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
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.