Things are certainly looking good for Junior Nation this season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished sixth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, climbing another spot to second in the standings. He has four top-10 finishes in four starts, matching points leader Brad Keselowski in that category.
As he looked over his race at Bristol, though, Earnhardt Jr. was quick to pass along the credit for his run to crew chief Steve Letarte.
"He made a couple, two, three great pit calls there at the end, and gave us the opportunity to get some guys on some old tires, and beat a few guys that we probably weren't going to beat," he said.
"Great call by him."
Earnhardt Jr. said that he and his Hendrick Motorsports team were somewhat caught off guard by the track conditions changing really fast over the course of the race. That's why strategy and changes to the car became critical.
As he looked over the race, could he have done anything differently?
"Well, we kne...