Posted July 30, 2012 on AP on Fox
(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By CHRIS JENKINS AP Sports Writer Jimmie Johnson won his fourth Brickyard 400 and solidified his status as a title favorite in NASCAR. No surprise there. But how about this: Dale Earnhardt Jr. left the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the Sprint Cup Series points lead. Earnhardt finished fourth on Sunday, his best career finish at a track where he often struggles. Earnhardt took a 14-point lead over previous points leader Matt Kenseth, who got caught in a crash. It was another sign of Earnhardt's newfound consistency, the kind of development that really could make him a championship contender. And if it comes down to Hendrick Motorsports teammates Johnson and Earnhardt duking it out for the title at the end of the season, both drivers say bring it on.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominates Lionel die cast top 10 list

If you are anything like me then you probably know and love the Lionel Racing Collectable 1/24 scale die cast. The replica NASCAR’s are a great collectable item for the young and old alike. Today they released the ten most bought cars so far in 2012. Unlike Lionel NASCAR Collectable’s year-end top 10 list, this list is comprised of Action Racing Collectables-branded die-cast...

Earnhardt Jr. takes over Cup lead

Jimmie Johnson won the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. took over the NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead. Earnhardt, who trailed Matt Kenseth by 16 points entering the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, capitalized on the misfortune of Matt Kenseth, who was collected in an accident on Lap 132 after Trevor Bayne collided with Joey Logano. Kenseth finished 35th while...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Aiming to Fix Past Mistakes In Brickyard 400 At Indianapolis (

By Jerry Bonkowski      INDIANAPOLIS -- He's won at some of the sport's largest and most popular venues, including Daytona, Talladega and Texas.    Yet Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been a conundrum throughout Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s career, with just two top-10 finishes in 12 starts.    But given the outstanding and consistent season he's had thus far in...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes points lead

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally got some good news at Indy. Earnhardt moved into the NASCAR Sprint Cup series points lead with a fourth-place finish Sunday in the Brickyard 400. It was his best finish in 13 starts at the famed Speedway, and it moved him 14 points ahead of previous leader Matt Kenseth, who finished 35th after a crash. Earnhardt said he'd like to win again - he snapped...

Backseat Drivers Fan Council

Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead at Indianapolis, giving his fans something to cheer about in a season where there have...

Johnson, Junior have season in hand

Indianapolis Motor Speedway has always been a hard place to race at for stock cars. If you think about our typical superspeedways, they have long straightaways with high-banked corners. Now our short tracks are short straightaways with flat corners. When they built Indianapolis they married the two together. It has long straightaways with flat corners. The other thing about Indianapolis...

Sam Hornish, Jr. Crown Royal 400 Race Recap

INDIANAPOLIS  – Shell-Pennzoil Dodge driver Sam Hornish Jr. started 24th in today’s Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 and had a solid run to a 16th-place finish.  Hornish, winner of the 2006 Indianapolis 500 here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, certainly wanted more, but was pleased with the way his day went. “I’m proud of the effort and run we had with the Shell...

Nascar: What Will Junior Nation Do?

CONCORD, NC – MAY 29: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/Amp Energy Chevrolet, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Summer Salute Chevrolet, race side by side during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29, 2011 in Concord, North Carolina. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife) As we come up on the Chase, we...
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