Dale Earnhardt Jr. shrugs off early exit

Originally Published: February 7, 2011
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- For a guy who'd just wrecked out of what he'd hoped would be a splashy start to Speedweeks -- this on top of carrying the weight of the NASCAR world on his shoulders the past few years -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. sure was loose, cool and happy Saturday night.

He laughed with new crew chief Steve Letarte as they inspected the damage Earnhardt's Chevrolet incurred on the 28th lap of the Bud Shootout.

That was early but substantive evidence that Letarte ...

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