2012 could be Earnhardt’s best shot at a NASCAR Sprint Cup title


Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, talks with Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, during a rain delay during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 8, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images for NASCAR)

It certainly isn’t Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first rodeo, but the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup series Chase for the championship could be his best shot at winning his first Sprint Cup title.

In his second title hunt with Hendrick Motorsports, Earnhardt is seeded in the seventh slot in the 12 driver Chase after finishing 14th at Richmond International Raceway. This marks his fourth appearance in the Chase with his best finish being fifth in two seasons. But in a season where he’s revisited victory lane for the first time in three years and been the most consistent driver in terms of top five and top 10 finishes all year, this could be the year Earnhardt goes all the way.

“I feel we’ve got a good shot at it,” Earnhardt said early Sunday morning after the marathon race at Richmond.  “We’ve been consistent all year long.  We just hope we can keep that up.  I think it’s going to take a couple wins to win a championship outright. “ MORE>>>


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