Dale Earnhardt Jr. catches on fire after running through grass at Texas (video)


The Duck Commander 500 was postponed until Monday. The first ten laps of the race were run under caution and once the race went green it took only a few laps before one car found it’s way off the track.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. said in a interview that he made a mistake and drove his No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet into the grass on the front-stretch at Texas Motor Speedway. The results was a shark turn right and a fireball erupting and following his car around the track. Earnhardt Jr. parked his car and evacuated safely.

Damaged in the incident was the windshield and front end of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson.


Johnson was able to return to the track and Earnhardt’s crew has attempted to repair his car.

“I just didn’t see the grass, didn’t know the grass was there that close,” Earnhardt said in a interview on FOX. “The way the A post is in these cars, you can’t really see that good to that angle. I didn’t have a good visual where the grass is. That’s all.

“You can’t run through (the grass) the way we’ve got these cars on the ground. Just a mistake on my part.”