Dale Earnhardt Jr. impatient for his next win

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 30, 2012 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 30, 2012 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was able to score a fourth place finish Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. It was his seventh top five finish of the season and moved him back to second in the season points, just 11 markers behind first place.

It was another race in a season that has been different than in recent years.  Unlike years past, Earnhardt ran near the front nearly the entire race. After starting seventh Earnhardt was able to stay in contention the entire event battling teammate Jeff Gordon in the closing laps and bringing home his seventh top five of the season.

“I was pretty loose. I wasn’t having a whole lot of fun those last 30 laps,” Earnhardt said. “But it was a good night. We were fast and good all weekend. It was a good weekend for us. We would have loved to have had a little better shot at it at the end. We had a good race car with the run before last; but for some reason it got really loose at the end.” MORE>>>

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