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Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Practice Struggles a Bad Omen for Daytona 500

This is supposed to be a big year for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Last year was his best season since 2004. He had one win, one pole, 10 Top-Five finishes and 20 Top-10 finishes. His average finish of 10.3 was a career best. Unfortunately, based on the way things have gone at the Daytona 500 practice sessions leading up to the big race, Earnhardt seems poised to finish the Great American Race on the sidelines. That is also how he ended 2012, though that was due to a concussion that ended his Cup chances. Dan Loumena of the Los Angeles Times noted just how bad things had gotten for Earnhardt on Wednesday before his engine failed on the 11th lap of a practice session. Earnhardt, who triggered a multi-car accident during testing in ...

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