Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn't get the result he was looking for after finishing fifth at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday.
Earnhardt led 47 circuits of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Subway 500, from Lap 192 to 238, but gave up the lead to eventual winner Carl Edwards on the final pit stop when he was blocked on exit by Casey Mears.
"Well, I hate to be frustrated at Phoenix, but I think we are," Earnhardt said. "We had a real good car. We feel like we could have finished better than fifth, maybe won the race. Just didn't get the breaks on pit road. We kind of got boxed in, and picked on beating the No. 99 (of Edwards) off pit road.
"I think we could have beat him off pit road, but somebody was pulling in their stall in front of us, and just had to lift and give the spot to the No. 99. That was the race in my opinion, and we almost had it won right there. Real good race car. Tough in traffic; tough to get to people. But, we made our car good enough to actually make some passes and gain ...