Earnhardts 600th consecutive
start a rough one August 15, 1999- (AP) - Dale Earnhardt's 600th consecutive start ended on a sour note Sunday in
the Frontier at the Glen. Bearing down on his ninth straight top-10 finish of the season,
he got tangled up with Bill Elliott, teammate Mike Skinner, and Joe Nemechek on the final
turn of the race and was shuffled back to 20th when the dust had cleared. "It was a
bad day," said Earnhardt, who slammed into the back of Skinner. "We didn't have
the car to run and we weren't in position to run. That 600th straight start was pretty
sorry. It isn't one I want to remember." Nor does Elliott. "We were just
racing," said Elliott, who qualified eighth and had a strong car all afternoon.
"I got inside of Nemechek and we got together hard enough that I had to finish with a
flat left front tire. We went from ninth to 28th, but that's just lap racing
The incident sent Earnhardt's car hard into the styrofoam barrier and stoked a few
tempers. "I drove my car in way too deep and here comes Elliott. I knew there was no
way he was going to make it," said Nemechek, who ended up 30th. "It's a shame.
The last lap, running good, the car is all tore to hell. We were both running eighth. I'm
still hot right now, but I'll cool down."
Earnhardt to make it
600 at the Glen
Dale Earnhardt, seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series Champion, is scheduled to make
history at Watkins Glen on August 15th when he is scheduled to make his 600th consecutive
career start. Earnhardt will attempt to qualify for Sunday's Frontier @ The Glen on
Kendall Qualifying Day, Friday, August 13th. Full Story
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