Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/31/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2009 in Avondale, AZ. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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 Stewart from a half-second to six over the final 27 laps as the fans stood in anticipation of the finish. "Hell yeah," Earnhardt said. "I don't know what to say. We won." "I double-checked, it wasn't the 500, we really won it," crew chief Steve Letarte said jokingly. "All right! Hey, good job man," Earnhardt replied. "I know you guys have been waiting on that one. I know I have." "Over six seconds man," spotter T.J. Majors said. "That's pretty sure to me." The wait was over. So were the doubts. Earnhardt Jr. extinguished what was the sixth-longest stretch between wins in the Sprint Cup Series. And NASC...
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