Little E Outpowers
LaJoie for the Win at Gateway
August 2, 1999
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. won Saturday's Carquest Auto Parts 250 at Gateway
International Raceway to regain the points lead in the NASCAR Busch Series' Grand National
Earnhardt, who got his fourth victory of the year, led in 59 of the race's 200 laps
including the final 46 after passing Joe Nemechek. With the win and a $51,775 payday, he
became the sixth driver in series history to surpass $2 million in career earnings.
"We didn't have the quickest car on the sheet, statistically, all weekend,"
Earnhardt said. "Maybe unconsciously, we had the wool kind of over everybody's eyes
there - maybe even our own."
The victory gives Earnhardt a slim 11-point advantage over Matt Kenseth in the point
standings - 2,947 to 2,936. He came from the 18th position to take the checkered flag.
"Wow, that's pretty tight, I guess," Earnhardt said. "It's great, No. 1,
for the NASCAR Busch Series. That just shows you what type of competitors you have
Randy LaJoie moved through the pack after starting 27th to finish as the second while
Nemechek was third. Teammates Jeff Green and Jason Keller were fourth and fifth, while
Kenseth finished sixth.
"Little E (Earnhardt) was a little bit too strong there at the end. I think I could
have got him," LaJoie said. "I'm not sure if he could have passed me, but I
could have passed him. But we had a good day."
"Randy had a lot better car than we did up until he got to me," Earnhardt said.
"It's hard to pass here. I think his car was still probably quicker than mine, but my
car was in front of his. Him not having any air on the front of his car allowed his car to
get tighter and he was unable to really make any charge once he got within a car length or
"I was just trying the best I could to stay in front of him. I'd give up a little bit
going so I could come off the corner a little bit harder. Getting off the corner faster,
I'd get faster down the straightaways. I'd be ahead of him in rpm all the way to the end
of the straightaway. It paid off."
The NASCAR Busch Series moves to Indianapolis
Raceway Park next Friday, for the Kroger 200.
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