Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage picked Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Samsung 500 at his track.
No, Gossage didn't gaze into a crystal ball. And no, this wasn't just another stunt by one of the top promoters in professional sports.
Gossage's prediction that NASCAR's most popular driver will end a 135-race drought stems from the current consistency exhibited by the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports crew and how engaged the racer is behind the wheel.
It's not a matter of whether Earnhardt will win again; it's just a matter of when.
"Junior is on a roll," Gossage said. "His confidence gets better every week. That's easy to see. For Dale, when things are going right he stays focused. When things are going bad, he loses focus. Right now he's happy, focused and intense.
"He runs well here, having won the first Nationwide and Cup races of his career in Texas, and he's way overdue. He's been in position to win races in 2011 and 2012 but hasn't been ...