Twelve laps into Monday's rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car caught fire after crashing into a wall, and video shows Earnhardt Jr. quickly scrambling out of his No. 88 Chevrolet apparently uninjured.
Earnhardt Jr. caught the edge of the infield grass, which blew out his left front tire and sent him careening towards the outer wall. He banked into the wall twice before maneuvering his damaged, flaming vehicle to safety.
“I just didn't see the grass, didn't know the grass was there that close,” he told FOX. “The way the A post is in these cars, you can't see that good to that angle. I didn't have a good visual where the grass is. That's all. … You can't run through [the grass] the way we've got these cars on the ground.”
It will be Earnhardt Jr.'s worst finish of 2014 to this point, and he was obviously displeased about the showing.
That wasn't fun. Sorry 2 the fans of the 88 team. Feel bad for my guys and the 48 team also. Made a mistake there that was costly for every1— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) April 7, 2014
His teammate, Jimmie Johnson, also suffered significant damage to the front of his car. Joey Logano held on for a late win, edging out Jeff Gordon.