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From one cheesehead to another

Dale Earnhardt Jr. said after Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 that finishing third on the Sonoma Raceway road course was like a victory for the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

This coming from a driver who is/was notoriously bad on road courses; he entered the race with zero top-10 finishes in 14 tries.

Oh, but there were a few bumps along the way Sunday.

Actually, one bump was pretty big. Earnhardt hopped a curb in the esses on Lap 75 and wrecked Matt Kenseth hard, sending the No. 20 Toyota into a wall of tires. Kenseth walked away from the carnage. His car left on a hook:

Earnhardt accepted complete blame for the dustup. He tweeted this postrace:

Said Kenseth on Sunday: "He tapped me on my right rear and wrecked me. I don't know if he got out of the groove with his car -- I don't really know what happened, and it doesn't matter at this point. Unfortunately it ended our day."

It doesn't appear the Wisconsin driver harbors any ill feelings toward Earnhardt. Even after a 42nd-place finish.

Still … we can dream, can't we?