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Race: Coca-Cola 500 (Non-points Event)
Date: November 21, 1998
Track: Twin Ring Motegi (Japan)
Qualified: 18th
Finished: 8th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: -- of --
Points Position Before Race/After Race: 8/8 (non-points event)
Points Earned: 0
Money Earned: $N/A


Earnhardt finishes 8th in Japan 11-21-98
Dale Earnhardt finished eighth in the Coca-Cola 500 at Twin Motegi, Japan.  As usual all 3 Japanese drivers added some excitement to the race by taking themselves out of contention.  After the drivers pitted during the second caution, Dale Jr. was 12th, while Sr. was 13th.  But they did not pass each other.  After the drivers pitted during a caution on lap 73, Dale Sr. was 5th while Jr. exited the pits in 3rd.   Junior took the lead for less than a lap before losing it.  Around lap 100 the Earnhardts had a small battle and Jr. held off his dad for the position.  Earnhardt would later lead the race (around lap 139) because he was the last driver to pit during a green-flap cycle of pit stops.  Mike Skinner went on to win the race.  Junior finished sixth, Sr. was eighth.  The Earnhardt Jr./Sr. battle turned out to be a lot less significant than everyone had hoped it would be, but on the bright side Earnhardt Jr. proved he is able to run well in a Winston Cup car.

Earnhardt qualifies 15th in Japan, Jr. is 9th

Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr., racing for the first time together on the same track, qualified 15th and 9th, respectively. 

"I sure would like to try it again,'' Dale Jr. said. "We have a whole lot better race car than it shows on the board. You only get one lap, I wish I had two.''   The race begins at 10 p.m. EDT tonight.

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