May 26, 2012
Dale Earnhardt Jr looks out of the garage during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup series auto race in Concord, N.C., Saturday, May 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Havner)
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CONCORD, N.C. -- At first Dale Earnhardt Jr. was relieved he didn't fall further back than seventh at last year's Coca-Cola 600. Then he realized what he had lost for just about a gallon of gas.