1998 Goody’s 500 @ Bristol

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YEARS OF NASCAR, RECORDS HAVE BEEN SET AND BROKEN. ANOTHER MILESTONE COULD BE REACHED TONIGHT AS THE WINSTON CUP SERIES COMES TO THE BRISTOL HIGHBANKS.>>I’VE BEEN AROUND A GOOD LONG WHILE. THIS KID IS DOMINATING. >>WHAT THE 24 CAR IS DOING IS EXTRAORDINARY.>>JEFF GORDON IS AN AWESOME RACE DRIVER.>>THEY STILL GOT IT I TELL YOU.>>GOT TO GIVE THEM CREDIT THEY GET THE JOB DONE. >>THOSE GUYS THEY DO IT. I DON’T KNOW HOW THEY JUST DO IT. >>I DON’T KNOW, JEFF GORDON MAY WIN THEM ALL. BOB: IT’S NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE IN THE MODERN ERA OF NASCAR. IN THE LONG HISTORY OF THIS SPORT, ONLY RICHIE PETTY HAS ACCOMPLISHED IT. JEFF GORDON GOES FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE NASCAR CUP WINS.>>YOU’VE GOT TO WIN THESE VICTORIES. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO COME EASY. >>I GUESS WHEN IT’S MEANT TO BE IT’S JUST MEANT TO BE. >>ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN AT ANY TIME. >>THESE ARE DAYS TO SHRUG YOUR SHOULDERS AND SHAKE YOUR HEAD.>>LITTLE BIT OF LUCK DOESN’T HURT. >>IF YOU CAN JUST SURVIVE AND BE THERE, BE IN CONTENTION. >>EVERY TIME I PULL INTO VICTORY LANE I’M MORE AMAZED WE’VE DONE IT.>>ONE DAY I LOOK BACK ON EVERYTHING WE’VE DONE. IT COULD END NEXT WEEK AND I WOULD BE VERY, VERY HAPPY AND VERY SATISFIED AND CONTENT WITH EVERYTHING THAT’S HAPPENED IN MY LIFE, ESPECIALLY IN MY CAREER. BOB: ONE TEAM HAS SET THE STANDARD. THEY’RE CALLED THE RAINBOW WARRIORS. >>THE BEST THERE IS. AND THIS TEAM HAS JUST GIVEN ME UNBELIEVABLE EQUIPMENT EACH AND EVERY WEEKEND.>>YOU CAN GO YOUR WHOLE LIFE AND NOT GET A CHANCE TO BE PART OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS. FOR SOMEBODY LIKE ME, I WANTED TO RACE MY WHOLE LIFE. THIS IS ALL I WANTED TO DO. I WANTED TO BE GOOD AT IT. TO GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF THIS IS JUST AMAZING. THOSE GUYS ARE MY HEROES. BOB: AND ONE DRIVER HAS REACHED THE MARK. >>AND THAT KID RIGHT THERE AMAZES ME. HE CAN DO SOME THINGS THAT OTHER PEOPLE JUST CAN’T DO. AND THAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE. >>I CAN’T BELIEVE, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE’VE DONE IN THE LAST FOUR WEEKS. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE TO ME. BOB: AND ONE TRACK COULD PROVE TO BE THE MOST DIFFICULT STAGE ON WHICH TO PERFORM.>>THE ACTION ON THE TRACK IS JUST CLOSE, BUMPER TO BUMPER, BANGING WHEELS. IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS. THE TOUGHEST TICKET IN NASCAR WINSTON CUP RACING IS TO GET TO THIS BRISTOL NIGHT RACE. BOB: AND TONIGHT HAS ARRIVED. MORE THAN 140,000 RACE FANS HAVE GATHERED AROUND THIS HALF-MILE RACETRACK IN NORTH EAST TENNESSEE. ANY RACE HERE CREATES A WAR. BUT IT’S HEIGHTENED BY THIS MAN, JEFF GORDON WHO CAN REWRITE THE NASCAR HISTORY BOOKS. CAN HE WIN HIS NINTH OF THE YEAR AND FIFTH STRAIGHT? ONE TEAM AND ONE TEAM ONLY CAN ACHIEVE THIS LOFTY GOAL HERE IN BRISTOL TONIGHT. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY ESPN, INC.] BOB: LIVE FROM BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN NORTH EAST TENNESSEE, ESPN SPEED WORLD WELCOMES YOU TO LIVE COVERAGE OF WINSTON CUP COMPETITION. TONIGHT THE GOODY’S HEADACHE POWDER 500. WELL, JEFF GORDON IS NOT ONLY GOING FOR HIS FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN HE’S TRYING TO ADD TO HIS POINT’S LEAD. THE TOP THREE ARE CLOSER THIS YEAR THAN THEY WERE LAST YEAR. THIS PLACE ALWAYS BRINGS A LOT OF ENTHUSIASM TO THIS NIGHT RACE. AND THESE FANS THAT ARE GATHERED HERE TONIGHT HAVE GIVEN US ABOUT ALL THAT WE CAN STAND. JEFF GORDON IS SET TO GO FOR FIVE IN A ROW. BUT 42 OTHER DRIVERS ARE ALSO HOPING TO KEEP HIM FROM WINNING THAT FIFTH RACE. ANNOUNCER: AND NOW FOR THE FOUR MOST FAMOUS WORDS IN RACING, OUR GRAND MARSHAL, MERLE EDWARDS. GRAND MARSHAL: GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES! JERRY: YOU FOLKS AT HOME ARE FOCUSED ON THIS ONE CHANCE, ONE MAN AND ONE TEAM WHO ESTABLISHED A MODERN ERA RECORD. THIS TEAM IS FOCUSED ON THE BIG PICTURE. I KNOW THEY WON THE 4-7 EVENTS HERE. THEY HAVE NEVER WON A NASCAR WINSTON CUP SHORT COURSE RACE AT NIGHT. TO MAKE MATTERS MORE WORRISOME, HERE LAST AUGUST, AT RICHMOND THEY FINISHED 35TH AND 37TH. IT’S THE DRIVE TO WIN FIVE THAT’S GOING ON IN THEIR MIND, RATHER, THE DRIVE TO SURVIVE. AS THE RAINBOW WARRIORS ARE WORRIED. THE ONLY RECORDS RUSTY WALLACE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT ARE THE ONES THAT WERE RECORDED BY ELVIS. AND MOST OF THOSE WERE HITS. THERE WILL BE A LOT OF HITS RECORDED HERE TONIGHT. IN 1993 AND 1994, RUSTY WAS SINGING THE SAME SONG GORDON IS SINGING NOW. 10 WINS ONE YEAR, EIGHT THE NEXT. IN THE LAST 50 RACES NO WINS. CLOSE A COUPLE TIMES. REALLY FOR RUSTY IT’S BEEN HEARTBREAK HOTEL. TONIGHT, AT LEAST FOR NOW HE’S NUMBER ONE ON THE CHARTS, ON THE POLE AT A TRACK WHERE HE’S WON SIX TIMES. AT BRISTOL, IT’S WALLACE WHO WANTS TO BE THE KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TONIGHT. JOHN: FOLLOWING LAST WEEK’S ROLLERCOASTER RIDE. HE SAID HE WAS GOING ON TO PREPARE FOR A DOMINATING PERFORMANCE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. AND DURING HAPPY HOUR LOOKED AS IF HE WERE PREPARED TO DO JUST THAT. THAT IS UNTIL BOBBY LABONTE PASSED HIM AND TOOK OFF. APPARENTLY, LABONTE AND COMPANY HAVE HIT UPON A COMBINATION. IT IS JUST A VARIATION ON LAST YEAR’S SET UP, SWINGS, SHOCK, SWAY BARKS BUT WILL IT WORK UNDER THE LIGHTS? BOB: IT IS A SPECIAL NIGHT. WE’RE UP HERE IN A GLASS ENCLOSED BOOTH. THE EXCITEMENT AND ELECTRICITY IS EVERYWHERE. I’M NOT SURE THIS IS THE PLACE JEFF WANTS TO GO FOR THE RECORD. NED? NED: PERHAPS HARDER TO CONTROL YOUR OWN DESTINY ON THIS RACETRACK THAN ANY THEY RUN ON. IN JUST 16 SECONDS A LOT OF THINGS CAN HAPPEN. YOU DON’T HAVE TO MAKE A MISTAKE, BENNY, YOU CAN GET CAUGHT UP IN SOMEBODY ELSE’S MISTAKE. BENNY: OVER 122-MILE-PER-HOUR AVERAGE AROUND HERE. IF SOMETHING HAPPENS YOU’RE IN THE WRECK BEFORE THINKING OF STEPPING ON THE BRAKES. A TOUGH, TOUGH RACETRACK TO WIN ON MUCH LESS TO TRY TO GO FOR FIVE IN A ROW. BOB: THE 45 CARS ARE DOWN THERE WITH THEIR ENGINES STARTED READY TO GO. BENNY: IT’S 21, 21 PITS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE RACETRACK. 21 ON THE FRONT. 21 ON THE BACK. TWO LEFT ON THE BACKSTRETCH. PITTING ON THE FRONT STRETCH, IS A HUGE ADVANTAGE. NED: IT IS. THEY ADJUSTED THE SPEED. IT STILL IS AN ADVANTAGE. BENNY: BILL ELLIOTT WILL START ON THE OUTSIDE OF ROW 14. VERY GOOD RACE CAR. VERY GOOD IN PRACTICE THIS AFTERNOON AND IN PRACTICE YESTERDAY. SLIPPED A BIT IN QUALIFYING. SO HE’S ON THE BACKSTRETCH. BENNY: BACK TO ROW 19, ON THE INSIDE, ERNIE IRVAN. OUR POLE SITTER LAST WEEK IN MICHIGAN AND LED THE MOST LAPS THIS WEEK TO GET IN THE FIELD. NED: ONLY A COUPLE TENTHS OF A SECOND SLOWER THAN THE POLE SITTER HERE TONIGHT. THAT’S HOW CLOSE THEY QUALIFY HERE AT BRISTOL. BOB: THERE YOU SEE THE OTHER PROVISIONAL STARTERS FOR TONIGHT’S RACE. TAKING THE PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS PROVISIONAL WAS DARRELL WALTRIP. HE STARTS BACK IN 35TH POSITION. LET’S CHECK OUR ON-BOARD CAMERAS FOR TONIGHT’S RACE. NED: WALLY DALLENBACH, THE 50 CAR, RIDING ALONG WITH HIM. KENNY WALLACE THE SQUARE-D CAR. STERLING MARLIN, THE COORS LIGHT ON-BOARD CAMERA STARTS IN 29TH POSITION. BILL ELLIOTT, MCDONALDS, HIS NIGHT TIME, MCNIGHT CAR TONIGHT. STARTING 27TH. BOBBY LABONTE, A LOT OF FELLOWS THINK THIS IS A GUY WHO CAN WIN WILL BE STARTING OUTSIDE ROW FIVE. BENNY: MARK MARTIN TRYING DESPERATELY TO WIN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTING IN THE FOURTH SPOT. NED: AND MIKE SKINNER, ALSO THE OUTSIDE POLE SITTER WILL BE RIDING ALONG WITH HIM WITH HIS LOWES ON-BOARD CAMERA. AND RUSTY WALLACE WITH THE MILLER LITE ON-BOARD CAMERA. AND JEFF BODINE WITH THE CIRCUIT CITY ONBOARD CAMERA. BOB: CHARLIE WITH THE PIT RECORD. THE RECORD SET BETWEEN — ASSUMING THERE ARE NO CAUTIONS, WHICH THERE UNDOUBTLY WILL BE AND THEY ARE GOING FOR $1.7 MILLION. BOB: IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS HERE TONIGHT. WE ARE JUST ABOUT SET TO GO RACING HERE AT BRISTOL. NED: AND THE GREEN FLAG WILL BE WAIVED. BOB: VERY QUICKLY THAT INSIDE LINE GETS GOING HANGING MIKE SKINNER OUT. HE’S LOSING SEVERAL POSITIONS IN LAP ONE. FALLS INTO FIFTH. NED: WELL, IN THE EARLY GOING IT WILL BE SINGLE FILE BECAUSE THE INSIDE LINE IS THE PLACE TO BE. BENNY: CARTOON NETWORK CAR. LOOKS LIKE NOW HE’S BACK UP TO SPEET. — SPEED. BOB: HERE IS RUSTY WALLACE, WHO HAS NOW LED 23 OF THE LAST 25 SHORT TRACK RACES. RICKY RUDD IS RIGHT THERE ON HIS BACK BUMPER. NED: RICKY RUDD WANTS TO LEAD THIS RACE. HE IS REALLY WORKING ON RUSTY. RUSTY HUGGING THAT INSIDE. NOT MUCH ROOM TO PASS. BOB: BACK TO THE THIRD-PLACE CAR, MARK MARTIN. THEN COMES SKINNER. JEREMY MAYFIELD, JEFF GORDON. NED: RICKY RUDD IS JUST WAITING, HOPING THAT RUSTY WALLACE MAKES A LITTLE BIT OF A SLIP. IF HE DOES, THAT TIE DRIVER WILL BE IN THE FIRST POSITION. BOB: A GOOD BATTLE FOR THE THIRD SPOT. TED MUSGRAVE IS GOING TO TAKE IT. BENNY: MARK MARTIN DIDN’T FIND HIM. HE LET HIM GO. HE SAID, OK, IF YOU’RE THAT GOOD, GO UP AND RACE THOSE GUYS. BOB: BIG BATTLE BACK HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK. NED: THERE WE SEE KENNY WALLACE. CARS GETTING UNDER HIM. KENNY IRWIN GOES BY THE TEXACO CAR. THAT’S ELLIOT STAT YOUR HONOR, THE 1992 CAR, IN HIS SECOND WINSTON CUP START EVER. BOB: OVER 118 MILES PER HOUR, AMONG THE TOP FIVE. BENNY: HE IS GAINING ON THE FIRST AND SECOND-PLACE CARS. BOB: SADLER AND WALLACE RUNNING SIDE BY SIDE. HERE COMES STEVE PARK UP THERE, NOW, AND ALSO ERNIE IRVAN. BENNY: ONE THING THEY ARE TRYING TO DO, YOU WANT TO GET LAP POSITION, GET AS MANY HAPPENS AS YOU CAN, BECAUSE WHEN THE LEADERS COME UP ON THEM, THE MORE LAPS YOU HAVE BETWEEN THE LEADERS AND YOURSELF, THE BETTER YOU WILL DO. BOB: RICKY RUDD HAS TAKEN THE LEAD. BECOMING OUR SECOND LEADER OF THE EVENING. THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND EVENT OF 1998 THAT HE HAS LED. HE LAST LED AT SEARS POINT. THE OTHER RACE HE LED WAS JUST BY ONE LAP. NED: MARK MARTIN IS GOING BACK BY TED MUSGRAVE. BENNY: HE SAW MARK COMING UP. HE SAID, YOUR CAR IS A LITTLE FASTER, I’LL LET YOU GO. BOB: JEREMY MAYFIELD TRYING TO GET TO THE INSIDE. HE HAS THE NOSE UNDER SKINNER AND WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE. NED: JEFF GORDON IS RIGHT BEHIND HIM. HE’S TRYING TO TAKE A LOOK ON THE INSIDE OF SKINNER. SKINNER COMES IN AND BLOCKS THE MOVE. BENNY: I THINK MAYBE — HE’S SLOWING. BOB: WHAT A RACE TRACK TO HAVE A THROTTLE HANG UP ON YOU. NED: TOUGH ENOUGH IN THIS PLACE WITHOUT HAVING TO DEAL WITH THAT. BOB: AND HERE COMES RUSTY WALLACE NOW BACK INTO THE LEAD. RICKY LED FOUR LAPS AND NOW RUSTY TAKES OVER ONCE AGAIN. NED: ONE THING THAT HAPPENS ON THIS RACE TRACK, WHEN A CAR GETS UP BEHIND YOU, IT LOOSENS YOUR CAR UP A LITTLE BIT. SOMETIMES YOU WANT TO LET YOUR CAR GO. SO YOU GET BEHIND AND DO THE SAME TO HIM, SO HE HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO LET YOU GO. THERE IS RICKY WORKING ON HIM AGAIN. BOB: IT IS A TIGHT BATTLE BETWEEN RUSTY WALLACE AND RICKY RUDD. RICKY RUDD HAS REASSUMED THE LEAD AND MARK MARTIN HAS GONE TO SECOND. JEREMY MAYFIELD IS NOW IN THIRD, AS THE POSITIONS CHANGE HERE EARLY ON IN THE GOODY’S HEADACHE POWDER 500. OUR ESPN SPEED WORLD COVERAGE IS BEING BROUGHT TO YOU BY FORWARD, MAKERS OF — BY FORD, OF VEHICLES BUILT TO LAST. BOB: 26 LAPS COMPLETED. THEY CLICK OFF QUICKLY HERE. LOOK AT THE TOP THREE. THEY ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN WHEN WE WENT TO BREAK. NED: RICKY RUDD HAS A 15-CAR LENGTH ADVANTAGE ON MARK MARTIN. TAKE A LOOK AT HOW IT HAPPENS. WATCH THIS. A LITTLE CONTACT. RUSTY GOES UP THE HILL. THEN HE’S GOING TO TRY IT AGAIN. FINALLY MARK WAS ABLE TO GET BY. ALSO JEREMY GOT BY RUSTY. BOB: SO MAYFIELD IS NOW THIRD, MUSGRAVE IS FOURTH. NED: NOW, THIS IS WHERE THE THING IS REALLY GOING TO START GETTING EXCITING BECAUSE THEY ARE CATCHING THE BACK OF THE FIELD ALREADY, AND NOW IT IS THESE GUYS, WE SEE PARK, MAYFIELD, NADEAU, TRYING TO STAY IN THE LEAD LAP. MARTIN, MAYFIELD TRYING TO TAKE POSITIONS AWAY, TRYING TO USE SLOW CARS TO DO IT. BOB: LET’S SEE IF MARK WILL GO HIGH OR LOW TO GET AROUND PARK, WALTRIP, AND THE OTHERS. NED: REST ASSURED, HE WANTS TO GO LOW IF THERE’S ANY POSSIBILITY OF THIS. BOB: ALL THIS FROM THE PENNZOIL CAMP ABOVE IN THE BEAUTIFUL TENNESSEE SKIES. HERE’S A BATTLE BETWEEN PETTY, GREEN, AND BURTON, WHO IS MOVING UP. NED: THAT’S 15TH, 16TH, AND 17TH. BOB: IN HEAVY TRAFFIC IS RICKY RUDD AND THE TOP THREE. STILL CAN’T BY STEVE PARK AND JERRY NADEAU. NED: ONCE AGAIN THESE GUYS ARE JUST SAYING, LOOK, WHY PUSH IT SO HARD EARLY ON? MARK MARTIN TAKING A LOOK. TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HE CAN DO. BENNY: HE CAN GET SOME BONUS POINTS. NED: NOW WE’RE SEEING JERRY NADEAU. STEVE PARK GETS ON THE INSIDE OF HIM, WHICH OPENS THE DOOR FOR RUDD. ALMOST HAD A CRASH THERE. WE SEE SOME CARS SLOWING DOWN. FINALLY GETTING THE CARS GOING AGAIN AS JOHN DRETTY, THE 43, CHAD LITTLE, QUEN KENNY WALLACE. BOB: THAT’S 29TH, 30TH, AND 31ST AND ON BACK. LET’S LOOK AT THAT INCIDENT AGAIN. NED: NOW WE SEE CHAD LITTLE TRYING TO GET ON THE INSIDE OF JOHN ANDRETTI. WOW! NOT ONLY — CHAD LITTLE WAS BEING