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Earnhardt Jr 3rd at
the Milwaukee Mile
Dale Earnhardt Jr, often referred to a chip-off-the-block of his father, proved it on Sunday at the Milwaukee Mile. In a Saturday morning practice session Earnhardt Jr hit the wall when an engine blew. He was taken to the hospital where it was discovered he suffered a chipped right shoulder blade and bruised ribs. But he didn't let that stop his championship efforts.
Ron Hornaday had to qualify the #3 AC Delco Monte Carlo, but Earnhardt returned from the hospital to run Happy Hour Practice for the DieHard 250. Although Hornaday gained a 15th starting position, Earnhardt had to go to the back of the pack for the race since he was unable to qualify the car.
So from dead last Dale Earnhardt Jr began his charge steadily moving forward, fighting traffic and pain. He finished third behind Casey Atwood, the youngest driver to win a Busch Series race and Jeff Green.
Dale Jr was a little hard on himself during the post race interview in an almost apologetic tone said he wish he could have done better for his crew. Dale Jr was trying to tie a four-race win streak. He said maybe, because of his injuries, Hornaday could have won the race but I just could get out of the car. (Sound familiar...just like Dad!)
Dale Jr's pre-race comments were another "Earnhardt Classic", when he was asked if he'd be using a relief driver, he said he was going for the Championship, and "I ain't gonna lose it cause I laid down."
Earnhardt Jr. maintains the lead in total points with 2,609, 139 ahead of Matt Kenseth, who finished fifth Sunday.
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