Dale Earnhardt Jr. has no issues with NASCAR's championship format, even as he heads to Talladega Superspeedway on the brink of elimination.

A broken shifter at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night dropped Earnhardt to last in the 12-driver field, and he'll need a victory at Talladega to advance to the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

He called NASCAR's new elimination format "dramatic" and said Tuesday during a test session at Phoenix International Raceway the system has "served us well."