Last year Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 7th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series under his new crew chief Steve Letarte. The previous year he had finished the season in 21st place in the points standings under his old crew chief Lance McGrew.
Although he still hasn’t won a race since 2008, Dale Jr. and Steve Letarte made huge strides and really improved over the 2011 season. He could have easily shot Kevin Harvick up the hill at Martinsville to reclaim the lead and put an end to his winless streak, but Dale said he wanted to race him clean, and I’m sure Junior Nation can respect that.
Then there was the Coca-Cola 600 when Jimmie Johnson blew up, Dale Junior was coming to the checkers and ran out of gas! Kevin Harvick ultimately once again claimed a victory during that race.
Dale also hung out at the back of the pack under Chad Kanaus’s request in an effort to stay out of trouble for the race which ultimately worked against junior to the point where, when he got out of the car he said he was done sand bagging at these tracks.
I think in the 2012 season Dale will finally end his dry spell and claim the checkers more than once.
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If you’re in a fantasy league you would be wise to pick either Kyle Busch or Carl Edwards as this weeks winner of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Both had very strong cars last Saturday night during the All-Star Race.With Carl Edwards winning the event and Kyle rolling across the finish line to bring home a second place finish, the two of these guys ran strong all night.
If I had to make a decision as to who was going to bring home the checkers for the Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600, I’d have to put my finger on Kyle Busch. For starters to Kyle, coming home second means your the first looser, and to get another shot at a victory at the same track; I can’t see Mr. Busch letting that one slip by him twice in a row. He sure to make his presence known on Sunday.
If that isn’t enough, it seems as though Mr. Busch has been practicing all week in preparation , does a certain Lexas mishap seem to ring a bell?
In all seriousness Carl Edwards is backed by Roush Fenway racing and boy have they gotten that new FR9 Ford Motor figured out. He hooked up and checked out all night long during the Nascar All-Star event.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. never was a factor during the race. He was voted in on the fan vote, and for some reason the team just couldn’t seem to get that car dialed in on Saturday night. Was the Hendrick camp able to compare notes this week between the 48,88,5 and 24 we’ll never know.
The Coca-Cola 600 is Nascar’s longest race of the year, so if you plan on watching it you’re in for the long haul.