There’s been considerable backlash following yesterday’s controversial call at the end of the NASCAR CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn’t up in arms over how things played out.
With under 5 laps to go, Team Chevy’s Jamie McMurrray suffered an engine failure, which brought out a yellow flag as safety crews worked to clean the track. Under the first green-white checker restart, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson and others were involved in a minor wreck, bringing out another yellow before race leaders Joey Logano and Earnhardt Jr. could reach the start-finish.
The second restart was much the same, save for the fact that Logano and Earnhardt were able to reach the start-finish line under green flag conditions. After reviewing the footage, NASCAR determined Logano to be the winner, with his Ford crossing the finish line just inches ahead of Earnhardt Jr.’s Chevrolet.
If the multi-car wreck that ensued Sunday hadn’t happened or had happened at a different part of the track, Earnhardt Jr. says he likely would have been the winner. Speaking to NASCAR.com., the Hendrick Motorsports driver said he “couldn’t believe,” Logano gave him the bottom lane, which made him think he was “going to win the race for sure.”
Despite Earnhardt’s controversial loss he maintained his usual positive attitude post-race and said he has “100 percent faith,” in the choices NASCAR makes. Check out the interview above, and feel free to share your opinion on the race’s end in the comments below.