Talladega II: Earnhardt Jr accident report

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was involved in a multi-car accident on lap 19. The ...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was involved in a multi-car accident on lap 19. The #8 Budweiser Chevrolet, in sixth place at the time after starting 20th, sustained heavy damage and was unable to return to the race.J

Dale Jr. Quotes:

What happened from your point of view?

"I don't really know what happened, but the car is tore up pretty bad. The 48 car had to slow down for something, and I had nowhere to go. From what I'm told he got into Elliott (Sadler) in front of him and turned Elliott around. I haven't had a chance to see a replay, so you'd have to ask them. I went down in the corner and everybody stopped. Then I saw in the mirror cars on their roof. I'm glad everybody's OK. I'm glad Michael (Waltrip) is OK. He took a wild ride."

Is this a product of restrictor-plate racing, and racing too hard too early?

"Racing is what we get paid to do. The 48 got into the 38, and I ran into them. That was an accident, and accidents happen. That wasn't a case of bump drafting. It was just hard racing right there. We're all together, so it's hard to miss something when you're going so fast. You can turn left, but the car is still going to go straight. It's just frustrating. The car was super-fast. These guys worked really hard on it. They cut the whole body off it and built it back together in two weeks, and it's pretty much destroyed again now."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.