Earnhardt Jr. worried after Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 27:  Dale Earnhardt Jr. drives the #88 National Guard Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered By Kroger at Martinsville Speedway on October 27, 2013 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCTOBER 27: Dale Earnhardt Jr. drives the #88 National Guard Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered By Kroger at Martinsville Speedway on October 27, 2013 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. needed a strong run Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.  Coming off a second place finish at Talladega the week prior, NASCAR’s most popular driver hoped the momentum would help as the series left NASCAR’s biggest track and headed to the smallest.

It turned out to be a mixed day.

After starting 12th, Earnhardt seemed stall unable to move forward.  He was finally able to work his way forward and by lap 85 was inside the top 10. Shortly after that he was up into the top five and was second after a caution flag on lap 180. MORE>>>

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