Dale Earnhardt Jr.- “I want to win!”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth Sunday at Las Vegas (Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth Sunday at Las Vegas (Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth Sunday at Las Vegas (Getty Images)

It was fitting that the NASCAR Sprint Cup series was racing in Las Vegas Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his Hendrick Motorsports crew decided to gamble. The payoff would have been a win. In the end, the gamble failed, but Earnhardt could still smile when it was over.

Earnhardt started the day fourth and led twice for four laps. He ran inside the top five for much of the 267 laps and looked to be a contender for the win. On the final round of pit stops however, Earnhardt’s crew chief Greg Ives took the gamble of only outing two tires on Earnhardt’s Chevy. The stops came under green at lap 231 and the move to put on only two tires paid off as Earnhardt got out ahead of leader Kevin Harvick.

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