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Testing in Daytona is all about learning and for Earnhardt Jr., he learned one thing – he can’t push a Ford that well. The result of that experiment was a big wreck, collecting 10 of his fellow competitors. During the second draft session on Friday afternoon, Earnhardt Jr. was trying to push Marcos Ambrose down the backstretch when he ended up turning Ambrose in front of the whole field. “We got off the back straightaway and were just kind of pushing him along there and our cars sort of just didn’t match up very well,” he said. “I got him hooked into the fence.” It wasn’t the first time in the new car that Earnhardt Jr. had tried pushing as he had pushed Martin Truex Jr. in his Toyota and the cars matched up good. However, with Chevrolet’s front end and Ford’s rear end, they just didn’t match up well. “The roll bar of the front of my car is just at the right place where his car sets right up on top of that,” he said. “I sort of had him going down the back straightaway like a forkli

Earnhardt Jr. to launch line of chips

Through his company, Dale Jr. Foods, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will soon have his very own brand of potato chips.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. starts big wreck at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. started a 12-car accident at Daytona International Speedway that essentially shut down a three-day test session. NASCAR's most popular driver tapped Marcus Ambrose as they drove across the back straightaway, lifting him "like a forklift" and turning him into the wall. Ambrose's car bounced back across the track and...

Barrel O’Fun to launch Dale Earnhardt chip line

KLN Family Brands, the Minnesota company that makes Barrel O’Fun snacks, announced a new partnership with NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. that will begin with the launch of four flavors of potato chips. Fans will be able to try out Crispy Original, Carolina Barbecue, Creole & Green Onion, and Zesty Jalapeno. KLN, which is family-owned and had sales of about $300 million in...

Dale Jr comments on pre-season testing, concussions, championships, and RG III

NASCAR teams took to the track this weekend as pre-season testing got underway this week at Daytona. Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. met the media, discussing various topics on the upcoming 2013 season.When asked about how the Gen-6 car feels, Junior stated “It is pretty similar to what we have had here in the past. This place is pretty smooth as far as bumps and handling there...

What we learned at Daytona testing

What have we learned after three days of testing with 34 teams at Daytona International Speedway? 1. The bump-drafting era is over at restrictor plate tracks with the Generation 6 car After Dale Earnhardt Jr. tapped the back of Marcos Ambrose on Friday, 12 cars were collected out of an 18-car drafting pack. Earnhardt insists the bumpers between the two manufacturers (Chevy and...

Feeling A Draft: Pack Mentality Returns To Daytona

Day 2 of Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway offered a little bit of everything, with the highlight coming in the afternoon as the pack returned to the high banks. Friday’s second session opened with a multi-car pack working on drafting around the hallowed 2.5-mile superspeedway. About an hour into the afternoon test session, a 12-car accident ended several teams’...

Earnhardt's Bucket List

  Earlier Friday, in a question-and-answer session with reporters, Dale Earnhardt Jr. talked of unfinished business in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. His desire to win a Cup title is at the top of the list. Last year, Earnhardt came tantalizing close, before a concussion sustained at Talladega knocked him out of competition for two races during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint...

Wreck throws monkey wrench into Daytona test sessions

So much for pack drafting. A brief experiment with the multicar draft ended abruptly Friday afternoon when contact between Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Chevrolet and Marcos Ambrose's Ford triggered a wreck that damaged 12 of the 18 cars running together on the second day of Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt said he was attempting to push Ambrose...

Team Chevy Drivers Daytona Testing Accident Quotes

A 12 car accident during the second day of testing at the Daytona International Speedway put a damper on the Preseason Thunder. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Marcos Ambrose got together to cause the wreck, below is reaction from Team Chevy drivers Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on the wreck and how testing has been going for them. JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END...

Fans Invited to See Gen-6 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Test Next Week at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Round two of testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the  sixth-generation NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car is coming up Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17-18, and track officials are once again opening the gates so fans can enjoy the two-day test, free of charge. Behind-the-scenes tours and concessions will be available for purchase. Plus, every fan that buys a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series or...

The Big One strikes as teams continue to learn at Daytona

“That is just the way this deal is. It is unfortunate but sometimes you have to wreck ‘em to learn.” – Brad Keselowski Anticipation had been building over the course of testing as everyone wanted to see it – everyone wanted to see the pack hit the track with the new Generation 6 cars. Friday afternoon brought forth a pack of 20 cars that let everyone see what they’d expect...
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