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Jiffy Lube 300

Race: Jiffy Lube 300
Date: July 12, 1998
Track: New Hampshire International Speedway
Qualified: 20th
Finished: 18th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 299 of 300
Points Position Before Race/After Race: 10/?
Points Earned: 109
Money Earned: $47,150

Dale Earnhardt started the second half of the 1998 season with another mediocre run.  Earnhardt finished 18th in the Jiffy Lube 300, making it his ninth finish of 15th or worse this season.  Earnhardt isn't low in the Winston Cup points because of a few very bad finishes; Earnhardt is low in the points because he usually can't even finish in the top-15.

On the bright side, Dale qualified 20th.  A position which, for Earnhardt, means a step in the right direction.  This is the sixth time in 17 qualifying sessions this season that Dale has made the field during first-round qualifying.  He has now qualified on the first day for each of the past four races.

Dale finished a disappointing 18th in Loudon.  Earnhardt, who finished 2nd last year in this event, fought an ill-handling race car throughout the day.

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