Dale Earnhardt Jr. shows class after elimination from NASCAR Chase

TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 25: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, reacts on pit road after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 25, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 25:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, reacts on pit road after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 25, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 25: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, reacts on pit road after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 25, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Had he put it together Sunday, the story for Dale Earnhardt Jr. would have been the biggest of the NASCAR season. Instead, Earnhardt Jr. came up inches short of victory at Talladega Superspeedway and was eliminated from the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.  Despite the disappointment however, NASCAR’s most popular driver was able to smile and show a great deal of class.

Earnhardt came into the CampingWorld.com needing to win to advance to the next round of NASCAR’s Chase. For much of the 188 laps Earnhardt had the car to beat.  Has they have in the past though, issues for Earnhardt came on pit road. Pitting under green, he twice smoked the tires on his Chevy forcing a tire change when the crew wanted to pit for fuel only.

Then on lap 122, Earnhardt was penalized  when a crewmember came over the wall too soon MORE>>>

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