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It was one rough day for Junior

Sometimes you're the hero and sometimes you're the goat. Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn't have the kind of day he had hoped, with two pit-road mistakes and a wreck taking him out of contention, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: February 15, 2009, 10:22 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- When things go bad, somebody always gets the blame.

No. 1 in the blame game Sunday for the shortened Daytona 500 was Dale Earnhardt Jr., fairly or unfairly.

Ask Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch. Neither man has any doubts about it after their race ended in the biggest wreck of the day.

"It's pretty sad to wreck somebody intentionally like that in front of the entire field," Vickers said of Earnhardt. "It's really kind of dangerous."

"One ...

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