2000 Race Reports
ave Mart/Kragen 350K


Race: Save Mart/Kragen 350K (Race No. 16)
Date: June 25, 2000
Track: Sears Point Raceway
Qualified: 29th
Finished: 6th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 112 of 112
Points Pos. Before/After Race: 2/2
Points Earned: 150
Money Earned: $65,165


Earnhardt gets 6th in Save Mart/Kragen 350_6/25
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 we’ve 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 weren’t worried about going all the way. They told me we could make it on fuel, so I wasn’t worried about it. I’m 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. We’ll shift gears now and get ready to go to Daytona and see if we can’t 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
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.

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