PUSHED BY DERRIKE COPE AS WELL AS PUSHING THE 43 CAR. BOB: SO A LOT OF PAINT HAS BEEN TRADED, BUT WE HAVEN’T HAD A CAUTION YET. LET’S HOPE WE CAN KEEP THIS PACE UP. SOMETHING MUST HAVE BEEN WRONG WITH ANDRETTI. BENNY: I THINK HE GOT CAUGHT ON THE OUTSIDE AND COULDN’T GET BACK DOWN. HE’S FALLEN BACK TOWARDS WHERE THE LEADERS ARE. BOB: AND HERE IS RICKY RUDD GOING TO THE INSIDE OF DICK TRICKLE. ALREADY HUD STRICKLAND’S TEAM, HAVE BEEN LAPPED. — ALREADY HUT STRICKLAND’S TEAM, HAVE BEEN LAPPED. BENNY: NOW DICK TRICKLE. BOB: HERE’S ROBERT PRESSLEY. BENNY: KEVIN LE PAGE IN THE 16TH CAR. BOBBY HAMILTON IN FOURTH CAR. BOB: BACK IN 22ND, 23 ARID 24TH. LE PAGE WHO WON THE RACE LAST NIGHT HERE AT BRISTOL. TO THE INSIDE OF PRESSLEY TRYING TO GET POSITION ON HIM. I CAN IMAGINE THERE IS A MENTAL FATIGUE OF HAVING TO RUN IN TRAFFIC. WHAT IS IT LIKE OUT THERE GOING THIS SPEED FOR THAT LONG? BENNY: MENTALLY IS PROBABLY THE TOUGHEST THING RIGHT NOW. BECAUSE HE’S DESPERATELY TRYING TO STAY IN THE LEAD LAP. REALIZING — NED: WE’VE GOT MORGAN SHEPHERD IN THE WALL AND SPINNING. AND THE SECOND, THIRD AND FOURTH PLACE CARS. RICKY RUDD WAS IN FRONT OF IT. BOY, A LOT OF OTHER CARS FROM SECOND ON BACK WERE RIGHT THERE. BOB: THE CAUTION IS OUT. MORGAN SHEPHERD SPUN AROUND. KEPT GOING. BUT STILL THE CAUTION FLIES ON THE 42ND LAP HERE AT BRISTOL. FIRST CAUTION OF THE EVENING. IT HAPPENED OVER IN TURN NUMBER ONE. NED: DARRELL WALTRIP GETS ON THE INSIDE OF MORGAN SHEPHERD AS THEY CAME TO THE START/FINISH LINE. DON’T BELIEVE DARRELL HAS THE FENDER UP THERE, I DON’T BELIEVE. DARRELL THINKS HE KNOWS IT. THEY TOUCH. UP INTO THE WALL HE GOES. BENNY: RIGHT IN FRONT OF MARK MARTIN, JEREMY MAYFIELD. MAN. BOB: JEFF GORDON WASN’T BACK THERE TOO FAR. WHAT ABOUT PIT STOPS THIS EARLY? NED: I WOULD BE SURPRISED TO SEE THE LEADERS COME IN THIS EARLY. BOB: THE PIT IS OPEN. NOBODY HAS TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF IT. YOU’RE RIGHT, LOOKS LIKE EVERYBODY IS GOING TO STAY OUT THERE FOR THIS FIRST CAUTION WHICH WAS BROUGHT ABOUT BY MORGAN SHEPHERD SPINNING OVER IN TURN NUMBER TWO. THE LEADER IS RICKY RUDD HERE AT BRISTOL. RUNNING IN SECOND POSITION IS BOB: STILL UNDER THE FIRST CAUTION HERE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. THOSE PITTED HERE ON THE FRONT STRETCH THAT ARE RUNNING UP FRONT DID NOT PIT. HOWEVER, WE HAD SEVERAL THAT MADE PIT STOPS ON THE BACKSTRETCH. THERE WAS NOTHING FOR THEM TO LOSE SO THEY CAME IN FOR A CHANGE OF TIRES. NOW, WE’RE UNDER CAUTION BECAUSE OF THIS INCIDENT ON THE 41ST LAP. BENNY: MORGAN SHEPHERD, BRUSHES THE WALL. WATCH AS HE COMES DOWN. DRIVES TO THE BOTTOM OF THE RACETRACK ON THE APRON. GEOFF BODINE ALSO SEES MORGAN SHEPHERD DOWN ON THE INSIDE. LOOK AT THE CONTACT BETWEEN THOSE GUYS. BOB: DURING THE PIT STOPS, CHAD LITTLE CAME IN ON THE BACKSTRETCH. LOST A WHEEL. JERRY NADEAU WAS ALSO IN. AND HIS HOOD FLEW UP. SO ALL KINDS OF THINGS HAPPENING HERE UNDER THE CAUTION. BENNY: JERRY NADEAU ACTUALLY LOST A COUPLE LAPS. WHILE HE WAS IN THERE TRYING TO FIX THAT PROBLEM. SEE BILL ELLIOTT AS HE GETS SET FOR THE RESTART. BACK IN THE 29TH SPOT. WALLY DALLENBACH, BOBBY LABONTE. BOB: LABONTE IS EIGHTH. BENNY: GEOFF BODINE IS ON BOARD, HE’S IN 10TH SPOT. SECOND PLACE CAR, MARK MARTIN. MARTIN IS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT NOW HOW CAN I GET IN FRONT OF THIS 10 CAR? I NEED FIVE BONUS POINTS NOW. RICKY RUDD IS A PRETTY NICE GUY. HE UNDERSTANDS HOW BADLY I NEED THESE FIVE POINTS. BOB: LET’S SEE WHAT STRATEGY, IF ANY, HE EMPLOYS HERE TO TRY TO GET THE LEAD. PRETTY SLOW RESTART HERE. RICKY RUDD BRINGS HIM BACK. NED: MARK’S CAR, SPUN THE WHEELS OR SOMETHING, HE DIDN’T GET A GOOD TAKEOFF. BOB: TWO LAP CARS MOVE BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND. MAINLY DICK TRICKLE AND STEVE PARK. BOB: RICKY NOW HAS LED 33 LAPS. AND THAT’S THE MOST LAPS HE HAS LED SINCE THE 1997 BRICKYARD THAT HE AND DICK TRICKLE TAKES A LAP BACK. NED: DRIVES BY HIM. DICK ONE OF THOSE DRIVERS THAT MADE A PIT STOP AND FOUR NEW TIRES AND SO DID CAR NUMBER ONE OF STEVE PARK. SO HE GETS BACK ON THE LEAD LAP. BENNY: LOOKS LIKE THE NEW TIRES WAS THE DECIDED ADVANTAGE THIS STER STERLING MARLIN CAUGHT ON THE OUTSIDE. SEVERAL CARS PASS HIM BY. ANDRETTI GOES BY HIM. HERE GOES DALLENBACH. JOHN KERNAN HAS A REPORT ON THE 81 OF KENNY WALLACE. JOHN: EARLY IN THE RACE HE PUT ON FOUR TIRES. HE WAS CAUTIONED. THEN WHILE THEY WERE RUNNING AROUND, AT THE SLOWER SPEED, HE SAID, ALL MY TEMPERATURE GAUGES ARE PEGGED. BUT HE HASN’T SAID ANYTHING MORE. HE HAS TO HAVE A LITTLE SPEED TO GET THE AIR INTO THE RADIATORS TO GET THINGS COOLED DOWN. BOB: AND WE HAVE A NEW LEADER, THE THIRD OF THE EVENING. JEREMY MAYFIELD TAKES THE TOP. THE THIRD WHO STARTED, SKINNER, GOT OUT OF SHAPE AND IS LOSING POSITION. HERE COMES JOHNNY VINCENT. NED: IT’S A BATTLE BACK FOR THE 16TH, 17TH POSITION. BODINE. BODINE STOPPED TO CHANGE SOME TIRES. HE’S ALREADY BACK UP TO THE 20TH SPOT. BOB: HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED TO MIKE SKINNER MOMENTS AGO. NED: HE GOES IN THE CORNER BEHIND KYLE PETTY. WE SEE HE GETS BEHIND ON THE RACE TRACK. JEFF GREEN GETS UNDER HIM, MAKES CONTACT, AND SKINNER IS CHASING THAT CAR UP THE HILL. JOHN: THE REASON HE IS CHASING THE CAR IS SOMETHING YOU SAID EARLIER. THEY BEGAN THE SCREEN. THE CARS ARE GETTING VERY, VERY LOOSE. SKINNER WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE HIT IT. GOT SOME AIR PRESSURE BUT COULDN’T AFFORD TO LOSE TRACK POSITION, ALTHOUGH HE’S LOSING IT RIGHT NOW. LIKEWISE, RUSTY WALLACE AND MARK MARTIN ARE BOTH COMPLAINING THAT THEIR CARS ARE VERY LOOSE COMING OFF THE CORNER. THEY WOULD HAVE LOVED AN AIR PRESSURE CHANGE, TOO, BUT COULDN’T GIVE UP VALUABLE POSITION. BOB: ON BOARD WITH RUSTY WALLACE WHO IS ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF A SECOND BEHIND IN THIRD POSITION. NOW THIS IS WALLY DALLENBACH ON BOARD. NED: THEY ARE TELLING US SOME OF THOSE GUYS IN FRONT OF THEM STOPPED TO CHANGE FOUR TIRES. THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS THEY ARE SO MUCH FASTER THAN WALLY. BENNY: TRYING TO KEEP THE DRIVER INFORMED OF EVERYTHING THAT’S GOING ON. BOB: KYLE PET YIFMENT BENNY: KYLE IN THE 44 CAR. JEFF GREEN IN THE SIXTH CAR. PASSES KYLE. 14TH POSITION. BOB: LAST TIME KEN SCHRADER LED A RACE WAS HERE AT BRISTOL IN THE SPRING. BACK UP FRONT. STILL JEREMY MAYFIELD THAT’S BRINGING IT ON. WE CAN SEE THE INTERVAL BACK TO FIRST POSITION. THERE HE IS. NED: AND THEY ARE BEGINNING TO COME INTO TRAFFIC AGAIN. BOB: THAT’S WALLACE RUNNING SECOND AND THIRD. THERE IS JEFF GORDON RUNNING BACK IN THE FIFTH SPOT. IN SIXTH, DALE JARRETT. AND HOW IS HE DOING IN COMPARISON TO THE LEADER OF THE RACE? BENNY: WE CAN SEE GORDON HAS LOST A SECOND TO THE LEADER. WE CAN SEE HOW CONSISTENT MAYFIELD WAS. 17.0, 17.1. AND THAT 17.7 JUST KILLED HIM. JEFF: DURING THE LAST STOP THEY WERE GOING TO MAKE A LEFT REAR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A CAUTION AS WELL. BOB: THERE IS GORDON AGAIN IN THE SIXTH SPOT. HERE’S THE LEADER, MAYFIELD MAYFIELD. JEREMY HAD A DOWN PERIOD AFTER HE WON AT POCONO, BUT HE’S BEGINNING TO COME BACK AFTER HAVING A GOOD RACE LAST WEEK. AND HE’S NOW LEADING SINCE THE LAST WIN HE HAD WHICH WAS AT POCONO. RI BOB: ESPN SPEED WORLD COVERAGE TONIGHT AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. THERE’S THE HUGE FACILITY. HOLDS ABOUT 130,000 SEATS, AND ABOUT 10,000 MORE IN THE SUITES. WE ARE SHOWING IT TO YOU FROM THE PENZOIL COPTER CAMP. THE NASCAR WEB SITE AT WWW.NASCAR.COM. EVEN US IN THE BOOTH USE NASCAR ONLINE. I FOUND OUT THERE EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT WALTRIP AND OTHERS HAD PARTED COMPANY. ALSO THAT FELIX SABONIS HAD SIGNED ON UNTIL 2001. SO LOTS OF NEWS THERE AT WWW.NASCAR.COM. BENNY: JUST A COUPLE LAPS AGO STERLING MARLIN CANNOT KEEP THAT CAR AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RACE TRACK. CHECK THAT OUT. MIKE SKINNER, AND BEHIND HIM, THE LEADER OF THE RACE TO PUT SKINNER A LAP DOWN. HE SHOULD HAVE PITTED THE LAST TIME AND HE GOT FOUR TIRES. NED: HE MADE SOME ADJUSTMENTS ON IT. NOW HE’S GOING TO GO A LAP DOWN. BOB: SO MIKE HAS DROPPED FROM SECOND TO 36TH IN 85 LAPS. HE GOES A LAP DOWN. LOOK AT THE FASTEST CAR THAT LAP. BENNY: ERNIE IRVAN ALL THE WAY BACK IN 20TH POSITION. HE EVIDENTLY HAS A CLEAN RACE TRACK. THAT’S SOMETHING THE LEADERS RIGHT NOW DESPERATELY NEED IS A CLEAN RACE TRACK. NED: OF COURSE THE LEADER IS OUT A BIT. BUT HE’S BEEN GOING THROUGH SOME HEAVY TRAFFIC. BOB: THAT LAST LAP KENNY IRWIN WAS THE FASTEST. HE RUNS BACK IN 16TH. NED: STILL 35 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. BOB: DICK TRICKLE, WHO WAS LAPPED ONCE. NED: AND HE GOT BACK IN THE LEAD LAP AFTER HE CHANGED TIRES, DICK TRICKLE DID. BENNY: THAT’S MIKE SKINNER’S RADIO WE’RE LISTENING TO. >>CLEAR, LOW. BOB: BACK IN 16TH POSITION IS ERNIE IRVAN. NED: HE HAS A GOOD RUN GOING FOR HIM. SOLEMN, WINSTON, INDIANA IN — IN SALEM, WINSTON, INDIANA. EERS ERNIE IRVAN, WHO HAS ALSO BEEN ON THE MOVE. BENNY: A COUPLE LAPS AGO HE WAS ROUNDING THE FASTEST LAP OF ANYONE. NED: ERNIE QUALIFIED WELL THE OTHER DAY. HE SAID HAD HE A GOOD RACE CAR FOR THE RACE, AND APPARENTLY HE DOES HAVE. BENNY: STARTED IN 37TH. AS YOU CAN SEE, IN LAP 91, HE’S RUNNING IN 19TH POSITION. BOB: HERE GOES JEFF GORDON WHO IS IN SEVENTH POSITION. HE, TOO, HAS JUST LAPPED MIKE SKINNER.>>INSIDE. INSIDE. STILL THERE. NED: HE’S IN HEAVY TRAFFIC AGAIN. AS WE SEE JEREMY MAYFIELD HAS COME UP ON DICK TRICKLE. HE WAS IN THE LEAD LAP, BUT THAT ADVANTAGE HAS GONE AWAY. BOB: SOMETIMES THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GET AROUND THE GUY IN FRONT OF YOU IS GIVE THEM A LITTLE BIT OF A TAP AND THEN TAKE ADVANTAGE. BENNY: THE MOMENT YOU DO THAT, YOU ARE INVOLVED IN THE CRASH THAT’S A RESULT OF THAT. NED: THAT’S THE PROBLEM. YOU WANT ALL FOUR FINGERS ON THE CAR. THOSE TOOP FIVE CARS ARE RIGHT THERE TOGETHER. BENNY: THIS WILL LAST ABOUT 150 LAPS, AND THEN THEY WILL RUN OUT OF PATIENCE. SOME OF THEM WILL, AND SOME OF THEM WON’T. YOU SEE DALE JARRETT BACK THERE. OH, TRICKLE, A LITTLE LOOSE WHEN HE CAME OFF THAT SECOND CORNER. BOB: FIRST FIVE CARS ARE RUNNING RIGHT TOGETHER. ALLOWING DALE JARRETT TO COME UP AND JOIN THE BATTLE. BEHIND MARK MARTIN IS BOBBY LABONTE. HE WAS MOVED TO SEVENTH. BENNY: AND BOBBY LABONTE IS LESS THAN TWO SECONDS BEHIND THE LEADER, MAYFIELD. CHECK OUT OUR TOBASCO HOT ZONE. WATCH THE RPM’S DOWN THE STRAIGHT-AWAY. NED: YOU’RE RIGHT, OF COURSE, THE TIRES ARE HEATED UP AND WORN, AND THEY WON’T RUN AS FAST — THE LAP SPEEDS AREN’T NEARLY AS HIGH AS THEY WILL BE WHEN THEY PUT NEW TIRES ON THEM. BOB: A TOP SPEED OF ABOUT 116 MILES PER HOUR UNDER THOSE KIGS. — CONDITIONS. BENNY: YOU SEE ALL THE CARS AROUND THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. BOB: TRICKLE FINALLY GETS ON THE INSIDE OF WALLACE. THE 12 CAR GOES DOWN, HITS THE APRON THAT TIME, AND THE EXHAUST PIPE WAS DRUG. HAD TO BE AN ANXIOUS MOMENT FOR JEREMY. BENNY: THERE WE SEE THE LEADERS RIGHT BEHIND WALLACE. TRICKLE IS TRYING TO GET ON THE INSIDE. BOB: NOW JEREMY HAS TWO CARS IN FRONT OF HIM, ONE HIGH, ONE LOW, SO HE’S REALLY BOXED IN. NED: THEY HAVE ALL THE GOOD OPTIONS TAKEN, DON’T THEY? BENNY: NOT MUCH YOU CAN DO UNDER THOSE CONDITIONS. BOB: YOU CAN SEE THE DOUGHNUT ON TRICKLE’S CAR. BENNY: TRICKLE HAS ONE OF THOSE DUPONT CHROME PAINT JOBS. WHEN HE — IT CHANGES TO PURPLE, WHAT’S CALLED “PURPLEENE” OR SOMETHING. BOB: THEY JUST CANNOT DO IT. BENNY: HAD SOME CONTACT BETWEEN THE LEADER AND DICK TRICKLE. NED: I’M IMPRESSED WITH KENNY WALLACE. HE’S BEEN HOLDING THEM OFF. HERE COMES TRICKLE AGAIN ON THE INSIDE. BOB: KENY, OF COURSE, WAS THE POLE SITTER FOR THIS RACE A YEAR AGO. BENNY: THAT IS SOME BATTLE. BOTH OF THEM ARE JUST FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES, BECAUSE THAT’S THE LEADER RIGHT BEHIND THEM. IF THEY CAN STAY THERE, THEY SAVE A HALF MILE. THE PACE CAR PICKS UP THE 12 CAR. THESE OTHER CARS GET TO GO ALL THE WAY AROUND THE RACE TRACK. NED: THAT’S 34TH AND 35TH RUNNING SIDE BY SIDE. BOB: THEY HAVE BEEN DOING SO FOR SEVERAL LAPS NOW. BENNY: TRICKLE STILL AT HIM OFF THE CORNER. THIS TIME HE GOES UP THE HILL AND JUST CARRIES KENNY OUTSIDE OF THE GROOVE. BENNY: IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOMETIME. BOB: NOW RUSTY WILL COME UP TO DO BATTLE WITH HIS BROTHER. MAYFIELD HAS NOW LED THE MOST LAPS. HE’S LED 50. NED: CONTACT BETWEEN JEREMY AND TRICKLE. TRICKLE GOES UP THE RACETRACK. JEREMY ON THE INSIDE. >>THERE YOU GO. NED: MADE THAT. >>LOOKING, BUT HE’S NOT THERE. BOB: NOW HE’LL COME ALONG. NED: BEHIND THE 10. RUSTY WALLACE IS THERE. BOB: WELL THE FIRST THREE HAVE CLEARED A MAJOR TRAFFIC JAM. IT’S JEREMY MAYFIELD, RICKY RUDD, RUSTY WALLACE THE TOP THREE. JEFF GORDON GOING FOR FIVE WINS BOB: BACK AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. WHERE THE CAUTION HAS COME OUT FOR THE SECOND TIME. JOE NEMECHEK, TROUBLE IN THE FIRST AND SECOND TURN AREA OF THE RACETRACK. NED: A BIG BREAK FOR CARS GOING A LAP DOWN, NEXT WOULD BE DALE EARNHARDT. JEREMY MAYFIELD WAS RIGHT ON HIS BUMPER. BENNY: THEY’RE HAVING TROUBLE GETTING THE JACK ON THE CAR. THE LEFT SIDE IS FLAT. TO GET THE CAR — FINALLY THEY GET THE CARJACKED UP. >>COME BACK AND GET RIGHTS. COME BACK AND GET RIGHTS. >>THE PACE CAR JUST WENT BY. BOB: AND THE PACE CAR