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Dale Earnhardt Jr & the Budweiser Racing Team

Car: No. 8 Chevrolet
Primary Sponsor: Budweiser
Owner: Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Crew Chief: 

Tony Eury

2000 Year in review

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"Little E" scored three victories -- two of them in Winston Cup points races -- but totaled only five top-10s the entire season. Amazingly, his 10th place finish at Dover in early June was his last top-10 of the season.

In the second half of the season he had six finishes of 30th or worse, and by the time he figured out what had disrupted the smooth flow of success he experienced earlier in the year the season was over. Still, Earnhardt Jr.. became the second driver to score his first Winston Cup win at Texas Motor Speedway, with 1997 inaugural winner Jeff Burton; and also became the first rookie to win The Winston all star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. With his victories and two Bud Poles, he qualified for 2001's two special events, the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona and The Winston.

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Money
1999 5 0 0 1 162,095
2000 34 2 3 6 2,067,075
2001 32 3 11 14 3,962,238

Years Racing Total Races Total Wins Total Top 5's Total Top 10's Total Winnings
3 71 5 14 21 6,191,408
Year Sponser Car Model Quick History
1997 Gargoyles Monte Carlo Best finish of 7th.
1997 Sikkens (bl) Monte Carlo Only drove this car once.
1997 Sikkens (wh) Monte Carlo Only drove this car once.
1997 Wrangler Monte Carlo Best finish of 13th.
1998 AC-DELCO Monte Carlo Won The Championship. (bs)
1999 AC-DELCO Monte Carlo Won The Championship. (bs)
1999 Budweiser Monte Carlo 1st WC race.
2000 Budweiser Monte Carlo First full WC season.
2001 Budweiser Monte Carlo 2nd WC season.

2000 Stats

Race Start Fin. Pts. Winnings
Daytona 500 - 13 124 107,775
Dura-Lube/Kmart 400 7 19 106 27,110
CarsDirect.com 400 3 10 139 76,275
Cracker Barrel 500 2 29 81 25,805
Mail.com 400 10 40 43 23,375
Food City 500 12 38 49 26,235
DIRECTTV 500 4 1 185 374,679
Goody's Body Pain 500 22 26 85 33,975
DieHard 500 6 42 37 42,850
NAPA Auto Parts 500 20 12 127 52,375
Pontiac Excitement 400 5 1 180 118,850
Coca-Cola 600 1 4 170 110,900
MBNA Platinum 400 6 10 139 54,785
Kmart 400  6 13 124 38,200
Pocono 500 15 19 106 44,015
Save Mart/Kragen 350 31 24 91 47,550
Pepsi 400 31 35 58 45,330
thatlook.com 26 21 100 51,075
Pennsylvania 500 15 13 124 43,015
Brickyard 400 6 13 124 124,260
Global Crossing @ The Glen 6 40 43 34,830
Pepsi 400 1 31 75 37,730
GoRacing.com 500 12 21 100 40,885
Pepsi Southern 500 13 11 135 46,345
Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 31 13 129 37,905
Dura Lube/Kmart 300 -- 31 70 47,100
MBNA.com 400 13 16 115 55,190
NAPA AutoCare 500 32 36 55 31,500
UAW/GM Quality 500 13 19 106 34,390
Winston 500 4 14 126 49,260
Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 37 34 61 33,550
Checker Auto Parts/Dura-Lube 500 18 27 82 49,625
Pennzoil 400  -- 13 124 49,525
NAPA 500 - 20 103 50,810
Avg.
Start
Avg.
Fin.
Total
Points
Total
Winnings
34 12 20.8 3516 2,067,075

Earnhardt Jr.. began his professional driving career at the age of 17, competing in the Street Stock division at Concord (N.C.) Motorsport Park. His first race car was a 1978 Monte Carlo that he co-owned with Kerry. Within two seasons, the young Earnhardt had honed his driving abilities to the point of joining the Late Model Stock Car division, where he developed an in-depth knowledge of chassis setup and car preparation while at times racing against Kerry Earnhardt and their sister Kelley. With his father's guidance and his own experience on the short tracks throughout the Carolinas, he was ready to take a bold step forward. In his inaugural Busch Series event at Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 1996, Earnhardt Jr.. posted a seventh place starting position and a respectable 14th place finish.

Dale Jr. joined the Busch Series full-time in 1998 with the ACDelco-sponsored car owned by Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI), gaining his first victory at the treacherous Texas Motor Speedway in April 1998. He dominated the Busch Series for two seasons -- winning 13 races. In Earnhardt's Busch Series career, he scored top-five finishes in nearly 50 percent of his starts.

Dale Jr. joined the Winston Cup circuit after two years of dominating the NASCAR Busch Series with two championships. His first Busch Series race took place in 1996 at Myrtle Beach, S.C., and after grabbing his first victory at Texas Motor Speedway in April 1998, Dale Jr. added 12 more race wins to his Busch Series resume.

Dale Jr. recorded his first Winston Cup top 10 finish at Richmond in September 1999, and first led a Winston Cup race at Atlanta in November.

2001 Paint Schemes

2001 Budweiser Chevy

2001 Bud Chevy

SPECIAL PAINT SCHEMES


Japan Coke Car

Budweiser 2000 Olympic

Baseball All Star 2001

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Vital Statistics:
Date of Birth: October 10, 1974
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Birthplace: Concord, NC
Residence: Mooresville, NC
Marital Status: Single
Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld
Favorite Actor: Cuba Gooding, Jr.
 Favorite Actress: Cameron Diaz
Favorite Model: Tyra Banks
Favorite Car: Red Corvette
Favorite Band: Third Eye Blind, Pearl Jam
Favorite Animal: Dog (Irish Setter)
Favorite Food: Chicken
Favorite Song: "A Little Help From My Friends," by Joe Cocker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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