Dale Earnhardt Jr. Forced to Backup After Crash
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.”