Earnhardt makes third start of year

September 5, 2002
Earnhardt RICHMOND, Va. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his venture into race car ownership a smashing success Thursday night, setting a track qualifying record of 126.868 mph for the FUNAI 250 NASCAR Busch Grand National race.

Earnhardt set the record on his lone qualifying lap around Richmond International Raceway, easily bettering Matt Kenseth's mark of 125.780 set in May 2001.

''It's a brand new car, brand new team, brand new people,'' Earnhardt said. ''It's the first ...

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