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Why Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Poor Showing at Bristol Is No Cause for Concern

C'mon, you knew it was going to happen. Sooner or later, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was going to have a bad race—and that's exactly what happened in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Earnhardt finished 24th, one lap off the lead lap. OK, now that's over, can we please move on? Let's face it, for all the media attention and fan excitement that Junior's career-best season start delivered—a win in the season-opening Daytona 500 and back-to-back runner-up finishes at Phoenix and Las Vegas—did anyone realistically expect him to never finish lower than second in the remaining 30-plus races left on the Sprint Cup schedule? Actually, how he finished at Bristol may be the best thing that could have happened to Junior. He's ...

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