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Dale Earnhardt Jr: Why the Sprint Cup Title Could Be “at His Fingertips”

Junior Nation remembers the hard days all too well. You know, that period of time from 2007 to 2010 when their driver won just one race and made just one appearance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, when he failed to finish inside the top 10 in points in 2008. They can also recall the glory days of 2003 and 2004, when Dale Earnhardt Jr. won eight races and made two runs at the title, only to fall short in heartbreaking fashion in back-to-back years. The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has made Junior's fans feel a whole lot younger, taking them back eight years and helping them forget about that abysmal four-year period, during which driver No. 88 began a 143-race winless streak. Yes, 2012 has in many ways mirrored 2004, ...

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