HAS PICKED UP THE FIELD. SO THE PITS ARE OPEN HERE ON THE FRONT STRETCH. AND HERE THEY COME. BENNY: ALL OF THEM COMING. BOY, NED, SOME OF THEM SAID “THANK GOODNESS”. JEFF GORDON THE NAIN ONE. JERRY: EXPECT TO SEE AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENTS ON THE LEAD CAR. EVERYONE INCLUDING OUR LEADER MAYFIELD OF THE CARS BEING LOOSE OFF THE CORNER. LET’S CHECK IN WITH BILL. BILL: NO ADJUSTMENTS FOR GORDON. HIS CAR IS A LITTLE LOOSE. THEY DID MAKE THE AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER. JOHN? JOHN: KENNY IRVAN WORKED HIS WAY UP. HERE COMES RUSTY WALLACE, JEREMY MAYFIELD, DALE JARRETT, ZIPPING BY. CARS THAT PITTED ON THE FRONT STRETCH ARE GOING TO GO BY. THE 16TH CAR, I BELIEVE, GETTING RIGHT-SIDE TIRES. I’LL HAVE TO CHECK ON THAT. JOHN ANDRETTI GETS BOXED IN BY BILL ELLIOTT. HE HAS TO BACK UP. A LOOSE TIRE OUT ON THE TRACK. BOB: THE SECOND ONE ALREADY TONIGHT. CHAD LITTLE LOST ONE. IT ROLLED ON THE FRONT STRAIGHTAWAY. HERE’S ANOTHER ONE, LOOKS LIKE IT’S FROM KYLE PETTY. HE PUSHED IT DOWN PIT ROAD. IT WASN’T HIS. WE DON’T KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM. NEVER THE LS. NED: WERE CHANGING TIRES. ROLLED OUT OF PIT ROAD. BENNY: THERE IT IS, PUSHING, PUSHING. ALL OF A SUDDEN, GETS TO THE APRON OF THE RACETRACK. THE TIRE IS PRETTY TRICKY, ISN’T IT? RUSTY WALLACE IS BACK IN THE PITS. BOB: SECOND TIME, JERRY, WHAT’S GOING ON? JERRY: APPARENTLY HAVING A PROBLEM WITH NO BRAKES. GOING TO HAVE TO STOP THE CAR. THE CREW GOT THE CAR TO STOP. PUMPING THE PEDAL. GOING TO JACK IT UP. MAYBE IF THEY HAVE A BRAKE LINE, SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE CALIPER. YOU WOULDN’T SEE IT THIS EARLY. MAYBE AT BRISTOL OR MARTINSVILLE. LEFT PIT ROAD, SAID BRAKE PROBLEM, BRAKE PROBLEM. CAME BACK DOWN, HE WAS PUMPING IT TRYING TO GET IT TO STOP. THEY HAVE TAKEN THE FRONT RIGHT TIRE OFF. LOOKING TO SEE IF THEY CAN DETERMINE WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. NASCAR OFFICIALS SAY ONE LAP WILL BE UNDER GREEN NEXT TIME BY. AS RUSTY IS DOWN OFF THE JACKS. TRYING TO GET HIM GOING. REFIRES, AWAY, EXPECT A GREEN NEXT TIME AS THE PACE CAR HEADS FOR TURN ONE. NED: HE HAD BEATEN EVERYBODY OUT OF THE PITS WAS IN FIRST PLACE AND NOW HE’LL BE IN 31ST PLACE. BOB: LOST A LOT OF TRACK AND POSITION. WE’LL SHOW YOU WHY WE ARE UNDER THE SECOND CAUTION OF THE EVENING. LAP 19. BENNY: JOE NEMECHEK MADE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE, MAY HAVE BEEN ELLIOTT, I’M NOT SURE. AS HE CAME OFF TURN FOUR. WE SEE THE LEFT FRONT TIRE IS FLAT. BOB: FROM BOBBY LABONTE’S ON-BOARD. NADEAU INTO THE WALL A LITTLE BIT, TOO. NED: A LITTLE BIT. HIT JUST A LITTLE BIT. BOB: WE’LL TAKE A BREAK AND BE BACK WITH MORE BOB: JUST AS YOU REJOINED US THE GREEN FLAG COMES OUT. WE ARE BACK TO RACING. MAYFIELD STILL UP FRONT. FOLLOWED BY DALE JARRETT. RUSTY WALLACE HAS LOST A LAP. HE IS DOWN IN 39TH POSITION DUE TO HIS BRAKE PROBLEM. TAKE A LOOK AT A PIT SUMMARY NOW OF WHERE THEY WERE WHEN THEY WENT IN AND WHERE THEY WERE WHEN THEY WENT■■ OUT. LOOK AT RUSTY WALLACE. HE WAS THIRD WHEN HE WENT INTO THE PITS AND HE RESTARTS IN 39TH. A LAP DOWN. NED: ON THE REGULAR PIT STOP HE ACTUALLY CAME OUT FIRST THEN HAD TO COME BACK IN. JERRY PUNCH HAS MORE. JERRY: HERE’S THE RIGHT FRONT CALIPER, ONE THEY WERE USING. THIS HERE IS A BLEEDER VALVE. THEY THOUGHT IT HAD BROKEN ITS BLEEDER VALVE OFF. IT HAD GOTTEN LOOSE, ALLOWING FLUID TO LEAK OUT WHEN HE JUMPED ON THE BRAKE PEDAL. LOST A LAP IN THE PITS. TIGHTENED THE BLEEDER VALVE UP. IT IS NICE AND TIGHT. RUSTY IS ONE LAP DOWN. BOB: 131 LAPS ARE COMPLETED. ALL CARS ARE STILL RUNNING. THERE IS DALE JARRETT RUNNING IN SECOND POSITION WITH SOME LAP CARS AROUND HIM. NED NE HAVING A TOUGH TIME GETTING AROUND KENNY WALLACE. KENNY WALLACE HAS FOUND A GROOVE WORKING FOR HIM. SO FAR HE HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO MAKE THE PASS. JEREMY MAYFIELD IS SIMPLY RUNNING AWAY. BENNY: JEREMY MAYFIELD OPENED A SECOND A A QUARTER LEAD, AS JERRY TRIES HIS BEST TO GET BY KENNY WALLACE. BOB: KENNY WALLACE IS A TEN A SHAUSE BATTLER TONIGHT. BEEN UP ON — TENACIOUS BATTLER TONIGHT. BEEN UP ON THE HIGH GROOVE. AND HAS MADE IT WORK. BOBBY LABONTE RUNNING BACK IN THIRD. THEN MARK MARTIN AND RICKY RUDD. DALE JARRETT COMING INTO THIS FOURTH SHORT TRACK RACE OF 1998 IS THE POINTS LEADER IN SHORT TRACK COMPETITION THIS YEAR. THREE TOP FIVE FINISHES IN ALL THREE SHORT TRACK EVENTS. HERE COMES THE FIRSTPLUS FINANCIAL FIELD SUMMARY FOR YOU. FIRST THE MANUFACTURERS’ BATTLE. CHEVY WITH A SIX-POINT EDGE. BENNY: BOBBY LABONTE CATCHES KENNY WALLACE. TRIES TO GET BY. BOB: KENNY IRWIN HAS WURBLINGD HIS WAY TO THE TOP 10. MAN IS HE HAVING A GOOD RUN. BENNY: A TERRIFIC RUN. STARTING BACK WHERE HE DID. NED: SHOWS A LOT OF PATIENCE AND THAT HE HAS A GOOD RACE CAR. BENNY: STARTED IN 34TH POSITION. JOHN KERNAN? JOHN: THIS ROOKIE, RAN 400 LAPS AT BRISTOL. HOW HE IS TRYING TO KEEP HIS MIND OFF HOW LONG THIS RACE ACTUALLY IS. BEFORE THE CAUTION, BEFORE THEY WENT BACK, THEY SAID KENNY CLEAN OFF YOUR TIRES, CLEAN OUT YOUR MOTOR, 125 LAPS DOWN. ALL HE SAID ON THE RADIO TO HIS TEAM WAS DON’T TELL ME HOW MANY LAPS ARE DOWN. BENNY: THAT MEANS THERE’S 375 TO GO. BOB: HE IS THE LEADER IN THE BATTLE FOR THE NASCAR WINSTON CUP ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS. BEST FINISH THIS YEAR CAME AT TEXAS AND AT ATLANTA, I SHOULD SAY. FINISHED FIFTH, BEST STARTS ON TEXAS AND THE BRICKYARD. FINISHED FIFTH IN ATLANTA. NED: SCHRADER BEHIND KENNY IRWIN. OBVIOUSLY, SCHRADER IS 11TH. COMES AFTER 10 MOST OF THE TIMES. 30 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. BENNY: RUSTY WALLACE BACK THERE BEHIND THE 56 CAR. THERE COMES RUSTY WALLACE A LAP DOWN. NED: THAT IS FOURTH POSITION. BOB: RUSTY MOVES TO 35TH. HE MENTIONED DALE EARNHARDT AND HOW THAT MOST RECENT CAUTION BENEFITED HIM BECAUSE HE WAS ABOUT TO GO A LAP DOWN. HE IS NOW UP IN 18TH. BENTSON WAS NOT CARRYING THE CHEERIO COLORS THIS WEEK, IT’S THE KIDS’ CAR, PUSHING THE KIX LINE OF CEREALS AND LUCKY CHARMS AND TRIX AND THAT SORT OF THING. BENNY: SCHRADER HAS BEEN ABLE TO GET BY IRWIN. BOB: JEREMY MAYFIELD IS ALL ALONE OUT THERE. DOES HE LIKE THAT? THERE’S SECOND PLACE, JEREMY, ONE SECOND BEHIND. RUNNING IN CLEAR TRAFFIC. BENNY: RIGHT NOW JEREMY HAS ABOUT A SECOND AND A QUARTER LEAD ON DALE JARRETT. AND HE HAS ABOUT A SECOND LEAD ON MARK MARTIN. NED: MARK MARTIN PASSED BOBBY LABONTE A FEW LAP AS GO FOR THE THIRD POSITION. TRICKLE, LETS MARK MARTIN BY. OR AT LEAST MARTIN GETS BY. PASSED HIM. BOB: ON BOARD WITH MARK MARTIN RUNNING IN THE THIRD POWSATION BOUT 2.3 SECONDS BEHIND — POSITION ABOUT 2.3 SECONDS BEHIND JEREMY MAYFIELD. MAYFIELD HAS LED 43. AND RUSTY WALLACE LED 17 BEFORE HE LOST THE LAP. HE’S BACK IN 34TH. THERE’S A LOOK AT THE BOB: ESPN SPEED WORLD IS LIVE TONIGHT AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN NORTHEAST TENNESSEE. 140,000 PEOPLE ARE HERE TO SEE THIS NASCAR WINSTON CUP RACE, AND POSSIBLY SOME RECORDS BEING SET AS JEFF GORDON GOES FOR HIS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR. AN OVERHEAD SHOT COURTESY OF THE PENNZOIL COPTERCAMP. YOU CAN SEE THE CARS LINING UP BEHIND THE PACE CAR. THAT IS BECAUSE TRICKLE HAS SHORTENED HIS HEILIG-MYERS FORD. BENNY: AMAZING HE WAS ABLE TO GET IT TO THE GARAGE AREA. BOB: WATCH THIS REPLAY AND YOU MAY BE ABLE TO SEE — THERE IT IS. NED: KISSING THE CORNER. I DON’T KNOW THAT BOBBY LABONTE WAS CLOSE ENOUGH TO HIM TO HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THAT. WE HAVE AN ONBOARD CAMERA FOR LABONTE. LET’S JUST CHECK AND SEE. START AND FINISH LINE DOWN IN TURN ONE. DOWN IN THE CORNER, AND AROUND HE GOES. AND LABONTE SAYS, WOW. BOB: IT’S OUR THIRD CAUTION OF THE EVENING. NOBODY UP FRONT HAS CHOSEN TO COME IN FOR A PIT STOP. NED: BRENLT MUSGRAVE CAME IN FOR A PIT STOP. GORDON AND BODINE COME IN NOW. BENNY: RICH BICKLE, THE VERY LAST CAR DOWN THERE NOW. BOB: NOW TO BILL WEBER. BILL: HE TOOK RIGHT-SIDE TIRES. IN ORDER TO NOT LOSE A LAP, HE HAD TO COME IN TO GET HIS LEFT-SIDE TIRES. DERRIKE COPE DID THE SAME THING. THEN THEY GOT FORD. JERRY? JERRY: THE FORD NOW GETS A HUGE SLEDGE HAMMER TO THE BACK OF THE CAR. THAT IS A COMMON TOOL FOR BRISTOL. YOU NEED TWO THINGS TO RUN HERE, A BLINDFOLD AND A SLEDGE HAMMER. WHAT HAPPENED, DICK?>>I WAS JUST TRYING TO BUY LAPS. WE GOT A LAP BACK ONCE AND LOST AGAIN. IN THIS RACE WE COULD GET GOOD ENOUGH. HEILIG-MYERS COULD GET ME BACK IN. I MUST HAVE DROPPED FLUID DOWN THERE IN THREE, BECAUSE IT TOOK OFF BEFORE I GOT TO THE CORNER. JERRY: WILL THEY BE ABLE TO GET THE CAR IN AND GET YOU BACK OUT?>>I HAVEN’T LOOKED AT THEM YET. YOU ARE MY FIRST MAN HERE. I IMAGINE WE WILL BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING. JERRY: ALL RIGHT, THE HEILIG-MEYERS CREW TRYING TO GET SOME OF THE SHEET METAL PUSHED AWAY. LOOKS LIKE THE FUEL CELL IS INTACT, AND IF THEY CAN GET THE SHEETMETAL OFF THE TIRES, I HAVE TO BELIEVE TRICKLE WILL BE BACK IN THE RACE. BOB: TRICKLE HAD A FIRST PLACE FINISH HERE LAST AUGUST, BUT THINGS HAVE GONE WRONG FOR HIM HERE AS WE ARE ON THE 158TH LAP. THERE’S JUST SOME OF THE 140,000 PEOPLE UP AND SCREAMING AS THE RACE CONTINUES HERE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. THEY ARE PUTTING IT IN RUSTY’S HAND JEREMY HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO GO UP. YOU’VE GOT TO GO ON. IF YOU DON’T. BENNY: MARK MARTIN IS ALL OVER DALE JARRETT. BOB: JEFF GORDON RUNNING UP IN SIXTH POSITION. IN SEVENTH IS THIS GUY. WITH THE CIRCUIT CITY ONBOARD CAMERA, THIS IS JEFF BODINE. BENNY: YOU SEE THE BELL SOUTH CAR, THE CAR THAT LOST MANY LAPS BETWEEN HE AND JEFF GORDON. BOB: HE’S GONE UP FOUR POSITIONS SINCE THE START OF THE RACE. THE HIGHEST JEFF HAS EVER FINISHED HERE WAS FOUR, AND HE’S DONE THAT ON THREE OCCASIONS. MOST RECENTLY IN THE SPRING RACE OF 1989. BENNY: WE SEE TERRY LABONTE AND ALSO MICHAEL WALTRIP IS IN NINTH POSITION. BOB: I MENTIONED EARLIER THAT MICHAEL AND THE WOOD BROTHERS HAVE DECIDED TO PART COMPANY AT THE END OF THIS YEAR, AT LEAST MICHAEL IS GOING TO LOOK FOR A NEW TEAM. MICHAEL TOLD US EARLIER IN THE WEEKEND, THE WOOD BROTHERS DID, I GUESS, THAT IF NEITHER ONE OF THEM CAN FIND ANYTHING BETTER — SECOND PLACE GOES TO MARK MARTIN. BUT THEY WILL COME BACK TOGETHER. NED: THAT’S RIGHT, THEY ARE GOING TO LOOK AROUND. MIKE IS GOING TO SEE WHAT CARS ARE AVAILABLE, THE WOOD BROTHERS ARE GOING TO SEE WHAT DRIVERS ARE AVAILABLE. IF THEY DON’T SEE SOMETHING COMPATIBLE IN A COUPLE MONTHS, WHAT THE HECK. BILL WEBER, WHAT’S GOING ON WITH D.J.? BILL: JUST AS NED SPECULATED, THE AIR FORD IS A LITTLE TIGHT. IN FACT, IT HAS BEEN TIGHT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE RACE. WHEN THEY PITTED, THEY MADE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT TO TRY TO HELP THE CAR. IT IS STILL A LITTLE TIGHT RIGHT NOUT NOW. BOB: GOING BACK TO THIRD POSITION, THAT’S MARK MARTIN WHO PASSED HIM A FEW LAPS AGO. MARK IS NOW A SECOND AND A HALF BEHIND THE LEADER, JEREMY MAYFIELD. BENNY: THEY ARE CHECKING THE PLUS POINTS POSITION TO SEE JEFF BODINE HAS GAINED THREE POINTS IN THE POSITION. BOB: JOHNNY BENSON GOT AWFULLY HIGH UP THERE IN THE CORNER. LOOKING FOR SOME DAMAGE. A LITTLE BIT ON THE LEFT REAR. NED: THAT MIGHT BE WHAT CAUSED HIM TO GO HIGH. IT DIDN’T LOOK LIKE HE MADE TOO MUCH CONTACT. WE HAVE THE 50 CAR SLOW DOWN THE FRONT STRAIGHT-AWAY, AND I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER CRASH. BUT THERE WE WALLY DALLENBACH VERY HIGH. LOOKS LIKE A FLAT TIRE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S THE DEAL. BOB: LET’S GO BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AND SEE WHAT HAPPENED TO JOHNNY BENSON. TOP LEFT. THERE HE IS. BENNY: HE WAS VERY HIGH. DID A GOOD JOB OF KEEPING IT OFF THE WALL, BUT APPARENTLY SOMEONE DID GET INTO THAT LEFT REAR CORNER. THAT SHOT HIM UP HIGH, BUT IT KEPT HIM OUT OF THE WALL. BOB: NOW COMES RUSTY WALLACE. TRYING TO STAY IN THE TAIL END OF THE LEAD LAP. THERE’S THE LEADER OF OUR RACE, JEREMY MAYFIELD, MOBILE ONE. BOB: MORGAN SHEPHERD BROUGHT OUT OUR FIRST CAUTION OF THE EVENING. HE IS 14 LAPS DOWN IN 41ST. NED: MARTIN IS BEGINNING TO CLOSE IN A BIT ON JEREMY MAYFIELD. HE WAS ALMOST A SECOND AND A HALF BEHIND MAYFIELD, AND NOW IT IS DOWN TO LESS THAN A SECOND. AND HE IS PASSING BY MORGAN SHEPHERD. DAMAGE EARLY ON. BOB: THE NUMBERS ON THE RIGHT, AS THEY GAIN SPEED. SO JARRETT THE FASTEST. 2.03 SECONDS BEHIND. BENNY: WE GO BACK AND SEE TED MUSGRAVE IN THE 23 CAR HAS THE THIRD FASTEST TIME. MUSGRAVE WAS BACK IN 12TH POSITION. NED: MARK MARTIN COMES DOWN TO LESS THAN A SECOND THAT LAST TIME. BOB: HE GOT SIDEWAYS AND WAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF RUSTY WALLACE. BENNY: AND MARK MARTIN IS RIGHT THERE. AND MARTIN GETS SIDEWAYS OFF NUMBER TWO! SAW THAT LEAD CAR AND GOT EXCITED. THE MOVED UP TO QUICKLY AND THE BACK END JUMPED OUT. NED: JOHNNY BENSON HAS TO BE WONDERING, HAVE I GOT A TIRE GOING DOWN? WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? BOB: LET’S TAKE A LOOK AGAIN AT BENSON AND HOW RUSTY AND JEREMY HAD TO SLAM — OH, LOOK AT THAT. BENNY: NOW WE UNDERSTAND WHY HE GOT SIDEWAYS. THE TWO CAR RAN INTO THE BACK OF HIM. NED: IT HIT HIM HARD. BOB: THAT ALLOWED MARTIN TO CLOSE RIGHT IN. THIS IS RUSTY’S CAR. BENNY: THIS GOES IN RIGHT BEHIND THE 36 CAR. THERE’S THE CONTACT WITH RUSTY WALLACE. BOB: ALREADY HAD SOME DAMAGE ON THE LOWER LEFT. HE’S GOT A LITTLE MORE NOW FROM RUSTY WALLACE. JUST AN INCIDENTAL CONTACT. BENNY: THAT’S BRISTOL TERMINOLOGY. BOB: YEAH, RIGHT. 