Earnhardt Jr. claims first Cup top-10
Sept. 12, 1999 - By JIM UTTER, The Charlotte Observer
RICHMOND, Va. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first top-10 finish in a Winston Cup race was impressive enough. Considering he did it much of the night with failing brakes is even more so.
Earnhardt, starting his fourth Cup race of the season, finished 10th in Saturday night's Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400 - one night after winning the Autolite Platinum 250 NASCAR Grand National race at the same track.
``I'm really tired. We struggled with no brakes all night,'' he said. ``We didn't have brakes on the car. We had a real good car, if we had the brakes for it. Fifteen laps after a caution, the brakes would just give out.''
Earnhardt said he had to work hard for his top-10.
``When you see it in the paper and hear about it on TV about a guy getting a top-10 on the Winston Cup series, you don't think a whole lot about it,'' he said. ``When you actually have to come out here and do something like that, you have a whole new appreciation for it.
``It's a lot more work ... a lot harder than people think. To me, a top-10 is a big deal.''
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