Dale Earnhardt Jr. ready to move on after tough weekend

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th Sunday at Chicagoland. (Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished  11th Sunday at Chicagoland. (Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th Sunday at Chicagoland. (Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had a love-hate relationship with Chicagoland Speedway. He won there in 2005, but lost an engine last year and finished 35th. In the seven races between the two he has two top fives and a top ten, but three finishes outside the top 15 and a 15th.

The weekend didn’t start out good for Earnhardt.  He struggled in the two practices on Friday and when rain washed out qualifying he was forced to start 13th. The Hendrick Motorsports crew tried to find speed in the No. 88 Chevy on Saturday but left wondering just what needed to be done.  Sunday morning prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup MyAFibStory.com 400 crew chief Steve Letarte told Earnhardt that wholesale changes had been made to the car.

When the green flag fell Earnhardt was able move inside the top ten, but late in the race he began to fade. At the end of the day he was left with an 11th place finish. Although respectable , Earnhardt seemed a bit disappointed.

“This has been a tough weekend,” Earnhardt said.MORE>>>

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