Dale Earnhardt Jr. left Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday with a fourth place finish, something he’s done four times this season. But he also left with something he hasn’t had since October of 2004, the lead in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series championship.
After a season filled with top five finishes and his first win in three years, Earnhardt has been in the championship mix for most of this season. His fourth place finish Sunday was his career best at Indy; it was a finish that left Earnhardt feeling good when it was over.
“It does. We were looking forward to this race,” Earnhardt said. “Wanted to run well here. Want to win this race. Want to get a trophy here and go to Victory Lane. One of our teammates (Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson) was able to do that so we are proud for the company. “ MORE>>>