Earnhardt finally wins…sort of

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Dale Jr. Foundation/National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 19, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Junior did something Saturday night he hasn’t done since June of 2008; he was in victory lane to actually celebrate winning a Sprint Cup Series race. Too bad it doesn’t really count in the overall season.

The Sprint Showdown is the preliminary race used as a last chance for two drivers to make it into the All-Star race. With no wins over the course of the last year, Earnhardt, like 21 others, would have to race his way into the big show or count on the fan vote.  Of course NASCAR’s most popular driver no doubt had the fan vote locked up, but he wanted to race his way in.

“I never assume I’m going to win the vote,” Earnhardt said after the win. “The fan support to me is a gift, and I don’t ever take it for granted.”

Earnhardt took the lead at the start and led every lap in the 40 lap race, cruising to his first win since 2008.MORE>>>


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