Early in the race Dale Earnhardt could be heard talking about how the motor didn't sound well. He said that he wanted to go out with fire and smoke. While racing in the back of the pack Earnhardt got his smoke. The engine dropped and so did any chances he had at finishing the race.
Earnhardt said that his championship hopes were over "80 laps ago" more like 8 weeks ago bud. He will race in the 26th race of the season at Richmond.
Kyle Busch went on to pick up his first victory.