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1999 MBNA Gold 400

Race: MBNA Gold 400 (Race No. 27)
Date: September 26, 1999
Track: Dover Downs International Speedway
Qualified: 37th
Finished: 8th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 399 of 400
Points Pos. Before/After Race: 7/7
Points Earned: 142
Money Earned: $52,065


Earnhardt gets his 400th top-10 in Dover  Sept. 26

Dale Earnhardt rallied from a poor 37th starting spot to finish 8th today in the MBNA Gold 400.

By lap 25, Earnhardt was up to 27th. On lap 70 he has moved into 21st. By lap 100 Dale was up to 13th. Soon after, Earnhardt brook into the top-10, where he stayed during most of the rest of the race. Around lap 170, Earnhardt was in the top-5 shortly. He later got lapped, and finished 8th.

"We had a good race car all day long," Earnhardt said. "We came back from Happy Hour and made a bunch of adjustments last night. It was a little tight in the center, but the guys made great pit stops all day. That's another top-10 finish, and considering where we started, we had a good day. We need to get a little better. We want to run in the top-5 and be in contention to win, but that didn't happen today."

qualifies 37th in Dover  Sept. 24
On Friday in first-round qualifying at Dover, Dale Earnhardt ran a sluggish lap of just 154.586 mph, good enough for 44th position. Earnhardt used a provisional on Saturday to make the race, rather than attempt to requalifiy. He will start 37th.


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