Yesterday tested the Earnhardt Nation. Our favorite son had a fast car and he still finished 24th due to broke suspension parts and loose lug nuts. This follows the race at New Hampshire where two flat tires runed Dale Jr’s day.
This puts Junior in 10th place, 34 points behind Chase leader Kevin Harvick. If you read me regularly you know this is where I find the good news in the past race. I have searched and I did find a couple of slivers of information to brighten our day. The 88 was fast – real fast. The other good news is; we are only three races into the Chase and we have six tracks coming up where Dale Jr has had success.
Next week is Kansas where Junior finished second in the Spring. Then we go to Charlotte. You remember Charlotte? It was where Dale Jr ran out of gas on the last lap while leading and finished seventh last Memorial Day weekend. After that is Talladega. If you don’t know about Talladega and the Earnhardts you are reading the wrong blog. I’ll give you a hint, if Kannapolis is ground zero of the Earnhardt Nation, Talladega is our vacation home. Last time Sprint Cup visited Alabama Dale pushed Jimmie to victory with what looked like the fastest car on the track. After that it’s Martinsville, Junior finished second there in April. After they visit Virginia it’s Texas – the place where Junior won for the first time in both Nationwide and Sprint Cup. Then in the season’s next to last race NASCAR goes to Phoenix where Junior has won twice.
So you see, we may be down but not out. It may seem dismal but there is a lot of racing to do. Remember even with tire, suspension and lug nut problems Earnhardt fans can take comfort in the fact the last three races has shown the 88 team can put a championship caliber car on the track and that’s the hard part. We know we have a driver capable of winning and our team is basically the same team, Chad Knaus called on to pit the 48 when the championship was on the line, last year.
So it’s not time to give up it’s time to stand up and Cheer Dale Earnhardt Jr to a championship.
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