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HMS concerned about axle problem

Updated: February 23, 2010, 4:27 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There is some concern at Hendrick Motorsports that the broken axle that left Dale Earnhardt Jr. with a 32nd-place finish on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway could be a more widespread problem.

Earnhardt's crew chief, Lance McGrew, said the axle of race winner Jimmie Johnson was about six laps from breaking and that issues were discovered on other HMS cars during Saturday's final practice.

"Oh, absolutely," McGrew told ESPN.com on Tuesday. "I'm sweating ...

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