189 LAPS AS MARK MARTIN CLOSES IN ON THE LEADER JEREMY MAYFIELD. BACK WITH MORE OF THE GOOD BOB: ONCE AGAIN ANOTHER CAUTION HERE AT BRISTOL. THIS ONE WHEN ERNIE IRVAN LOST IT IN TURN FOUR. IT BRINGS OUT OUR FOURTH CAUTION OF THE EVENING. MARLIN TIN HAD GOTTEN THE LEAD FROM JEREMY MAYFIELD. AND THIS IS HOW MARK TOOK THE LEAD AS WE WENT TO BREAK A MOMENT AGO. JEREMY GOES AROUND THE CORNER, MARK DOVE TO THE INSIDE AND TOOK THE SPOT AWAY. BOB: AND JEREMY MAYFIELD LOST A POSITION TO DALE JARRETT. BENNY: SEE ERNIE IRVAN AS HE COMES OFF TURN FOUR. NAILS THE GAS. JOHNNY BENSON GOES ON THE INSIDE. MAN, EVERYBODY ELSE KIND OF SPLIT ERNIE. THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHICH WAY TO GO. BOB: MARK MARTIN. NED: THE LEADERS ARE ON PIT ROAD. BOB: DOWN TO BILL WEBBER. BILL: DALE JARRETT, CLOSE QUARTERS, PUT ON THE BRAKE A LITTLE BIT TIGHT. AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT ON THE RIGHT REAR. COMING AROUND TO THE LEFT SIDE. BOBBY LABONTE DIRECTLY BEHIND HIM. RUSTY WALLACE CRAWLS DOWN PILT ROAD. HERE’S JERRY PUNCH. JERRY: RIGHT-SIDE TIRES ON. LEFT SIDE GOING ON THE VALVOLINE FORD. NO CHANGES. HERE’S MARTIN. MAYFIELD, MARTIN IN THAT ORDER. JOHN: FOUR-TIRE CHANGE,ISH APRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. THE LAST TIME THE CAR GOT REALLY, REALLY TIGHT ON HIM. FINISHED WITH THE RIGHT SIDE. SWING TO LEFT SIDE. THE CARS PITTED ON THE FRONT STRETCH, ALREADY DOWN, POSITIONS DOWN. JOHN ANDRETTI IS PASSING HIM UP. KENNY IRWIN HAD TO STOP THAT ONE. IT REALLY COST HIM SOME TIME ON PIT ROAD. BENNY: WOW. HE WAS RUNNING ABOUT 10TH, WASN’T HE, NED. HE’S GOING TO COME OUT RUNNING — NED: 20TH OR MAYBE EVEN MORE. BENNY: 22ND HE WILL COME OUT RUNNING. SO WE CAN SEE, WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT THE DISADVANTAGE OF THE FRONT STRETCH, BACKSTRETCH. THERE IT IS. THERE WE SEE THE BACK PITS. WATCH AS THESE LEADERS AND, AS WE SEE KENNY IRWIN, THE 28, TRYING TO RACE JOHN ANDRETTI, THE 43, THE S.T.P. CAR. ANDRETTI WILL WIN THAT BATTLE. NOW, LOOKS LIKE THE 28 CAR IS COMING BACK IN THE PITS. BOB: MOVED TO THE INSIDE. I’M NOT SURE WHY. TALKING TO THE NASCAR OFFICIAL. IN ANY CASE, 201 LAPS UNDER THE BOOKS HERE AT BOB: IN HALF A LAP WE’LL BE GOING GREEN AGAIN IN THE GOODY’S HEADACHE POWDER 500. THE CREW CHIEF FOR JOHNNY BENSON IS NOT HAPPY. BENNY: THEY PENALIZED HIS DRIVER A COUPLE LAPS I GUESS FOR THEY SAY PASSING THE PACE CAR. WE SEE STEVE GOING OUT TO TALK TO THE GUY. THE OFFICIAL. HE’S JUST NOT A HAPPY CAMPER. GET YOUR HANDS OFF ME, HE SAID. DON’T TOUCH ME. BOB: JACK ROUSCH WATCHING FROM ANOTHER VANTAGE POINT. HE’S THE TEAM OWNER. NED: CAN’T QUITE READ ALL THOSE HAND SIGNALS. BENNY: EVERYBODY UPSET AND WAVING THEIR HANDS AND WHAT HAVE YOU. IT’S BRISTOL AND SATURDAY NIGHT THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE. NED: SOMEBODY’S SUPPOSED TO BE. BENNY: RUSTY WALLACE WAS A BIG BENEFACTOR, RUSTY WALLACE ON THE TAIL END OF THE LEAD LAP. CAUTION FLAG, GOES THROUGH THE PITS. GOES IN FROM 29TH TO RUNNING 15TH WITH FOUR FRESH TIRES OR AT LEAST TWO FRESH TIRES. WHEN THE CAUTION FLAG CAME OUT, THE 26 CAR PASSED THE LEADER OF THE RACE. AFTER THE START/FINISH LINE THEY WENT AROUND TRYING TO GET A LAP BACK, IN FACT HE PASSED HIM AFTER THE START/FINISH LINE. BOB: DALE JARRETT IS THE LEADER OF THE RACE. OUR FIFTH LEADER TONIGHT. FOLLOWED BY MAYFIELD. MARK MARTIN AND JEFF GORDON IS AS HIGH AS HE’S BEEN ALL THIS EVENING. EXCEPT FOR MAYBE THE START. HE IS GOING FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE WINS. NOBODY HAS DONE IT IN THE MODERN ERA OF NASCAR RACING. THAT IS SINCE 1972. THE RAINBOW WARRIORS HAVE GIVEN HIM ANOTHER GREAT PIT STOP. AND HE IS NOW UP TO FOURTH POSITION. THAT’S THE TEAM WORK THAT JEFF TALKED ABOUT AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF OUR PROGRAM. BENNY: GO BY RICKY RUDD AND THE 18 CAR ON THAT PIT STOP. RUDD IN THE 10 CAR IN FIFTH PLACE. BOBBY LABONTE IS IN SIXTH. BRISTOL HAS BEEN GOOD TO JEFF GORDON. BUT NOT AT NIGHT TIME. NEITHER HAS RICHMOND. HE HAS NOT WON AT EITHER OF THE TRACKS AT NIGHT. ERNIE IRVAN IS STAYING RIGHT THERE WITH HIM. ERNIE IS A LAP DOWN IN 33RD POSITION. NED: ERNIE WAS THE REASON FOR THE CAUTION THE LAST ONE, SPUN OFF COMING OFF TURN FOUR AS HE WAS ABOUT TO BE LAPPED. BENNY: SEE JEFF GORDON PUTTING A COUPLE OF CAR LENGTHS ON ERNIE IRVAN. NOW IRVAN HAS DRIFTED BACK IN RIGHT IN FRONT OF RICKY RUDD. BOB: MEANWHILE, UP FRONT, THERE IS JARRETT WITH THE BLACK CAR STERLING MARLIN BETWEEN HIMSELF AND SECOND PLACE, JEREMY MAYFIELD. NED: LOOK HOW FAR MARK SKINNER HAS PULLED OUT IN FRONT. BEAT HIM DOWN INTO TURN ONE. BOB: MIKE BACK ON THE LEAD LAP IN 30TH POSITION. THERE ARE 20 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. AND EVERYBODY EXCEPT DICK TRICKLE STILL RUNNING IN THIS RACE. TRICKLE IS NOT LISTED AS OUT, BUT HIS CAR IS OFF THE TRACK BEING REPAIRED FROM HIS ACCIDENT. BENNY: MEANWHILE, RUSTY WALLACE, THE POLE SITTER IN 15TH HAS ONLY BEEN ABLE TO GAIN ONE POSITION SINCE THE RESTART. HE’S UP TO 14TH. BOB: THE HARDEE’S FIELD SUMMARY. THE MANUFACTURERS’ BATTLE FIRST OF ALL. FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, AND SEVENTH POSITIONS THE MOMENT. BENNY: STERLING MARTIN GOING IN THE CORNER, SPARKS FLYING. CRASH IN THE BACK. BOB: TOOK US A WHILE. WE FINALLY HAVE OUR TYPICAL BRISTOL CRASH. DERRIKE COPE INVOLVED. WHO ELSE? BENNY: BRETT BODINE IS INVOLVED, THE 96 CAR IS INVOLVED. BOB: JOHN ANDRETTI. ROBERT PRESSLEY MAKING HIS 100TH NASCAR WINSTON CUP START HERE THIS EVENING. THAT’S HOW THINGS CAN QUICKLY CHANGE FROM A GOOD RUN TO A BAD ONE. COPE WILL TAKE THE PONTIAC BEHIND THE WALL. NED: ANDRETTI TRYING TO GET HIS CAR GOING. HE’S GOT A LOT OF DAMAGE. THE JASPER ENGINES CAR OF ROBERT PRESSLEY TRYING TO BACK OUT OF THERE. BENNY: TRYING TO STAY IN FRONT OF THE LEADER AND GET HIS LAP BACK. BOB: LET’S LOOK AT IT. ON THE BACKSTRETCH. BENNY: JEFF GREEN GETS INTO BRETT BODINE. KEVIN LEPAGE, 16 CAR GETS TURNED AROUND. WE SEE DERRIKE COPE I GUESS RAN INTO THE WALL IS WHAT HE HIT. AND THEN HE COMES DOWN, HITS THE INSIDE WALL. CHAD LITTLE IS ALSO IN INVOLVED. THE JOHN DEERE CAR. SEE PRESTON SITTING UP THERE. THE 96 CAR, C.A.T. CAR IS ALSO INVOLVED. LISTEN AND WATCH. WARD BURTON AND JOHN ANDRETTI BOTH HARD INTO THE OUTSIDE WALL. AND FROM BILL ELLIOTT’S ON-BOARD. BENNY: GOOD BRAKES. BOB: HE GOT IT WORKED OUT DIDN’T HE? NED: MOST OF THE CARS ARE ON THE LEAD LAP. WE HAVE GONE DOWN TO 24 CARS. WE DID HAVE 30. SKIN SKINNER IS IN, JERRY. JERRY: HUGE BREAK THIS CAUTION FOR MIKE SKINNER PUTS HIM BACK ON THE LEAD LAP. THE WORST CAR HE HAS EVER HAD. DOWN AND AWAY A GREAT PIT STOP. IN THE LAST PIT STOP THEY MADE A FIVE-ROUND ADJUSTMENT. THREE ROUNDS ON THE RIGHT. TWO ROUNDS ON THE LEFT. NOW HE SAYS THE CAR IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT AND HE’S BACK ON THE LEAD LAP. BOB: HE WAS THE SECOND FASTEST QUALIFIER LAST NIGHT. BUT IT HAS NOT GONE WELL FOR HIM IN THE RACE. MAYBE HE CAN GET THIS THING ADJUSTED AND COME UP WITH A GOOD FINISH ANYWAY. THIS CROWD LOVES BRISTOL. THEY ARE HERE BY THE THOUSANDS TO WATCH THE NIGHT RACE AT BRISTOL. ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING ON THE BOB: WE ARE UNDER OUR FIFTH CAUTION OF THE EVENING HERE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. BENNY: IT ALL STARTED WHEN BRETT BODINE IN THE 11 CAR GOT A TAP FROM JEFF GREEN, NUMBER 46. I TELL YOU WHAT, THERE’S NO PLACE TO GO. ALL THESE CARS SPIN AROUND, HIT EACH OTHER. DID A LOT OF DAMAGE TO A LOT OF CARS. BOB: AND THE CLEANUP CONTINUES. NO INDICATION THAT WE’LL BE GOING BACK. GREEN AND SEVERAL CARS WERE INVOLVED IN THE CRASH, INCLUDING BODINE, COPE, STRICKLAND, AND ROBERT PRESSLEY. NED: AND WARD BURTON HIT THE WALL THERE. HE GOT KNOCKED INTO THE WALL. BOB: IN FACT, THERE WERE FOUR OTHER DRIVERS. LITTLE, LEPAGE, BICKLE, AND WARD BURTON. JERRY, WHAT’S THE STORY ON HIM? JERRY: WELL, WARD IS INSIDE THE PONTIAC HERE BEHIND THE WALL. WARD, A TOUGH BREAK FOR YOU. WE UNDERSTAND YOU HIT THE WALL. WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE?>>I DON’T KNOW. 11 AND SOMEBODY GOT TOGETHER. ALL I DID WAS PUT ON THE BRAKES AND THE DAMN THING WENT TRAIT — STRAIGHT TO THE WALL. JERRY: HEAVY CONTACT. THEY ARE GOING TO WORK ON THE PONTIAC. WE ARE UNDER CAUTION FOR THE FIFTH TIME TONIGHT. BOB: THE PALACE OF SPEED. THE SITE OF OUR NASCAR WINSTON CUP RACE HERE TONIGHT AS JEFF GORDON GOES FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE WINS TRYING TO BECOME THE FIRST DRIVER IN THE MODERN ERA OF NASCAR COMPETITION SINCE 1972 DOING THAT. WELL, HERE’S SOME TYPICAL BRISTOL ACTIVITY. WORK BACK BEHIND THE WALL AS DRIVERS TRY TO SALVAGE THEIR CARS AND GET THEM BACK ON THE TRACK TO PICK UP POINTS. JOHN KERNAN? JOHN: WELL, YOU CAN SEE THE DAMAGE TO THE FRONT OF HIS CAR. THE CREW HAS ALREADY CUT THE FENDERS OFF THE FRONT. THE NOSE HAS BEEN PULLED OFF. THE RADIATOR HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK TO WHERE IT IS ALMOST TOUCHING THE ENGINE. PART OF THE VERY FRONT PART OF THE FRONT CLIP LOOKS LIKE IT IS BENT DOWN A LITTLE BIT, SO ROBBY AND THE GUYS HAVE THEIR WORK CUT OUT FOR THEM TO TRY TO GET THIS CAR READY AND OUT BACK ON THE RACE TRACK. BOB: AND JOHN ANDRETTI HAS HAD A GOOD RUN GOING. HE’S FINISHED 13TH OR BETTER IN THE LAST SEVEN RACES AND MOVED TO 11 IN THE POINT STANDINGS. HERE’S THE BATTLE UP FRONT. JEREMY MAYFIELD AND MARK MARTIN. BACK IN FOURTH, GORDON. NED: HE HAS BEEN ALL OVER JARRETT SINCE THE FLAG FLEW AGAIN. BENNY: MAYFIELD TOUCHED THE LEFT CAR. THE CAR DROVE THE RACE TRACK. BOB: DOWN TO BILL WEBER. BILL: FOR DALE JARRETT, A SIMILAR SITUATION TO LAST NIGHT. HIS CAR GETS BETTER THE LONGER HE RUNS. NOT BETTER ON SHORT RUNS, BETTER ON LONG RUNS. SO THE 12 AND 6 SHOULD TAKE THEIR BEST SHOT NOW. BENNY: THEY WILL HAVE THE HALFWAY MARK COMING UP HERE IN 16 LAPS, SO THAT’S $10,000. ALL OF THEM WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THAT. BOB: TAKING A LOOK TO THE INSIDE. HE’S GOING TO MAKE THE MOVE. PUT MAYFIELD BACK IN FRONT. BENNY: HERE COMES MARK MARTIN. NED: WHILE THAT WAS GOING ON, RICKY RUDD WENT AROUND JEFF GORDON AND TOOK OVER THE FOURTH POSITION. BOB: THERE IS RUDD WHO HAS BEEN AMONG THE FIVE LEADERS TONIGHT. RUDD HAS RUN 43 LAPS. THE MOST HAVE BEEN LED BY JEREMY MAYFIELD. 131, WHICH NED SAID, WAS THE HALFWAY POINT THERE. THERE IS GORDON. HE’S BACK IN THE FIFTH SPOT. BENNY: BOBBY LABONTE IS THE FIFTH PLACE CAR. GOOD BATTLE BEHIND HIM BETWEEN JEFF BODINE, IN SEVENTH, AND TERRY LABONTE, AND TED MUSGRAVE. NED: I HAVEN’T HEARD MUCH ABOUT TERRY LABONTE BUT HE STAYS BACK IN THE TOP 10. EEM BE HEARD FROM BEFORE THIS RACE IS OVER. BOB: MUSGRAVE IS SUBSTITUTING FOR SPENCER WHO IS TRYING TO GET OVER THE CONSUMER CONCUSSION FROM THE BRICK YARD 400. NED: SPENCER SAYS HE DOES PLAN TO RUN NEXT WEEK IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. BOB: TERRY LABONTE A FORMER WINNER HERE AT BRISTOL. MUSGRAVE JUST TOOK A POSITION FROM TERRY. BENNY: YES, HE DID. MOVED INTO THE EIGHTH POSITION. NED: TERRY WON’T GET TOO EXCITED ABOUT THIS. HE DOESN’T GET TOO EXCITED ABOUT ANYTHING. BOB: A LITTLE DAMAGE THERE ON DALE EARNHARDT’S CAR. HE’S IN 15TH. NED: PART OF THE DAMAGE ON THE 46 CAR OF JEFF GREEN. BENNY: THERE WE SKINNER WHO CAME IN, GOT HIS LAP BACK, CHANGED FOUR TIRES, AND IS NOW IN THE 16TH POSITION. NED: JUST DON’T BURN THOSE NEW TIRES UP. BOB: THE FORDS ARE DOING WELL HERE, AS YOU CAN SEE HERE IN THE HARDEE’S FIELD SUMMARY. WITH FIVE IN THE TOP SEVEN. BENNY: TWO OF THE CHEVROLETS IN THE TOP 10. JEFF GORDON AND TERRY LABONTE. THERE’S THE PONTIACS. BOBBY LABONTE IS LEADING THAT GROUP. BOB: RUSTY WALLACE WAS ABLE TO GET BACK ON THE LEAD LAP AFTER LOSING A LAP BECAUSE OF A BRAKE PROBLEM. HE HAS NOW WORKED HIS WAY UP TO 11TH POSITION. BENNY: MAKE THAT 12TH. NED: HE LOST IT RIGHT THEN, BUT HE’S ONLY A HALF A LAP BEHIND THE LEADER, SO HE REALLY HAS MADE A GREAT COMEBACK. BOB: HE SURE HAS. BENNY: AND THE CAR, IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS A LITTLE WORSE FOR THE WEAR. IT IS TRYING TO WORK ITS WAY BACK THROUGH THERE, AS A MATTER OF FACT. BOB: THE BATTLE FOR SEVENTH HERE. ONBOARD WITH JEFF BODINE. BACK ON TED MUSGRAVE. JERRY HAS MORE ON TED. JERRY: WELL THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET THE CAR 23 TIED UP ALL NIGHT LONG. FINLE FINALLY THEY MADE THE CAR AND PUT THREE ROUNDS IN THAT 23, AND MAN, MUSGRAVE IS A MAN ON THE PACE CAR NOW. TRYING TO TIE IT UP. BY THE WAY, YOU MENTIONED SPENCER. HE IS DOWN HERE IN THE PITS HELPING CHECK THE TIRES, CHECK AIR PRESSURE. HE IS RIGHT NOW THE BIGGEST CHEERLEADER TED MUSGRAVE HAS. HE WOULD LOVE TO BE IN THE CAR. HE WAS ALMOST TEARFUL WHEN THEY WHIPPED THE GREEN FLAG. WE’LL BE — HE’S A PART OF THIS TEAM AND HE’LL BE BACK, AS NED SAID, NEXT SUNDAY. BOB: HE HATES TO BE ON THE SIDELINES AND SEE SOMEONE ELSE DRIVING HIS CAR, BUT I’M SURE HE’S HAPPY TO SEE TED DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB. NED: ONE THING HE’S DOING, HE WAS IN THE TOP 10 BEFORE HE HAD TO SIT OUT THESE TWO RACES, BUT HE’S KEEPING THAT NUMBER 23 CAR IN THE POINT STANDINGS. AND THAT’S IMPORTANT. HERE’S TROUBLE ON THE FRONT STRAIGHT-AWAY. BOB: JEFF BODINE SLIPPED TO THE INSIDE WALL NEAR THE END OF THE FRONT STRETCH. BENNY: AND THE LEADER, JEREMY MAYFIELD, RAN IN THE BACK OF JERRY NADEAU. I DON’T THINK HE DID ANY DAMAGE TO THE FRONT OF THE CAR. NED: I DON’T THINK HE DID. NADEAU HAD SLOWED DOWN CONSIDERABLY COMING TO THE FLAG, WHICH IS WHAT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO DO, BECAUSE THERE WAS A CAR IN TROUBLE ON THE FRONT FIELD. MAYFIELD COULDN’T GET SLOWED DOWN QUICKLY ENOUGH. BOB: BODINE GOT HIS CAR RIGHTED AND PULLED OUT AHEAD OF MUSGRAVE — RATHER MAYFIELD. HOWEVER, HE IS STILL A LAP DOWN IN 32ND POSITION. BENNY: LET’S SEE HOW MANY OF THESE GUYS WILL MAKE PIT STOPS NOW. NED: THEY ONLY HAVE ABOUT 50 LAPS. I DOUBT WE’LL THEM. THEY ARE COMING AROUND THE HALFWAY MARK. THE $10,000 WON’T BE AWARDED ON THIS LAP. BENNY: THERE WE SEE BODINE COMING OFF. THAT’S WHERE THE SMOKE CAME FROM, AS HE NAILED THE GASOLINE TRYING TO KEEP IT FROM COMING OFF THE WALL. >>GO, GO, GO. BOB: WALLY DALLENBACH DRIVING THROUGH THE SMOKE AND GETTING BY UNSCATHED. SIXTH CAUTION OF THE EVENING IS OUT OVER BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY AT EXACTLY THE HALFWAY POINT. NOW WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS ON PIT STOPS. BENNY: RIGHT NOW THE PIT ROAD IS OPEN, AND I DON’T SEE ANYBODY MAKING A MOVE. NOPE. JEFF GORDON, THEY ALL STAY OUT THERE. AFRAID TO GIVE UP THAT TRACK POSITION. BUT 28 IS IN THE BACK PIT. JOHN? JOHN: YOU ARE RIGHT. ALONG WITH MAST AND ELLIOT, DALE EARNHARDT GETTING FOUR TIRES. THEY ARE — BEATS HIM OUT TO THE 75, 94. THERE’S A TIRE THAT GOT HIT, BUT FORTUNATELY, IT HITS THE WALL AND DOESN’T HURT ANYTHING. JUST A MINOR HIT. BOB: OK. WELL, THE CAUTION IS OUT. WE’LL BE BACK WITH MORE OF THE GOODY’S HEADACHE POWDER 500. BOB: WE REMAIN UNDER CAUTION HERE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. 