Company man

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

FORT WORTH, Tex. — Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished seventh Sunday at Texas, had a close look at the action between winner Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski and was duly impressed.

Earnhardt is Johnson’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports. It was also Earnhardt who gave Keselowski his first real break in NASCAR when he hired Keselowski to drive a Nationwide Series car for JR Motorsports.

Earnhardt’s loyalties weren’t divided, however, as he watched the action unfold.

“That was pretty crazy,” Earnhardt said. “I was thinking I might have a shot to win if they kept on going like that… but I was glad to see Jimmie take it at the end. What a battle this championship is.

“Brad is putting up an awesome fight. He hadn’t really run good here. His stats were terrible for this place, and they came in and they did their work. They have been real impressive. But I’m a company man, so I’m glad HMS (Hendrick Motorsports) is on top tonight.”

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.