NASCAR: Dale Jr. hails ‘Dinger, Almirola after they’re eliminated from Chase

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As you’d figure, neither A.J. Allmendinger or Aric Almirola were happy after being eliminated from the Chase for the Sprint Cup yesterday at Dover International Speedway.

Allmendinger was slightly above the Top 12 cutoff going into the race but lost the final advance position to Kasey Kahne by a mere two points after finishing 13th.

Almirola, on the other hand, entered Dover 10 points behind the cutoff and his 16th-place finish was not enough to save his championship hopes.

Following the race, Allmendinger was blunt, saying that he and his team “sucked” throughout the proceedings. Almirola settled for “sad” and “disappointed.”

Nonetheless, it bears noting that making the post-season was far from a given for them both when this 2014 campaign started.

And yet they made it happen – Almirola through a soggy win in July at Daytona, ‘Dinger through a narrow victory over Marcos Ambrose at Watkins Glen in August.

They certainly deserve some congratulations for that. Perhaps Dale Earnhardt Jr. recognized that following yesterday’s race.

And so, NASCAR’s most popular driver did his best to cheer up the Chase’s two resident underdogs in a couple of classy tweets:

Earnhardt wasn’t exactly thrilled after Dover, either. He advanced to the Contender Round, but finished a sub-par 17th.