wasn't to try to make up four laps lost from
running out of fuel. Jarrett's pit crew was solid all day, and when
the final caution flag flew with 17 laps to go, Jarrett's guys behind
the wall knew that taking just two tires would keep him out in
front. At the restart, Jarrett just pulled away from the rest of the
pack, eventually finishing 3 seconds ahead of Bobby Labonte. As DJ
jumped out of his car in victory lane, he climbed on the roof of his
car, and pumped his fist in the air after giving high-fives to the
crew that kept him out in front. Since DJ's 37th place finish in the
season's first race at Daytona, Jarrett has finished in the top-10 of
every race except one, which happened to be an 11th place finish. Way to
go DJ! Jeff Gordon seemed to be unbeatable in 1998, but DJ is now
some 200 points ahead of where Gordon was at this point last year. On
to the road course in Watkins Glen! Go DJ! Go!
Jarrett Loses Clutch, Still Finishes Second To Labonte
July 26, 1999 (Happy 2nd anniversary to my lovely wife, Andrea)
Dale Jarrett again proved what championship form he is in on Sunday afternoon
in a cloudy Long Pond, PA. After an early crash by Teammate Kenny Irwin, Dale
Jarrett marched mothodically to the front of the pack from his 15th place
starting spot. Jarrett and Jeff Gordon had a little bit of side-by-side action
early in the race, but Gordon lost a tire and tore up a fender on his way to a
32nd-place finish. One of Jarrett's crew was injured as the #88 taurus was
lowered onto his foot. He was taken to the infield care center for treatment.
Luckily, the #28 crew was able to lend a crew member to take over the spot.
As a storm rolled in, causing a late caution, Jarrett radioed to his crew that
he didn't have a clutch. He could run at speed without
much trouble, but they were concerned about getting out of the pits. The crew
did a great job a push-starting DJ, and he was able to race to the end with a
respectable 2nd place finish, increasing his lead over everyone except Bobby
Labonte, and only 5 points to him. Jarrett also did something respectable off
the track; after the race, he publicly apologized for his choice of words in
his argument with Jeff Gordon after the race in New Hampshire. Thanks, DJ. I
Don't want you to be remembered this year for a bleep-laden sound byte on
ESPN. I want you to be remembered as the champion you are. Go DJ!
Stewart Sputters, Burton Wins, Gordon Bumps, Jarrett Fumes
July 11, 1999
Dale Jarrett had to overcome many setbacks today to grab another top-5
finish. While in the top-10 near the beginning of the race, he had
contact on pit road during a caution, forcing him to come back in to
repair fender damage. When he came back out, he was in 23rd place. He
then stayed out to lead laps after the next caution, and then was able
to get back on the regular pit schedule near the final portion of the
race. Second-place driver Bobby Labonte looked t have a good finish
today, but instead ended up in the wall and finished 38th. Labonte's rookie
teammate Tony Stewart clearly had the best car of the day, and was
leading with two laps to go when his gamble came up short and he ran
out of gas. Jeff Burton, who had won the last two spring races at New
Hampshire, had been creeping up all race from his 38th provisional
starting spot, and inherited the lead and the win by leading the final
two laps. As Burton took the flag, Jarrett was sitting in third,
trying to hold off Jeff Gordon who had been on DJ's tail for the entire lap. Jarrett had closed off Gordon on the backstretch when Gordon had the momentum to pass. Gordon made contact square in the back of Jarrett in the final turn, moving him up the track and allowing Gordon to pass (a whole 5 point gain). Jarrett and Gordon had words for each other after the race in the garage area. Tempers flared in the heat of the moment, and DJ really lost his cool. Trying to hold onto the points lead and getting bumped in the last 500 feet of a race has got to be maddening, but I think DJ could have kept his composure a little better. Gordon was invited to a long meeting with Winston
Cup officials after the race, but made no comment on it. I'm just glad DJ didn't end up like Rusty Wallace, who hit the wall after contact with Gordon. We'll just have to see how it turns out... Next week: back to Pocono!
Gordon Breaks Record in Pole Run, Jarrett to Start 9th
July 10, 1999
Jeff Gordon refuses to sit back and relax for this Winston Cup season, even though he trails
points leader Dale Jarrett by 394 points. Gordon lead the points standings by only about 50
points at this time last year, before going on to win it by 364 points over Mark Martin.
Gordon appears to be aiming for a similar excellent run in this second half of the season,
starting with his record-setting Qualifying run for this weekend's Jiffy Lube 300. Dale Jarrett
again showed his consistancy by Qualifying 9th for tomorrow's race, and again will be a contender
for the checkered flag. Let's cheer DJ on to victory! Go DJ!
Jarrett Makes a Splash With Big Win at Daytona!
July 4, 1999
Dale Jarrett was among the leaders during a late caution during
Saturday night's Pepsi 400, and his pit stop was the definition of
"Splash and Go". I don't think DJ even stopped for more than a second
as he slid into his stall and got just a few gallons of racing fuel
before he roared away again and took the lead coming out of the
pits. He then held off a charging Dale Earnhardt and rolled to the
checkered flag on fumes as the race ended in a caution. With the win,
Dale Jarrett extended his lead in the Winston Cup standings over Bobby
Labonte. It is now the halfway point in the season, and the halfway
leader has gone on to win the championship the last six years. Let's
make it seven, DJ! On to New Hampshire!
Jarrett Will Start Second on Sunday
June 18, 1999
Six drivers broke the qualifying record at Pocono for this
weekend's Pocono 500, among them Dale Jarrett. Unfortunately,
DJ again fell just a little short in his attempt, and will start
second in the race, outside of Sterling Marlin. The race action
starts at 1:00 on Sunday, so let's cheer DJ on to his third win of
the season! Go DJ!
Jarrett Dominates, Sets Record in Caution-Free Event
June 13, 1999
Some say that this weekend's event was boring. I say it was one of the
best I've seen in a while. Dale Jarrett led 150 of 200 laps in a
record setting pace for a 400 mile Winston Cup event. There were no
cautions during the race, resulting in a "boring" race for some, but
an opportunity for Dale Jarrett to show his domination. Dale led the
most laps, led at the half-way point, won the race and collected the
Winston Cup leader's bonus. Not a bad days work, DJ! I still won't
make any guarantees about the championship, but I will guarantee that
this will not be DJ's last victory this season. Go DJ!
Gordon Breaks Michigan Record, Jarrett Starts 6th
June 11, 1999
Jeff Gordon smashed his own qualifying record today at the Michigan speedway
on his way to the pole for Sunday's K-mart 400. Dale Jarrett also turned a
fast lap today and will start from the outside of the third row. The race is
scheduled to begin Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Let's cheer DJ on to his second win of
the season! Go DJ!
Go.Dale.Jarrett.com will cover the K-mart 400!
June 10, 1999
Hello, DJ Fans! I know that coverage has been a little sporadic lately, but this is my first
"real" update from my new setup. It's a little conveluted, but I'm ready to go for this
weekend's race (which happens to be right up the road from here). And how about our man,
Dale Jarrett? He continues to rack up the top-5 finishes and is on a Winston Cup championship
pace... I'm not going to make any guarantees(yet), but DJ looks about as good as ever. Let's
cheer DJ on to the pole and the win this weekend in the (Hot) state of Michigan! Go DJ!
Jarrett Beats The Heat For Another Top-5, Holds Lead at Dover
June 6, 1999
Dale Jarrett held the lead in the last 100 laps at Dover this weekend, but as he slowly
slid back in the field to end up fifth, he was battling the heat and was glad when the
event was over. Luckily he finished in front of Jeff Burton which allowed him to extend
his lead in the Winston Cup points standings. The race winner, Bobby Labonte, was not
really a contender for the lead during the final stretch of the race, but he was the only
one of the leaders to come in to top off his gas tank with a little over 100 laps to go.
Everyone else had to pit, most notably race leader Jeff Gordon, who had to come in for a
gas n' go with just 3 laps remaining. Lebonte stayed on the track and had enough gas to
get him to victory lane. It was Labonte's first win of the season, even tough he has been
very consistant. Much like Dale Jarrett, who once again put a notch in his "Top-5" belt.
Jarrett Fails to Qualify in First Round at Charlotte
May 26, 1999
Bobby Labonte had a great setup for Qualifying as he won the pole for Sunday
night's Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte. Unfortunately, Dale Jarrett did not fare
so well, and will have to try again on Thursday with the hope of starting 26th.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Qualified in his first Winston Cup event, he will start 8th.
We'll have to see if DJ can beat both little 'E' and big 'E' come sunday night.
Sorry for not updating very often lately, DJ fans. I graduated on last Saturday
and I will start my new job this Tuesday. I'm still making the transition from
school to home for maintaining the site, but rest assured I'll be here for a
while! I'm still working on getting through all the e-mail you guys have sent
me. I do read every one, but sometimes I'm a little slow responding. Thanks for
Jarrett Wins, Takes Points Lead
May 16, 1999
Dale Jarrett finally notched a win last night at Richmond. After finishing
second so many times, it's great to see DJ in Victory Lane. A lot of drivers
were having trouble with blistering right-front tires, most notably Jeff
Gordon, who finished 31st, but Todd Parrott made adjestments to the car that
kept DJ out front. Jeff Burton went home 37th with transmission problems, so
DJ now holds the Winston Cup points lead by 63 points! Go DJ!
Dale Jarrett, aka Danny Zuko
May 6, 1999
As part of Coca-Cola's new
movie theater ad campaign, Dale Jarrett will be
appearing in a greaseball wig, singing "greased lightning", and doing
his best John Travolta impression. The ads feature Coca-Cola's "racing family",
and include Bobby Labonte and Jeff Burton dressed as Wayne & Garth from
"Wayne's World" and Bill Elliot remarking that "life is like a box of
chocolates" Expect the ads to appear in theaters on May 19.
Jarrett Overcomes Adversity for Another Top-5
May 2, 1999
Jaff Gordon dominated the day at California, but Dale Jarrett once again proved
that no one deals with bad luck better. DJ overcame being a lap down,
penalized for driveing down pit road while it was closed, and a blown tire and
crawled his way up from last on the lead lap to fifth place. Way to go DJ!
Rain Brings Jarrett Good News, Bad News
May 1, 1999
Qualifying for both the Winston Cup and Busch Series races were rained out
last night, and the starting line-ups for both events were based on driver
points. That means Dale Jarrett will be starting on the outside of the front
row on Sunday by nature of his second place position in the Winston Cup
Standings. Unfortunately, this also means that Dale Jarrett was not able to
make the line-up of Saturday's event by nature of his not running in the Busch
Series yet this year. Oh well. So much for the much anticipated father/son
battle that we were hoping for. Hopfully DJ can make up for his disapointment
by winning his first race of the season on Sunday!
Goin' Back to Cali, Jarrett Wants a Win
April 30, 1999
Dale Jarrett and the rest of the Winston Cup Boys will be heading to California
Speedway this weekend for the California 500. DJ is having a great season so
far, and is still looking for his first win. But Thinking back to this race
last year, he couldn't do much worse. He suffered from the flu, wrecked in
qualifying and then wrecked again in the race. DJ has traditionally done well
on tracks similar to California, most notably Michigan Speedway. Qualifying
starts today at 5:30 p.m. EST, and the race is Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Tomorrow DJ makes his first appearance in the #11 Rayovac Taurus
in the Busch Series. This is Dale's first time in a race since the addition
of part-owner Brett Favre. I also believe this will be the first time Dale will
be racing against his own son, Jason, who has a ride inthe #33 Bayer car this
year. Should be interesting... But who do we cheer for?
The Dale n' Dale Show Leaves Jarrett with Second
April 25, 1999
Dale Jarrett was right there at the end, but he just couldn't find the help
he needed to pass eventual race winner Dale Earnhardt in the closing laps
today at Talladega. The last 15 laps were some of the best racing I've seen
in a while, as the lead group of cars were shuffling themselves at full speed
and even going five-wide at one point. DJ took the final green flag from the
first position, only to see it slide down to sixth a couple of laps later. He
was able to work his way back up to second with about three laps to go, but
the cars behind him got side-by-side, and DJ was no match for the Intimidator
by himself. Oh well. DJ gets his third second-place finish this year, with no
wins yet. Oh yeah, he's second-place in the standings, too. But now he's only
forty points behind leader Jeff Burton. Go DJ!
