Dale Earnhardt Jr. walked out to the Rocky theme song alongside Peyton Manning at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday. Unfortunately, he would have to fight back from a slow start like both Sylvester Stallone and Manning.
Electrical issues at the start of the Food City 500 saw Earnhardt make a sudden pit stop on the first lap. As a result, Aric Almirola and David Ragan were bottled up behind him before he headed down pit road.
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“I ain’t got no power,” Earnhardt said after the incident after the green flag.
Junior needed some luck just to get back on the lead lap after losing two laps due to the issue. He returned to the track, but lost another lap with the leaders catching up to him quickly to knock him further down the leaderboard.
He would eventually finish second after a late restart behind only race winner Carl Edwards. It was a valiant effort for Junior and one that clinched his fourth top-five finish in eight starts this season.