Earnhardt as leader of the pack at Hendrick is no April Fools prank

Dale Earnhardt Jr., finsihed third at Martinsville. (Getty Images)

He may be NASCAR’s most popular driver, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn’t exactly been a shining star on track at Hendrick Motorsports. Since joining the organization, Earnhardt has won a single points paying race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, that coming in 2008  For most of his 4 year tenure at the NASCAR powerhouse, Earnhardt has been the follower, the forgotten stepchild, while his teammates have won races and championships.

Suddenly though, Earnhardt has become the leader of the pack. So far this season Earnhardt has three top five finishes while his teammates have been barely a blip on the NASCAR radar.

Jimmie Johnson is the closest to Earnhardt having scored two top five finishes.  Johnson is currently 10th in points. Jeff Gordon has just one top ten finish and is 21st in the standings, while the newest member of the Hendrick team, Kasey Kahne, has yet to a score a top ten finish and is buried in 31st in points. MORE>>>

Dale Earnhardt Jr., finsihed third at Martinsville. (Getty Images)