Monday, March 19, 2012

Earnhardt finds solace after late-race incidents - Mar 19, 2012

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- By his own admission, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to have to do some damage control this week.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver was racing for position with teammate Jeff Gordon on Lap 359 of Sunday's Sprint Cup event at Bristol Motor Speedway when he made the slightest contact with the No. 24 car. But it was evidently enough for the exhaust pipes peeking out from beneath his vehicle to cut down Gordon's left-rear tire, and send the four-time champion spinning up into the outside wall.