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NASCAR AMERICA: Tuesday round-up (VIDEO)

May 6, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a decision to hang toward the back of the field late in Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway in order to avoid the anticipated late-race wrecks and position himself for a final run.

But the gamble didn’t work, and after finishing 26th, Earnhardt has been the target of some criticism from members of the NASCAR Nation that feel he didn’t give it everything he had.

However, on today’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA on NBCSN, analyst and Sprint Cup driver Jeff Burton defended Earnhardt and said he played it smart on Sunday.

Burton and host Marty Snider also looked into the evolution of a very important aspect of drivers’ safety: Their seats. Using photos of Jeff Gordon‘s seat from the late 1990s and Mark Martin‘s seat from 2012, Burton explained the important advances that the seat has taken over the last decade and a half.

NASCAR AMERICA will be back tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra for online/mobile devices. You can also check out more clips from the show on its archive page.

  1. gbart22 - May 6, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    You know what I love about this season so far is with junior arguably having his best season since I think 04 the ratings continue to dwindle. Further proof that constant earnhardt coverage does nothing for fair weather fans and new fans. The people he excites are the old timers who’ve been around and watched his father.

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