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This is not the way Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted to start.

Dale Jr. hit the wall at practice in Charlotte, and not only took a medical cart off the track, but later learned that his primary car is damaged beyond repair.

Here’s another look at the damage:

And, here’s how it happened:

He’ll have to use a back-up car in the race.

As noted above, he’s fine. But it’s a lousy way to start.