Schrader Sweeps Talladega, Jarrett starts 23rd
April 23, 1999
Wow! Who knew kenny schrader was this good a Talladega? Apparently he did; he
followed up his bud pole run for Saturday's Busch Race with a Bud Pole run for
Sunday's Winston Cup race. Dale Jarrett did not fare as well, he will have to
start a little further back in the pack in 23rd. I just hope that he can get
near the front before the first big crash happens (and you know it will...).
DJ won a million on this track last fall, so we can count on a great showing
from him on Sunday, barring any bad luck (knock on wood). Go DJ!
Qualifying Today from Talladega
April 23, 1999
Last week Dale Jarrett finished 8th on the slowest and shortest track on the
circuit. This week he will try to get his first win on the longest and fastest
track: Talladega. Qualifying begins today at 4:00 EST. DJ needs a great finish
to try and catch up with Winston Cup points leader Jeff Burton (there's a
couple of good guys right behind him, too). Go DJ!
Andretti Spins, Wins, Jarrett gets another top-10
April 18, 1999
Well, Well! Good thing the pits were combined for this one, 'cause DJ made up
a lot of ground on Sunday. After starting 31st, DJ slowly made his way up the
standings, avoiding crashes all the way. Teammate Kenny Irwin was not as lucky,
as he ended up on top of the wall separating the track from the pits. It looked
as if John Adretti was headed that direction as well after he got spun out just
49 laps into the 500-lap event. But he battled back to the lead lap and then
charged past every one of the people in front of him to win. Congrats, John.
DJ loses points to overall leader Jeff Burton after this one, but he retains
his place right behind him in the standings. Talladega is next! Go DJ!
Rookie Stewart grabs first Pole, Jarrett not in top-25
April 16, 1999
Body Pain, Indeed! Tony Stewart was the 45th of 46 drivers to take a run
today in Qualifying from Martinsville, and he bumped Mark Martin off the top
spot for his first Winston Cup Pole. Dale Jarrett was not quite as fast as
Stewart. Well, he wasn't even close. DJ qualified 31st today, meaning he
may have to take another run at it tomorrow. If he is the fastest of
second-round Qualifying, he will start 26th. Luckily for the #88 team, this
race at Martinsville is the first one to be run with a single row of pit
stalls. Before this race, if you didn't qualify well, you went to the back
pits, which were a major disadvantage during caution flag stops. But
regardless of Qualifying, DJ will have the same number of miles to race
and the same stetch of pits to run against. 500 laps is plenty of time for him
to move to the front. Let's all cheer him on! Go DJ!
Web Site Move News:
I'm still looking for tools with which to develop the site from home and upload
it to the new server. I'm used to maintaining the site at school, but now I
won't have direct access to the files. But the new site should be up and
running by the next race after this one. You can check the progress at any time
by going to http://Go.Dale.Jarrett.com
. Go DJ!
The Move is on! Eric's DJ Fan Page is Now Go.Dale.Jarrett.com!
April 15, 1999
That's right, DJ Fans! point your browers to
my new page! Expect the same, but with minor cosmetic changes. It should only
take a week or two to get the page completely moved, but after that, this page
won't be here for much longer. You know how I always say, "Go DJ!"? Now it's
the name of my site!
Go.Dale.Jarrett.com, and don't forget the "dot"s!
Jarrett Climbs the Banks and the Standings behind Martin
April 11, 1999
Woah! I held my breath quite a few times as I watched the Food City 500 at
Bristol this weekend. There were a few wrecks that happened right in front
of Dale Jarrett, and on a half-mile track, there's not much room to move out
of the way. Luckily, DJ emerged each time unscathed while some of the major
contenders were collected, most notably Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte. DJ has
not yet won in 1999, but he seems to be in championship form, which he
continued with a 3rd place finish Sunday. Consistancy wins championships, and
that's exactly what DJ and his crew had; great pit stops and cautious driving
were the rule, and DJ moves up another place in the standings to second. Let's
all hope he can keep it up! Go DJ!
Also of interest...
The Fourth-Place finisher in Sunday's race, John Andretti, had his engine
seized by NASCAR pending an inspection. Word is now out that Andretti's engine
passed, and his finishing position will stand. Frankly, I'm glad to hear it.
Jarrett Battles at Bristol
April 9, 1999
The Food City 500 will be run this weekend in Bristol, and Dale Jarrett hopes
to pick up his first win of the season. Qualifying starts this afternoon, so
everybody cheer Dale on to the Pole! Go DJ!
FYI, my sister is getting married this weekend, so updates may be a little
Jarrett Finishes Second, Moves to Third in Standings
March 28, 1999
Dale Jarrett got passed in the closing laps on Sunday by Terry Labonte and
just couldn't get back up to the front as the race finished under caution
at Texas. For the first time at the track there was not a spectacular crash
at the beginning of the race, but the crashes that did happen were pretty
significant. First of all, Jeff Gordon apparently lost a tire and hit the wall
just laps into the event. It was Gordon's worst finish in Winston Cup. Jarrett
was lucky enough to escape danger and as a result has moved up to Third in the
Sorry I didn't update for so long, DJ fans! Spring Break kind of snuck up
on me and I was on a choir tour. It was great, but we're glad to be home again
(even though the basement had flooded... arghhhh!). The entire site will be
updated throughout the week.
Jarrett Overcomes Broken Jack, Gordon Wins, Cars Seized
March 15, 1999
In a Rain-Delayed event, Dale Jarrett had to overcome quite a few problems
on the way to his 5th place finish. On the first pit stop, DJ came in
7th, but the Jack used to raise the car broke while he was in the pit. It was
so early in the race that everyone was still on the lead lap, and DJ lost 20
places as the crew grabbed another jack to complete the tire changes. Later
in the race DJ was cought speeding down pit road, but luckily was able to
make up for it. DJ was the first of the leaders to make the last round of Pit
Stops, and was able to use the momentum of fresh tires to pull up near the
front. But in a scene that we've seen before (and will again), Jeff Gordon
pulled away from the rest of the pack and won the race. The results will not
be officially posted, however, until wind tunnel tests are completed. Six cars
from the three manufacturers were seized. We'll just have to wait and see if
anything happens. DJ moves (unofficially) up to 6th from 11th in the Standings.
On to Darlington!
Labonte Grabs Pole, DJ Starts 4th Sunday
March 13, 1999
Dale Jarrett will have a tough time on Sunday racing with Bobby Labonte,
the winner of the Pole for tomorrow's event. Labonte has won three out
of the last five races there, all of which DJ finished second. But the
weather is definately going to be a factor for tomorrow's race (if there
is a race tomorrow). Thunderstorms as set to move across the Atlanta
area and hopefully be done by early afternoon. But that will effect
track conditions and the team that adapts the best will probably be in
Victory Lane. DJ was 8th fastest today in Happy Hour,so he is one of the
fastest. Go DJ!
Can Jarrett Win At Atlanta?
March 11, 1999
Not that he would complain, but Dale Jarrett must feel a little bitter-sweet
about Atlanta Motor Speedway. In the last three races at Atlanta, DJ has
finished second. (The one before that he won!) But it must be frustrating
for him to be so close three tmes in a row at not finish it. Well, this
weekend, DJ looks to put an end to playing second fiddle as the Winston Cup
boys head to Hot-lanta and Race in the Cracker Barrel 500. Check here for
the latest Qualifying and Race results. Go DJ!
Dale Jarrett in Chat Today!
March 9, 1999
Nascar On-Line's Chatroom will today feature our man,
Dale Jarrett. The chat is scheduled to begin at 2:30, but if you follow the
link, you can submit your questions to him right now! I hope he answers mine...
Burton Brothers Finish 1-2, Jarrett Coasts in 11th
March 8, 1999
Dale Jarrett got lucky yesterday in the running of the Las Vegas 400. Twice
he had the best seat in the house for a wreck and both times came through
unscathed. Later he ran out of gas in turn 2 and had to coast into the pits,
but only lost one lap, and dnot too manyt positions. He ended up being the
first driver to be down a lap, even hanging around with Jeff Gordon in the
final few laps even though he wasn't racing for position. Gordon, however,
was looking for yet another No-Bull 5 million dollar bonus, but couldn't reel
in the Burton Brothers, who ran away from the field all day. Ward Burton went
from 30th up to the top rather quickly from the start of the race, and he
and brother Jeff were side-by-side for quite a few of the final laps. Congrats
to Jeff Burton, if only for the fact that he kept Gordon out of Victory Lane.
On To Atlanta! Go DJ!
