2000 Race Reports
Mall.com 400


Race: Mall.com 400 (Race No. 5)
Date: March 19, 2000
Track: Darlington Raceway
Qualified: 4th
Finished: 3rd
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 293 of 293
Points Pos. Before/After Race: 3/3
Points Earned: 165
Money Earned: $68,590


Earnhardt finishes 3rd at Darlington_3/19
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
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 the championship.

"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 we'll see."

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
Dale Earnhardt was second fastest in Friday's first practice session, and 5th fastest in the second practice session on Friday.

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