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Earnhardt Jr. happy with run in the top 10

Updated: February 20, 2006, 3:19 PM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. was at a crossroads.

Reunited with his old team and feeling indebted to it for putting together a strong car that ran fifth going into the two overtime laps of the Daytona 500, Junior couldn't decide whether to go for the win or stay in line and secure a top-five finish.

“ This motor's like an old man -- it'll wake up and run for a while, then fall back asleep. ”

— Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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