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1999 Daytona 500

1999 Daytona 500
Race details
Race 1 of 34 in the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season

Map of the speedway
Date February 14, 1999 (1999-02-14)
Location Daytona International Speedway
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
WeatherTemperatures reaching up to 64.9 °F (18.3 °C); wind speeds approaching 15.9 miles per hour (25.6 km/h)[1]
Average speed 161.551 miles per hour (259.991 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing
Duel 2 Winner Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing
Most laps led
Driver Rusty Wallace Penske Racing
Laps 104
No. 24
Jeff Gordon
Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Mike Joy, Buddy Baker and Ned Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 9.6/25
(12.9 million viewers)

The 1999 Daytona 500, the 41st running of the event, was held February 14, 1999 at Daytona International Speedway. Jeff Gordon won the pole. In winning the race as well, he became the first Daytona 500 pole sitter to win the race since Bill Elliott in 1987.

This race is known for Gordon's daring three-wide pass on Rusty Wallace and Mike Skinner. Gordon passed Wallace after ducking to the apron, nearly plowing into the damaged car of Ricky Rudd. Skinner jumped to the outside and they raced three-wide for three laps until Dale Earnhardt gave Gordon the needed push. The race was also known for a determined Dale Earnhardt repeatedly trying to pass Jeff Gordon for the lead on the final lap, but Gordon beat Earnhardt to the finish. The race had a 13-car pileup on lap 135, causing eventual series champion Dale Jarrett to flip twice. He was uninjured. This was also the first Winston No Bull 5 race of the season.

Silly season

The start of the 1999 season was marked by three owners, Andy Petree, Travis Carter, and Joe Gibbs expanding to two full-time teams for the first time in their careers. Their drivers were Kenny Wallace, Darrell Waltrip, and rookie Tony Stewart, respectively. Several new teams debuted, including Joe Bessey's new #60, and the #58 car owned by Scott Barbour. Speedweeks would also be marked by controversy involving the #90 car, when rookie driver Mike Harmon was dismissed from his team just before the Gatorade 125 qualifying races after reports surfaced that Harmon's sponsor, Big Daddy's Barbecue Sauce, was not living up to its contract obligations, as well as the team wanting a veteran driver to find more speed on the track.[2]

Qualifying and Gatorade 125s

Jeff Gordon won the pole for the race with a speed of just over 195 mph, and would start alongside former Indy Racing League champion Tony Stewart, who was making his Winston Cup debut. A total of 59 drivers would make an attempt to qualify for the 1999 Daytona 500. Bobby Labonte would win the first Gatorade 125 qualifying race after taking the lead from Gordon on lap 39. A lap 1 incident, the only caution of the First Duel, ended Dan Pardus and Jeff Green's chances at making the Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt won the 2nd Gatorade duel after taking the lead from Stewart on lap 8. The second duel was marred by two caution periods that ended Dick Trickle, Glen Morgan, and David Green's chances at qualifying for the race. This would be Earnhardt's final win at Daytona.

Drivers qualified for the Daytona 500 either by finishing in the top 16 in their qualifying race, through a 2-lap qualifying run, or a provisional starting spot based on owner points from the 1999 season. They had three chances to make a 2-lap time trial run that would be fast enough to make the Daytona 500.

