Earnhardt finishes 8th in race, 7th in
points Nov. 14
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
Dale Earnhardt was 23rd fastest in qualifying for the
first-ever Winston Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.