Bobby Labonte Gets Pole, DJ Starts 9th
March 6, 1999
Bobby Labonte roared to the top of the starting grid yesterday in Qualifying
for this weekend's Las Vegas 400. Dale Jarrett did not fare quite as well as
the younger Labonte, but was fast enough to earn a top-10 starting spot.
DJ will start ninth, directly inside of Tammate Kenny Irwin and directly in
front of Jeff Gordon. Shoule be an exiting start on Sunday! Go DJ!
Eric's DJ Fan Page Moving?
March 4, 1999
Hey DJ Fans, my stay here at school will soon be over, so I'm planning on
moving this whole operation to a new site very soon. Nothing is definate
yet, but I think I've got a pretty good deal with a great name available...
As soon as I know where I'll be, I'll let you guys know. Go DJ!
Jarrett Looking Forward to LVMS, Irwin Eligable for The Million.
March 4, 1999
Dale Jarrett won the pole for last year's Las Vegas 400, and then blew an
engine and ended 40th. He looks to improve that finish this year, and has
decided to improve his knowledge of the new track. The #88 Taurus team
took one of their Practice sessions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past year,
and they hope the information they gained will help them in this race, and
also at other similar tracks around the country. Jarrett has shown that he
can compete at this track, let's just hope his bad luck doesn't hit him again.
Meanwhile, Jarrett's teammate Kenny Irwin is eligable for the Winston No-Bull
5 Million-Dollar Bonus offered this weekend by nature of his 3rd place finish
at the Daytona 500. I didn't know that the Bonus would be up again so soon, but
let's hope Kenny gets it (if anyone has to...). The top five finishers in
this weekend's race will be eligable for the Next No-Bull 5 race in Charlotte.
DJ has traditionally done well there, so a Top-5 finish this weekend would
be doubly sweet. Qualifying is tomorrow, so Go DJ!
DJ's Busch Team's Web Site Gets Facelift
February 25, 1999
Jarrett-Farve MotorSports have officially updated the DAJ racing website.
In addition to the new graphics, the site now has the schedule for DJ and
Kenny in their Busch series ride for this year. Also make sure to check out the
"e-mail" portion of the site, as DJ answers questions every week. There was
some info confirming that there were no hard feelings between DJ and Kenny
after Daytona. When somthing like that happens; the answer to all of your
questions is: THAT'S RACIN'. Check out the page! Go DJ!
Martin Rocks, Gordon Blows, Jarrett Improves
February 21, 1999
Mark Martin's first Winston Cup victory came ten years ago at North Carolina
Motor Speedway. He hadn't won there since until today. As the race winded down,
Martin's crew got him out front on a couple of great pit stops and Mark was
able to hold off second-place finisher Dale Jarrett. DJ's team was able to
give DJ great track position with a couple of late stops and move up to second.
Jarrett has finished second in six out of the last seven races at The Rock.
Great Average, and certainly nothing
to complain about, but he just can't seem to win. Not that DJ was upset at all,
"We didn't have the best car here, but we fought back," Jarrett said. "We
brought it back and we needed this finish after last week. We made at least
two adjustments every time we stopped and I guess we needed at least two more.
But I don't know if even that would have been enough to beat Mark." The man
who has been hard to beat at the Rock (and everywhere), Jeff Gordon, ended his
day a little early as he had an uncharacteristic DNF from a blown engine after
only 310 laps.
This shakes up the standings, and guess who's leading after two races? Mike
Skinner, who has yet to win a Winston Cup Race. Las Vegas in two weeks...
Rudd Captures First Pole in 4 Years, Jarrett Starts 11th
February 20, 1999
Ricky Rudd shocked everyone today as he rocketed to the top in Qualifying
for the first time since Oct. 4, 1995 at Charlotte. For the man with the
longest annual win streak in NASCAR, the Prime starting position has been
anything but an annual event. Rain cancelled first-round Qualifying, so the
field was set with every driver having just one shot around the track. Dale
Jarrett did not get a very impressive starting spot, as he will start 11th on
Sunday. But you know what? If Qualifying was all that important, they wouldn't
have to run the race on Sunday, would they? We know where DJ will start, but
let's see what he can do by the end of those 400 miles. Go DJ!
