Earnhardt finishes 3rd at
Dale Earnhardt had a very good day in
Darlington. Saving his tires, and his car, he was able to make a run to the front a couple
of times, making up positions quickly as the green flag pit stop windows neared. It was a
close call as The Intimidator passed rookie Matt Kenseth on Lap 253 and brushed the wall.
He finished a respectable third.
"The car was just an okay car all day," said Earnhardt. "It was a good
points day for us. That's what we needed."
Bobby Labonte still holds the points lead by just 9 points over Mark Martin, with Dale
Earnhardt 32 points behind Labonte in third.
Earnhardt will start Darlington from second row_3/17
Dale Earnhardt qualified
fourth on Friday for the Mall.com 400 in Darlington.
"Turns 1 and 2 felt good," said Earnhardt. "It was a good effort for this
team. They gave me a good race car. We'll keep tuning on it and keep working on it. We'll
give it our best shot Sunday, and I think we're gong to give them a run for their money in
"I thought that lap was good enough for the top-5, and it was. I felt like (Turns) 1
and 2 was good, and they said 3 and 4 was better. I felt like 3 and 4 was off some, but
Earnhardt leads active drivers with nine wins at Darlington Raceway and needs just one to
tie David Pearson as the track's all-time winningest driver. He also has 22 top-10s and 17
top-5s at the track.
Earnhardt quick in Friday practice_3/17
Dale Earnhardt was second
fastest in Friday's first practice session, and 5th fastest in the second practice session