Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/13/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2009 in Avondale, AZ. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn't need help from the fans to make the field for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Earnhardt Jr. turned in a dominating performance in the Sprint Showdown to snare a spot in the elite field on Saturday. AJ Allmendinger, who overcame a flat tire shortly before the green flag, finished second in the race and will also move into the all-star field. "I gave it everything I had," Allmendinger said. "If I didn't make it, I didn't want it to be for lack of trying. Everybody in this organization, especially on the 22 car, they're used to winning, used to being in this race. I wasn't going to let them down. I was going to do everything I could to get in there. I was going to wreck trying." Earnhardt Jr. pulled away from the field early and managed to go virtually unchallenged as Allmendinger and Jamie McMurray battled for second. Earnhardt Jr. was pulling away from the field as the flag waved. The Hendrick Motorsports driver, who led all 40 laps of the race, was pl...
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