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Earnhardt Jr. Still Trying To Balance Popularity and On Track Performance

The decree is once again out on one of NASCAR’s most popular, as well as the sports most underachieved, driver for this past season. Jr. Nation can say all they want and try to defend him with their own theories on why he had such a miserable season, but, in walks reality to let them know once again he fell way below all the preseason hype surrounding his move to HMS. When you take a look at the transition that took place when Dale Earnhardt Jr. went from a team that was only showing glimpses of success with him, to a team that already had a four-time as well as two-time champion in its arsenal, maybe the pressure of having to perform at a much higher level might have been a little to much for Earnhardt to handle. After all, this is a tea...

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