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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick: Media Darlings for Wrong Reasons

Two drivers, both known as media darlings, find themselves languishing 16th in the points standings for their respective series. Dale Earnhardt Jr. secured a starting position of 24th in his National Guard/Amp Energy No. 88 Chevrolet going into to the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Danica Patrick will start the Indy 500 from 23rd position in her No. 7 Dallara-Honda. In an odd twist of racing fate, the once-high expectations for these two drivers have taken a turn for the worse. For the upcoming Memorial Day weekend races, both of these drivers not only qualified poorly, but in practice session after practice session, they maintained status quo. Neither Patrick nor Earnhardt Jr. showed improvement after adjustments to...

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