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NASCAR: Why Dale Earnhardt Jr. May Wind Up as 2013 Sprint Cup Champ

It's been a long, oftentimes tough road for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his Sprint Cup career.Sure, there's been success at times, particularly during his lengthy stint with the team that his late father founded. There also was the tragedy of losing his father and the guidance that came with it when the elder Earnhardt was killed in a last-lap wreck of the 2001 Daytona 500.Then, there's been the overall lack of success for Junior over much of the last six seasons, to the point where the once diehard and loyal Junior Nation has unquestionably had its share of defectors, reluctant to believe that their driver—make that their former driver—will ever realize many long-held dreams of being a Sprint Cup champion one day.Earnhardt finished a...

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