Rain Delays Qualifying from the Rock
February 19, 1999
Dale Jarrett and the rest of the Winston Cup boys are at North Carolina Motor
Speedway this weekend, preparing for the DuraLube 400. Unfortunately, they
didn't count on the weather as rain has delayed Qualifying. Dale Jarrett will
be the 38th out of 47 drivers making qualifying runs, two places after the
"Goldenboy" Jeff Gordon. Those 37 drivers should have the track nicely warmed
up for the #88 Ford Taurus of Dale Jarrett. Will DJ get his first pole of the
year? We'll have to wait and see... Go DJ!
Jarrett-Farve Motorsports has a Sponsor
February 18, 1999
Dale Jarrett's Busch Grand National Team did not race this past weekend in
Daytona, in fact they didn't even announce their sponsor until the day of that
race. Rayovac batteries will sponsor the #11 Ford, but the car will not
debut until the Coca-Cola 300 at Texas Motor Speedway at the end of March
with Jarrett's Robert Yates Racing teammate, Kenny Irwin, driving. No word yet
if any hard feelings from the "daytona incident" have spilled over from the
Winston Cup relationship between DJ and Kenny.
Mr. Jarrett's Wild Ride Gives DJ 37th, Bumped(?) Teammate Ends 3rd
Reactions? Comments? I wanna know what YOU think!
February 14, 1999
Well, DJ Fans, the big question is Did He or Didn't He? Dale Jarrett was
contending for victory in the Daytona 500 when he got caught out of the draft.
In the middle of two trains, DJ started moving back quickly. Entering turn
three on lap 136 teammate Kenny Irwin was coming up on DJ's low side. Irwin
passed DJ about halfway, then slowed in an apparent attempt to allow his
teammate into the low-side draft. DJ moved down the track to get back in line,
but got WAY loose upon moving in front of Irwin. DJ lost control down on the
apron, then as the track curved in front of him, he slid back up to the
outside wall, then back down to the grass, rolling over a couple of times
before the car came to rest. The accident took out a total of 13 drivers, among
them Mark Martin and Terry Labonte. So what happened? I don't know. I suppose
the decision to slow and allow the #88 in front of the #28 was made too late,
as the #28 was halfway past the the #88 before it slowed. Did they hit? It
doesn't matter, it happened. This would not be a
problem in a non-restrictor plate race, but here the consequences were
disasterous. Congrats to Kenny, who went on to his best Winston Cup finish,
3rd, after starting 41st. DJ just hasn't had the luck he once had at Daytona.
Oh, Jeff Gordon won, Winston Million Bonus, yada yada yada... On To the Rock
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Earnhardt Wins 10th Straight Twin 125, Jarrett Edged Out, Ends Third
February 11, 1999
Dale Jarrett tried as hard as he could in his Qualifying race today, but he
ended up with more enemies than friends when he crossed the stripe. Dale
Earnhardt took the lead quickly in the second Twin 125, with DJ close behind.
And it stayed that way for quite a while, until the last lap, when Jeremy
Mayfield and Rusty Wallace attempted to blow by DJ. The #12 got by him, but DJ
held on for third. That result will give DJ the eighth starting spot for the
big race on Sunday. As much as I hate to say it, congratulations to Dale
Earnhardt for winning his Daytona Qualifying race for ten straight years. It's
amazing to think that he's only won it once.
By the way, what's up with
Nascar Online? I don't like how they
cleared out all other news beside the Races from their front page. (They'll
probably change it as soon as I mention it...)
Speedweeks in Full Swing, Jarrett Looks to Twin 125 Tomorrow
February 10, 1999
The starting line-up for Sunday's Daytona 500 will be set by the running of the
Twin 125 qualifying races tomorrow starting at 12:30. DJ will start 9th in the
second race, ahead of Teammate Kenny Irwin, who will start 17th. Unfortunately,
CBS is delaying broadcast of the races until after the BGN race on Saturday.
Who's going to watch when they already know where everyone finished on
Thursday? Oh well, Let's hope DJ doesn't have to deal with any oil spewing on
the track like Ken Schrader's did on the Bud Shootout. Go DJ!
Martin Wins Bud Shootout, Jarrett Ends 8th
February 8, 1999
Dale Jarrett just couldn't muster the speed yesterday as Mark Martin pulled
away with his first Daytona win. Race-Favorite Jeff Gordon really blew it as
he was over the pit line as his crew went to work and was forced to endure a
15-second penalty. But the big money is next Monday at the Daytona 500. Go DJ!
