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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Brad Keselowski #2 +650
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Kyle Busch #18 +1000
Joey Logano #22 +1000

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