Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Loses Engine In Practice

Every NASCAR fan and member of JR Nation has wondering about one thing with the new qualifying rules package: Could Dale Earnhardt Jr. miss the Daytona 500? The answer is yes, and the fans got a small teaser of that fear today.

Feb 17, 2013; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) during qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Today, during the first practice session Earnhardt blew his motor. He will now start from the rear of the field in tomorrow’s Budweiser Duel. Below is a transcript of the interview Earnhardt gave after he blow an engine courtesy of Team Chevy PR.

Q) WHAT HAPPENED?

Earnhardt Jr: “We broke a motor, it’s as simple as that. They’ll figure out what happen. I’m sure there is some logical explanation as to what happened, but, we’ll just put a new one in and start at the back of the Qualifier tomorrow, and race up through there.”

Q) WILL YOU GO TO BED A LITTLE WORRIED TONIGHT?

Earnhardt Jr: “No, it’s just part of racing.”

Q) IS THIS ANY SORT OF A SETBACK?

Earnhardt Jr: “Not really. Everything is good. We were just making some single car runs by ourselves. Everything seemed like it was working. Just trying to find a little more speed, and we found a few things that seemed to help the car. We’ll try to get out in this next practice, and see what else we can learn, but everything should be fine.”

Q) DID YOU HAVE ANY WARNING THAT IT WAS GOING?

Earnhardt Jr: “No.”

Topics: Dale Earnhardt Jr, Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR, Sprint Cup Series

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