Earnhardt gets 6th in Save
Dale Earnhardt came from deep in the field to
finish 6th on Sunday.
Earnhardt started the race 29th and moved slowly but surely through the field at Sears
Point, where passing isn't an always an easy thing to do. By lap 20 Dale was up 11 spots
to 18th. By lap 52 he was running in the top 10 in eighth.
We struggled all day just to stay up and keep up
and do the best I could," said Earnhardt. "It was just an all day struggle. I
guess Labonte gained 10 points on us, but we did pretty good for where we started. That
was a tough sixth-place run, but weve got six straight top 10s I think, and these
guys right here (crew) deserve the credit. They did a good job today in the pits. We
werent worried about going all the way. They told me we could make it on fuel, so I
wasnt worried about it. Im tired. I really had to mash the brakes today to get
it stopped, so we might try something a little different when we come back next time.
Well shift gears now and get ready to go to Daytona and see if we cant do a
little better down there this time than we did in February. Maybe we can get a top five
down there and gain those points back we lost here today.
Earnhardt will start 29th at Sears Point_6/24
Dale Earnhardt was only 32nd fastest on Friday during first-round
qualifying at Sears Point, with a lap of 96.823 mph.
"It really wasn't very good," said Earnhardt of his qualifying lap. "We'd
been a lot better than that in practice. It was a bad lap."
On Saturday Earnhardt re-qualified in second-round qualifying and improved his starting
position to 29th.
The Save Mart/Kragen 350K starts Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.