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Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Martin Truex, Jr.
The biggest question for the last three years is when will Dale Earnhardt Jr. end his winless drought.
Today, he answered those questions by dominating the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. It was the first Sprint Cup win for Junior in 143 races and his first since this race at Michigan in 2008. During that winless streak, he had many close calls with seven runner-up finishes, but today he was the man on top.
Junior took control of the race, leading 96 of 200 laps in dominant fashion after the 400-mile event was delayed by rain for over an hour in a half. He outlasted second place finisher Tony Stewart by 5.393 seconds in his No. 88 Chevy for his 19th career Sprint Cup victory.
Roush Fenway Racing's Matt Kenseth and his teammate, pole sitter Greg Biffle, took home the third and fourth place finishing positions. Kenseth kept his points lead going into next weeks race at Sonoma, but it was cut in half by Earnhardt Jr.'s victory as the No. 17 now leads Da...
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally ended his 143-race winless-streak Sunday after winning the 2012 Quicken Loans 400. Tony Stewart finished second to Earnhardt Jr., just like he did in 2004 at the Daytona 500. Stewart praised him back then, but now it’s a little different.
He tells USA Today:
“No different than anybody else that does it,” he said. “It’s not a national holiday...
So the drought is over for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 team. That really is awesome for them, Hendrick Motorsports and, quite honestly, our sport in general. What we can't lose sight of is that he is an experienced driver, one who has been in championship battles before and won two Nationwide championships.
Dale Jr. has been around long enough that he understands what...
The last 15 laps of Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway weren't quick enough for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
As he maintained a comfortable five-second lead over Tony Stewart and drove closer to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in four years, Earnhardt was preoccupied with what might go wrong.
Four years ago, in his last victory at Michigan, Earnhardt...
Well folks, the 143 race winless streak is over. There is joy in Junior Nation and trust me, there is joy in NASCAR. With Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally getting back to Victory Lane after a long four-year drought, all is right with the world.
That win last Sunday honestly has moved the needle on NASCAR exposure and interest like nothing we've seen since Trevor Bayne upset the racing...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. raced to his first Sprint Cup victory in four years, ending a 143-race winless streak Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.
Earnhardt's win came almost exactly four years to the day after his last trip to Victory Lane in a Cup race. That also was in Michigan on June 15, 2008. He led for 36 laps last weekend at Pocono but made a late stop for gas instead...
At the same venue that produced his last NASCAR Sprint Cup victory, four years and two days removed from his most recent visit to Victory Lane, Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke the most talked-about, most frustrating streak in motor sports.
Pulling away from defending series champion Tony Stewart at the end of the final 60-lap green-flag run, Earnhardt won Sunday's Quicken Loans 400...
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Danica Patrick's crew chief, Tony Eury Jr., says Danica is not getting enough respect on the track and needs to earn it by not letting other drivers push her around.
The overwhelming consensus in the NASCAR garage is that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is on the verge of winning a Sprint Cup race.
And even though his winless streak reached 143 races last Sunday at Pocono, Earnhardt hasn't tired of the questions about when he might win his next race.
"I don't feel like you guys (reporters) have asked the question too many times, because I think...
Tony Stewart, sarcastic after someione else wins a NASCAR race? Say it ain't so? Riling up Junior Nation? Doubt it.After Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke his four year winless streak, Tony Stewart was a little miffed to be anwering questions about the #88's win. "No different to anybody else that does it. It's not a national holiday, guys. This morning, they were celebrating...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the final 30 laps on his way to ending his 143 race winless streak.
Lap 1: Marcos Ambrose pulls out to the early lead
Lap 2 Ambrose leads Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick as Kurt Busch spins on the backstretch
Restart lap 5 – Biffle tries to make the move on Ambrose, though Ambrose pulls off with the lead down the back
The winless streak over, Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks for more…
It's finally happened, folks. Junior Nation is in a state of ecstasy and NASCAR officials are thrilled to see their most popular driver back in Victory Lane for the first time in four years.
Of course, plenty of things happened over the weekend, which saw dozens of drivers post record-shattering qualifying runs. But seriously, all you really need to know is this: Dale Earnhardt...
Tony Stewart was quick, but not quick enough, and finished second in the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Stewart, the driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), finished 5.393 seconds behind winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., who led five times for a race-high 95 laps. “I’m...
Congratulations to Chad Johnston, crew chief of the No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and his wife Stacey.
Last night, Johnston received an early Father’s Day present as his son, Chase Allen Johnston, arrived at 10:32 p.m. ET. The baby boy weighed in at nine lbs. and 20.75 inches long. He joins big sister Sydnee into the family.
Plans are for Johnston...