Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last run at Charlotte starts a bit back in the field

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has announced that he will retire from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after the 2017 season. As the Hendrick Motorsports driver prepares to climb into the race car for the final time at each track — or at least likely for the last time, as he has left the door open for possible one-off races — we take a look at how he has fared over the years at each venue and what to expect in his last ride there.

Biggest highlight: This one is easy. As a Cup rookie in 2000, Earnhardt won the All-Star Race thanks to a pit stop that allowed him to rally through the field on fresh tires. He led the final two laps to win the race. Having won at Texas earlier in the year to qualify for the All-Star Race, it was one of just three Cup victories for Earnhardt where his father was in the race.

“He came in a little sore but was actually moving around pretty good,” Swinney said. “I think he is going to be just fine. He’ll be limited today, but when we get going, I think he’ll practice. If he’s ready to play, he’s going to play. If not, we’ll play the next guy.”

Swinney said he considered Bryant “day-to-day” but didn’t speculate as to whether the quarterback would need to practice this week to play Friday.

Swinney also kept mum on Plan B, should Bryant need more time. Zerrick Cooper and Hunter Johnson each got work against Wake Forest, with Johnson, the top pocket QB in the 2017 recruiting class, going 5-for-5 passing with a touchdown.

“I expect Kelly to be ready to go, but if he’s not, we’ll have a plan,” Swinney Best Quality Cheap Jerseys said. “But I’m not going to lay it out for Syracuse.”

Bryant is completing 67 percent of his throws this season, with four Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal passing touchdowns and four interceptions. He also has run for 401 yards and seven touchdowns.

Nick Saban: Trying to get Tide to listen to me instead of to media

After a one-score victory over unranked Texas A&M on Saturday, Alabama coach Nick Saban complained about the positive media coverage of his top-ranked team, likening it to “rat poison.”

“I’m trying to get our players to listen to me instead of you guys,” Saban said in comments directed to reporters gathered in the postgame news conference. “All that stuff you write about how good we are? All that stuff they hear on ESPN? It’s like poison. Like rat poison.”

Micheal Ferland, Kris Versteeg and Mikael Backlund also scored, and Mike Smith made 25 saves for his first victory with Calgary.

Brandon Tanev, Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine scored for the Jets. Steve Mason, pulled after giving up five goals in a 7-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night, stopped 39 shots.

“We had a difficult time moving the puck,” Jets head coach Paul Maurice said. “I think they got a little faster. They closed some time and space on us and we had a difficult time making the adjustment that you’ve got to go hard and fast in this league and they won’t slow down for you. We got a little bit slow, real slow, slow with the puck and ended up having to play in area we’re not real good at right now.”

Flames newcomer Jaromir Jagr wasn’t in the lineup because he wanted Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal more time to recover his game legs.

Calgary improved to 17-17-12 in home openers . . . Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien MLB Authentic Jerseys played his 500th game for the Jets franchise.