254 LAPS INTO THE GOODY’S HEADACHE POWDER 500. AT THIS RACE TRACK AND AA LOT OF OTHERS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE BOTH REAR TIRES PULL INTO THE SAME DIRECTION. HERE’S TODAY’S TRACK FACT. TRACK FACTS ARE BROUGHT TO YOU BY QUAKER STATE.>>IN NASCAR WINSTON CUP RACING, THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF LEGAL REAR END GEARS. THE DETROIT LOCKER AND THE OPEN REAR END GEAR. THE OPEN GEAR IS WHAT MOST TEAMS WILL RUN WHILE QUALIFYING AT DAYTONA OR TALLADEGA. IT ALLOWS THE REAR WHEELS TO OPERATE INDEPENDENT OF EACH OTHER. IT GIVES THE RIDERS A SMOOTHER RIDE AROUND THE TRACK AND A BETTER FEEL FROM THE CAR. IT MIGHT BE WORTH A 10TH OF A SECOND IN RACING. MOST TEAMS WILL RUN A DETROIT LOCKER REAR END GEAR. IT LOCKS THE TWO REAR WHEELS TOGETHER FORCING THEM TO OPERATE IN TANDEM AROUND THE TRACK, EXCEPT GOING INTO THE TURN, BECAUSE WHEN A DRIVER GETS OUT OF THE GAS, THE RIGHT WHEEL WILL UNLOCK. IT MOVES FASTER BECAUSE IT HAS A GREATER DISTANCE TO TRAVEL. GOING OUT OF THE TURN, WHEN THE DRIVER GETS BACK INTO THE GAS, THE TWO WHEELS WILL LOCK UP AGAIN GIVING THEM MORE TRACK ROOM OFF THE TURN. THE DETROIT LOCKER REAR END GEAR, ONE OF THE MOST DEPENDABLE PIECES IN NASCAR WINSTON CUP RACING. BOB: YOU WERE OUTSTANDING ON THAT TRACK FACT, BENNY. BENNY: THANKS TO WEBER. BOB: LOOK AT THE CROWD. THEY’RE ON THEIR FEET. THEY LOVE IT. BENNY: I WANT TO BE ON TV. YOU’RE ON TV! FOLKS, SIT DOWN AND WATCH THIS GREEN FLAG. NED: ABOUT TO GO BACK TO GREEN. FIVE LAPS TO DETERMINE THE HALFWAY, BENNY. BOB: JEREMY MAYFIELD IS OUT FRONT. MARK MARTIN, DALE JARRETT, RICKY RUDD AND JEFF GORDON RUNNING IN FIFTH SPOT. BENNY: MARK MARTIN IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A HORNET’S NEST. NED: JEREMY MAYFIELD IS DRIVING AWAY. BOB: MARK FINALLY CLEARED THE HORNET’S NEST. NOW DALE JARRETT AND JEFF GORDON HAVE TO RUN THROUGH IT. NED: AND RICKY RUDD. RICKY RUDD IS IN FOURTH PLACE. RICKY RUDD HAS HAD AN AWFULLY GOOD RUN HERE TONIGHT. BOBBY LABONTE LOOKING ON THE INSIDE OF JER GORDON. GORDON USES THE 26 CAR, MAINTAINS THAT FIFTH POSITION. BOB: ON BOARD WITH GEOFF BODINE, HAVING A GREAT RUN IN SEVENTH. BENNY: THE 42 CAR, NEMECHEK, SEVERAL LAPS DOWN. THIS IS LABONTE, THE INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC, AS HE LOOKS BACK AT GEOFF BODINE. AND SAYS I HOPE THIS IS AS CLOSE AS HE GETS ALL NIGHT. BOB: THERE IS GORDON AND LABONTE, TERRY LABONTE RUNNING BACK IN NINTH. TED MUSGRAVE IN EIGHTH. BENNY: JEFF BURTON, I THOUGHT JEFF BURTON HAS A GREAT RUN GOING TONIGHT. UP TO 10TH PLACE. NED: 99 CAR RIGHT BEHIND TERRY LABONTE. BOB: JEREMY $10,000 FOR LEADING AT THE HALFWAY POINT. BENNY: RIGHT NOW, DALE HAS CLOSED — FALLEN BACK IN THE CLUTCHES OF RICKY RUDD. NED: THAT SITUATION THAT HE’S HAD EVERY TIME ON RESTARTS. THAT CAR FOR 10, 12 LAPS JUST WON’T GO TOO GOOD. FIVE MILES AN HOUR OFF THE PACE ON THE FIRST LAP. NOW HE’S BACK UP AND ONLY A FRACTION OF A MILE AN HOUR SLOWER THAN THE LEADERS. OOH. BOB: NO KIDDING. BENNY: I’LL AGREE WITH THAT. NED: TOOK A LITTLE — BENNY: BATTLE FOR THE 13TH POSITION. WE CAN SEE THE REAR BUMPER COVER ON SKINNER’S CAR HAS BEEN KNOCKED LOOSE. SKINNER CAME IN, GOT FOUR TIRES DURING THE PIT STOP. SO DID KENNY IRVAN. BOB: PITTING HERE ON THE FRONT STRETCH. IRWIN ON THE BACKSTRETCH. BENNY: SKINNER TRYING TO GET BY SCHRADER. THAT’S 12TH POSITION WE’RE WATCHING. YOU SEE EARNHARDT. BOB: BACK IN 16TH. HERE COMES KENNY IRWIN UP BESIDE KEN SCHRADER. NED: REMEMBER THOSE CARS TOOK ON NEW TIRES. KENNY SCHRADER DID NOT. AND IT’S TELLING, RIGHT NOW. A COUPLE LAPS ON HIS TIRES. BENNY: RICK MAST COMES BY AND TAKES OVER. NOW, — BOB: ALL FOUR CARS BATTLING FOR POSITION. BENNY: TED MUSGRAVE CLOSES IN ON THE BACK BUMPER OF GEOFF BODINE. THIS BATTLE IS GOING ON SIX SECONDS BEHIND. JEFF BURTON ON THE INSIDE OF ■ TERRY LABONTE. BOB: TRYING TO GET THE NINTH POSITION AWAY, FORCE TERRY UP THE HILL AND JEFF GOES TO NINTH. BENNY: EXCITED. — THE EXCIDE BATTERY IS IN NINTH. BOB: NOT INVOLVED IN A BATTLE FOR POSITION HERE. BUT HE’S RUNNING WITH TERRY LABONTE. HE IS IN A BATTLE FOR POSITION WITH THE ONE CAR, STEVE PARK. NED: WENT A LAP DOWN EARLIER, STEVE PARK DID. THEN WALLY IN THE FIRST 150 LAP, WENT A LAP DOWN. BOB: KENNY IRVAN, AND DARRELL WALTRIP WHO STARTED LAST IS UP TO 24TH. EARNHARDT HAS GAINED 15 SPOTS. BENNY: BOBBY HAMILTON GAINED 14. BOB: I WAS GOING TO TRY TO DO THE ARITHMETIC IN MY HEAD, BENNY, BUT I COULDN’T. I LET YOU DO IT. BENNY: THAT’S WHY I DO IT FOR YOU. BOB: HOW ABOUT SOME TABASCO HOT ZONE TELEMETRY HERE. NED: SEE THOSE A.P.M.’S AND MILES PER HOUR. BENNY: JEFF GORDON LOSES ANOTHER SPOT. BOBBY LABONTE, FIFTH SPOT. TROUBLE, BENSON ON THE WALL UP IN ONE. AND NO CAUTION FLAG. NED: NOW THE CAUTION IS OUT. BOB: CAUTION IS OUT FOR THE SEVENTH TIME, JERRY. JERRY: KENNY SCHRADER CAME UP RIGHT BEHIND THE 26. STARTED TO MAKE A MOVE. LOOKED LIKE HE WAS GOING TO GO LEFT AND RIGHT. COULDN’T MAKE A DECISION AND COULDN’T GET THE CAR CUT OFF. RAN INTO THE BACK OF THE 26 CAR. LIFTED THE 26 UP IN THE AIR. THEN IT WAS OVER WITH. BENSON’S CAR BEGAN THE SAIL UP TOWARD THE WALL AND THUS THE CAUTION FLAG. BOB: WE PICK IT UP AFTER SCHRADER MADE THE IMPACT WITH JOHNNY. BENNY: YOU SAW THE IMPACT WITH THE WALL. OBVIOUSLY THAT’S THE DAMAGE TO THE BACK OF THE CAR WAS DONE WHEN HE BACKED INTO THE FENCE, NOT NECESSARILY IN SCHRADER IN THE BACK OF HIM. THAT WAS THE CAUSE OF GOING INTO THE WALL. NED: WILL THEY PIT, THEY HAVE RUN 77, 78 LAPS SINCE THEY PITTED I BELIEVE THEY’LL COME IN THIS TIME? BENNY: LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE. THE PIT ROAD IS OPEN. BOB: YEP. WE’LL SEE IF THE RAINBOW WARRIORS CAN GET JEFF SOME POSITIONS ON THE RACETRACK IN THE PITS. BILL? BILL: HIS LAST PIT STOP WAS 17.6 SECONDS. TRIPLE PITS ON YOUR SCREEN. RIGHT-SIDE TIRES FOR GON DON GOING ON. THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT. JERRY PUNCH IS IN THE LEADER’S PIT? JERRY: TRACK BAR IN THE MAYFIELD CAR. MAYFIELD, MARTIN AND GORDON. HERE COMES MAYFIELD IN OUR SIDE, BOBBY LABONTE WILL BE THE FIRST ONE ACROSS PIT ROAD. 17-SECOND PIT STOP FOR THE 249 CREW. JOHN KERNAN? JOHN: THEY GO WITH RIGHT-SIDE TIRES ONLY. LOOKS LIKE HE MAY BE TIED WITH MARK MARTIN. GOING TO COME OUT IN FRONT OF JEFF GORDON. RIGHT-SIDE TIRES. A LITTLE BIT LIGHT. THAT LAST RUN. RICK MAST HAS COME ON TAKING ON FOUR TIRES. BILL ELLIOTT, LAST PIT STOP. HE’S BACK IN, TAKES ON FOUR TIRES. THEY HEAD BACK OUT THERE. BOB: IRWIN GAINS QUITE A FEW POSITIONS ON THE TRACK BY JUST TAKING TWO TIRES. HEY, LOOK WHO JUST LED A LAP. DALE EARNHARDT. NED: HE STOPPED A WHILE DURING THE LAST CAUTION. HE IS THE LEADER OF THE RACE NOW. BOB: MORE MORE FROM JOHN KERNAN? JOHN: 15, 16 LAPS. EARNHARDT PITTED ONCE, TOOK ON RIGHT-SIDE TIRES. HAD TO COME BACK IN AND TOOK ON LEFT-SIDE TIRES. GOT FOUR FRESH TIRES. THEY ONLY HAD 15 HARD LAPS ON THEM THEY DECIDEDED TO KEEP THE INTIMIDATOR ON THE RACETRACK TO GAIN TRACK POSITION. BOB: SO DALE EARNHARDT UP FRONT AND LOOK AT THE BATTLE FOR POSITION COMING OUT OF THE PITS. BENNY: HERE COMES BOBBY LABONTE. THERE GOES THE 12. HERE COMES DALE JARRETT. RIGHT BEHIND IT MARK MARTIN IS LEAVING. AND BEHIND HIM IS JEFF GORDON WATCHING ALL THIS STUFF. THERE WE SEE GORDON GOING OUT. NED: BONE LABONTE MADE A GREAT PIT STOP — BOBBY LABONTE MADE A GREAT PIT STOP. RUNNING IN FIFTH. CAME OUT OF THAT GROUP. BOB: HE’LL BE IN THIRD POSITION AS WE GO BACK TO GREEN. JEFF GORDON WILL BE IN THE EIGHTH POSITION. NO DRIVER IN THE LAST 10 YEARS HAS WON BOTH RACES IN THE SAME YEAR. JEFF GORDON DID WIN THE BOB: THERE’S THE GREEN FLAG. WE ARE BACK TO RACING HERE AT BRISTOL. AND THERE ARE SEVERAL LAPPED CARS AHEAD OF THE LEADER OF THE RACE, DALE EARNHARDT. DARRELL WALTRIP IS RUNNING SECOND. THEN BOBBY LABONTE THIRD. NED: A NUMBER OF CARS ARE ONE LAP DOWN. STERLING MARLIN, SO IS STEVE MARTIN, ERNIE IRVAN AND DALLENBACH. COME OUT HERE PRETTY EARLY. BOB: LOOK AT THE TRAFFIC OUT THERE AS RUDD MOVES BELOW GORDON. BENNY: HERE COMES SKINNER. OH. AND THERE COMES TED MUSGRAVE, THE 23 CAR. I TELL YOU WHAT, WHEN YOU GET SLOW CARS IN FRONT OF THE FIELD, NEWER TIRES ON THE BRISTOL, THAT’S A RECIPE FOR DISASTER. BOB: A HATE TO SEE A WRECK DEVELOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT PACK THERE, TAKE ON A LOT OF COMPETITIVE CARS. WHILE, GEOFF BODINE RUNNING UP IN THE TOP 10 IS BEHIND THE WALL. WHAT’S GOING ON DOWN THERE? BILL: BOB, VERY TIGHT CORNERS DOWN HERE ON PIT ROAD. GEOFF BODINE, 18 CAR’S TIRES, A COUPLE TIMES LEAVING THE STALL. THIS TIME HEAP HIT ONE GOOD AND KNOCKED THE RADIATOR OUT OF IT. HE’S BEHIND THE WALL. TRY TO REPLACE IT AND GET HIM BACK OUT. JOHN: THOUGHT HE HAD A RIGHT REAR TIRE GOING DOWN. IT WAS VERY, VERY LOOSE. STERLING MARLIN IS TALKING TO THE CREW CHIEF, SAYING, HEY, I THINK I HAVE A LEFT, REAR TIRE GOING DOWN. TONY WILL TAKE A LOOK. COME UP FOR SEVERAL PITS. LOOK AT THE LEFT TIRE. AS MARLIN COMES DOWN THE PIT ROAD. LEFT SIDES ONLY. STERLING WITH A FLAT LEFT REAR TIRE. INVOLVED IN THE CRASH. THE 13 CAR. BOB: DENNIS SETZER INTO THE WALL, IN TURN TWO. OTHERS TRYING TO AVOID HIM. NED: ERNIE IRVAN AND STEVE PARK THEY GOT BACK ON THE LEAD LAP. BENNY: SETSER TRYING TO GET THE THING STARTED. A LOT OF RAW FUEL. LOOK AT ALL THAT FUEL COME POURING. THE BANK IS POURING ALL THAT FUEL OUT OF THE CARBURETOR. NED: REALIZED THAT. LET ME GET IT TURNED AROUND. HE DIDN’T REALIZE HOW MUCH DAMAGE HE HAS. BENNY: I THINK HE FINALLY GOT IT STARTED. START THE THING AND GET ALL THE FIRE OUT AND I’LL BE GOOD TO GO. BOB: DAMAGE TO THE REAR AND THE RIGHT FRONT OF THE CAR. BENNY: SEE THE FIRSTPLUS FINANCIAL CREW. WE SEE HIM ON THE OUTSIDE OF SKINNER AS HE COMES DOWN AND WE SEE TED MUSGRAVE ON THE INSIDE. AND JUST A LITTLE TOUCH, TERRY LABONTE AS THEY GO DOWN IN THE CORNER AND SETZER GOES IN THAT WALL. HMM. JUST THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH FROM LABONTE. BENNY: LETS ALL THE CARS COME DOWN. BOB: CAUTION NUMBER EIGHT IS OUT OVER BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY HERE. AT THE END OF 2 BOB: JUST AFTER 9:30 EASTERN TIME. WELCOME TO THE GOODY’S HEADACHE POWDER 500, IN BRISTOL, TENNESSEE, A BEAUTIFUL OVERHEAD SHOT FROM THE COPTER-CAM. OF COURSE RICHARD PETTY WON 10 IN A ROW BACK IN 1967. AND THEN THERE IS THE STORY ABOUT BILLY WADE WHO WON FOUR RACES IN A ROW JULY 10TH IN OLDBRIDGE, NEW JERSEY, JULY 12TH, NEW YORK, AND JULY 19TH IN NEW YORK, AND IN 1964 HE WON FOUR IN A ROW AND NEVER WON AGAIN. NED: UNFORTUNATELY, HE LOST HIS LIFE. HE HE’S THE GUY, HE AND DALE JARRETT WERE TESTING THE TIRES, THE INNER LINER TIRES, AND HE WAS KILLED DURING THAT TEST . HE HAS NOT LED A LAP SO FAR. UNDER CAUTION IT WAS OUT UNDER LAP 289. BENNY: AND IT WAS IN THE FINANCIAL CAR. LABONTE TURNED AND INTO THE WALL HE GOES. BOB: DOWN TO BILL WEBER ON JEFF BODINE. BILL: JEFF BODINE IS STILL IN THE CAR. HE GETS BACK OUT. WE ARE UNDER GREEN. WALLY DALLENBACH WAS UP THERE ALONG SIDE DALE EARNHARDT. HE MISSED HIS SHIP OR SOMETHING, BECAUSE HE DROPPED BACK. NED: HE REALIZED HE WAS UP THERE IN FRONT OF EARNHARDT, AND HE DIDN’T WANT TO GO ACROSS THE FINISH LINE IN FRONT OF HIM, SO HE DID BACK OFF. . BOB: DALE EARNHARDT IS OUT FRONT AT BRISTOL. BOY, WE USED TO SAY THAT A LOT. WE HAVEN’T RECENTLY, BUT IT IS GOOD DALE IS BACK OUT FRONT HERE AT BRISTOL. HE IS BEING PURSUED HERE BY BOBBY LABONTE AND THE INTERVAL IS SHRINKING. BENNY: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SECOND AND THIRD IS INCHES. HERE COMES JEREMY. BOY HE HAS A GOOD CAR TONIGHT. NED: HE HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO GO AT WILL. BOB: WELL, WE HAVE A CRASH. BENNY: THERE’S MICHAEL WALTRIP. HAD A GREAT RUN GOING. AND CAUTION FLAG WAVED ONCE AGAIN. BOB: MICHAEL WALTRIP WAS IN THE TOP 10 AT ONE POINT IN THE EVENING, AND NOW IT IS BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE BRISTOL AS WE HAVE HEAVILY DAMAGED RACE CARS, INCLUDING THAT OF STEVE PARK. NED: AND HE HAD GOTTEN BACK ON THE LEAD LAP JUST A LITTLE BIT AGO, BUT NOW, LOOK AT THE DAMAGE TO THE CITGO FORD. BOB: JOHN KERNAN HAS MORE ON STEVE PARK. JOHN: THIS MIGHT BE THE END TO A TEARBLE NIGHT FOR STEVE PARK. EARP EARLIER IN THE RACE TALKING THINGS OVER WITH HIS CREW CHIEF, HE SAID, I DON’T LIKE THIS CAR SO MUCH THAT WHEN WE GET IT BACK TO DALE EARNHARDT INCORPORATED, LET’S MAKE A SHOW CAR OUT OF IT. BOB: I GUESS HE DOESN’T LIKE IT. BENNY: I DON’T THINK HE LIKES THAT CAR. NED: THEY WILL HAVE TO MAKE A SHOW CAR OUT OF IT. BOB: THEY COULD SAY, THIS IS HOW A CAR LOOKS WHEN IT RUNS BRISTOL. BOB: JUST AS THE GREEN FLAG COMES OUT YOU REJOIN US HERE AT BRISTOL. DALE EARNHARDT STILL HAS THE LEAD. NO LAP CARS BETWEEN HIMSELF AND TERRY LABONTE. IN COMES JEREMY MAYFIELD AND MARK MARTIN. BENNY: WE SEE MARK MARTIN ON THE LEFT. STERLING MARLIN SAID, LET ME RACE WITH THESE GUYS. NED: STERLING DID WHAT EARNHARDT DID A MOMENT AGO. HE WENT OUT AND HAD PUT THE BRAKES ON ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. THAT LET A COUPLE OTHER CARS PASS HIM. BOB: TWO LAPS DOWN IN 88TH POSITION, MARLIN IS. NED: HE HAD TO MAKE A PIT STOP WHEN HE HAD A FLAT TIRE. BOB: DALE EARNHARDT HAS LED 30 LAPS HERE. JEREMY MAYFIELD HAS LED THE MOST, 173. TAKING A LOOK AT BOBBY LABONTE. BENNY: HE CAME BACK AFTER THAT PIT STOP. THERE WE SEE 28, 10. JEFF GORDON HAD 6 THROUGH 10 — 7TH AND 10TH, I’M SORRY. THE 6 CAR. JEREMY MOVES HIM INTO THE THIRD SPOT. NED: MARK MARTIN HAD BEEN RUNNING THE FASTEST LAPS. THAT’S SINCE THE GREEN FLAG CAME OUT AGAIN. IT STILL IS. BOB: AND NOW BOBBY LABONTE TRYING TO GET THE LEAD FROM DALE EARNHARDT. HE’S ON THE HIGH SIDE OF THE RACE TRACK. NED: NOT OFTEN DO YOU SEE THEM PASS FOR THE LEAD ON THE HIGH SIDE. NOW EARNHARDT’S TIRES ARE OLDER THAN THOSE CARS THAT ARE PASSING HIM RIGHT NOW. BOB: BOBBY LABONTE TAKES THE LEAD FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS EVENING. BENNY: YOU SEE MARK MARTIN GOING BY EARNHARDT ON THE OUTSIDE, OR TRYING TO, I SHOULD SAY. BOB: HE BECOMES OUR SEVENTH LEADER SO FAR TONIGHT. WE ARE AVERAGING ONLY ABOUT 784 — 84 MILES PER HOUR BECAUSE OF THE NINE CAUTION FLAGS WE HAVE HAD. JOHN HAS MORE. JOHN: I TALKED TO DALE’S CREW CHIEF, KEVIN HAMMOND, BEFORE THIS LAST STOP, AND ASKED WHY THEY HAD NOT PITTED EARLIER, ASIDE FROM TRACK POSITION. HE SAID, WELL, WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH SETS OF TIRES. WE ONLY HAVE THREE SETS OF TIRES LEFT. HOWEVER, MIKE THOMAS, WHO BROUGHT OVER ANOTHER SET THAT THEY GOT FROM THE 77 CAR OF ROBERT PRESSLEY, SO NOW EARNHARDT HAS FOUR SETS OF TIRES, AND WE ARE INSIDE OF 185 LAPS TO GO. THAT SHOULD DO FINE UNTIL THE END. BOB: WE’LL SHOW YOU THE POINT POSITIONS AS OF NOW. BOBBY LABONTE PICKING UP ONE. THE TOP TWO OR THREE STAYING THE SAME. NOW THE 99 CAR OF JEFF BURTON HAS COME UP TO CHALLENGE EARNHARDT FOR THE FOURTH SPOT. NED: YEAH, HE HAS REALLY BEEN GOING SINCE THE GREEN FLAG CAME BACK OUT. HE WHIPPED AROUND DALE JARRETT AND NOW HAS CAUGHT THIS GROUP HERE. HIS LAP SPEED WAS ALMOST TWO MILES PER HOUR FASTER THAN THOSE UP IN FRONT OF HIM. BENNY: HE FINALLY WORKED HIS WAY INTO THE FOURTH POSITION. BOB: ON SHORT TRACKS THIS YEAR JEFF BURTON FINISHED FOURTH HERE AT BRISTOL IN THE SPRING, SEVENTH AT RICHMOND. 37TH AT MARTINSVILLE. BENNY: THERE’S THE AUTOZONE ONTRACK INTERVAL. WHAT YOU LOOK FOR IS CONSISTENCY, AND MARK MARTIN TAKES THE LEAD. BOB: YEAH, MARTIN GOES BACK INTO THE LEAD. HE WILL LEAD HIS 10TH LAP OF THE EVENING. THERE YOU SEE THE 22 CAR ON THE LEAD LAP AND THE LAST DRIVER ON THE LEAD LAP IS DARYL WALTRIP, A 12-TIME WINNER HERE AT BRISTOL. HE’S WON SEVEN TIMES. BENNY: HERE IS RUSTY WALLACE AND RICKY RUDD RACING FOR THE SEVENTH AND EIGHT EIGHTH POSITION. JUST PASSED THE SEVENTH POSITION. AND RUSTY WALLACE, WHAT A COMEBACK, HE GOES FROM A LAP DOWN TO WORK HIS WAY BACK TO THE SEVENTH POSITION. AND JEFF GORDON STILL BACK IN NINTH POSITION. BEHIND THE 28 CAR OF IRVAN WHO IS BACK IN 10TH. THE LAP LEADERS THERE MAYFIELD, RUDD. NED: AND LOOK AT JEFF BURTON WHIZ AROUND THE 12 CAR OF MAYFIELD. BOB: JEFF BURTON IN THIRD POSITION. AND FOR YOU BODINE FANS, HE IS BACK IN THE RACE. ABOUT 19 LAPS IN ARREARS, BUT NEVERTHELESS, HE’S BACK IN COMPETITION. NED: THAT’S TOO BAD, BECAUSE HE DID HAVE A GOOD RUN GOING HERE TONIGHT. BOB: ONCE AGAIN THERE’S RUSTY WALLACE AND RICKY RUDD DOING BATTLE FOR SEVENTH POSITION. LOOK AT THE SPEEDS. JEFF BURTON IS THE FASTEST CAR ON THE RACE TRACK. WAS THAT LAST LAP. AND RUSTY WAS THIRD QUICK. NED: RICKY RUDD IS STAYING RIGHT WITH RUSTY. HE WAS THE THIRD FASTEST THAT TIME. BENNY: HE’S TAKING A LOOK ON THE INSIDE OF RUSTY. HAS THE POSITION. BOB: THAT PUTS RICKY RUDD UP NOO SEVENTH POSITION. THESE GREAT OVERHEAD SHOTS ARE FROM THE PENNZOIL COPTERCAMP HIGH OVER BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY, AND THERE’S THE INTERVAL BACK FROM THE SEVENTH PLACE CAR. AND BACK TO THIRD AND FOURTH. MAYFIELD HAS RETAKEN THAT POSITION. NED: I THINK BURTON GOT A LITTLE HIGH IN TURNS ONE AND TWO.>>MORE FROM BILL WEBER. BILL: THESE GUYS PULLED OFF SOME MAGIC ON THEIR LAST PIT STOP, I’D LIKE TO TELL YOU, BUT IN REALITY, THEY KEEP SAYING THEIR CAR KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER LAP AFTER LAP. BENNY: CAN’T ARGUE WITH THAT. BOB: JEREMY MAYFIELD HAS GAINED A COUPLE SLOTS. NED: HE’S ABLE TO MAINTAIN THAT SPACE. HE CAN PASS IN BACK. BOB: MARK MARTIN IS THE LEADER OF THE RACE BY ALMOST A FULL SECOND OVER BOBBY LABONTE. MARTIN’S AVERAGE FINISH HERE AT BRISTOL IS THE BEST OF ALL DRIVERS. NED: MORGAN SHEPHERD IN HIS BATTERED CHEVROLET. BRETT BODINE, ABOUT TO GO ANOTHER LAP DOWN. IN 27TH POSITION. ONE LAP DOWN. LET’S GO FOR MORE ON HIM TO BILL WEBER. BILL: STRUGGLING IN THE CAR. THEY KNOCKED OUT THE POWER AT THAT POINT. REALLY BATTLING THE HEA AND DEHYDRATION. THEY HAVE KENNY WALLACE IN THEIR PIT WITH HIS HELMET ON READY TO REPLACE BRETT. THEY WANT TO WAIT FOR A CAUTION, BUT BRETT CAN’T HOLD OUT THEY’LL BRING HIM IN. THERE GOES KENNY WALLACE. BOB: BRETT HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN A COUPLE INCIDENTS, THE BIG ONE ON THE BACKSTRETCH. CRASHED ON THE FRONTSTRETCH. ALL THAT AND STILL ONLY A LAP DOWN. BENNY: RICKY RUDD TRYING TO TAKE THE SIXTH POSITION AWAY. BOB: JOHNNY BENSON SPINNED SEVERAL LAPS BEHIND THE WALL. 61 LAPS DOWN, BUT BACK IN COMPETITION. NOW, RUDD DRIVES TO THE OUTSIDE OF EARNHARDT. TRIES TO TAKE THE SIXTH PLACE AWAY FROM DALE. NED: GIVES HIM RUNNING ROOM. INSIDE LINE. MAKES HIM WORK FOR IT. HAVE TO WORK A LITTLE HARDER WHEN YOU PASS ON THE OUTSIDE AND COME INSIDE. BOB: DALE EARNHARDT LED 34 LAPS TONIGHT. BENNY: RUSTY WALLACE IN THE SEVENTH POSITION. BOB: THERE IS MARTIN. AS HE CONTINUES TO LEAD BY ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF A SECOND OVER BOBBY LABONTE. AND ABOUT TWO SECONDS OVER JEREMY MAYFIELD. LAPS ARE CLICKING AWAY. 338 COMPLETED OUT OF 5 L BOB: SEEMS LIKE WHEN WE TAKE A COMMERCIAL BREAK WE HAVE ANOTHER CAUTION. THAT IS THE SITUATION RIGHT NOW. JERRY NADEAU SPINNING OFF CORNER NUMBER TWO. DON’T THINK HE HIT ANYTHING. LOOK AT THE PIT ACTIVITY NOW THAT IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. NED: COULD MAKE IT FROM HERE ON, AS FAR AS GAS IS CONCERNED. 154 LAPS TO GO. BOB: JERRY PUNCH? JERRY: THEY HAVE NOT MADE A CHANGE IN MARK MARTIN’S CAR. HIS ONLY COMPLAINT CAR A LITTLE BIT TIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNER. LET’S CHECKEN WITH JEFF GORDON WITH BILL WEBER. BILL: THE CAR IS AWFUL, VERY, VERY LOOSE. THEY MAD A CHASSIS ADJUST. ON THE RIGHT SIDE. THE CREW IS GOING ON. JOHN? JOHN: HERE ON THE BACKSTRETCH. DALE EARNHARDT WHO LED FOR A WHILE GOT TRACK POSITION. HIS TIRE STARTED TO SHOW, THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE A CHASSIS ADJUST. IN THE LEFT REAR OF THAT CAR. THE FOUR TIRES GOING ON. DOWN AND AWAY. PIT STOP FOR EARNHARDT. FOUR TIRES, ALSO. THE AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT TO THE LEFT REAR TIRE. BOB: JEFF GORDON DID PICK UP A POSITION IN THE PITS AS THE RAINBOW WARRIORS HAD ANOTHER GREAT STOP. BENNY: IF THESE CHASSIS ADJUSTMENTS WORK MAYBE HE CAN WORK HIS WAY TOWARDS THE FRONT. BOB: HE IS IN SIXTH POSITION RIGHT NOW. UNDER CAUTION BECAUSE OF THIS, THAT WAS HAPPENING A FEW MINUTES AGO. LAP 345. HERE’S NADEAU. BENNY: WATCH THIS, WATCH MARK MARTIN STOP. STOP BECAUSE HE CANNOT SEE IN THAT SMOKE. JERRY NADEAU DID A 360, JUST PIN SPINS THOSE TIRES. HOW WOULD YOU SEE THROUGH THAT? YOU CAN’T SEE THE CARS THROUGH THAT. NO WONDER THEY ALL STOP. BOB: BIG SMOKE GREEN. DIDN’T HIT ANYTHING. KEPT GOING. CERTAINLY DID CREATE A SMOKE SCREEN FOR THOSE FOLLOWING HIM. JUST GOT DOWN INTO THE SECOND CORNER AND LOST IT. BENNY: LOOK AT ALL THE SMOKE. THAT’S REALLY AMAZING HOW THE VISIBILITY IS JUST TOTALLY OBSCURED. ALL RIGHT, WATCH MARK MARTIN. LOOK BEHIND HIM. THAT’S WHAT HE’S SEEING IN FRONT OF HIM AS WELL. BOB: NOW FROM BOBBY LABONTE’S PERSPECTIVE. NOTHING WAS THERE WHEN LABONTE WENT THROUGH THE SMOKE. NADEAU THE SPINNER OVER THERE IN TURN NUMBER TWO. NINE LAPS DOWN IN 30TH POSITION. JERRY IS. TAKE A LOOK AT A PIT SUMMARY. MARK MARTIN STAYED THE SAME. SO DID BOBBY LABONTE. MAYFIELD. LOST A POSITION. BURTON GAINED ONE. AND JEFF GORDON GAINED THREE. BENNY: EARNHARDT WAS ONE OF THE CARS HE WAS ABLE TO PASS BECAUSE DALE WAS PITTED ON THE BACKSTRETCH. NED: PASSED DALE JARRETT FOR ANOTHER ONE AND RICKY RUDD. >>GREEN FLAG, GREEN FLAG! BENNY: RICH BICKLE INSIDE, JUST LEFT. CAUTION FLAG CAME OUT. BOB: BILL WEBER HAS MORE ON THE DALE JARRETT SITUATION BACK IN THE SEVENTH. BILL: BOB, CONTINUES TO BE TIGHT. SO ON THAT STOP THEY DECIDED TO REALLY FREE IT UP. MADE A BAR ADJUSTMENT AND AIR ADJUSTMENT. THEY CAN GO TO THE FINISH. THEY WON’T NEED FUEL. THE QUESTION WILL BE HANDLING FOR DALE JARRETT. BOB: LOOKS LIKE HE MADE SOME GOOD ADJUSTMENTS HE’S PASSED JEFF GORDON AND UP IN SIXTH NOW. BENNY: RICKY RUDD WORKING ON GORDON. NED: WORKS ONSTER MARLIN JUST A COUPLE LAPS — STERLING MARLIN JUST A COUPLE LAPS DOWN. BENNY: INSIDE BY STERLING MARLIN. SOMETHING, THERE IT IS. JEFF GORDON TRYING TO GET BY ON THE INSIDE, STERLING MARLIN. HERE COMES RICKY RUDD AND SKINNER. SEVENTH, EIGHTH AND NINTH. BOB: MIKE SKINNER HAS HAD A GOOD RUN. LOST A LAP, GONE BACK, AND BEEN IN THE TOP 10 QUITE A WHILE NOW. HERE’S A RACE RECAP. MARK MARTIN HAS LED 45 OF THE FIRST 355 LAPS. 12 LEAD CHANGES. 10 CAUTION PERIODS TOTALING 67 LAPS. AND THE AVERAGE SPEED JUST UNDER 85. HERE ARE YOUR LAP LEADERS. JEREMY MAYFIELD HAS LED THE MOST. BUT HAS NOT GOTTEN THE FIVE BONUS POINTS FOR LEADING THE MOST LAPS. NOT YET A BOUT NINE LAPS. HE WILL BE ABLE TO GET THOSE. THERE ARE THE DRIVERS THAT ARE OFF THE TRACK. WHOSE CARS AREN’T BEING WORKED ON. AND THERE ARE THE FOUR DRIVERS OUT OF COMPETITION. BENNY: JEREMY MAYFIELD GO BY JEFF BURTON AND TAKE OVER THE THIRD SPOT. BOB: AN UPDATE ON ONE OF THE DRIVERS WHO JUST CAME BACK IN COMPETITION. JERRY: THAT WOULD BE BRETT BODINE. HE DID GET OUT OF THE CAR. KENNY WALLACE GOT BACK IN. THEY PUT BRETT ON OXYGEN, PUT HIM IN A GOLF CART. THEY HAVE TAKEN HIM TO THE MEDICAL CARE CENTER. LOOKS LIKE HE HAD A TOUGH NIGHT. HE ALSO GAVE A THUMB’S UP. HE’S OK. WE’LL CHECK ON HIM IN A COUPLE LAPS HERE. BOB: THREE QUARTERS OF A SECOND BETWEEN THE LEADER MARK MARTIN AND SECOND PLACE BOBBY LABONTE. NED: ABOUT 10, 12 CAR LENGTHS. BENNY: THIRD, FOURTH PLACE CARS. HERE COMES JARRETT AND GORDON. SAW JARRETT, PASS JEFF GORDON A LITTLE WHILE AGO. HE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO DRIVE AWAY. BOB: DALE JARRETT, OF COURSE, IS IN VERY MUCH IN CONTENTION FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. AND WOULD LIKE TO HAVE JEFF IN HIS REARVIEW MIRRORS. HE IS THIRD IN POINTS IN COMING IN. BUT AS I TOLD YOU EARLIER IN THE EVENING, THE BATTLE, THE THREE-WAY BATTLE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN NASCAR WINSTON CUP COMPETITION THIS YEAR IS CLOSER LAST YEAR. NED: JEFF GORDON HAD A PROBLEM. IN LAST YEAR’S RACE, DALE JARRETT WANTED THE RACE. WON’T BE ABLE TO SAY THAT NEXT WEEK. BOB: THE BOTTOM LINE IS, GUYS, THE BATTLE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP IS FAR FROM OVER. NED: YEAH, TOO MANY RACES LEFT TO CONCEDE IT TO ANYONE. BOB: YOU KNOW, DURING A COMMERCIAL BREAK A FEW MINUTES AGO WE KIND OF LAUGHED TO OURSELVES AND SAID DOESN’T LOOK LIKE JEFF GORDON IS GOING TO WIN FIVE IN A ROW, THIS WAS THE SITUATION HE WAS IN LAST WEEK. BENNY: IF WE HADN’T BEEN AT MICHIGAN LAST WEEK, WE COULD SAY THAT. WE WERE THERE. CAME IN THE LAST PIT STOP AND MADE SOME CHANGES AND HE WAS ABLE TO WIN THE RACE. IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THEY’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT TONIGHT. RIGHT NOW LOOKING AT THIS SITUATION IT LOOKS LIKE GORDAN HAS HIS HANDS FULL STAYING WHERE HE IS ON THE RACETRACK. >>IT’S A WORK IN PROGRESS, YOU MIGHT SAY AS THEY CONTINUE TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS ON THE DU PONT CHEVROLET AND TRYING TO STAY UP THERE. BUT