Dale Earnhardt Jr. mourns family loss while racing at Indy

NDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 27:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

NDIANAPOLIS, IN – JULY 27: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. had more than one obstacle to overcome Sunday while racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Despite starting 15th Earnhardt was moving his way forward shortly after the green flag fell. On lap 13 however disaster struck as Earnhardt called his crew and told them he felt a loose wheel on the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy. Crew chief Steve Letarte called him in and the crew changed all four tires. Earnhardt found himself a lap down and in last place.

“I knew it was loose,” Earnhardt said. “The car was shaking real bad, and wandering in the back-end on the straightaway. You have a wheel falling off; you have something serious happening. Come in, it’s dangerous staying out there. You can hit the wall, or wreck something, or wreck some other people. I don’t want to do that.” MORE>>>

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