Earnhardt’s strategy falls short at Talladega

TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 04: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, leads the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 04: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, leads the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
TALLADEGA, AL – MAY 04: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, leads the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

At a track he once dominated at, Dale Earnhardt Jr. had hoped that the second visit to a restrictor plate track for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series would find him back in victory lane Sunday.  This year’s Daytona 500 winner came to Talladega Superspeedway looking to improve on his second place finish here last fall and add another win to his record.

It wasn’t to be.

For a time it looked as though NASCAR’s most popular driver and five time winner at Talladega might add a sixth win. After starting the day 30th, Earnhardt had worked his way up to the top 10. He fell back but after the halfway point was inside the top five. He took the lead after a round of pit stops on lap 107 and was able to stay near the front leading three times for 26 laps. MORE>>>

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