Company man

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

FORT WORTH, Tex. — Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished seventh Sunday at Texas, had a close look at the action between winner Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski and was duly impressed.

Earnhardt is Johnson’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports. It was also Earnhardt who gave Keselowski his first real break in NASCAR when he hired Keselowski to drive a Nationwide Series car for JR Motorsports.

Earnhardt’s loyalties weren’t divided, however, as he watched the action unfold.

“That was pretty crazy,” Earnhardt said. “I was thinking I might have a shot to win if they kept on going like that… but I was glad to see Jimmie take it at the end. What a battle this championship is.

“Brad is putting up an awesome fight. He hadn’t really run good here. His stats were terrible for this place, and they came in and they did their work. They have been real impressive. But I’m a company man, so I’m glad HMS (Hendrick Motorsports) is on top tonight.”

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