1999 Goody's Headache Powder 500

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1999 Goody's Headache Powder 500
Race details
Race 23 of 34 in the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season

Date August 28, 1999 (1999-08-28)
Location Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee
Course Permanent racing facility
0.5 mi (0.8 km)
Distance 500 laps, 266.5 mi (428.89 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 84.2 °F (29.0 °C); wind speeds up to 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)[1]
Average speed 91.276 miles per hour (146.894 km/h)[2]
Pole position
Driver Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 124.589 miles per hour (200.507 km/h)
Most laps led
Driver Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 225
No. 3
Dale Earnhardt
Richard Childress Racing

The 1999 Goody's Headache Powder 500 was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing event that took place August 28, 1999, at Bristol International Speedway in the American community of Bristol, Tennessee.

The race was the 23rd of the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. The pole position was held by Joe Gibbs Racing's Tony Stewart, who also led the most laps with 225. The race winner was Dale Earnhardt of Richard Childress Racing, who started 26th, the lowest starting position for a winner at Bristol.[3]


The race was primarily dominated by Tony Stewart, but Dale Earnhardt took the lead on lap 121. On lap 410, the caution flew after Dave Marcis' car stopped against the turn 2 wall. Upon the caution flag waving, Marcis proceeded to drive away, and as Marcis was frequently aided by Richard Childress Racing, suspicions arose over whether or not Marcis intentionally caused a caution. NASCAR then penalized Marcis, and made him stay in pit road for a lap; NASCAR stated that Marcis claimed he couldn't reach pit road, and had to stop. However, NASCAR said Marcis had a chance to reach pit road on the two laps he was driving slowly before stopping. On the restart, Terry Labonte led the race, and on lap 435, Earnhardt passed Labonte for the lead. However, Labonte then managed to pass Earnhardt with 57 laps left, but on lap 490, Labonte slowed down, and was spun by Darrell Waltrip, giving the lead back to Earnhardt.

Labonte then pitted for new tires, and eventually, with five laps remaining, Labonte contested Earnhardt for the lead, and despite passing him, he was spun by Earnhardt in turn 2 on the final lap, and Earnhardt would secure his ninth victory at Bristol. Jimmy Spencer finished second, followed by Ricky Rudd, Jeff Gordon and Stewart.[4] Labonte would finished in 8th, and one lap down. Earnhardt's victory was subsequently met by boos from the crowd, and NASCAR officials had to review the pass, and decided to let Earnhardt keep the victory. Earnhardt later stated, "I didn’t mean to wreck him, I just wanted to rattle his cage a bit."[5]

A similar incident between Earnhardt and Labonte had occurred four years prior, at the Goody's 500; Earnhardt turned Labonte sideways, and Labonte was pushed by Earnhardt past the finish line sideways, giving Labonte the win.[6]

Top ten finishers[edit]

  1. 3-Dale Earnhardt
  2. 23-Jimmy Spencer
  3. 10-Ricky Rudd
  4. 24-Jeff Gordon
  5. 20-Tony Stewart
  6. 6-Mark Martin
  7. 40-Sterling Marlin
  8. 5-Terry Labonte
  9. 22-Ward Burton
  10. 33-Ken Schrader

Standings after the race[edit]

Dale Jarrett led the points standings after the race.


Pos Driver Points
1 Dale Jarrett 3573
2 Mark Martin 3360
3 Bobby Labonte 3262
4 Jeff Gordon 3222
5 Tony Stewart 3196
6 Jeff Burton 3107
7 Dale Earnhardt 3044
8 Rusty Wallace 2740
9 Terry Labonte 2740
10 Mike Skinner 2660


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  2. ^ a b "1999 Goody's Headache Powder 500". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  3. ^ "ESPN Classic Remembers Dale Earnhardt". ESPN Classic. 2003-11-19. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  4. ^ "TEC: 1999 Goody's 500". Daleearnhardt.net. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  5. ^ "Bad moves at Goody's". CNN Sports Illustrated. 1999-08-28. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  6. ^ "5 Most Awesome Crashes in NASCAR History". Weird Worm. 2011-09-23. Retrieved 2013-05-17.