Dale Earnhardt Jr. likes NASCAR's Chase format even as he's on the edge of elimination

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."