Earnhardt Out This Weekend At Charlotte [POLL]
Dale Earnhardt Jr. used to like restrictor-plate racing at Talladega, but after the big crash on Sunday he’s not especially thrilled about racing there anymore. After the race he said if they raced that way every week – he wouldn’t be doing it, he’d find another job.
He’s been diagnosed with a concussion after Sunday’s race and will sit out Saturday night’s race at Charlotte and the following week at Kansas.
Talladega had already put a huge dent in Earnhardt's title hopes after he was caught up in that 25-car wreck on the final turn of the last lap. He also says the new package NASCAR has set up for restrictor plate races is dangerous and costing race teams a lot of money in wrecked cars. He’d like to see NASCAR pay for those cars.
While Matt Kenseth was quickly declared the winner, it took nearly an
hour for NASCAR to review the video of the final lap and determine the
finishing order. Earnhardt was credited with a 20th-place finish and it dropped him from seventh to 11th in the Chase standings, 51
points behind leader Brad Keselowski, who survived the wreck to finish seventh.
Jimmie Johnson is second in the standings, 16 points back with Denny Hamlin third, 23 points off the pace.
Kenseth is the defending champion at Charlotte.
Jimmie Johnson is tied with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip with the most victories at Charlotte with six.