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1999 Goody's Body Pain 500

Race: Goody's Body Pain 500 (Race No. 8)
Date: April 18, 1999
Track: Martinsville Speedway
Qualified: 39th
Finished: 19th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 498 of 500
Points Pos. Before/After Race: 14/15
Points Earned: 106
Money Earned: $39,150


Earnhardt finishes 19th in Martinsville 
Apr. 18

Dale Earnhardt's poor qualifying position put him in heavy traffic that he could not overcome in the Goody's Body Pain 500 in Martinsville.   Earnhardt started 39th and advanced to 27th position by lap 50.  By lap 100, Dale was up to 19th spot.  Unfortunately, Dale couldn't hold off race-leader Rusty Wallace and was lapped on lap 163 of 500.  He missed a few close accidents, but being lapped put a halt to Dale's move to the front.  He was later put a second lap down by Jeff Burton.  Dale will have to get 'em next week in Talladega ... he could only manage second-rate 19th-place finish on this day.

Earnhardt is 5th in Martinsville practice!  Apr. 17
After a disappointing qualifying run, Earnhardt looks to have found some speed at Martinsville.  In Saturday's practice, Earnhardt posted the 5th fastest speed of the session.  In Friday's practice before qualifying, Earnhardt posted the only the 39th quickest lap.  Earnhardt will start the race from 39th position.  He qualified 43rd on Friday but improved to 39th on Saturday.   Fortunately he will not have to pit on the backstretch, as it has been eliminated since the last race at Martinsville.  The race is on Sunday at 1 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.


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