Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about his issue at Bristol and about still having fun

Dale Earnhardt Jr. pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. came up one spot short Sunday. For the second week in a row NASCAR’s most popular driver came up on position short of the win. For another week, as race winner Carl Edwards celebrated, Earnhardt could only think about what might have been.

What might have been however, almost didn’t happen. Starting in 20th, the Hendrick Motorsports driver couldn’t get going on the very first lap. His Chevy lost power and he was forced to pit. It appeared that the day would end in disaster for Earnhardt. As it turned out, the problem was actually with a safety system.

“We got the Roush system on our cars for the stuck‑throttle issue, and just warming the brakes up

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