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1999 Pop Secret 400

Race: Pop Secret 400 (Race No. 31)
Date: October 24, 1999
Track: North Carolina Motor Speedway
Qualified: 37th
Finished: 40th
Status: Accident
Laps Completed: 318 of 393
Points Pos. Before/After Race: 7/7
Points Earned: 43
Money Earned: $36,900


Earnhardt has a bad run in Rockingham  Oct. 24

Dale Earnhardt, who won last week's Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, was relegated to a 40th-place finish in Sunday's Pop Secret 400 after getting involved in an accident on Lap 322.

Earnhardt and Kenny Irwin touched bumpers exiting Turn 2, and Earnhardt hit the wall. Wally Dallenbach had just about avoided the incident when Jerry Nadeau came out from behind, sending Dallenbach into a spin.

"(Irwin) hooked me with his right rear, and I think the pipe in the bumper stuck in the nose of my car because I couldn't run,'' Earnhardt said. ``It just pushed me right in the wall. I knocked the heck out of the wall and tore off the wall and tore my right side tires off of it."

Earnhardt has been chasing a spot in the top five in the series points race and was seventh entering Sunday's race, 120 points behind fifth-place Tony Stewart. After his performance Sunday, Earnhardt remained in seventh place but has now dropped to 204 points out of fifth place.

"This might knock us out of (contention),'' Earnhardt said. ``We just wanted to finish today. I don't know how many laps we were down and it doesn't matter. We needed to finish at least."

qualifies 37th in Rockingham  Oct. 22

Dale Earnhardt was 37th fastest in first-round qualifying on Friday at Rockingham.


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