Struggling NASCAR star booed at Coca-Cola 600

Updated: May 30, 2005, 6:16 PM ET
Associated Press

CONCORD, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. was jeered by the fans, criticized by his fired crew chief and ripped by his uncle, the man who typically has been his most loyal supporter.

Add in his season-long slump and the five-car accident he caused in the Coca-Cola 600 by running into his teammate, and the situation becomes all too clear: NASCAR's biggest star is in big, big trouble.

"It's been a rough week," Earnhardt said Monday, a day after finishing 33rd in his most tumultuous race of the year. ...

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