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Earnhardt Reacts to Engine Failure During Practice

Team Chevy Racing News | Transcript Published 2/20/2013
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. talked to reporters following an engine failure during practice for the Budweiser Duel at Daytona Qualifying Races. As a result of an engine change, Earnhardt Jr. will start the race from the rear of the field.

What happened?
"We broke a motor, it's as simple as that. They'll figure out what happen. I'm sure there is some logical explanation as to what happened, but, we'll just put a new one in and start at the back of the Qualifier tomorrow, and race up through there."

Will you go to bed a little worried tonight?
"No, it's just part of racing."

Is this any sort of a setback?
"Not really. Everything is good. We were just making some single car runs by ourselves. Everything seemed like it was working. Just trying to find a little more speed, and we found a few things that seemed to help the car. We'll try to get out in this next practice, and see what else we can learn, but everything should be fine."

Did you have any warning that it was going?
"No."

Standings
After Pure Michigan 400
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 +1 Jeff Gordon 816 0
2 -1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 813 -3
3 +1 Brad Keselowski 733 -83
4 +1 Joey Logano 714 -102
5 -2 Matt Kenseth 709 -107
6 +2 Kevin Harvick 687 -129
7 -- Jimmie Johnson 686 -130
8 -2 Carl Edwards 679 -137
9 -- Ryan Newman 679 -137
10 +1 Clint Bowyer 672 -144
11 +1 Greg Biffle 660 -156
12 +1 Kasey Kahne 651 -165
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