Earnhardt Causes Sonoma Crash but Still Gets Third Place
It all seemed to be going really well for Dale Earnhardt Jr and Matt Kenseth on the road course to start with. Both drivers have not had a good history on this sort of course but they seemed to be doing better than usual. They were sticking with the group and actually around the middle with a chance of possibly getting a reasonable result and position. However, things soon changed.
It was on Lap 74 when Earnhardt managed to hit the kerb just as the two cars went in to a turn and were side by side. The car jumped into that of Kenseth and it started spinning managing to hit a tire barrier and smashed the front of the car off. It was amazing that no other cars managed to get involved as the car spun off the track and the rest of the drivers drove past.
Afterwards Earnhardt admitted that it was his fault. He told his team, over the radio that he didn’t know what he was doing it was his bad and he ran up the kerb.
Kenseth was obviously not able to complete the race, however, things were brighter for Earnhardt. He even managed to make contact with AJ Allmendinger as well which caused him to hit several cars and ended his race as well. Having never made a top ten finish on a road course before, he was not expected to do well. However, he managed to get a third place despite the fact that he made five pit stops in the race and therefore had a career best finish.
Afterwards he explained that it had a lot to do with a good strategy as well as getting tyres on quickly. He admitted that he had made a few mistakes but managed to pull it together to get a good finish at the end.