Prime time for Daytona, VL for DJ

Saturday, July 3, 1999 – NASCAR’s premier series went prime time on Saturday night for the first time on the Fourth of July holiday weekend, and Dale Jarrett escaped with a victory after almost running out of fuel. The driver of the No. 88 Ford for Robert Yates Racing, Jarrett pitted for a splash of gas with 17 laps remaining in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, then ran out on the backstretch after taking the checkered flag. Dale Earnhardt finished second while Jeff Burton was third.

A year earlier, the ’98 Pepsi 400 was scheduled to be the first to be held under the lights in July at DIS. However, wildfires across the region forced officials to postpone the race. It was run October 17, 1998.

The win was the third in seven races for Jarrett and his 14th consecutive top-10 result.

The race finished under caution after Jeremey Mayfield spun in Turn 4 on Lap 156 following contact from Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Jimmy Spencer and Elliott Sadler were also involved.

The race was the final start in the Cup series for driver Loy Allen Jr. A former Daytona 500 pole winner (1994), Allen finished 40th at Daytona and earlier at Michigan. He failed to qualify at Talladega and Pocono.

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