NASCAR & Auto Racing

Count Earnhardt Jr. among victims of trouble with right-front tires

A day after celebrating his 34th birthday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a lap away from pitting when his right front tire was cut after he ran over debris on the 103rd lap. He hit the wall hard, and his car was heavily damaged.

"Unbelievable. Pitting in one lap," he said over his radio.

Earnhardt Jr. , one of several victims of right-front tire trouble Saturday, was treated at the infield care center and released.

It was the second straight week Earnhardt, who entered the night 10th in the points race, failed to finish a race. He was involved that 12-car wreck triggered by Edwards with 16 laps to go at Talladega.