Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes over points lead despite so-so finish at the Glen

WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 10: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, leads Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 10:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, leads Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUGUST 10: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, leads Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

It may have been his best starting spot at Watkins Glen since 2008, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. wasn’t quite able to turn it into a visit to victory lane Sunday.  Earnhardt started the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Cheez-It 355 in seventh on the 2.45 mile road course but wasn’t able to duplicate his success on the Sonoma road course earlier in the season.

His finish was able to vault him to the top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings though.

NASCAR’s most popular driver started seventh and was moving forward when the first caution came out on lap 9.  From there he was able to stay inside the top 10 until lap 50 when a caution stirred up pit strategies for the Hendrick Motorsports team. MORE>>>

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