2000 Race Reports
Dura-Lube 400


Race: Dura-Lube 400 (Race No. 2)
Date: February 27, 2000
Track: North Carolina Motor Speedway
Qualified: 4th
Finished: 2nd
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 393 of 393
Points Pos. Before/After Race: 21/7
Points Earned: 175
Money Earned: $N/A


Earnhardt Rock solid_2/27
incar.jpg (20912 bytes)Last year, Dale Earnhardt had terrible luck at Rockingham -- he qualified poorly for both races and finished even worse, 41st and 40th. Fortunately that wasn't the case this Sunday at Rockingham. Earnhardt backed up his 4th place in qualifying with an impressive second-place finish.

Earnhardt ran in the top-5 most of the day. Leaders Bobby Labonte and Earnhardt pitted on lap 330 of 393 laps and ran 1-2 on the track moments later. Labonte's pace eventually gave him an overwhelming five-second lead. Earnhardt, who's car was strong on long green-flag runs, pulled within 1.067 seconds as the race ended. Had the race been ten laps longer, Earnhardt would have had a good shot at winning.

Earnhardt led one lap, when he took the lead from Bobby Labonte on lap 262. He gained 175 points toward the championship by finishing second, and moved from 21st all the way to 7th in the point standings.

Earnhardt qualifies 4th in Rockingham
Dale Earnhardt was back in his black GM Goodwrench Service Plus paint scheme today for qualifying in Rockingham. Earnhardt ran a solid lap and will start Sunday's Dura-Lube 400 from 4th position.

"It felt good in qualifying," Earnhardt said. "We'll see how it races on long runs. That's my biggest worry."

"On Friday, the Dale Earnhardts and Jeff Gordons are going to reach down and get a good qualifying lap, but where you'll see the difference again in on Sunday when the cars start sliding around out there," said Larry McReynolds.

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