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1999 Kmart Michigan 400 by Castrol

Race: Kmart Michigan 400 by Castrol (Race No. 14)
Date: June 13, 1999
Track: Michigan Speedway
Qualified: 15th
Finished: 16th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 198 of 200
Points Pos. Before/After Race: 7/8
Points Earned: 115
Money Earned: $39,825


Earnhardt finishes 16th in Michigan  June 13
Unfortunately for Dale Earnhardt, his win at Michigan Speedway came a couple of days too early.

Earnhardt, who edged son Dale Jr. for victory in Friday's International Race of Champions, didn't have the car to compete with Dale Jarrett and finished 16th, two laps down to the leaders in the Kmart 400 on Sunday.

Jarrett, the Winston Cup points leader, led 149 of the 200 laps in capturing his second victory of the season and 20th of his career. He built nearly a 10 second lead over Jeff Gordon at the halfway point and wound up beating him to the line by half a second. Jeff Burton was third, followed by brother Ward Burton, and Bobby Labonte.

Earnhardt began the race from the 15th spot, but never moved further forward than 14th or dropped deeper than 16th.

The race was caution free for only the second time in its 30-year history and Jarrett shattered Rusty Wallace's 1996 track record of 166.033 mph by nearly eight mph.

Earnhardt qualifies 15th in Michigan  June 11
Dale Earnhardt made the field in day one of qualifying on Friday with a lap of 185.735 MPH, good enough for 15th position. The race starts Sunday at 1 p.m. ET and will be televised by CBS.

Earnhardt holds off 'Little E' for third IROC win of '99  June 11
Dale Earnhardt held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. by .007 seconds to win Friday's International Race of Champions event at Michigan Speedway.

Dale moved quickly through the field from his 12th-place starting spot.  By lap 4, Earnhardt was already in the top-5. On lap 26, Earnhardt took the lead from Mark Martin.  Earnhardt and Earnhardt Jr. bumped coming off Turn 4 on the final lap, with Earnhardt holding on in one of the closest finishes in series history.

The win is Earnhardt's third in the three races run thus far in IROC '99.

Rusty Wallace was third, and Bobby Labonte finished fourth.

Full Report to follow.


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