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1999 Pennzoil 400

Race: Pennzoil 400 (Race No. 33)
Date: October 24, 1999
Track: Homestead-Miami
Qualified: 23rd
Finished: 8th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 266 of 267
Points Pos. Before/After Race: 7/7
Points Earned: 142
Money Earned: $65,575


Earnhardt finishes 8th in race, 7th in points  Nov. 14

Dale Earnhardt finished eighth in the Pennzoil 400 at Homestead after starting 23rd.

"We were fair," Earnhardt said following the race. "I want to congratulate Jarrett. Robert Yates has worked really hard as a team owner, just like Richard Childress has. Dale Jarrett has worked really hard over the years. We were just there today. We had the car set up super loose. That's the only way I could make it go around the corners. I could run with them for about 15 or 20 laps. The tires would go away and their downforce would go to work and I was junk. The stop and go didn't hurt me in position, but it put us a lap down. It makes you wonder. It really makes you wonder."

Only eight of the race's 43 cars were Pontiacs, yet five Pontiacs finished in the top-16. The Pontiac's
longer spoiler gives the car an advantage, especially on flatter tracks. NASCAR will likely wait a few races into the 2000 season to see how the Pontiac stands against the new 2000 Monte Carlo and 2000 Taurus before deciding if rules changes are necessary.

Dale will finish 7th in points this season. He is too far behind to catch Jeff Gordon for sixth, and has a 322-point lead over Rusty Wallace in eighth.

Earnhardt qualifies 23rd in Homestead  Nov. 12

Dale Earnhardt was 23rd fastest in qualifying for the first-ever Winston Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.


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