|Race: Save Mart/Kragen
|Date: June 28, 1998
|Track: Sears Point Raceway
|Laps Completed: 112 of 112
|Points Position Before Race/After
|Points Earned: 130
|Money Earned: $44,950
In the closing laps of the Save
Mart/Kragen 350, Dale Earnhardt was fighting two battles, both of them were in attempt to
stay in the top-10.
Dale Earnhardt ran his hardest trying to hold back Bill Elliott and Steve Grissom.
Earnhardt was obviously slower than the two cars. In every turn he would
position his Chevrolet so that neither Grissom nor Elliott could pass him. Finally
Grissom got by, and Earnhardt dropped to 11th place.
The second battle that Dale was running was a points battle. Next week's
Pepsi 400 marks the halfway point for the 1998 Winston Cup season. Earnhardt stands
a sickly 10th in the points. He has never completed a season inferior to 12th
position in the points during his entire career. If he desires to keep it that way,
which he does, he has to battle for points.
At the start of the race, Earnhardt rose from his 17th place starting position and
with 80 to go was in the top-5. Dale was able to keep his car on the race track all
day, eventually finishing 11th.
Since swaping crew chiefs three races weeks ago, Dale Earnhardt has recorded three
finishes in the top-15.
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