Eleven laps into practice at Daytona International Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. blew the engine of his Hendrick Chevrolet SS. The crew will be changing Earnhardt Jr’s engine, and that will require him to start at the back of field during his qualifying run in the Budweiser Duels on Thursday.
“They’ll figure out what happen,” Earnhardt said. “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.”
Even in bad situations, Earnhardt stayed positive.
“Everything is good,” he said. “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.”