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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Has a Chance to Separate Himself in NASCAR Sprint Cup

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It isn’t very often when you can look at a guy two races in and he just seems like he’s on another level, a level above all the rest. Dale Earnhardt Jr. through just two races looks like a completely different guy from years past.

Maybe it’s the new girlfriend or maybe it’s the fact that is Crew Chief will be leaving for NBC after this season is over. Junior has more confidence on and off the track. In interviews he even looks improved from last year. His driving so far this season has been way above average.

After a somewhat surprising Daytona 500 win, Junior finished second behind Kevin Harvick in The Profit on CNBC 500. Harvick dominated most of the race, but Junior held up with Harvick near the end of the race. If the race was 10 miles longer, I believe Junior could have given Harvick a little run for his money towards the end.

Back-to-back wins for Junior Nation would have broken the tweeter, the facebook and instagram as well. Junior Nation is so strong and so behind Junior in everything that he does. The Daytona 500 win, though, was enough for Junior Nation for a while I think.

Heading into Las Vegas all eyes are on Junior. The eyes of every driver in the garage will be watching his every move to try to mimic him on the great start to the season he is having. A win or a top 5 finish in the Kobalt Tools 400 will be huge for Junior. Already in the chase, a second win in just three races could put up a wall between Junior and the rest of the top drivers in NASCAR momentum wise.

Dalton Keene is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com, you can follow him on twitter @daltonjkeene and add him to your circles on Google.