Angry Earnhardt Jr. calls for changes at Talladega

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, gives teammate Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, a ride on his car after an incident in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 7, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, gives teammate Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, a ride on his car after an incident in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 7, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is no longer a fan of racing at Talladega. Second only to Jeff Gordon among active drivers in wins at the 2.66 mile superspeedway, with 6, Earnhardt was once the acknowledged master at the Alabama track.

He once looked forward to the twice yearly trip to Talladega with all the confidence that comes with winning there on a regular basis.

Sunday however, Earnhardt was a very unhappy driver.

After overcoming a pit road speeding penalty and losing a lap, Earnhardt was in contention for a seventh win; he made up his lap and was running in the top five as the laps wound down. On the final corner on the final lap however, disaster stuck. Tony Stewart, who was near the front of the field at the time, dropped down to block Michael Waltrip; he misjudged the distance and was spun by Waltrip. The ensuing crash involved 24 cars, the largest accident in Chase history. Among those swept up in the carnage was Earnhardt. After leading three times for 18 laps, Earnhardt finished the day in 20 and was none too happy about what had happened. MORE>>>

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