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Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 5 Keys to Making It Big in This Year’s Chase

The verdict is in and the results are clear: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is well on his way to the best season of his five-year tenure at Hendrick Motorsports. With a win at Michigan—snapping a four-year drought—and a solid 16 top-10s in 24 starts, Earnhardt Jr. became one of four drivers to clinch a spot in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup on Saturday night at Bristol. He did so alongside some solid company: points leader Greg Biffle, teammate Jimmie Johnson and Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth. In other words, Earnhardt Jr. should be viewed as a definite force to be reckoned with in this year's playoffs. But a single race victory a champion does not make (unless you're Kenseth in 2003, which is the entire reason why the Chase exists...

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