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NASCAR 2013: Why a Win Is Imminent for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Long droughts without going to Victory Lane have become common for NASCAR's ever popular Dale Earnhardt Jr. But signals—if I dare say—are pointing toward another one coming to an end.The longest streak of futility in Earnhardt's career came between wins at Michigan International Speedway in 2008 and 2012. That gap between checkered flags and sprayed champagne reached some 143 races and spanned the worst seasons statistically Earnhardt had ever endured. And unbelievably, the struggles came when Earnhardt joined Hednrick Motorsports—essentially NASCAR's version of the New York Yankees.Fortunately, Earnhardt's marketing prowess didn't falter, and team owner Rick Hendrick gave the driver of the No. 88 a long hook to get the pe...

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