Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had an absolutely great start to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. It was somewhat unexpected, but I know everyone is so glad to see Junior as happy as he looks now. Some say that his girlfriend is giving him a boost of confidence off the track, which leads to confidence on the track; when you have confidence on the track, good things happen.
Great things have happened for Junior this year. A win at Daytona, a second at Phoenix and a near win at Las Vegas is something special in the making. It is early in the year, but this looks like a completely different driver that just happens to be Dale Earnhardt Jr. and drive the No. 88 car in the Sprint Cup Series.
Jeff Hammond, who is known for his jokes at drivers during NASCAR On Fox broadcasts, was asked who the favorite was to win at Bristol. Here is his answer:
“I think what we saw between the 88 and 2 car at Las Vegas will continue when we get to Bristol because Dale Jr. is pretty good there, too.”
Hammond is right most of the time — well, I don’t know that for sure, but I’d like to think so. Junior has an outstanding chance this Sunday to win the Food City 500. It will take a lot of focus though, as Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the most difficult tracks to tame on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit.
Be prepared, Junior Nation — your guy may win another race. If he wins, the momentum should shoot him into a great rest of the season. Nothing looks like it can stop Junior at the pace he is headed for now.