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Is 2014 Daytona 500 Win the Start of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Career Year?

For each of the last 14 seasons, many within Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s fanbase—more famously known as "Junior Nation"—have started each season by hoping, praying, even bragging to friends that it will be Junior's year to finally win the Sprint Cup championship. And for each of those same last 14 seasons, Earnhardt has disappointed. But with the way Junior won Sunday night's elongated day-to-night, rain-interrupted Daytona 500, one must wonder if 2014 could very well finally be the year that he fulfills his diehard fans' hopes by going all the way. With the new Chase for the Sprint Cup format introduced three weeks ago, Earnhardt took the first step toward indeed finally fulfilling his fans' hopes with Sunday's win, making him the fir...

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