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Farm Aid on CMT 300

Race: Farm Aid on CMT 300
Date: August 31, 1998
Track: New Hampshire International Speedway
Qualified: 18th
Finished: 9th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 300 of 300
Points Position Before Race/After Race: 8/NA
Points Earned: 138
Money Earned: $50,550


Solid if not spectacular: Dale Earnhardt was ninth in the Farm Aid on CMT 300, his fifth top 10 in nine races.

He has not finished worse than 18th since he swapped crew chiefs with Richard Childress Racing teammate Mike Skinner after the Pontiac 400 at Richmond 10 races ago, bringing Kevin Hamlin to his team while Larry McReynolds moved to Skinner's team.

"We had some fun today, but I didn't go anywhere," Earnhardt said. "We were just good enough to stay where we are. We were consistent today."

Earnhardt drove his back-up Chevrolet after crashing his primary car in practice Friday.

He didn't leave New Hampshire International Speedway without giving race winner Jeff Gordon a backhanded compliment.

"Can you believe that kid won another race?" Earnhardt said. "Two tires and away he goes. I don't know how he does it. Go ask him."

Earnhardt's teammate Mike Skinner didn't have quite as good of a day.  He finished fifth here in July and said Sunday he felt his car was good enough to win before the day started.  But once the green flag flew, Skinner's Chevrolet was off the mark and he wound up 15th.

"I don't know what happened," he said. "It was a different race car when I sat in it today.  It was terrible.  This is a funny business.  I had a gut feeling we were going to get our first win today."

Earnhardt and Skinner will both be running for a $1 million bonus in next Sunday's Southern 500.  They finished in the top five at the Brickyard 400, along with Gordon, Martin and Bobby Labonte, to be eligible to collect that bonus with a win at Darlington.
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