Earnhardt Jr. frustrated after fifth place finish at Phoenix

http://www.examiner.com/article/earnhardt-jr-frustrated-after-fifth-place-finish-at-phoenixDale Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth Sunday at Phoenix. (Getty Images)
http://www.examiner.com/article/earnhardt-jr-frustrated-after-fifth-place-finish-at-phoenixDale Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth Sunday at Phoenix. (Getty Images)
http://www.examiner.com/article/earnhardt-jr-frustrated-after-fifth-place-finish-at-phoenixDale Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth Sunday at Phoenix. (Getty Images)

Race winner Carl Edwards wasn’t the only driver hoping to break a winless streak Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was hoping to break his winless streak at PIR dating back to 2004. He felt his chances were good especially coming off a strong second place finish at Daytona last week. Edwards succeeded winning his first race in 70 tries.  Earnhardt came up just a little short, finishing the day fifth.

Earnhardt led 47 of the 316 laps which included 3 laps of overtime.  The finish left Earnhardt a little irritated.

“Well, I hate to be frustrated at Phoenix, but I think we are,” Earnhardt said. “We had a real good car. We feel like we could have finished better than fifth, maybe won the race. Just didn’t get the breaks on pit road.” MORE>>>

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