Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin tangle at Vegas

It almost came to an end. Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s losing streak dating back to 2008 looked to be over early in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Earnhardt shot to the front on the first lap and stretched out a lead that at one point was over five seconds.  On lap 78 however, Earnhardt took four tires during a pit stop while most others took only two. Earnhardt found himself 16th in the running order and unable to work his way towards the front.

By lap 160 Earnhardt had fought his way to 10th, unable to move any farther forward.

“We didn’t keep up with the race track,” Earnhardt said.”The car was really fast at the start of the race. I didn’t give that information to Steve (Letarte, crew chief). I don’t think I gave him a good enough understanding of where our race car was, even though it was really fast.” MORE>>>

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 11:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 11, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images for NASCAR)

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 11: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 11, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images for NASCAR)

 

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