Better safe than sorry? Fans sound off on Dale Jr.'s decision to hang back in Talladega

Published May. 5, 2014 4:00 p.m. EDT

Dale Earnhardt Jr. admitted he was in no mood to take chances.

During Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, Earnhardt hung well back of the leaders during the closing stages of the race ... eventually finishing 26th. 

"It's hard to drive up through there," Earnhardt said. "The track is three-wide forever. You know they're going to crash and I can't afford to wreck anymore here. So, you've just got to pick your battles.

Junior wasn't pleased with the way things worked out.


Earnhardt's conservative approach did not sit well with some in "Junior Nation."

However, others came to Earnhardt's defense ... including our very own Kenny Wallace. 

With the benefit of hindsight, Earnhardt had this to say.

What do you think?