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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 15: Dale Earnhardt Jr., speaks with the media during NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at Daytona International Speedway on January 15, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images)
For Dale Earnhardt Jr., January 11th is a day he won't soon forget. Less than an hour into the drafting session of Preseason Thunder, Junior tagged the back of Marcos Ambrose's Ford in an attempt to bump draft with the new Generation 6 car and wiped out two-thirds of the field. Junior learned a valuable lesson from his outing. "Our cars don't line up quite as good as they used to," Earnhardt said. "We sent some people home early from the test. That's probably -- I thought long and hard and that was probably the most embarrassed I'd ever been in a long time, as long as I can remember." Earnhardt didn't feel the need to apologize because he felt that it was clear the incident was simply a mistake. But NASCAR's most popular driver was still contrite on Wednesday due to the attention and focus that was placed on the new car. "Everyone was excited to see how they drafted and how things went," Earnhardt said. "After that accident, no one wanted any more drafting. A lot of teams went ...
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