Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson were involved in the first caution of Monday’s rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 with NASCAR’s most popular driver taking the blame, reports USA Today.
Earnhardt clipped the frontstretch grass on the 12th lap, blowing out the left-front tire in his No. 88 Chevrolet. He slammed the outside wall, and his car caught fire while limping to the turn 2 apron with heavy front-end damage. Earnhardt scrambled out of the car quickly and said he didn’t realize his car was headed into the grass because his vision was obscured.
“I just didn’t see the grass, didn’t know the grass was there that close,” he said in a Fox interview. “The way the A post is in these cars, you can’t really see that good to that angle. I didn’t have a good visual where the grass is. That’s all.”
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