The Earnhardt Connection - Race Reports
|The Earnhardt Connection|
|Date:||March 9, 1998 (The race was postponed one day due to rain.)|
|Track:||Atlanta Motor Speedway|
|Laps Completed:||324 of 325|
Atlanta 2nd in points after an 8th place finish in Las Vegas.
Once again, controversy over the fairness of the rules concerning manufactures arose. Rusty Wallace (a Ford driver) stated that the field was equal, while almost every Chevy driver was unsatisfied with the rules.
At one point in the race, Earnhardt remained on the track while most other cars made pit stops. This move enabled Dale to move into first place, becoming one of the race's 14 lap leaders. A couple of laps later, Dale dropped into the pits for his stop.
Dale dropped to third in the point standings. He trails Rusty Wallace and Jeremy Mayfield. The series now takes a weekend off, with the next race being in Darlington, approximentely two weeks away.
|Post-Race Quotes:||"The Chevrolets don't have what
they need to compete -- look at the scoreboard," said Earnhardt, pointing at a pylon
that showed the best Monte Carlo in 12th and only six Chevrolets in the top-20.
"We asked to be put on the chassis dyno," said McReynolds of the analytical tool NASCAR had available after the race. "We want to see where we're at ... (because) we didn't perform very well on the straightaways today. You don't see a Chevrolet consistently up front ... It's like hitting a perfect setup like Gordon did the last few laps at Rockingham or (Terry) Labonte did today for a while. Did you see a Chevrolet finish in the top-10 today? Rest my case."
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