Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s race cut short
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car on fire from the lap 13 wreck. Earnhardt Jr. said driver error caused the wreck.
April 8, 2014
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s race came to a sudden halt after an accident on lap 13 at Texas Motor Speedway Monday.
Earnhardt Jr., who entered as the points leader, suffered race ending damage from what he claimed to be a driver mistake.
“Just ran into the grass on the front straightaway,” said Earnhardt Jr. after the wreck. “I didn’t see the grass.”
Earnhardt Jr. slammed the wall in turn one after catching the corner grass of the quad oval, with his car catching on fire just before coming to a halt on the backstretch.
“Just a mistake on my part,” said Earnhardt Jr. “I just didn’t know I was that close to the grass”
Jimmie Johnson, Earnhardt Jr.’s teammate, also received damage from the debris off the No. 88 car. Johnson’s team spent the caution period repairing his car on pit road.
Earnhardt Jr.’s crew attempted to fix the damage on the car, but the No. 88 failed to return to the track. Earnhardt Jr. finished 43rd.
According to racing-reference.info, Earnhardt Jr.'s 43rd place finish at Texas is his sixth last place finish of his career. The last time he finished last place was in the fall of 2007, at Phoenix.
Earnhardt Jr. unofficially falls from first to seventh in the points standings heading into next Saturday's race at Darlington Raceway.