HE’S JUST — AS YOU SAID, BEFORE THE RACE, SAID IT TO THE MEDIA. WE JUST DIDN’T COME OUT HERE WITH FINGERS ON THAT THING. BOB: THERE IS MARK MARTIN WHO IS SECOND IN POINTS. HE HAS THE LEAD RIGHT NOW. AND JEFF GORDON STARTED THIS RACE IN SEVENTH POSITION. AND ONLY DARRELL WALTRIP WAS BOB: JUST ABOUT 10:00 EASTERN TIME NOW. FOR THOSE OF YOU JUST JOINING US WE WELCOME TO YOU TO TO DWAY’S GOODY’S HEADACHE POWDER 500, BEING LED BY MARK MARTIN BY A SECOND AND A HALF OVER BOBBY LABONTE. NED: THREE LAPS DOWN. THE FORD IS NUMBER 11. BENNY: WE SEE THE LEAD ERGO BY, MARK MARTIN. THERE’S BURTON. THERE’S THE SECOND PLACE CAR. HE’S A SECOND AND A HALF BEHIND MARK MARTIN. BOB: 12 CAR OF JEREMY MAYFIELD RIGHT BEHIND HIMMENT — HIM. BENNY: JEFF BURTON, THE 99 CAR. LOOK AT RUSTY WALLACE. AFTER ALL HE’S BEEN THROUGH TONIGHT AND HE’S NOW BATTLING BACK FOR THE FOURTH POSITION. THAT’S RUSTY WITH THE 10 CAR. BOB: RUSTY MOVES UP INTO FOURTH. HE WAS A LAP DOWN EARLIER IN THE EVENING, HE GOT IT BACK, AND HE’S VERY MUCH IN CONTENTION. CHECK THE SPEEDS AT THE LINE AND SEE WHO IS THE FASTEST OUT THERE. IT MUST BE RUSTY, BECAUSE HE WAS INVOLVED IN A BATTLE WITH BURTON. IT IS, LET’S SEE, 23, MAYBE? BENNY: TED MUSGRAVE. HOW ABOUT THAT. NED: THIS TIME IT MIGHT CHANGE. BENNY: TED MUSGRAVE HAD THE FASTEST TIME. AGAIN MUSGRAVE IS ON THE RACE TRACK TOTALLY BY HIMSELF. NOT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT ANY TRAFFIC WHATSOEVER. BOB: THE THIRD FASTEST WAS BOBBY HAMILTON, WHO WAS IN 19TH ON THE LAST LAP. NED: JEREMY HAS BEEN TRYING TO GET BY BOBBY LABONTE. BOB: NOW MAYFIELD WILL SET SALE BEHIND MARK MARTIN, WHO HAS ABOUT TWO SECONDS TO MAKE UP. BENNY: THERE GOES RUSTY. LABONTE’S CAR IS ALL OF A SUDDEN SLOW. NED: I BELIEVE WHEN ANOTHER CAR GETS ON HIS BUMPER, IT MAKES HIS LOOSE. HE’S GOING TO MAKE THE PASS. THAT WILL DROP BOBBY BACK TO FIFTH. THAT WAS JUST A COUPLE LAPS AGO, NOW BACK TO THE FIFTH SPOT. BENNY: HE WILL BE ABLE TO GET BY MIKE SKINNER. BOB: CHAD LITTLE IN THE 97 CAR IS TWO LAPS DOWN IN THE 25TH SPOT. BENNY: THESE APPEAR TO BE TWO EVENLY MATCHED CARS, WALLACE AND BURTON. BOB: THE NAPA FIELD SUMMARY SHOWS YOU THE BATTLE, WHICH IS TIGHTENING UP. THERE’S THE FORD LEADERBOARD, AND THERE ARE FIVE FORDS IN THE TOP SIX. BENNY: THE FIRST CHEVROLET IS JEFF GORDON WHO IS RUNNING BACK IN EIGHTH POSITION. THE OTHER IS THE PONTIAC, WHICH IS BOBBY LABONTE. NED: GORDON IS ABOUT 7.5 SECONDS BEHIND MARTIN. BOB: FORD HAS LAPPED SEVERAL TONIGHT. THAT’S IMPRESSIVE. THERE IS IRWIN, WHO CONTINUES TO RUN A GOOD RACE. HE’S IN 16TH. ONBOARD WITH BILL ELLIOT. BENNY: I GUESS WE GET A BARBIE AT MCDONALD’S? IS THAT WHAT IT SAYS? ARE ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT AN AUSTRALIAN BARBIE? BOB: LIKE SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE. BENNY: YES. BOB: ELLIOT SADLER JUST AHEAD. BENNY: YOU SEE JEFF GORDON GO BY. TED MUSGRAVE CLOSING IN. THERE’S MIKE SKINNER. 10TH PLACE CAR. BOB: AND A SPIN OVER IN TURN NUMBER THREE WALLY DALLENBACH. BENNY: OH, WE HAVE THREE OR FOUR CARS INVOLVED, INCLUDING RICKY RUDD. NED: OH, THAT’S TOO BAD. BOB: AND JEFF GORDON JUST BARELY ESCAPED. BENNY: I DON’T KNOW THAT RICKY RUDD HIT ANYTHING. I THINK HE MIGHT HAVE JUST STOPPED. BURTON HIT NADEAU. THAT’S WHERE HE GOT THE DAMAGE TO HIS CAR. BOB: YOU’RE RIGHT. THERE DOESN’T APPEAR TO BE MUCH DAMAGE, IF ANY, ON RUDD. BENNY: THIS AREA IS WHERE BURTON RAN INTO THE NUMBER 9 CAR. WE CAN SEE THE DAMAGE TO RIGHT BEHIND THE LEFT FRONT TIRE. NED: OK. THEY HAVE GOT JUST OVER 100 LAPS TO GO. HASN’T BEEN BUT 50 LAPS SINCE THEY WERE IN. WILL THEY STOP AGAIN? BOB: HERE’S A REPLAY. BENNY: THERE WE SEE NADEAU. WE SEE BURTON HAS HIT HIM. WE SEE RICKY RUDD JUST STOP. JEFF GORDON DRIVES OFF THE RACE TRACK. SO DOES SKINNER AND SCHRADER. LOOK AT TERRY LABONTE. HE’S GOING TO GO BY ON THE OUTSIDE. NED: I THINK RUDD’S CAR DIED ONCE HE PULLED UP AND STOPPED AND IT TOOK HIM A LITTLE BIT TO GET IT FIRED BACK UP. BOB: AND THEY ARE MAKING PIT STOPS. HERE’S JERRY. JERRY: DOWN PIT ROAD, JUST OVER 100 LAPS TO GO, HERE IS MARK MARTIN. THEY COULD HAVE MADE IT THE REST OF THE WAY. MARTIN AND MAYFIELD COULD HAVE MADE IT. THIS IS A BREAK FOR RUSTY WALLACE WHO COULD NOT HAVE MADE IT THE REST OF THE WAY ON FUEL. THAT LEFT-SIDE TIRE ON THE VALVOLINE FORD. PULLING IN ON PIT ROAD AFTER HAVING STOPPED FROM THE LEADER’S CAUTION. LET’S GO TO BILL WEBER. BILL: JEFF GORDON CONTINUES TO BATTLE A VERY, VERY LOOSE RACE CAR. THEY HAVE MADE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT. FOUR-TIRE STOP, AND HE’S ON HIS WAY. JOHN KERNAN. JOHN: TIRE CHANGE. CHASSIS. TIRES COMING OFF. CLEANING THE WINDSHIELD. THERE GOES BOBBY LABONTE BY. SKINNER GOES BY. DALE EARNHARDT COMES OUT. HE’LL BET ERNIE IRVAN, THE 28 CAR. THEY WILL WEDGE OUT OF THE LEFT REAR, AND THE 18 CAR WILL BE COMING BACK IN ON THE FRONT STRETCH. NED: YEAH, HE CAME OUT. ON THIS SIDE, BILL WEBER? BILL: THEY ARE GOING TO LIFT THE HOOD AND LOOK AT BOBBY LABONTE’S UNDERNEATH THE HOOD. IT IS NOT AN ENGINE PROBLEM. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE LOOKING FOR SUSPENSION PROBLEMS. LABONTE CAME ACROSS VERY AGITATED ON THE RADIO AFTER THAT LAST CALL CAME OUT. JIMMY SHOUTING, LOWER THE HOOD, GET BOBBY BACK OUT. I IMAGINE HE WILL BE BACK IN FOR ANOTHER STOP. I CAN’T SEE THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CAR. YOU GUYS HAVE A BETTER VIEW OF THAT. NED: IT COULD BE THEY WANT TO MAKE A MAJOR CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT. YOU CAN MAKE A BIBIGGER CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT ON THE FRONT SCREENS THAN THEY CAN ON THE REAR SCREENS. MAYBE THEY RAISED IT TO TAKE A RUBBER OUT OR MAKE AN ADJUSTMENT. THAT’S JUST SPECULATION. OF COURSE, SOMETHING COULD HAVE HAPPENED. BENNY: YOU SEE BOBBY LABONTE CATCHING UP WITH THE FIELD. BOB: ONCE AGAIN, THIS IS WHY WE ARE UNDER CAUTION, THE 11TH OF THE EVENING. BENNY: AND DALLENBACH, I THINK — IS THIS THE SAME? YEAH, THE WRECK IS BEHIND. NADEAU SPUN BECAUSE DALLENBACH SPUN IN FRONT OF HIM. I COULDN’T FIGURE OUT WHY NADEAU SPUN. LET’S SEE WHY HE SPUN. THERE WE SEE DALLENBACH. THIS MIGHT BE WHY HE SPUN. YES, IT IS. NED: MAYBE THAT’S WHY THEY ARE WORKING ON BOBBY LABONTE’S CAR. BOB: EXACTLY. NED: HE HIT THE 50 CAR OF DALLENBACH. BENNY: HERE HE COMES BACK INTO THE PITS. HE PROBABLY HAS A TOE-END PROBLEM, DOESN’T HE, BILL? BILL: THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. THEY ASKED BOBBY WHAT IT WAS WHEN HE WENT BACK OUT. HE SAID, DO YOU NEED A CHANGE? BOBBY SAID, YEAH, IT IS WORSE. THEY HAVE A TOE-OUT PROBLEM. THEY ARE TRYING TO WORK ON THAT — TOW OUT PROBLEM. THEY ARE TRYING TO WORK ON THAT. THE CREW UNDER THE HOOD TRYING TO WORK ON IT. SPOTTER WATCHING FOR THE PACE CAR. NOW THEY PUT THE HOOD DOWN. PUT THE PINS BACK IN. AND BOBBY WILL MAKE ANOTHER LAP AND THEN TELL HIS CREW HOW THE PONTIAC IS HANDLING. WE’LL CHECK ON BOBBY LABONTE AND UPDATE THE LEAD LEADERS. BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY WITH MARK MARTIN UP FRONT. RUSTY WALLACE IN SECOND. NED: MARK WAS ABLE TO GET BY JEFF GREEN. THE LAP CAR, RUSTY, HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO CLEAR THE 46 CAR. THAT’S LET MARK PULL AWAY BY ABOUT A HALF SECOND. THE THIRD AND FOURTH PLACE CAR. THE MOBILE ONE CAR. JEREMY MAYFIELD. NED: HERE’S GREEN. BENNY: OH, WE GOT THE 75 CAR GOING AROUND AND COMING ACROSS THE RACE TRACK. BOB: EVERYBODY ELSE AVOIDS HIM. WOW. THAT’S AMAZING. RICK MAST IN TROUBLE IN CORNER NUMBER TWO. BENNY: WE SEE THE WATER FROM THE BROKEN RADIATOR ON THE RACE TRACK, SO THEY WILL HAVE TO GET SOMEBODY OVER THERE AND CLEAN THAT UP. BOB: HE, TOO, IS BURNING OFF RAW FUEL AS HE TRIES TO GET THE CAR RESTARTED. BENNY: MAST IS IN 25TH PLACE NOW, TWO LAPS DOWN. THE LEFT REAR TIRE IS FLAT. I DON’T KNOW IF THAT CAUSED THE SPIN OR WAS THE RESULT OF THE SPIN. NED: THAT LOOKS LIKE A BRISTOL CAR, DOESN’T IT? BOB: WE WENT SO LONG WITHOUT A CAUTION, AND NOW WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL HERE IN A ROW. IT IS THE 12TH OF THE EVENING.>>YOU GOT WHAT YOU GOT. YOU JUST HAVE TO WORK THAT AROUND. BOB: THIS HAS BEEN A GOOD RUN FOR HIM.>>BOB, IT HAS BEEN A SEE-SAW NIGHT. HE STARTED OUT IN THE FRONT. WHEN THEY DROPPED THE GREEN FLAG, HE COULDN’T DRIVE IT. HE GOT A LAP DOWN. WENT ALL THE WAY BACK TO 40TH POSITION. THEY CAME IN, KEPT SAWING ON IT. SKINNER MADE A MAJOR CHANGE. SKINNER NOW HAS COME BACK IN TO LOOSEN IT UP. HE IS ALL THE WAY UP TO SIXTH PLACE. WHAT A RUN FOR MIKE SKINNER. LET’S CHECK IN WITH BILL WEBER. BILL: THEY CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE TOW-OUT PROBLEM. HE WAS RACING FOR THE WIN. NOW HE KNOWS HE IS RACING FOR POINTS. BOB: 90 LAPS TO GO HERE AT BRISTOL. MARK MARTIN LEADING WALLACE, BOB: GOODY’S HEADACHE POWDER 500 FROM BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. RIGHT AFTER WE FINISH AT 11:00 EASTERN TIME, SPORTSCENTER WILL HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE HOME RUN WATCH. AN UPDATE ON THE DODGERS-BRAVES GAME AND THE CHARGERS AND COLTS ROOKIE MATCH-UP FOR THE QUARTERBACKS. THAT’S 11:00 TONIGHT ON SPORTSCENTER. BREAKING NEWS HERE FROM BILL. LL: WHY HAS JEFF GORDON WON FOUR STRAIGHT RACES? BECAUSE HIS TEAM IS VERY GOOD. SOMETIMES THEY’RE LUCKY. THIS IS WHY HIS CAR WAS AWFUL LOOSE WHEN HE CALLED IT IN. THE RIGHT REAR TIRE GOING DOWN. YOU CAN SEE RIGHT HERE THIS TIRE HAS BEEN CUT. SO THEY GOT A GOOD CAUTION. THEY GOT IN AND THEY GOT THAT OFF. THAT’S WHEN THEY FOUND IT OUT. SO THEY’RE GOOD. THEY HAVE GREAT PIT STOPS AND GOT A GOOD DRIVER. SMART CREW CHIEF. SOMETIMES THEY’RE LUCKY. BOB: HE’S STILL BACK IN SEVENTH POSITION, THOUGH. THAT’S EXACTLY WHERE HE STARTED THIS RACE. BENNY: ONE TIME RUSTY WALLACE WAS ABLE TO CLEAR THE 46 CAR AND HE HAS COME UP TO RACE WITH MARK MARTIN FOR THE VICTORY. NED: HE IS WORKING ON HIM. THE BACK END LOOSE. MOVING HIS FORD RIGHT UP UNDER HIM. BOB: 84 LAPS TO GO. JEFF GORDON IS BACK IN SEVENTH SPOT. WHILE MARK MARTIN AND RUSTY WALLACE BATTLE FOR THE LEAD. RUSTY GOING FOR HIS SEVENTH WIN. BENNY: YOU SAY SEVENTH PLACE. HE DEFINITELY DOES NOT WANT TO BE IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THESE LAPPED CARS. THE 11TH CAR, LAPPED CARIN FRONT OF HIM. 40 LAPPED CAR INSIDE. THERE GOES THE 92 CAR BY. IT’S ELLIOTT SADLER. NED: THIS IS A PLACE YOU CAN GET IN TROUBLE IF YOU AREN’T CAREFUL. HE IS BEING CAREFUL. BOB: YOU CAN SEE HOW WORRIED THE CREW CHIEF IS. BENNY: SHAKING HIS HEAD. NED: LABONTE, OUT OF THE PITS, HIS CAR IS NOT UP TO FULL STRENGTH RIGHT NOW. BOB: GOT TO BE APE NERVOUS TIME FOR RAY EVRINGHAM. HE’S NOW BACK TO EIGHTH. KEN SCHRADER AND RICKY RUDD ARE RIGHT BEHIND HIM. BENNY: TERRY LABONTE WAS AWFULLY HIGH IN THREE AND FOUR. LOOKS LIKE HE — BACK UP TO SPEED NOW. ALL THOSE CARS YOU SEE THERE BATTLING FOR POSITION. BOB: 18, A LAP DOWN AS WE JUST SAID. BENNY: THERE, SAW TERRY LABONTE, VERY, VERY HIGH. LOOKS LIKE HE’S BACK UP TO SPEED NOW. SHUFFLED IN THE CORNER AND INTO THE LOOSE STUFF. TOOK HIM A WHILE TO GET BACK IN A AGAIN. NED: IN 16TH POSITION, TERRY LABONTE IS NOW. EARNHARDT AND GORDON, SEVENTH AND EIGHTH. BOB: RUDD IS RIGHT THERE, TOO, RUDD IS KNOCKING ON EARNHARDT’S DOOR. BENNY: EARNHARDT SAYS GO GUY BY ON OUTSIDE. RUDD SAYS OK I’LL GO BY ON THE OUTSIDE. OH, I DIDN’T MEAN FOR THAT TO HAPPEN. CAN HE MAKE THE PASS? NED: GOT THE RUN OFF THE CORNER AND GOT BACK IN FRONT OF HIM. BENNY: JEFF GORDON GET EVERYTHING BACK UNDER CONTROL. EARNHARDT AGAIN. MAYBE HE’LL TAKE THAT OUTSIDE MOVE WHEN IT’S OFFERED TO HIM. BOB: JOHN KERNAN HAS A REPORT ON THE BACKSTRETCH PIT. JOHN: ERNIE IRVAN HAS RADIOED IN AND TOLD HIS CREW HE’S GOING TO HARDLY TURN THE WHEEL, HIS SEAT IS VERY, VERY HOT FROM THE EXHAUST COMING UP HEATING UP THE SEAT. WARD BURTON WHO WHO IS OUT OF THE RACE IS STANDING BY IN THE PITS READY TO GO IN THE CAR WHEN ERNIE MAKES THE DECISION TO COME ON TO PIT ROAD. BILL WEBER? BILL: TERRY LABONTE A. PARENTLY HAS A BRAKE PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT HIS CREW CHIEF HAS TOLD ME. A BRAKE PROBLEM ON THE KELLOGGS CHEVY FOR LABONTE. THAT’S A BIG PROBLEM AT BRISTOL. NED: WHEN YOU’RE IN HEAVY TRAFFIC. LOOKS LIKE RIGHT THERE HE’S OUT THERE BY HIMSELF. HE’S NOT. THE CAR IS IN FRONT OF HIM. NOT TOO FAR BEHIND THE OTHER CARS. BOB: MEANWHILE, BATTLE FOR SECOND POSITION NOW. AS JEFF BURTON IS RIGHT THERE ON THE BACK BUMPER OF RUSTY WALLACE. BENNY: MARK MARTIN HAS PULLED AWAY. SEE MARTIN GO BY. THREE QUARTERS OF A SECOND BETWEEN MARTIN AND RUSTY WALLACE. BUT A MOMENT AGO RUSTY WALLACE WAS THE AGGRESSOR, RIGHT NOW HE’S THE DEFENDER. BOB: 70 LAPS TO GO IN THIS RACE. BENNY: TAKING THE OUTSIDE ROUTE. GOT UP THERE. JEFF GORDON TOOK IT. EARNHARDT MOVES INTO THE SEVENTH POSITION. BOB: THERE GOES JEFF BURTON INTO SECOND. BOB: THERE IS GORDON. NOW RICKY RUDD AND DALE EARNHARDT ARE BATTLING FOR POSITION. THAT IS THE EIGHT SPOT. SO IS GORDON CATCHING UP TO THE LEADER, B.P.? BENNY: CHECK THE AUTO ZONE ON-TRACK INTERVAL. WE’LL SEE. SO, WE’LL LET IT GO A COUPLE LAPS. WE’LL CHECK IT AGAIN. BOB: FOUR-TIME WINNER HERE AT BRISTOL. JEFF GORDON. ALL OF HIS FOUR WINS HAVE BEEN IN THE DAYTIME. NED: WE’VE GOT A SPIN! IS THAT JEREMY MAYFIELD? YES, IT IS. SO FAR NO ONE HAS HIT HIM. BOB: DALE JARRETT JUST MISSED HIM. CAUTION PLAGUES US ONCE AGAIN. BENNY: RUNNING IN THE SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH SPOTS. NED: RUNNING