But shortly after Labonte made the pass for the lead, Earnhardt dumped him in Turn 2 on the penultimate lap. But suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, Earnhardt charged forward, parting the field like Moses parting the Red Sea, and with Kenny Wallace and Joe Nemechek behind him, Earnhardt raced hard to the front. Earnhardt came into the penultimate race of the season trailing Martin by 46 points, but he left with the points lead en route to his fourth of seven championships. Earnhardt led the final of laps to capture the Checker and take a 6-point lead over Martin, a lead Earnhardt would not relinquish. InEarnhardt dominated the Heinz Southernleading of laps.
Earnhardt led laps to win the Southeastern at what was then known as Bristol International Raceway.
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He lost a lap early when he was penalized for speeding on pit road. On Lap ofEarnhardt was penalized a third time, this one for rough driving when he dumped Greg Sacks. Earnhardt led the final of laps to capture the Checker and take a 6-point lead over Martin, a lead Earnhardt would not relinquish. But Wallace got blocked in on pit road and lost the lead to Earnhardt, who went on to victory. InEarnhardt dominated the Heinz Southernleading of laps. Earnhardt made his final pit stop for gas and tires on Lap of the lap race, running second to Wallace at the time. Earnhardt forced Elliott into the wall and went on to win the race, much to the chagrin of the Elliott fans.