Earnhardt runs from back to front to remain in NASCAR title hunt

ale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 AMP Energy/7-Eleven/National Guard Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 16, 2012 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a huge obstacle to overcome even before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup GEICO 400 Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.  After qualifying fourth, Earnhardt’s Hendrick Motorsports crew was forced to change engines in his Chevy, relegating Earnhardt to start Sunday at the rear of the field.

The engine change was due to a mistake he made in qualifying according to Earnhardt.

“We ran a qualifying lap and when you cross the finish line you bump it out of gear, which is what I’ve done every time I’ve run a qualifying lap; however many of those I’ve ran,” Earnhardt said. “In practicing mock runs, I bumped it out of gear and it went in third and over ran the engine way over. “

“The valves and the piston had a little party and they all ended-up with a hangover,” he added laughing. MORE>>>

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