Final what?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of four Hendrick Motorsports drivers aiming to get owner Rick Hendrick his 200th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories this weekend. (Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of four Hendrick Motorsports drivers aiming to get owner Rick Hendrick his 200th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories this weekend. (Getty Images)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. had no plans to watch the two semifinal games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Saturday. To be honest, Earnhardt hasn’t been following the college playoffs at all.

“I don’t even know who’s in it,” Earnhardt said. “(North) Carolina ain’t in it, so I ain’t paying no attention.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of four Hendrick Motorsports drivers aiming to get owner Rick Hendrick his 200th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories this weekend. (Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of four Hendrick Motorsports drivers aiming to get owner Rick Hendrick his 200th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories this weekend. (Getty Images)

Avid basketball fan and ardent Duke partisan Jeff Burton would have been paying attention had his Blue Devils advanced beyond their first game. But Duke lost a No. 2 vs. No. 15 seed matchup to Lehigh.

Accordingly, Burton wasn’t interested in talking about the Final Four.

“You’d have to talk to me about the final 64,” the driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet quipped after a visit to the Martinsville media center on Saturday.

Martinsville Speedway, March 2012 news conference with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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