Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s season of unbridled, unrelenting misery continued Monday at Watkins Glen. Junior was running 26th on lap 41 when he cut inside of Reed Sorenson while entering turn 10 and lost his brakes. The cars collided and skidded across a gravel pit. Earnhardt hit the tire barrier hard, but climbed out of his car unscathed. Junior was competitive early on until a pit road speeding penalty sent him to the back of the pack. Yes, it has been that kind of year. Junior sounds like a guy fighting to keep his spirits up.

"I ain’t never had the brakes just completely fail on a car like that, so that was really an experience," Earnhardt said. "I’m glad the gravel trap did a little bit of work there and worked fine in that tire barrier. But it’s been a tough year, man. I guess if I sat there and thought about all the bad things and got further down, it would just be a longer time to get back and somehow or another you’ve just got to have some kind of positive thoughts and pull something out of it to keep yourself feeling like you’ve got a shot the next weekend and the next weekend. So, we can’t give up. We can’t quit. We’ve just got to keep trying. I’ve seen some high spots, but we’ve had some pretty bad luck. We’ll just keep trying."

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