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Dale Jr. Wants to Race His Way Into All-Star Race
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn't really want to watch the All-Star race on television at home while drinking a beer.

But in saying last week he'd be OK doing that should he fail to qualify for Saturday night's $1 million race, Earnhardt gave the impression he didn't much care to participate.

That's not how he meant it, he insisted Friday, saying he probably did "not word that correctly and gave people the wrong impression, I guess; I do care about being here."

Earnhardt is no longer guaranteed a starting spot in Saturday night's field because his 10-year exemption for winning the race in 2000 has expired. His last chance to earn a spot was last week at Dover, but his losing streak instead stretched to 104 races.

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