“It’s been somewhat irritating this weekend. I positive have loved racing right here and actually respect the followers right here.”&#thirteen;

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A irritating weekend for Dale Earnhardt Jr. ended with a mechanical situation early in Sunday’s I Love New York 355 at Watkins Glen Worldwide.

Earnhardt struggled all weekend looking for velocity in his No. 88 Chevrolet and an issue with the valve practice took him out of the race on lap 22. He began the day by qualifying twenty eighth.

“It’s been a very troublesome week,” Earnhardt Jr. stated. “We’ve been approach down on velocity. However, the blokes labored actually arduous. We modified this automotive in and out twice this weekend. And, we had made it higher and we have been type of hanging in there. I feel we had a shot at perhaps a prime 20 at greatest. However man, we confirmed up and we have been about 4 seconds off.”

After ending sixth at Sonoma in June, Earnhardt will finish his NASCAR Monster Power Cup Collection street racing profession with three prime fives and 6 prime 10s in 35 mixed begins at Sonoma and Watkins Glen. At present’s thirty seventh-place end got here in his 17 begin on the 2.forty five-mile New York street course.

“We had a reasonably good automotive at Sonoma, so I used to be type of wanting ahead to coming right here,” Earnhardt stated. “It’s been slightly irritating this weekend. I positive have loved racing right here and actually recognize the followers right here; and the monitor and the employees. They’ve handled us so good each time we’ve been right here, so it’s been a blessing.”