Dale Jr.: 'You can't have everything'

Updated: August 18, 2007, 12:42 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- "You can't have everything," Dale Earnhardt Jr. says about not driving his familiar No. 8 next season.

Earnhardt deliberately avoided reporters after finishing his qualifying lap Friday, leaving the garage area without speaking to the media about the news that Hendrick Motorsports and Dale Earnhardt Inc. were unable to reach a financial agreement on transferring the No. 8 to Earnhardt's new team.

But in comments provided by Chevrolet on Saturday, Earnhardt, who will continue to drive a Chevy on his new team, said it was time to move forward.

"We were trying to find a way to make it happen, but we just couldn't come to an agreement," Earnhardt said, according to the quotes provided by Chevrolet. "That's the way it goes sometimes in this sport.

"You can't have everything. You just have to be satisfied with what you do have and what we're going to be able to accomplish in the future."

On Friday, Earnhardt drove into his garage stall, climbed out of his car and briefly talked to crew members before climbing over equipment to make his escape. He walked briskly in exiting through the garage's back door, then headed for his motor coach.

Lost in translation
Nextel Cup teammates all say they share information, but something was lost in translation Friday between Dale Jarrett and his teammates at Michael Waltrip Racing.

Waltrip qualified 11th and David Reutimann was 12th, the best starting spots of the season for both drivers. But Jarrett failed to make the field for Sunday's 3M Performance 400.

Jarrett's No. 44 Toyota was almost 3 mph slower than his two MWR teammates. Jarrett has failed to qualify in eight of the past 14 races.

Friday was only the fifth time this season Waltrip has qualified for a Cup race, but he has made the show in each of the past three races he entered in the No. 55 Toyota.

Reutimann has qualified in the past nine races he entered in the No. 00 Camry.

Terry Blount covers motorsports for ESPN.com. He can be reached at terry@blountspeak.com.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter