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1999 Save Mart/Kragen 350K

Race: Save Mart/Kragen 350K (Race No. 16)
Date: June 27, 1999
Track: Sears Point Raceway
Qualified: 23rd
Finished: 9th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 112 of 112
Points Pos. Before/After Race: 7/7
Points Earned: 138
Money Earned: $46,165


Earnhardt races to 9th-place finish in Sonoma  June 27
Dale Earnhardt had a near race-ending mishap with Ken Schrader on Sunday at Sears Point but survived to finish ninth behind winner Jeff Gordon.

Earnhardt had moved from 23rd to 16th just 10 laps into the race. Shortly following the first pit stops of the day, Earnhardt was up in 11th position.

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Dale Earnhardt and Ken Schrader had another on-track incident Sunday in Sonoma.

Then the mishap occurred. Going into a turn, Bill Elliott got loose. Earnhardt went high and checked up to avoid him, but Ken Schrader (who was behind Earnhardt) failed to slow down and bumped Earnhardt.

The "Intimidator" was somehow able to maintain control of his GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet, yet dropped to 39th position after spinning out.

Dale raced back from 39th to 28th within eight laps after the spin. His fierce battle resolve on the road course came through, as he continued to fight his way back through the field to finish a respectable ninth.

Earnhardt qualifies 23rd at Sears Point  June 25
Dale Earnhardt turned a lap in 01:12.518 at an average speed of 96.754 mph in Bud Pole Qualifying on Friday, good for 23rd place in the starting lineup for Sunday's Save Mart/Kragen 350 at Sears Point Raceway.

"I just didn't get up the hill like I wanted to," Earnhardt explained.

Earnhardt, who won here in 1995, last won the pole at Sonoma in 1993.

Earnhardt needs to flex his muscles on the 1.95-mile, 10-turn road course this weekend if he wants to get back in the Winston Cup championship race. The Intimidator is currently seventh, trailing Dale Jarrett by 475 points. He has one win, two top-fives and eight top-10s in 15 races this season.


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