Dale Earnhardt Jr. expresses frustration after Michigan finish

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was scored 36th Sunday at Michigan. (Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was scored 36th Sunday at Michigan. (Getty Images)

For the second time this season Dale Earnhardt Jr. left Michigan International Speedway frustrated. In June NASCAR’s eight time most popular driver led 34 of the 200 laps only to have his engine expire on lap 132.  Sunday it wasn’t the engine in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevy that let him down.

After starting seventh Earnhardt took the lead on lap 43 during a round of pit stops and went on to lead 20 laps.  He was running strong inside the top five and looked to be in position to contend for the win. But on lap 135 the right front tire let loose sending the No. 88 Chevy into the turn two wall.

“It was down on the splitter getting into the corner,” Earnhardt said. MORE>>>

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