FOURTH. BENNY: STILL ON THE LEAD LAP. HE’S GOT IT GOING AGAIN. NED: THIS WAS REALLY 65 LAPS TO GO. NO ONE ABLE TO PIT IF ANY OF THEM. NED: IT WILL SURPRISE ME IF THEY DO COME IN. WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE BETWEEN DARRELL WALTRIP AND MARK MARTIN? I GUESS MARK HAS SLOWED DOWN TO LET DARRELL GO BY. BENNY: I GUESS DARRELL WOULDN’T GO BY. I GUESS HE DIDN’T THINK HE WAS IN TIME TO GO BY. THE PACE CAR GOES BACK OUT. JERRY NADEAU GOES BACK ON THE RACETRACK AFTER THE COLLISION UP IN TURN THREE A MOMENT AGO. BOB: DARRELL WALTRIP IS FOUR LAPS DOWN IN 27TH POSITION. NED: LET’S SEE HERE, THEY’RE ALL RUNNING UP BESIDE MARK. AND OOH, HIT HIM. BENNY: JUST LIKE, THAT WAS THE CONVERSATION. WHAT ARE YOU DOING, MAN? HERE’S THE CRASH. I GUESS — I GUESS, I DON’T KNOW IF THE 12 CAR IF MAYFIELD GOT A LITTLE HIGH OR IF THERE WAS SLIGHT CONTACT BETWEEN HE AND THE 18. HARD TO TELL. BOB: FROM BOBBY LABONTE’S ON-BOARD WE’LL SEE — BENNY: SITTING STILL IN THE BACKSTRETCH. THE CAR IS COMING BY BY 130 MILES AN HOUR. THAT’S KIND OF SCARY. DR. JERRY PUNCH? JERRY: MINOR DAMAGE ON THE FRONT OF THE MOBILE. IN THE 18 CAR. THE CONTACT AND THE REASON FOR THE SPIN. ACCORDING TO MAYFIELD ON HIS RADIO. LEFT SIDE TIRE IS GOING ON. LEFT SIDE TIRE IS ON. EARNHARDT IS IN. IN FRONT OF HIM. JOHN KERNAN? JOHN: ANTICIPATE A FOUR-TIRE CHANGE FOR EARNHARDT. THE LEFTS ARE OVER THE WALL. NO ADJUSTMENTS SO FAR. THEY FIGURE HEY, WE’RE BACK A LITTLE BIT. MIGHT AS WELL PUT FOUR FRESH TIRES ON. SEE WHAT EARNHARDT CAN DO. WITH 62 LAPS REMAINING. EARNHARDT HAS FOUR FRESH TIRES. WE’LL SEE IF HE CAN MOVE HIS WAY TWODS THE FRONT. BOB: EARNHARDT LEAVES THE BACK PITS AND GOES BACK ON TO THE RACETRACK. MARK MARTIN LEADING HERE WITH 438 OF THE 500 LAPS COMPLETED. BOB: WE ARE BACK TO GREEN HERE AT BRISTOL WITH MARK MARTIN LEADING JEFF BURTON. AND RUSTY WALLACE. WE SAW THAT LITTLE INCIDENT BETWEEN MARK AND DARRELL WALTRIP. C, WHAT WAS THAT ALL APART? JERRY: MARK MARTIN WAS CONCERNED HE MIGHT HAVE A FENDER RUBBING ON THE LEFT FRONT. THAT’S WHY HE HAD THE TEAM. CALLED FOR THEM TO LOOK AT IT. DURING THE CAUTION FLAG, SAYS, MARK, TURN YOUR WHEEL BACK AND FORTH. I DON’T SEE ANYTHING RUBBING. I BELIEVE YOU’RE GOING TO BE OK. BURTON COULD HAVE SAID, YEAH, LEFT THE PIT. HE COULD HAVE BEEN THE LEADER. BOB: BATTLE UP FRONT. ABOUT A HALF SECOND INTERVAL. AND HERE IS THE BATTLE FOR NINTH, JEREMY MAYFIELD PASSING KENNY IRWIN. NED: PUT THE FOUR TIRES ON AFTER HE SPUN OUT. HE’S GOING TO BE IN BETTER SHAPE THAN MOST OF THE CARS IN FRONT OF HIM. SO HE WILL MAKE A MOVE, MAYFIELD IS. BENNY: THERE’S KEVIN LEPAGE TRYING TO LOOK ON THE INSIDE OF THE 28 CAR, EARNHARDT, TED MUSGRAVE ALL THOSE CARS BATTLING FOR POSITION. LET’S SEE, 10TH, 11TH, 12TH, 13TH AND MUSGRAVE TRYING TO GO ON THE OUTSIDE OF EARNHARDT. BOB: GOOD RUN FOR KEVIN LEPAGE. HERE IN THE TOP 10. BENNY: JEFF GREEN IS A LAP DOWN. HE HAS GOTTEN UP IN THE MIX HERE. NED: THE FOUR AND SIX CAR. THEY ARE IN A LITTLE RACE THERE. BENNY: TWHR WE SEE MUSGRAVE GOING BACK BY THE 46 CAR. A LITTLE CONTACT BETWEEN THE 3 CAR AND THE 16. NED: EARNHARDT HIT THE BRAKES SO HARD, SOMETHING DRUG. BENNY: LEPAGE RIGHT NOW IS NOT ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THE 28 CAR. BOB: POINT POSITION STAYING THE SAME. AT THE MOMENT. THROUGH THE TOP 10. BENNY: EARNHARDT TRYING TO LOOK ON THE INSIDE OF LEPAGE. A LITTLE CONTACT. BOB: KEVIN LOST TWO POSITIONS. HE LOST ONE TO EARNHARDT, AND ONE TO TED MUSGRAVE. BENNY: MEANWHILE,ER WITHIN WAS ON THE INSIDE OF SCHRADER. EARNHARDT. THAT’S GOING BY SCHRADER. AND THERE’S CONTACT BETWEEN MUSGRAVE AND EARNHARDT. NOW LEPAGE IS COMING BACK FROM THE OUTSIDE. BENNY: LESS THAN 50 LAPS TO GO, THEY HAVE TO GO AT IT. NED: THERE’S PAGE ON THE INSIDE OF EARNHARDT. BOB: MADE IS LOOK EASY. BENNY: MUSGRAVE IS TRYING TO GET ON THE INSIDE OF EARNHARDT. CAN’T QUITE DO IT. BOB: ERNIE IRVAN WAS LEADING THAT LINE OF TRAFFIC. HE’S BACK IN NINTH POSITION. WOW, GOOD RUN. HERE’S MARTIN. AND NOW, IT’S ABOUT A TWO-THIRDS OF A SECOND LEAD OVER JEF BOB: CLOSING LAPS OF THE GOODY’S HEADACHE POWDER 500. THE PENNZOIL COPTERCAMP PROVIDING THIS OVERHEAD SHOT OF THE 140,000 SPECTATORS WHO GATHERED TONIGHT TO SEE THIS RACE, IN WHICH JEFF GORDON COULD WIN FIVE IN A ROW. IT DOESN’T APPEAR AS IF HE IS GOING TO. HE’S RUNNING IN SIXTH POSITION NOW. 5.75 BACK, BUT LET’S NOT COUNT HIM OUT YET. HE CAN DO AMAZING THINGS IN CLOSING LAPS. THERE IS JEFF. RIGHT AHEAD OF HIM IS THE FIFTH PLACE CAR OF MIKE SKINNER. NED: HE’S BEEN GRADUALLY CLOSING IN ON SKINNER. NOW THE 10 CAR IS BEHIND HIM. BOB: LOOKING AT THE RPM’S ON SKINNER’S CAR. BENNY: DOWN THE STRAIGHT AWAY TO 120 MILES PER HOUR OR SO.>>ON YOUR BACK, ON YOUR BACK, ON YOUR BACK. NED: ON YOUR BACK IS RIGHT. MUSGRAVE COMING INTO THE PITS. AN UNSCHEDULED PIT STOP FOR HIM. BOB: DROPS OUT OF THE TOP 15. BENNY: YOU SEE SKINNER GOING INTO THE CORNER. YOU KNOW, JEFF GORDON REALIZES, THEY ALL REALIZE THAT HE DOES NOT HAVE THE CAR TONIGHT. HE’S TRYING TO GET ALL THE POSITIONS HE CAN. >>ITE ON YOU. THE 9 CAR UP BEHIND YOU. DON’T LET HIM IN THERE. INSIDE CORNER. HE’S THERE. STILL THERE. STILL THRFMENT — STILL THERE. GOT TO GO. THAT A BOY. BENNY: NO CAUTION. HE GETS GOING AGAIN. BOB: NO CAUTION AS HE DRIVES AWAY. HE WAS IN THE TOP 10, AND HERE IS MARK MARTIN. PASSES WALTRIP WITH EASE. BENNY: I GUESS WHEN THE 28 CAR SPUN, MARK BACKED OFF BECAUSE OF THAT BECAUSE THE SPOTTER PROBABLY TOLD HIM THE CAUTION WAS OUT. THE 99 CAR IS UP TO RIGHT ON HIS REAR BUMPER, AND NOW IRWIN WANTS TO SAVE THE LEAD LAP, SO THIS IS DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR MARK MARTIN. BOB: THERE’S JIMMY FINEY. MARK MARTIN’S CREW CHIEF. OF COURSE HE IS RACING WITH HIS TEAMMATE. BENNY: IRWIN DOES GO A LAP DOWN, THE TEXACO CAR. BOB: BILL WEBER HAS A REPORT. BILL: AS THEY LOOK ON FROM JEFF BURTON’S PIT, THIS MAY BE HIS BEST RUN OF THE EVENING. HIS CAR IS GOOD ON SHORT RUNS, OK ON MEDIUM RUNS, BUT NORMALLY TONIGHT, NOT VERY GOOD ON LONG RUNS. I FORGOT — AFTER 50 LAPS IT STARTS GETTING VERY LOOSE. RIGHT NOW HE’S ABLE TO HANG ON. THE QUESTION IS, CAN HE CATCH MARTIN. BOB: THAT IS THE QUESTION WE WILL ANSWER IN 24 LAPS. NED: NOW MARK PULLED AWAY. YOU SEE THE DISTANCE THERE AS HE PUTS ANOTHER LAP ON THE NEMECHEK CAR. A COUPLE OF DRIVERS THAT ARE IN THE HOSPITAL BUT APPARENTLY DOING OK, BRETT BODINE AND ERNIE IRVAN. BOB: WALLACE IS SUBBING FOR BRETT AND WARD BURTON IN FOR ERNIE. THOSE GUYS ARE RECEIVING OXYGEN IN THE CARE CENTER, BUT BOTH APPEAR TO BE OK OTHER THAN THAT. BENNY: YOU SEE TED MUSGRAVE IN THE NUMBER 3 CAR. BILL PENSIONED A MOMENT AGO HE WAS MAKING AN UNSKED — BILL MENTIONED A MOMENT AGO THAT HE WAS MAKING AN UNSCHEDULED PIT STOP. >>HE’S UP ON YOU. ON YOU. LOOKING. CLEAR. NED: HE NEEDS TO CLEAR TO GO. >>RIGHT ON YOUR BACK. RIGHT ON YOUR BACK. RIGHT ON YOUR BACK. INSIDE. INSIDE. CLEAR. NED: THIS IS NOT FOR POSITION.>>CLEAR NOW BEHIND HIM. GO! NED: THE NEXT CAR WILL BE IN POSITION. THAT’S MAYFIELD.>>STAY WITH HIM. CLEAR HIGH. WE GOT TO GO HERE. YOU GOT IT. 91 TO 50. STAY WITH HIM RIGHT THERE. GO, GO, GO. CLEAR. BENNY: HE NEEDS TO LET ALL THOSE CARS GO BY. THERE’S JERRY NADEAU. IN THE HIGH STUFF, HE GOT STUCK ON THE OUTSIDE RETAINING WALL. NED: HE’S COMING ON AROUND, SO IT DOES — I DON’T KNOW IF HE NEEDS TO MAKE A PIT STOP OR NOT, BUT THE CARS CONTINUE TO GO BY HIM. LEPAGE IS GOING BY. BOB: NADEAU, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS 15 LAPS DOWN IN 32ND. BENNY: LABONTE, WE TALKED ABOUT BRAKE PROBLEMS. HE’S BEEN ABLE TO STAY ON THE LEAD LAP. BILL ELLIOT. ELLIOT NOW TWO LAPS DOWN. 19TH POSITION. BENNY: COMING DOWN THE BACK STRETCH IN FIFTH POSITION. BOB: THIS IS LOOKING LIKE THE EARNHARDT OF OLD. EARNHARDT UP TO SEVENTH. BENNY: 14 LAPS TO GO, THEY ARE TELLING HIM. HANG TOUGH. GO HAZARD AS YOU CAN. BOB: EARNHARDT HAS GONE 54 LAPS TONIGHT. HERE’S 10TH AND 11TH NOW, THE 15 OF LEPAGE AND BOBBY HAMILTON. AND NOW NADEAU STILL TRYING TO GET THAT SIX SPOT AWAY FROM SKINNER.>>HE’S RIGHT ON YOU. LOOK HIGH AND CLEAR. BENNY: JEREMY MAYFIELD, WHEN EARNHARDT WENT BY, HE HAS BEEN RACING THESE GUYS, BUT HE’S FALLING BACK NOW. SO EVIDENTLY A PROBLEM WITH THE MOBILE ONE FORD. MAYFIELD IS IN THE EIGHTH POSITION. >>LEFT TO GO. LEFT TO GO. BOB: MEANWHILE, THE 2 AND THE 88 ARE RUNNING THIRD AND FOURTH. HERE THEY ARE PASSING KENNY IRVAN. JOHN HAS AN UPDATE ON JEREMY WHO IS BROUGHT BACK TO EIGHTH. JOHN: I JUST TALKED TO HIS CREW CHIEF WHO SAY THE CAR IS EXTREMELY TIGHT RIGHT NOW. IT DOESN’T WANT TO TURN. IT WANTS TO PUSH UP TOWARD THE WALL. WHAT A BATTLE THERE IS IN FRONT OF HIM BETWEEN THE TEAMMATES MIKE SKINNER AND DALE EARNHARDT.>>CLEAR, CLEAR. BOB: OF COURSE THESE TEAMMATES TRADED CREW CHIEFS A FEW WEEKS AGO. KEVIN HAMLIN NOW ON THE — OH! BENNY: TEAM 99. BOB: EARNHARDT IS IN THE SIXTH SPOT. HERE’S MARK MARTIN WHO HAS A 1.75 SECOND LEAD. BENNY: HE’LL CHERISH THE VICTORY. BOB: JEFF GORDON FOR SEVERAL RACES HERE, AND MARK MARTIN FINISHING SECOND TO JEFF GORDON ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. TONIGHT, IF THINGS CONTINUE TO GO WELL, HE’LL BE GAINING POINTS ON JEFF. BENNY: HE’S IN THE FIFTH POSITION. BOB: MARK MARTIN WILL PICK UP THE FIVE BONUS POINTS FOR LEADING THE MOST LAPS. 185 AND COUNTING. NED: AND JEFF GORDON HAS NOT LED TONIGHT. BOB: THAT’S SEVEN LEADERS. THREE LAPS TO GO FOR MARK MARTIN. JEFF BURTON. BOB: LIKE MARK SAID, AFTER HE LOST AT MICHIGAN LAST WEEK, HE WANTED TO GO HOME, REGROUP, THINK ABOUT IT, COME BACK TO BRISTOL, AND KICK BUTT, AND HE’S DOING IT. BENNY: I WOULD THINK WE’LL PROBABLY SEE A MORE EMOTIONAL MARK MARTIN IN VICTORY LANE THAN WE’VE SEEN IN THE OTHER FIVE VICTORIES BEFORE IT. HE HAS WON AT TEXAS, CALIFORNIA, AND MICHIGAN. ALL OF THOSE, OF COURSE, ARE SUPER SPEEDWAYS. HE’S ABOUT TO CHALK UP A SHORT TRACK VICTORY. MARK MARTIN WINS THE GOODY’S HEADACHE POWDER 500 AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. HIS FIFTH WIN OF 1998. HIS 27TH CAREER WIN AT SIXTH ON A SHORT TRACK. JEFF GORDON FINISHES IN FIFTH POSITION, BUT DOES NOT WIN HIS FIFTH IN A ROW. NO DRIVER IN THE MODERN EXHAUST MARK MARTIN WHO IS IN VICTORY LANE. BUT HE HAS WON THE GOODY’S HEADACHE POWDER 500.>>YEA! BOB: WITHOUT QUESTION A BIG FAN FAVORITE. DOWN IN THE MCDONALD’S WINNER’S CIRCLE INTERVIEW AND DR. JERRY PUNCH. JERRY: ABSOLUTELY A FAN FAVORITE. HE CLIMBS OUT OF THE CAR AND WILL CLIMB DOWN ON THE SIDE OF THE FORD. MARK, YOU STOOD UP THERE 140,000 PEOPLE CHEERING. BEFORE WE TALK ABOUT THE RACE TONIGHT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE WEEK. A WEEK AGO YOU DROVE YOUR HEART OUT. YOU WANTED IT IN THE WORST WAY. YOU SAID YOU WERE GOING TO GO HOME AND KICK TAIL. YOU DID TONIGHT?>>YEAH, YEAH, WE DID. I’M PRETTY OUT OF BREATH HERE. I WANT TO THANK THE RACE FANS. THEIR SYMPATHY AND SUPPORT, LOVE AND LOVE FOR THE SPORT AND LOVE FOR OUR FAMILY HAS MEANT EVERYTHING. I CRIED LAST WEEK BECAUSE I DIDN’T GET TO DEDICATE A WIN TO MY DAD AND SHELLY AND SARAH. THIS ONE’S FOR THEM. AND HE’D HAVE BEEN PROUD OF THIS ONE TONIGHT. IT’S AN AWFUL GOOD RUN. AND I WANT TO THANK THIS RACE TEAM, VALVOLINE CUMMINGS, BUGLE BOSCH FOR THEIR SUPPORT. I DON’T KNOW IF WE’RE IN THE RUNNING FOR THIS CHAMPIONSHIP OR NOT. I TELL YOU WHAT WE’VE GOT THE BEST RACE TEAM ON THE CIRCUIT WHETHER WE WIN IT OR NOT. I’M PROUD AND PROUD TO BE WITH THEM. JERRY: MARK MARTIN, EMOTIONAL VICTORY LANE. YOU KNOW HOW MUCH HE WANTED IT LAST WEEK. THERE WERE TEARS ALL WEEK LONG. HE WANTED TO BE BACK IN VICTORY LANE. INDEED HE IS. BOB: NOTHING ELSE NEEDS BE SAID. MARK MARTIN WINS TONIGHT HERE AT BRISTOL IN A VERY TONIGHT’S RACE. — HERE ARE THE RESULTS OF TONIGHT’S RACE. BOB: WE’LL BE BACK IN JUST A MOMENT TO LOOK AT AMONG OTHER THINGS, POINTS. BUT AT THE TOP OF THE HOUR YOU’LL GET CAUGHT UP ON ALL THE BASEBALL AND PRO FOOTBALL NEWS. BOB: HUGE FIREWORKS DISPLAY GOING ON HERE SALUTING THE WINNER OF TONIGHT’S RACE, MARK MARTIN. HERE ARE THE P■INTS. AND MARK GAINED 30 ON JEFF. AND JARRETT GAINED 10. AND RUSTY WALLACE GAINED 15. SO THE POIPTS BATTLE IS TIGHTENING UP. HOWEVER, EVERYBODY IN THE TOP 10 STAYED THE SAME AS FAR AS POSITIONS ARE CONCERNED. BENNY: IF MARK MARTIN IS EXHAUSTED THEY’RE ALL TIRED, MAN. NED: IT WAS ON A WARM NIGHT HERE AT BRISTOL AND A GREAT SHOW AND A LOT OF ACTION. BOB: WE WILL COME BACK TO BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY AS THIS BEAUTIFUL FIREWORKS DISPLAY CONTINUES. WE’LL COME BACK WITH OUR FINAL THOUGHTS IN JUST A MOMENT. MARK MARTIN WINS HERE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY. BOB: THE FIREWORKS ARE STILL GOING ON HERE AT BRISTOL. MARK MARTIN WINS HIS FIFTH RACE OF 1998. WELL, THE NEXT FIREWORKS AS FAR AS THE WINSTON CUP RACE HERE ON ESPN. THAT WILL BE AT DARLINGTON. OUR COVERAGE BEGINS WITH POLE QUALIFYING FRIDAY AT 3:00. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4. BOB: OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO NOOTH TO MARK MARTIN WHO WON HERE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY BEATING JEFF BURTON BY 2.19 SECONDS. RUSTY WALLACE FINISHING THIRD. DALE JARRETT FOURTH. AND JEFF GORDON FINISHING IN THE FIFTH POSITION. SO, WE’LL SEE YOU AT DARLINGTON IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS. FOR JOHN KERNAN, DR. JERRY PUNCH, BILL WEBER, NED JARRETT AND BENNY PARSONS, I’M BOB JENKINS. THIS HAS BEEN A

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