Originally created 06/28/99

Earnhardt wins on final lap



WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Ron Fellows on the final lap to win the Grand National Division Lysol 200 for his third straight victory in the NASCAR Busch Series.

Earnhardt, the series point leader, passed Fellows on the 82nd lap at Watkins Glen International and extended his point lead to 129 over 16th-place finisher Matt Kenseth.

Earnhardt, the defending series champion, started the race with a 64-point margin over Kenseth.

Fellows had an outstanding weekend, earning the Bud Pole Award for the Busch Series, and won the pole position before winning the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' Bully Hill Vineyards 150 on Saturday. But he fell short on the final lap of Sunday's race. He led the race on four occasions for a total of 52 circuits, including laps 1-10, 29-39, 41-47 and 58-81.

Mike McLaughlin finished third, while Jack Baldwin and Jason Keller were fourth and fifth, respectively.

The NASCAR Busch Series continues at The Milwaukee Mile next Sunday with the DieHard 250.