Earnhardt stays upbeat at Darlington

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has disliked Darlington Raceway since his 2000 rookie season debut.

A good car quickly went bad, Earnhardt crashed, then worried he'd never make a career as a driver if he couldn't handle NASCAR's oldest superspeedway.

"He's like all but ready to quit, it's that bad, it's like 'There's no way I can race here a million times,"' crew chief Lance McGrew said Earnhardt told him Friday about that 40th-place debut.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has disliked Darlington Raceway since his 2000 rookie season debut.

A good car quickly went bad, Earnhardt crashed, then worried he'd never make a career as a driver if he couldn't handle NASCAR's oldest superspeedway.

"He's like all but ready to quit, it's that bad, it's like 'There's no way I can race here a million times,"' crew chief Lance McGrew said Earnhardt told him Friday about that 40th-place debut.

When the problem was eventually traced to the car, not the driver, Earnhardt's spirits lifted.

"He was all excited. Here he is ready to quit, go get a desk job at a dealership," McGrew said.

Organizations: NASCAR

Geographic location: South Carolina

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