Bud Shootout Lineup Announced, Jarrett Starts Last
February 4, 1999
The Bud Shootout Non-Points Race this weekend has announced their
which was determined by a random drawing from all of last year's pole
winners. Rusty Wallace drew the top spot, and will be joined on the front row
by DJ's not-a-rookie-anymore teammate Kenny Irwin. Unfortunately, DJ got the
short end of the stick and will start dead last in Sunday's event. CBS will
broadcast the 25-lap race at noon. Let's hope DJ gets some drafting help--
He'll need it to get to the front of the pack in just 25 laps. (But he can do
it!) Go DJ!
DJ's Busch Team Has New Driver, Owner, Number, But No Sponsor (yet)
February 2, 1999
DAJ racing will be running a limited schedule in the BGN series this year,
and there will be a few changes. Dale's son Jason has moved on to a full ride
in the #33 for the BGN season, so Robert Yates Racing teammate Kenny Irwin
will be splitting the driving duties with DJ. Brett Favre of the Green Bay
Packers has joined fellow NFL'ers Joe Gibbs and Dan Marino as a Nascar Owner
by becoming a part owner of DAJ racing.
DAJ's car will also feature a new number this year,
#11. Dale's Father Ned used to race under that number, so it's a family
tradition. Unfortunately, the #11 DAJ Ford has yet to find a sponsor for the
1999 Season, but with the rising popularity of the series, I don't think DJ
will have any problem finding one. Jeff Gordon is even going to return to the
BGN for a few races this year, so there should be some good battles! Go DJ!
Nascar Online Gets a Facelift, Championship Challenge Begins Again
February 2, 1999
Tis the season to redesign! Nascar.com has
dropped their old "fixed-width" design for a new "Expandable" one. Looks
awesome! Nascar Online's
Championship Challenge is up and running for their second year. The
interface is a little cleaner this year, along with the ability to custom name
your team and a message board for your group (for a little trash talkin'). I'm
in the Michigan Racefans group if you want to join it, but feel free to join
another or start your own!
Jarrett Fourth Fastest Overall in Daytona Testing
January 26, 1999
In the latest published
preseason testing speeds
from Daytona, Dale Jarrett ranks Fourth in line, following Rusty Wallace,
Jeff Gordon, and Kyle Petty. Kyle Petty? I suppose it's good to see a nice
distribution between manufacturers at the top, but why did DJ have to be
slower than Kyle Petty? Oh well, Testing speeds mean nothing when it comes time
to race in the big one. DJ's got the skills to use that speed, and I think he
may just be in the in Victory Lane at the end of the day (not to mention one
million dollars richer with his second consecutive No-Bull 5 victory!).
Don't forget the Bud Shootout on the Seventh... Nascar Winston Cup action is
almost here! Go DJ!
10,000 Hits! Thanks DJ Fans!
January 25, 1999
Hey DJ Fans! Thanks for making this page such a success! When I started this
page after Daytona last year I never thought I would get 10,000 hits by the
time Daytona came around next time. I know a lot of you have sent me e-mail,
and I have gotten it all, but I'm still weeding though it. Please give me
another week or so to get through it all. I can't wait for Daytona! GO DJ!
Eric's Dale Jarrett Fan Page is Back Online!
Monday January 18, 1999
Hey DJ Fans! Did you have a good Christmas? I sure did! Even though the snow was deep (and still is),
We toughed it out. I hope you enjoy the new look of the front page. I want it to cram as much info into
your browser window reguardless of how big your monitor is. If you have any problems, please
let me know,
as I may have screwed up a link here or there. This will be a year of change for me, as I leave school at
the end of May, but hopefully I'll be able to move the site to a new location without too much trouble.
Thanks for visiting again, and let's all cheer DJ to his first Winston Cup championship in 1999! Go DJ!
Jarrett Third Fastest in Testing at Daytona
January 15, 1999
Dale Jarrett was among the Ford drivers who participated in the testing session at Daytona this past week.
DJ was fast, and so was teammate Kenny Irwin, but the fastest of the all was Rusty Wallace. Watch for the
action at the Daytona 500 on February 14! Go DJ!