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Earnhardt’s Points Lead Breaks New Ground
Being No. 1 is nothing new for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
But becoming the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader, which he accomplished with a second-place finish on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, broke new ground for Junior.
It’s the first time the 10-time Most Popular Driver has headed the standings in consecutive seasons. Earnhardt last held the points lead after last August’s race at Pocono Raceway. He also sat atop the points in 2004.
Retaining the ranking, qualifying for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ and winning an elusive championship definitely are in Earnhardt’s sights.
Sunday’s finish kept a magical season rolling. He’s now finished second twice, at Auto Club and behind Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson in the Daytona 500. Earnhardt is the only competitor to have finished among the top 10 in each of this season’s five races.
That Earnhardt overcame several problems – notably a 22-second pit stop – and still contended for ...
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Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #88 Army National Guard Chevrolet SS earned 1st place in the Sprint Cup Standing with his 2nd place finish Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Auto Club Speedway in the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Harold Hinson for Chevrolet)
By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a renewed, focused driver...
If there is one word that can be used to describe Dale Earnhardt Jr’s performance over the last two seasons, it would have to be consistent.
Dale Earnhardt Jr started 2013 off on a high-note as he finished 2nd to his teammate Jimmie Johnson at the Daytona 500. Since then, NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver has not skipped a beat.
He has not finished outside the top-10 in the first...
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FONTANA, Calif. – Behind the wheel of his No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS, Dale Earnhardt Jr. avoided a late-race accident between the leaders to collect a second-place finish at Auto Club Speedway, Round 5 of the 36-race 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Earnhardt, Jr. and his No. 88 Chevy SS team are off to a fast start as the schedule swings into full gear. The team has...
Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
By: Toby Christie - Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
What an incredible turn of events that unfolded in the closing laps at Auto Club Speedway — a track not normally known for exciting races, or finishes. That all changed after the 2013 Auto Club 400, as the fans will be talking about this race for a long time to come.
The latest chapter...
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. leads the point standings by 12 points over Brad Keselowski, with Jimmie Johnson (-16), Carl Edwards (-35), and Greg Biffle (-35) making up the top five. Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Paul Menard, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top ten. Matt Kenseth (1 win, 11th in points) and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (12th in points) lead the wildcard standings.