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1999 NAPA 500

Race: NAPA 500 (Race No. 34)
Date: November 21, 1999
Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway
Qualified: 36th
Finished: 9th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 325 of 325
Points Pos. Before/After Race: 7/7
Points Earned: 138
Money Earned: $54,550


Earnhardt finishes 9th in Atlanta  Nov. 21

11_21go.gif (5463 bytes)Dale Earnhardt looked ready to get a top-five finish Sunday after moving from sixth to fourth following the race's final restart. Unfortunately, he couldn't stay there, and faded to finish 9th behind teammate Mike Skinner.

Earnhardt started the race 36th, and after about 25 laps, he was up to 26th. After the first pit stops of the day, Dale was in 21st. He later raced into the top-10, where he ran frequently throughout the day.

The No. 3 team had a new pit crew member for Atlanta. While the series was in town, Ned Yost, the third base coach for the Atlanta Braves and longtime NASCAR fan, worked in the pit stall of Dale Earnhardt's No. 3 Chevrolets Sunday. He served as the team's second gasman.

The 1999 year was definitely not a dream season for the Intimidator, but it was a step back in the right direction. Dale has three wins, seven top-5s and 21 top-10s this year, compared to one win, five top-5s and 13 top-10s in 1998. Although Dale's qualifying hasn't improved too much from 1998, he has noticeably improved his consistency. In the 22 races from the first Talladega race to the second Talladega race, Earnhardt earned 15 top-10s and finished lower than 13th only three times.

Coming into Atlanta, Dale knew that he had nothing to loose or gain in the points standings. He was locked in 7th between Jeff Gordon and Rusty Wallace. He will visit the stage in December at the Winston Cup awards banquet for finishing in the top-10 in points, the ninth time he has done so in the 1990's.

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Earnhardt will start 36th in Atlanta
  Nov. 20

Dale Earnhardt will start 36th in the season-finale NAPA 500 at Atlanta.

"We just need to go a little faster," said Earnhardt on Friday. "We've been off a little bit all day, but we'll get to work on it and be ready to run when they drop the green flag on Sunday."

Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace and Dale Jarrett will sport metallic-looking paint schemes this weekend to celebrate the NAPA 500 as the final race of the century.

Dale is Atlanta's winningest driver with eight wins -- four each in the spring and fall races. In 42 starts at the track, Earnhardt has posted 24 top-fives. He has held the race record at Atlanta since 1995 when he won the race with an average speed of 163.633 mph.


Earnhardt will wear metallic look in Atlanta  Sept. 21
Dale Earnhardt, along with four other NASCAR drivers, will celebrate the close of the century by sporting metallic paint schemes in the final Busch Grand National race and final Winston Cup race of the 1999 season. Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett and Earnhardt will sport the metallic look in the Winston Cup series NAPA 500 at Atlanta, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Casey Atwood will drive metallic looking cars in the Busch series Miami 300 at Homestead.


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