Dale Earnhardt Jr. forced to drive without steering wheel during Talladega race

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s steering wheel came off during Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega, forcing him to drive without it.

“Well, I wasn’t going to let it hit the wall, so I grabbed the column and steered it with that,” Earnhardt said, according to FOX Sports.

Dale Jr. got the wheel back in place and left the GEICO 500 after an unrelated crash.

“Hell, I’m done,” Earnhardt said after the second wreck, according to Yahoo! Sports. “I’m going home.”

Brad Keselowski won a wreck-filled race, his fourth win at Talladega. He said staying up front is one of the tickets to staying out of the wrecks.

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