Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/3/14

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 08: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 8, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)
You can only be impressed with the recovery that Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his No. 88 team have made since their bad start to this year's Chase. Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway was Dale Jr.'s fifth second-place finish of the year and his third one in this year's Chase. That engine letting go in the No. 88 at Chicago that started the Chase was just brutal for this team. They were in a major hole after the first race and have been playing catch-up ever since. He moved into fifth spot in the points after Sunday's race, but he is still 62 points back, which is obviously insurmountable with only two races left in our season. Regardless, that team has had a solid Chase and should be really proud of how they have rebounded. Even if he doesn't win one of these two final races, the year as a whole has been solid for Dale Jr. You can expect them to build from this because they have laid a solid foundation of performance heading into 2014. The other thing that impressed me from Texas was the t...
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