How Dale Earnhardt Jr. has gotten to a near-four year losing streak is head scratching, but he is definitely on the verge of breaking through. Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR
By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Texas Motor Speedway have become synonymous with one another since the son of the legendary Dale Earnhardt entered the NASCAR ranks full-time in 1998.
In just his 16th-career NASCAR Nationwide Series start on April 4th, 1998, Earnhardt utilized a late-race pitstop for tires to power around Joe Nemechek for the lead with six laps to go. Junior wouldn’t look back, and would go on to score his first of seven Nationwide Series wins in a 1998 campaign that ultimately led to his first NASCAR championship. That Texas victory was the catalyst for Earnhardt’s career.
In 2000 Dale Jr. moved to the Sprint Cup Series full-time. It was a new beginning – but it had a similar feeling. In just his twelfth career start - which came at T...