Dale Earnhardt Jr. admits mistake caused fiery crash

FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 07:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, crashes early in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 7, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

FORT WORTH, TX – APRIL 07: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, crashes early in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 7, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr’s hope of winning a second race in 2014 came to an end on lap 13 of Monday’s rescheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.  After starting 19th, Earnhardt was slowly making his way forward when the No. 88 Chevy careened into the turn one wall hard, burst into flames and rolled to a stop with Earnhardt quickly exiting the car.

As his Hendrick Motorsports team assessed the damaged car in the garage, Earnhardt said the problems stemmed from not being able to see too far ahead.

“Just didn’t see the grass. Didn’t know the grass was down there,” Earnhardt said. MORE>>>

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