Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/15/12
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start from the back of the field in Sunday's Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway -- the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup -- because of a post-qualifying engine change. Earnhardt, seventh in the point standings, qualified fourth on Saturday, but his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team then elected to change engines, automatically putting Junior in the back. "I don't think we are super concerned," crew chief Steve Letarte said. "We had a great car in practice and qualified really well, so we showed we have good speed. "Fortunately, this is a race track that there are multiple pit strategies, and it's not a really simple, straightforward pit strategy to call. I think there will be a lot of opportunities to use our good pit stops and place on pit road to get back towards the front." Earnhardt echoed Letarte's "good speed" assessment. Following qualifying, he described his car as "awesome, real good grip." He was "happy" with his car on Friday and felt th...
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