Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick tangle at Kentucky

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a rough night Saturday at Kentucky Speedway.  Less than a week from his victory at Daytona International Speedway, he and his Hendrick Motorsports crew struggled with NASCAR’s one-off rules package.

The package NASCAR instituted for the race was meant to lower downforce and increase passing. Rear spoilers were reduced from 6 to 3.5 inches with the front splitter expanded by 25 inches. An overhang was also reduced by 1.75 inches. Cup teams were suppose to get extra practice in the week leading up to Saturday’s race but persistent rains all week cancelled the extra sessions and the teams were only able to get in two hours of practice Friday.

As it turned out, Earnhardt and his crew could have used more practice. MORE>>>

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