Earnhardt crashes in practice, forced to backup car


Crew members work on the #88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., after he was involved in an on track incident during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 18, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. went to a backup car for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 after crashing in Turn 2 late in Saturday’s final practice session.

The No. 88 Chevrolet Earnhardt wrecked was the same one he drove to victory at Michigan in June, when he broke a 143-race winless streak.

Though Earnhardt didn’t get any laps in the backup on Saturday, he tested the chassis during extended practice before the June race, according to a story by David Caraviello of NASCAR.com.

Earnhardt, who qualified 22nd, must start from the rear of the field on Sunday. No driver has won both Michigan races in the same season since Bobby Labonte accomplished the feat in 1995.


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