Dale Earnhardt Jr's Second-Place Finish At Daytona Should Get His Fans Excited

By Joshua Casey

Yesterday at the Daytona 500 Dale Earnhardt Jr. had yet another second place finish and ran his win-less streak to 130 races. For the die-hard fan who is once again upset at Earnhardt Jr’s latest showing I have two words for you, be excited. Earnhardt Jr. ran in the top five yesterday for much of the race and made a great move towards the end of the race to pass Greg Biffle who was staying put to clear the way for his Roush Fenway Racing partner Matt Kenseth, who eventually won the race.

Now some fans may feel like this may be 2010 all over again where Earnhardt Jr. finished second at the Daytona 500 then went on to have a disappointing season failing to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs. But throughout yesterday’s 500 it just seemed to have a different feeling than the one in 2010. Earnhardt Jr’s car looked very impressive yesterday and for the first time in a long time Earnhardt JR. finished ahead of his Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Kasey Kahne which might be a good omen of things to come.

Earnhardt Jr., in the post-race interview, said that he had a great car but that no one was going to catch Kensethas the #17 Ford was just too much. Another reason fans of Earnhardt Jr. fans should be excited? Well last season Earnhardt Jr. qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs for the first time since 2008 and finished seventh in the 2011 championship. Still Earnhardt Jr. hasn’t won a race since the Summer of 2008 but he is getting extremely close.

I mean honestly does anyone really think that the Hendrick Motorsports team won’t give Earnhardt Jr. a chance to win each week? They know that they have a fast car and will do whatever it takes to make it faster and put Earnhardt Jr. in position to win his first race since 2008. Basically what I’m saying is that there is optimism in the #88 garage, I mean just listen to what Earnhardt Jr. had to say after the race, “We’ll go to Phoenix with a good attitude, and we feel like we can go to Phoenix and run well, so we’ll see how it goes,” Earnhardt said. “I’m very happy. I’m really in a good place.”

That’s certainly a better attitude than the one he had after the second-place finish in the Daytona 500 finish.


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