Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/TheDarkKnightRises/National Guard/ Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday in Brooklyn, Mich. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR).
By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
143 races had come and gone since Dale Earnhardt Jr. last tasted the spoils of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The once perineal championship contender had slipped off the map in 2009 and 2010, before finally righting the ship with leadership from new crew chief Steve Letarte in 2011.
In the past year and a half Earnhardt has bucked his trend from mediocre to being a week-in and week-out contender again. Sunday the planets finally aligned just right, and Earnhardt reached the hallowed grounds of Michigan International Speedway’s victory lane.
How fitting is it that the place where Earnhardt snapped his winless skid, is...