Earnhardt encouraged and feeling no Chase pressure

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he isn’t feeling a lot of pressure in

NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Earnhardt has rebounded from an engine failure and 35th-place

finish in the first week of the Chase with a pair of top-10

finishes. He says the last two weeks have been ”really

encouraging” and that he had probably the best two cars he’s had

all season. He started on the pole and finished second last week at


During a charity appearance Thursday night at a barbecue joint

about five miles from Texas Motor Speedway, Earnhardt said his team

is ”swinging for the fences every weekend” with seven races


Earnhardt is 10th in the standings, 57 points behind leader Matt

Kenseth going into Sunday’s race at Kansas.