Dale Earnhardt Jr. Has an Opportunity to Finish Strong

By Jared Turner

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has by all accounts been a struggle. On top of failing to make the playoffs, the sport’s 14-time most popular driver has recorded only one top-five finish. So it was refreshing when Earnhardt arrived at Dover with a fast car on Friday and then managed to carry his speed over through the rest of the weekend. Earnhardt finished seventh in Sunday’s race in what he thought was a top-five car. With seven races to go, Earnhardt now has an opportunity to finish his driving career on a positive note instead of with the struggles he’s endured so far this year. “It’s been a pretty down year, but hopefully this weekend is the start of some more good runs,” the Hendrick Motorsports driver said. “I think we will end this thing strong, and I am excited.”