Rookie Earnhardt wins NASCAR

Published May 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Rookie Dale Earnhardt Jr drove over 50 laps of the NASCAR Pontiac Excitement 400, seizing the Winston Cup after coming first with a speed of 99.374 miles per hour in Virginia, Monday. 

He finished 0.159 seconds in front of Labonte's Chevrolet, collecting a sum of $118,850, while Rusty Wallace came in fifth behind Ricky Rudd who came fourth, both of them driving Ford Tauruses. 

Pole-sitter and dominant short-track driver, Wallace led 223 of the 400 laps but was lost in the middle somewhere by a series of cautions and could not regain the lead. 

Earnhardt stole the Cup from Tony Stewart who earned it last year when he set the Winston Cup rookie record with three wins. 

With 30 laps to go, Earnheardt rocketed past his father, not giving it a second thought. 

His father has 75 career wins including this event in 1987 and 1991 - (Agencies).  



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