1997 Miller 400 2000 NAPA 500 - 1/2 1 day ago   2:11:26

SKracing
ernie irvan's unthinkable comeback from a near-fatal crash comes full-circle with a win at the venue that nearly claimed his life. irvan's triumph in this june '97 michigan 400 turned out to be his last as a winston cup racer.

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dalejr183
Dale Earnhardt debuted his Plus on the hood paint scheme this race which would be made famous the next year at Daytona
peppyluscious
*O N L Y I N A M E R I C A*
budamania1989
good race ty
EricEbac22
This would be Ken Squier's final race as the lap-by-lap announcer for CBS; starting with the Talladega race in October, Mike Joy would call lap-by-lap announcements for CBS and would do so until CBS' contract to broadcast NASCAR races expired after the 2000 season.
OKbronch
This race was Ken Squier's final time as the lap by lap announcer for CBS. Mike Joy would take over that role at the Die Hard 500 later that season. Squier would continue as host and TBS announcer for two more years. Of course he still does a few laps of the Southern 500 for NBC.
Jeremy Isley
WTH? I just realized that not only did Ernie Irvan win a race at a track that almost killed him, a few days before this race, Rick Baldwin died from his injuries he had suffered in a Michigan crash in 1986!
John Walton
Love it, Budweiser blimp at the Miller 400
Randall Dubin
This would also turn out to be Irvan's last win at Robert Yates Racing, as he would move to Nelson Bowers' team for the '98 season. 
batz capo
was there ever a race Skinner didn't wreck in?
Randall Dubin
WTF is up with the aspect ratio there? 
epzik8
Mike Skinner had a similar crash to the one in this race at Darlington in 2001. He also had a hard crash in the opening laps at Chicago in 2001 as well
Jeff Rogers
When nascar didin't see fake derbris!!!
masterpd85
lol wow... at the 25min mark a tv commentator mentions that Dale's team adjusted the body. Today, that got Jimmi Johnson and the 48 team is big trouble. So much has changed......
dnasty312
way to go, Ernie!
kornnut43
@O5fan hahah Unless you read the video description, or know your NASCAR history at all.
Sandeep Banerjee
Thanks
kornnut43
Oh man, thank you SO MUCH! I haven't seen this since the day it happened...

I remember wanting Bill Elliott to win so badly, that I was somewhat disappointed that Ernie won, at the time. Of course, looking back, Bill won a few more times, so it's all good. This was pretty special.
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2000 NAPA 500 - 1/2 1997 Miller 400 1 day ago   1:33:42

the 2000 winston cup season finale brought about the end of an epoch in nascar racing. it marked the final broadcast for bob jenkins and his vaunted espn squad, the final start for 3-time champion darrell waltrip, the closing chapter of dale earnhardt's final season, and the swan song for countless race teams and sponsor affiliations. jerry nadeau's lone nascar victory, rung up in convincing fashion, served to punctuate the bittersweet festivities and help seal the contest's unique place in winston cup lore.