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Earnhardt Reacts to Engine Failure During Practice

Team Chevy Racing News | Transcript Published 2/20/2013

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?

After Bojangles Southern 500
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 -- Jeff Gordon 297 0
2 -- Matt Kenseth 296 -1
3 -- Carl Edwards 278 -19
4 +2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 271 -26
5 +2 Jimmie Johnson 270 -27
6 -1 Kyle Busch 269 -28
7 +1 Brad Keselowski 246 -51
8 -4 Joey Logano 245 -52
9 +2 Ryan Newman 236 -61
10 +2 Austin Dillon # 235 -62
11 +5 Greg Biffle 227 -70
12 +2 Tony Stewart 224 -73
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