Race summary


Pos Grid Car Driver Sponsor Team Make Laps Led Status
1 1 24 Jeff Gordon (W) DuPont Refinishes Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 17 Running
2 4 3 Dale Earnhardt (W) GM Goodwrench Service Plus Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 0 Running
3 41 28 Kenny Irwin, Jr. Texaco/Havoline Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 0 Running
4 12 31 Mike Skinner Lowe's Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 31 Running
5 13 7 Michael Waltrip Philips/Klausser Mattei Motorsports Ford 200 0 Running
6 7 33 Ken Schrader Skoal Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet 200 0 Running
7 24 44 Kyle Petty Hot Wheels Petty Enterprises Pontiac 200 0 Running
8 10 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Lite Penske-Kranefuss Racing Ford 200 104 Running
9 26 97 Chad Little John Deere Roush Racing Ford 200 0 Running
10 21 98 Rick Mast Sonic Yarborough Burdette Motorsports Ford 200 0 Running
11 25 9 Jerry Nadeau Cartoon Network Melling Racing Ford 200 0 Running
12 34 25 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Budweiser Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 0 Running
13 14 16 Kevin Lepage Primestar Roush Racing Ford 200 0 Running
14 31 36 Ernie Irvan (W) M&M's MB2 Motorsports Pontiac 200 0 Running
15 27 75 Ted Musgrave Remington Arms Butch Mock Motorsports Ford 200 0 Running
16 35 71 Dave Marcis RealTree Camoflauge Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet 199 0 Flagged
17 39 26 Johnny Benson Cheerios Roush Racing Ford 199 0 Flagged
18 20 30 Derrike Cope (W) Jimmy Dean Bahari Racing Pontiac 199 0 Flagged
19 15 77 Robert Pressley Jasper Engines Jasper Motorsports Ford 199 0 Flagged
20 6 12 Jeremy Mayfield Mobil 1 Penske-Kranefuss Racing Ford 199 7 Flagged
21 43 66 Darrell Waltrip (W) Big Kmart Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford 199 0 Flagged
22 40 11 Brett Bodine Paychex Brett Bodine Racing Ford 199 0 Flagged
23 42 90 Mike Wallace Accu-Turn/Kodiak1 Donlavey Racing Ford 199 0 Flagged
24 18 22 Ward Burton Caterpillar Bill Davis Racing Pontiac 199 0 Flagged
25 3 18 Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 198 20 Flagged
26 28 58 Ricky Craven Hollywood Video SBIII Motorsports Ford 197 0 Flagged
27 37 94 Bill Elliott (W) McDonald's Drive-Thru Bill Elliott Racing Ford 194 7 Contact
28 2 20 Tony Stewart (R) The Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 181 0 Flagged
29 16 4 Bobby Hamilton Kodak Advantix Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 174 0 Contact BS
30 29 10 Ricky Rudd Tide Rudd Performance Motorsports Ford 168 0 Flagged
31 9 6 Mark Martin Valvoline/Cummins Roush Racing Ford 147 0 Contact T3
32 17 40 Sterling Marlin (W) Coors Light SABCO Racing Chevrolet 144 0 Contact T3
33 22 45 Rich Bickle Lucky Dog/10-10-345 Tyler Jet Motorsports Pontiac 142 0 Contact T3
34 23 1 Steve Park Pennzoil Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 139 0 Contact T3
35 5 99 Jeff Burton Exide Batteries Roush Racing Ford 138 0 Contact T3
36 32 42 Joe Nemechek Bellsouth SABCO Racing Chevrolet 137 0 Contact T3
37 8 88 Dale Jarrett (W) Quality Care/Ford Credit Roush Racing Ford 134 14 Contact T3
38 19 5 Terry Labonte Kellogg's Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 134 0 Contact T3
39 30 60 Geoffrey Bodine (W) Power Team Joe Bessey Motorsports Chevrolet 134 0 Contact T3
40 38 21 Elliott Sadler (R) Citgo Wood Brothers Racing Ford 132 0 Contact T3
41 11 23 Jimmy Spencer Winston No Bull Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford 121 0 Contact T2
42 33 55 Kenny Wallace Square D Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet 92 0 Engine
43 36 43 John Andretti STP Petty Enterprises Pontiac 25 0 Engine
Failed to Qualify
84 Stanton Barrett (R) Heritage Consumer Products PBH Motorsports Chevrolet
80 Andy Hillenburg Cowen Truck Line Hover Motorsports Ford
81 Morgan Shepherd n/a Pinnacle Motorsports Ford
91 Steve Grissom Little Joe's Auto/Boyd's UltraViolets LJ Racing Chevrolet
00 Buckshot Jones (R) Crown Fiber Buckshot Racing Pontiac
78 Gary Bradberry (R) Pilot Travel/PHARB Hangover Relief Triad Motorsports Ford
47 Billy Standridge NASCAR Calenders Standridge Auto Racing Ford
73 Ken Bouchard The Three Stooges Beer Barkdoll Racing Chevrolet
59 Mark Gibson (R) Hollywood Video CSG Motorsports Ford
72 Jim Sauter RealTree Camoflauge Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet
79 Norm Benning (R) n/a T.R.I.X. Racing Chevrolet
13 Dick Trickle NationsRent Bill Elliott Racing Ford
15 Jeff Green (R) n/a Bud Moore Engineering Ford
48 Glen Morgan (R) Texas Marine Glen Morgan Racing Chevrolet
50 Dan Pardus (R) Midwest Transit Midwest Transit Racing Chevrolet
41 David Green (R) Kodiak1 Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevrolet
90 Mike Harmon (R)2 Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce Donlavey Racing Ford
  1. After David Green failed to qualify for the Daytona 500, his sponsor Kodiak signed an agreement to sponsor Mike Wallace's entry for the Daytona 500.
  2. Mike Harmon was originally scheduled to drive the #90 on a full-time basis in 1999. He participated in time trials but was replaced before the qualifying races by Mike Wallace, due to difficulties between the 90 team and Harmon's sponsor.


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