Posted June 16, 2012 on AP on Fox
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 of trying to stretch the fuel to the end. On Sunday, it wasn't even close. He pulled away over the final 25 laps of the 400-mile race, and led by over five seconds in the final laps before his black Chevrolet with the green No. 88 crossed the finish line well ahead of Tony Stewart.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/TheDarkKnightRises/National Guard/ Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday in Brooklyn, Mich. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR). By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical 143 races had come...

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We've talked all year about how Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the entire No. 88 team have been the perfect model of consistency. In my eyes, their win Sunday at Michigan International Speedway didn't have to happen to solidify how serious he and the team are about their championship aspirations. That said, winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday took it to a whole new level....

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Can you believe it? Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally closed the deal. After four years, 143 races -- and more inquiries than anyone should have to answer -- Junior quieted his critics and returned to Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway in dominating fashion on Sunday. In the closing laps, Earnhardt continued to extend his advantage over defending Sprint Cup champion Tony...

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Sunday morning there was a buzz in the garage with a bent decidedly leaning toward Dale Earnhardt Jr. OK, from about the moment the transporters rolled into the garage, talk of the four-year anniversary of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver permeated conversations and lines of questioning of other competitors. This was nothing new at Michigan International Speedway, or a lot of other...
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