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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Forced to Backup After Crash

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final Monster Energy Cup Series race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway got off to a lousy start Friday afternoon.

Just moments into the day’s lone practice round, the 14-time NASCAR Most Popular Driver got up in to the PJ1 traction compound in Turns 3 and 4, lost grip and stuffed the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet into the Turn 4 wall, forcing him to a backup car.

And afterwards, he was not happy about it.

Earnhardt said his No. 88 Chevy “got into this black stuff and it just took off into the fence.  I think the car was pretty good, but had to pull a back-up out.  It should be fine though.  It’s a good thing that it happened early and we will get to practice tomorrow and get to work on it.”

Tom Jensen

Tom Jensen is a veteran motorsports journalist. He spent 13 years with FOXSports.com, where he was Digital Content Manager. Previously, he was executive editor of NASCAR Scene and managing editor of National Speed Sport News. Jensen served as the president of the National Motorsports Press Association and is the group’s former Writer of the Year.