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Why Doesn’t Dale Earnhardt Jr. Win More NASCAR Sprint Cup Races?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans are perhaps the most optimistic in sports.

Their driver has won 19 races in his Cup career.

During his first six full-time seasons, from 2000 to 2005, plus the first 10 races of 2006, he earned 16 victories.

But since the 11th race of 2006, he's managed just three wins in 252 starts—or one win in every 84 races.

Certainly not the kind of effort that wins championships.

Last season, Earnhardt won his first race since 2008—ironically enough, both came at Michigan International Speedway—which the Sprint Cup series visits once again in two weeks.

Does that mean Junior is due for another win there? Why not this Sunday at Dover, or next Sunday at Pocono or at Dayt...

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