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Jarrett thwarts Earnhardt at Daytona... again
'99 News
Brett Borden, NASCAR Online

Daytona Beach, Fla. (July 3, 1999)
It's scary to think how much success Dale Earnhardt would have had at Daytona International Speedway if not for a guy named Dale Jarrett.

In the second nighttime running of the Pepsi 400 Saturday night at the 2.5-mile trioval superspeedway, the driving Dales reenacted their two famous head-to-head duels in the Daytona 500 with an under-the-lights version for the fans.

After Jarrett once again beat Earnhardt to the finish line -- this time after a run to the caution with two laps remaining -- his fans can now hold up a three-finger salute of their own. After all, Earnhardt has won 33 times at Daytona in various races. Jarrett has won just three, but all three at the expense of Earnhardt.

"Our guys did a good job all night," said Earnhardt. "Our car was a little tight and loose and I think a lot of the guys were off, too. I told the guys before that last stop that if we didn't get right side tires, I didn't know if we would finish at all. I said 'Give them to me and we'll suffer the consequences. Maybe I can make up time, maybe I can't.'

"It really didn't hurt us, maybe one position. The No. 22 pitted and it caught us back up. I wasn't aware of Jarrett's problem, if he was going to run out of gas or be close, or whatever. I was fortunate to race back up through there. The No. 99 car got right-side tires and we were hooked and were coming up through there."

Earnhardt looked like he was setting Jarrett up for one of his trademark last-lap moves in the draft. But the yellow flag came out after Jeremy Mayfield spun coming out of Turn 4 with two laps to go. And the red-white-and-blue car of Jarrett came out on top again.

It marked the sixth time Earnhardt has finished second in either the Pepsi 400 or the Daytona 500.

"I think if it had stayed green, we could've got Jarrett," Earnhardt said. "It was a key to get those right side tires on that last stop and I've got to hand it to the guys, they did a great job. We just ran out of time. I think we could've beat him if we hadn't run out of time."

And luck. Earnhardt always seems to run out of that commodity when Dale Jarrett and Daytona are involved.