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1999 California 500 presented by NAPA

Race: California 500 presented by NAPA (Race No. 10)
Date: May 2, 1999
Track: California Speedway
Qualified: 9th (determined by points position)
Finished: 12th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 249 of 250
Points Pos. Before/After Race: 9/11
Points Earned: 132 (with 5 bonus points)
Money Earned: $55,425


Earnhardt places 12th in California May 2
Dale Earnhardt was unable to back up his Talladega win last week with a California 500 win on Sunday. The Intimidator, looking to win his second straight race, fell a lap down and couldn't make up the distance, finishing 12th at the California 500 presented by NAPA.

Earnhardt led laps 83 through 85 of 250 as green flag pit stops went on, but
ran out of fuel and lost considerable track position in the process.

The loss left him struggling at the end of the lead lap, before finally succumbing to race leaders Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton.

Earnhardt used the final 115 laps to move from 14th to 12th.
He raced himself back onto the lead lap at one point, but was not able to keep himself there.

By leading those laps, Earnhardt ran in front for only the second time in 1999.

Jeff Gordon went on to win his third race of the season and his second California 500 victory in three years.

Earnhardt dropped from ninth to 11th in the Winston Cup points standings with his 12th place finish.

Qualifying cancelled, Earnhardt starts 9th May 1
Both rounds of qualifying for this weekend's California 500 by NAPA have been wiped out by rain. The starting field for Sunday's race has been determined by owner points and entry postmark dates. The Richard Childress owned GM Goodwrench Service No. 3 Monte Carlo sits ninth in the points, meaning Earnhardt will start Sunday's event from the ninth position.

Rain also washed out Winston Cup practice on Friday at California Speedway. Teams were, however, able to get in two rounds of practice on Saturday. Earnhardt was only 36th quickest in practice session one.  He was 27th quickest in "Happy Hour" practice. The race is Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on ABC.


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