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Dale Earnhardt Jr. forgot Ryan Newman was flying with him to Michigan

Daytona 500 - Practice

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 16: Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet, speaks with Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

NASCAR drivers sometimes plane-pool to tracks. It makes sense; if you're going to the same place as a bunch of people you know in a car, you carpool, right?

Apparently Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ryan Newman had a plane-pool arrangement on Junior's plane to go to Michigan on Friday. But Junior forgot.

Mike Hoag, who works for JR Motorsports, got this text from Newman.

It looks like Newman wasn't stranded, however.

You know how superstitious people in sports can be. If Newman wins this week, he may be asking Junior to leave him at the airport every week. OK, probably not, but it'd be a hilarious new tradition if it happened.

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