Dale Earnhardt Jr. vows to keep on fighting despite disaster at Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 11: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, climbs into his car on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 11:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, climbs into his car on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 11: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, climbs into his car on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

CONCORD NC. – The day didn’t end the way he wanted Sunday but Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn’t about to give up on his title hopes. Earnhardt had a miserable 500 miles in the rain-delayed Bank of America 500, and at the end of the day his hopes for a NASCAR Sprint Cup took a big hit.

Earnhardt, who has never won a Sprint Cup race at Charlotte, started the race Sunday in 12th. But on lap 68, as they entered turn 1, Earnhardt came down the track and hit the front of  the car of Carl Edwards. Earnhardt got loose and scrapped the wall but was able to continue.  He kept falling back and on lap 74 Earnhardt lost a right front tire and went into the wall. Earnhardt was the only car to pit during the ensuing caution as the crew worked on the damage.  He fell two laps down before he could rejoin the field.

“I lost count of how many time we hit it (the wall) today,” Earnhardt said MORE>>>

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