Vacation over Dale Earnhardt Jr. ready to race for the title

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 06: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet, speaks with the media on pit road after qualifying for the Chase For The Sprint Cup following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet, speaks with the media on pit road after qualifying for the Chase For The Sprint Cup following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 06: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet, speaks with the media on pit road after qualifying for the Chase For The Sprint Cup following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been on a vacation of sorts. After winning the season opening Daytona 500, NASCAR’s most popular driver knew he had a spot in the Chase. This fact allowed him and his Hendrick Motorsports team a chance to relax a bit. They added two more wins to their total to claim the third seed in the Chase. Now his “vacation” over; Earnhardt and 15 other drivers set about the task of racing for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup starting at Chicagoland Speedway next week.

Earnhardt’s final regular season race wasn’t exactly a good tune up for those last ten races.  He started 24th and came home 12th Saturday night at Richmond. The finish left him a bit annoyed.

“I wasn’t really happy with our performance tonight” Earnhardt said. “It wasn’t too awful, but it was just real frustrating to see all those guys in front of me struggling late in the race, and not be able to do anything.  Our car was struggling as well. I was struggling. that was kind of frustrating. “ MORE>>>

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