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Junior Nation: Is It Threatened by Danica Patrick’s Popularity?

The agonizing wait for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win a race continues to test Junior Nation, as his winless streak reached 134 at Fontana. Certainly, hope springs eternal and an upcoming win would seem inevitable. There is little doubt it will take a major personality to threaten the status of the nine-time reigning Most Popular Driver in NASCAR. Oddly, the one person who has made her fame and fortune in motorsports without doing much winning, drives for Earnhardt. Danica Patrick dabbled in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for two seasons before making her full-time move to NASCAR. She drives the No. 7 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. Patrick, 30, may be better known as the girl than as a highly skilled race...

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