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NASCAR Winston Cup race number 11 of 33
Sunday, May 24, 1998 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
400 laps on a 1.500 mile paved track (600.000 miles)

Time of race: 4:23:53
Average speed: 136.424 mph
Pole speed: 182.976 mph
Cautions: 8 for 49 laps
Margin of victory: .41 sec
Attendance: 175000
Lead changes: 33

Glossary    1998 NASCAR Winston Cup results   /   1998 standings

PosSt#DriverCarLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 124   Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet400346450running53180
2 42   Rusty Wallace Miller Lite   (Roger Penske)Ford400109500running51175
3 618   Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs)Pontiac400102550running12170
4 56   Mark Martin Valvoline / Cummins   (Jack Roush)Ford40095500running164170
51088   Dale Jarrett Quality Care / Ford Credit   (Yates Racing)Ford40078700running47160
62642   Joe Nemechek BellSouth / The Real Yellowpages   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet40063450running3155
7 343   John Andretti STP   (Petty Enterprises)Pontiac40066100running0146
83899   Jeff Burton Exide Batteries   (Jack Roush)Ford40059500running0142
93926   Johnny Benson, Jr. Cheerios   (Jack Roush)Ford40046800running1143
101433   Ken Schrader Skoal Bandit   (Andy Petree)Chevrolet39958050running0134
111836   Ernie Irvan Skittles   (Nelson Bowers)Pontiac39949550running0130
124116   Ted Musgrave Primestar   (Jack Roush)Ford39947350running0127
132123   Jimmy Spencer Winston / No Bull   (Travis Carter)Ford39959800running28129
143394   Bill Elliott McDonald's   (Bill Elliott)Ford39944400running0121
153040   Sterling Marlin Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)Chevrolet39937000running0118
162777   Robert Pressley Jasper Engines   (Doug Bawel)Ford39936450running0115
17431   Darrell Waltrip Pennzoil   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.)Chevrolet39928700running0112
183721   Michael Waltrip Citgo / World Games   (Wood Brothers)Ford39939700running2114
191212   Jeremy Mayfield Mobil 1   (Michael Kranefuss)Ford39837950running0106
20404   Bobby Hamilton Kodak MAX Film   (Larry McClure)Chevrolet39843850running0103
21 790   Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers   (Junie Donlavey)Ford39837300running2105
223211   Brett Bodine Paychex   (Brett Bodine)Ford39836250running097
23137   Geoffrey Bodine Philips Consumer Communications   (Jim Mattei)Ford39835850running094
241698   Rich Bickle Thorn Apple Valley   (Cale Yarborough)Ford39835450running091
254281   Kenny Wallace Square D   (Fil Martocci)Ford39828700running293
26 975   Rick Mast Remington Arms   (Butch Mock)Ford39827950running085
27199   Lake Speed Cartoon Network / Happy Birthday NASCAR   (Harry Melling)Ford39727760running082
282035   Todd Bodine Tabasco   (Bob Hancher)Pontiac39724710running079
293431   Mike Skinner Lowe's   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet39727675running076
302944   Kyle Petty Hot Wheels   (Kyle Petty)Pontiac39634150running073
313510   Ricky Rudd Tide   (Ricky Rudd)Ford39641025running070
322341   Steve Grissom Kodiak   (Larry Hedrick)Chevrolet39631620running067
332530   Derrike Cope Gumout   (Chuck Rider)Pontiac39531615running064
34 222   Ward Burton MBNA America   (Bill Davis)Pontiac39543610running3566
352497   Chad Little John Deere   (Jack Roush)Ford38624605running058
361591   Kevin Lepage First Union   (Joe Falk)Chevrolet38625600running055
37 878   Gary Bradberry Pilot Travel Centers   (Jim Wilson)Ford36825095crash052
381150   Randy LaJoie Budweiser   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet33631585crash049
39283   Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service Plus   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet33639580crash046
402213   Jerry Nadeau FirstPlus Financial   (Bill Elliott)Ford33124575running043
41365   Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes "Corny"   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet32940570running040
423192   Elliott Sadler O.P. / Tower Clothing   (Gary Bechtel)Chevrolet20824565engine037
431796   David Green Caterpillar   (Buz McCall)Chevrolet13424560engine034

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
44Hut Stricklin8Circuit CityStavola BrothersChevrolet
45Kenny Irwin, Jr.28Texaco / HavolineRobert YatesFord
46Andy Hillenburg95Shoney's InnsSadler BrothersChevrolet
47Dave Marcis71RealTree CamouflageDave MarcisChevrolet
48Randy MacDonald85Sherwin-Williams / Mansion MotorsportsFrancis DixonFord
49Dan Pardus07Midwest TransitHal Hicks / Mike WittersChevrolet
50Billy Standridge47Team Fans Can RaceBilly StandridgeFord
51Morgan Shepherd46First UnionFelix SabatesChevrolet

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
13535  
36405   #78,13 spun turn 2 
415212  
53597   #23 spun frontstretch 
60186127  
1871937   #40 spun frontstretch 
19424047  
2412466   #7 spun frontstretch 
24727731  
2782825   #13 spun backstretch 
28332139  
3223265   #35 spun backstretch 
32733812  
3393468   #3,50,30,42 accident turn 4 
34737832  
3793846   #78 accident turn 4 
38540016  
  Percent of race run under caution: 12.3%             Average green flag run: 39.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Ward Burton12929
  Mark Martin30301
  Ward Burton31366
  Kenny Wallace37382
  Rusty Wallace39413
  Jeff Gordon425918
  Mark Martin60601
  Jeff Gordon61611
  Mark Martin6211049
  Johnny Benson, Jr.1111111
  Joe Nemechek1121143
  Jimmy Spencer1151162
  Michael Waltrip1171182
  Dick Trickle1191202
  Jeff Gordon1211288
  Mark Martin12918153
  Jimmy Spencer1821876
  Jeff Gordon1881881
  Mark Martin1891946
  Jimmy Spencer19521420
  Mark Martin21524127
  Rusty Wallace24225312
  Dale Jarrett2542552
  Jeff Gordon25626510
  Mark Martin26627813
  Dale Jarrett27928810
  Mark Martin2892924
  Dale Jarrett29332735
  Bobby Labonte32833912
  Mark Martin34034910
  Jeff Gordon3503545
  Rusty Wallace35539036
  Jeff Gordon39140010

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Jeff Gordon 1590    
2   Jeremy Mayfield 1563   -27  
3   Rusty Wallace 1559   -31  
4   Mark Martin 1504   -86  
5   Terry Labonte 1461   -129  
6   Dale Jarrett 1455   -135  
7   Bobby Labonte 1339   -251  
8   Jimmy Spencer 1313   -277  
9   Ken Schrader 1292   -298  
10   Dale Earnhardt 1269   -321  
11   Bill Elliott 1260   -330  
12   Jeff Burton 1252   -338  
12   Michael Waltrip 1252   -338  
14   Johnny Benson, Jr. 1222   -368  
15   Ward Burton 1202   -388  
16   Ernie Irvan 1186   -404  
17   Bobby Hamilton 1173   -417  
18   Brett Bodine 1153   -437  
19   Ted Musgrave 1134   -456  
20   Chad Little 1119   -471