Just because Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a comfortable cushion back to 11th place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion doesn’t mean he’s going to start taking more chances.

Why? Because he’s already racing as hard as he can, the driver said Friday at Richmond International Raceway.

“There ain’t a lap that I’ve ran to this point this year that wasn’t ran as hard as it could have been ran,” he said. “… I think everybody runs as hard as they can. Everybody is as aggressive as they want to be. I don’t think we’re all out there being overly nice about it. Everybody is running pretty hard and pretty aggressive for positions.”