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Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Why Making the Chase Isn’t Enough

You have got to be in it to win it, but for Dale Earnhardt Jr. just being in the Chase and not winning the title will be bittersweet at best. Certainly, Earnhardt Jr. is pleased to be back in the Chase after his two worst seasons ever in 2009 and 2010 with Hendrick Motorsports. Under the guidance of Jeff Gordon's former crew chief, Steve Letarte, the driver of the No. 88 Amp Energy/National Guard Chevrolet started the season looking good as he rose to third in the point standings. The summer was not especially kind to Junior and he slipped steadily down in the points until it looked as though he would be out of the top 10 with his winless streak of 119 intact. Letarte took a conservative approach with Junior unable to lead laps and run...

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