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Save Mart/Kragen 350

Race: Save Mart/Kragen 350
Date: June 28, 1998
Track: Sears Point Raceway
Qualified: 17th
Finished: 11th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 112 of 112
Points Position Before Race/After Race: 10/10
Points Earned: 130
Money Earned: $44,950
Summary:

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.

1998 Unimount Enterprises