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Why This Year Is Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Best Chance to Win Sprint Cup Championship

It has been 10 years since Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished a career-best third in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings. Earnhardt followed it up with the best year of his career, a 2004 campaign where he earned six wins and 16 top-five finishes. His pace dropped off following those spectacular seasons, and Earnhardt has spent the rest of his career battling to finish in the Top 10 instead of challenging for championships. But 2013 is different. He has outpaced two of his high-profile teammates, and the numbers show he has been as fast as anyone on the track. In his 14th full season in the Sprint Cup Series, Earnhardt is finally poised to make a serious run at the championship for the first time in a decade.   Racing at the Front Though it...

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