Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffers disaster at Michigan

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was scored 39th Sunday at Michigan.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was scored 39th Sunday at Michigan.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was scored 39th Sunday at Michigan.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is ready to start his vacation.  The Hendrick Motorsports driver had a terrible weekend at Michigan International Speedway.  A weekend capped off with his fourth DNF of the season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup FireKeepers 400 Sunday.

Earnhardt, who has two wins at Michigan, struggled in qualifying Friday. He failed to make it out of the first round and was only able to secure a 27th place starting spot.  Just after a restart on lap 20 as eventually race winner Joey Logano led,  Earnhardt was in the middle racing three wide with AJ Allmendinger on the outside and Chris Buescher on the inside for 15th place. Buescher got loose as the trio exited turn 2. Allmendinger and Earnhardt were sent up and into the wall. Earnhardt was able to drive away and at first felt he would be able to continue.  However, he soon realized that the damage was too severe and took his damaged Chevy to the garage.

“I knew I was going to hit the wall,” Earnhardt said.


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