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Judging by the way he raced, Dale Earnhardt Jr. seemed none the worse for wear in his return to competition after a two-week absence.
The concussions that kept Earnhardt out of competition at Charlotte and Kansas, however, weren't on his mind after Sunday's TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Instead, Earnhardt was lamenting a decision that in all probability cost him a top-10 finish.
When caution flew on Lap 475 after Kevin Harvick's engine blew, Earnhardt and Brad Keselowski stayed on the track on old tires while the rest of the lead-lap drivers came to pit road for fresh rubber.
As the race leader, Keselowski restarted from the inside lane on Lap 481. As the second-place car, Earnhardt was trapped on the outside and dropped like a rock.
The No. 88 Chevrolet fell back through the field into harm's way, ultimately to be wiped out in a chain-reaction wreck that started with Sam Hornish Jr. knocking Carl Edwards' Ford sideways into Earnhardt's Che...
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As I sit at my in-laws this weekend, I definitely wish that I was about 45 minute’s north in Martinsville. Well at least I can participate in fantasy racing from the comfort of their couch. The race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup continues this weekend and we get closer to crowning a champion. Being from the south, right in the middle of NASCAR land, I am a huge Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. had to sit out two weeks of NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing due to a concussion he suffered in practice at Kansas Speedway and aggravated in a crash at Talladega. The week before the race at Martinsville Speedway, Dale Jr. was cleared by his doctor to get back behind the wheel and finish [...]
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, met with members of the media and discussed his success at Martinsville, earning points during the Chase, the stress among championship contenders, his teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. returning to race after two weeks on the sidelines, and more.
TALK ABOUT COMING TO MARTINSVILLE “You drive in here and you still get a sense of a...
Honestly, everything kind of unfolded Sunday afternoon to some degree the way it was anticipated at Martinsville Speedway.
We talked about it a lot pre-Martinsville. We knew we would have a fair amount of cautions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race; we had 11 cautions for 64 laps. At the same time, we cycled through one set of green-flag pit stops, so all that was pretty much in line...