Earnhardt drops from points lead after disaster at the Glen

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 12, 2012 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

At least Dale Earnhardt Jr. can console himself knowing that he spent one more week atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings than he did in 2004. Earnhardt was well on his way to a solid top 10 finish at Watkins Glen Sunday when a mistake sent him spinning and dropped him out of the points lead.

After starting 16, Earnhardt was able to make his way to just inside the top ten. Using a two stop strategy, Earnhardt and his Hendrick Motorsports crew hoped to hang on for a decent finish on the road course, a track where Earnhardt has struggled.

With less than 8 laps to go however, Earnhardt’s day came undone. On lap 83 Earnhardt spun coming into turn five. He was able to right his Chevy quickly but his hopes for a top 10 finish were over. MORE>>>

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