Concord, NC – This will be Dale Earnhardt Jr’s final start at his true hometown track. A lot of places are significant for the famed third generation driver to make his final start at. His final start at Daytona in July was significant. So was Indianapolis. So was Bristol. But, his final race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a track near Kannapolis where he was raised, will surely hold a special meaning for the North Carolina native.
But, the final weekend at the 1.5-mile track didn’t start off as planned.
Earnhardt, got his No. 88 Chevrolet into the new sticky stuff that was sprayed down on the track surface and was just a passenger from there. His Hendrick Motorsports ride was badly damaged as he’d have to go into a backup car as a result. That frustrated Earnhardt, as he felt he had a good primary car this weekend.
But, luckily this happened very early on in the weekend, let alone the session, as they have time to get some laps in his backup car before qualifying later tonight.
He wasn’t the only one to get into the wall though.
Both Brad Keselowski as well as Kyle Busch also both got into the Turn 4 SAFER barrier in separate incidents too. Both also blamed the new sticky stuff applied to the track in which drivers said driving over it was like driving on oil. This could be costly this weekend because the substance could take out a playoff contender.