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Dale Jr. defends Jimmie Johnson

Updated: April 11, 2013, 5:01 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. defended teammate Jimmie Johnson's decision last weekend to lap him under caution after Earnhardt spun on the track at Martinsville.

"I would have done the same thing Jimmie did," Earnhardt said Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway. "If I'm leading the race, I have to think about my team, my car and what I'm trying to do."

Earnhardt was involved in an accident during the race at Martinsville that caused him to spin sideways on the track, bringing ...

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