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Tough night for Dale Jr and Richmond
May 16, 1999

It was a rough night for a couple of the points leaders, particularly defending champion Dale Earnhardt Jr., but also Elton Sawyer and Jason Keller. On the flip side of the coin, it was a great night for Matt Kenseth, Jeff Green and Todd Bodine.

Kenseth unofficially took the point lead by 84 points as he took a huge bite out of Earnhardt's lead for the second week in a row. While Kenseth finished 3rd, Earnhardt's ACDelco Chevrolet was involved in an accident for the second week in a row and finished 32nd -- following up last week's 34th.

"They wrecked in front of me and I just couldn't get through there," he said of an accident on about lap 156. The crew jumped in en masse -- including Earnhardt who wielded a mean sledgehammer -- and replaced the rear end housing and did massive body work. However, a short time after rejoining the fray, Earnhardt was on the sidelines.

"We had to put a new rear-end in there and with about 10 laps to go, it burned up on us," he said. "By then, though, we had gained all the spots that we were gonna gain. It was no big deal, though. I don't really know where we finished."

Earnhardt temporarily slip to second in the point.  He is also making his Winston Cup debut May 30th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600. His first of five Winston Cup races in 1999.

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