Earnhardt’s hopes for good finish at Charlotte fade into the night

CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 12:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 12, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

CONCORD, NC – OCTOBER 12: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 12, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

For much of Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Dale Earnhardt Jr. looked to be in a position to score his first victory of the season.

At the end of the night however, Earnhardt found himself a lap down in 15th.

After starting sixth, Earnhardt quickly worked his way to the front taking the lead on lap 30 in front of a Hendrick Motorsports contingent of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne; on lap 34 though Earnhardt began to experience some issues. MORE>>>

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