NASCAR and Earnhardt need a win and they need it now

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Capital City 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 27, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The opening salvos of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season haven’t exactly been thundering. Tony Stewart has staged some surprising wins; Greg Biffle leads the points but the highlights have been few. There seems to be a lot of empty seats, lower television ratings and general malaise than in years past.

One of the brighter spots of the season so far has been Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR’s most popular driver has been in the mix nearly each and every week.  Earnhardt has scored four top five finishes, including two second places, in the first nine races. After being at the bottom of the pecking order at Hendrick Motorsports in 2011, Earnhardt is the top dog, leading the stats for the team so far this season. He just has yet to win.

Earnhardt’s most recent second place finish came Saturday night at Richmond. It was a finish that left Earnhardt grinning from ear to ear after it was over. MORE>>>


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