Junior hopes to make up ground in traffic
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is off to a slow start in defense of his Daytona 500 title, blaming a poor qualifying effort on engine problems.
"It's hard to do it by myself,'' he said. "We're way, way down on horsepower and that's just the simple fact of it ... we've been real slow since we've been here.''
Earnhardt ended up 39th on the speed chart following Sunday's
first round of qualifying. Except for first and second -- won by
Dale Jarrett and Jimmie Johnson ...
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