Double Duty at Daytona Turns Out Double Heartbreak for Dale Earnhardt Jr

Amanda BradeenCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 04: Dale Earnhardt Jr, driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, speaks to the media in the garage after wrecking his car during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 51st Annual Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

As we headed to Daytona for the Coke Zero 400 Saturday night, Dale Earnhardt Jr fans hoped and prayed that it would bring him the break he needed and deserved. After a solid 13th finish at New Hampshire, there was hope on the horizon.

His good luck started Friday night where he started in seventh position in the No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet. It looked to promising for Jr and he actually showed possibility of a top three finish until a mishap on pit road.

Jr left his pit stall at the same time Scott Wimmer was pulling into his and they had a little bump, causing Earnhardt Jr to go back into the pits and restart in the 31st position.

In the process of working his way to the front, Earnhardt Jr got involved in a multi-car accident and was hit by the No. 66 of Steven Wallace. Earnhardt Jr ended up in the garage with a disappointing 40th finish.

Qualifiers for Saturday were rained out causing Dale Earnhardt Jr to start in the 19th position, due to points.

Through out 76 of the laps, Earnhardt Jr ran right around 24th.

That was until lap 77 when an accident of 13 cars occurred, Earnhardt Jr being hit by David Reutimann, and on lap 78 Jr headed for the garage.

"We just got it driving good, just freed it enough so that we could go through there. It was a tough race for us," said Dale Earnhardt Jr during his garage interview.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ended up finishing in a disappointing 38th.

These Double accidents at Daytona were due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time for Earnhardt Jr and to put it frankly, IT SUCKED!

So I ask fellow Dale Earnhardt Jr fans to join me in a chant,  "No more double duty accidents and time for a WIN."