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As Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues to bolster his chances of contending for this year’s Sprint Cup championship, some are comparing his current efforts to how he fared a decade ago in the 2004 season.

Earnhardt won six times that year, including twice in the Chase (Talladega and Phoenix). But back-to-back crashes at Martinsville and Atlanta in that same stretch ultimately knocked him out of the title picture.

Today on NASCAR AMERICA, Earnhardt talked with NBCSN’s Marty Snider about how he’s evolved as a driver since then – among other things.

Earnhardt will be among those competing in this year’s Chase, but Chip Ganassi Racing’s tandem of Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray are still trying to lock themselves in.

Larson is in position to make the Chase on points alone, but is only five points ahead of the 16th place cutoff position that’s held by Greg Biffle. McMurray’s in an even tougher spot at 54 points behind Biffle, and in all likelihood needs a win to enter the post-season.

The NASCAR AMERICA crew of Rick Allen, Kyle Petty, and Parker Kligerman took time to discuss the Chase outlook for the Ganassi duo.

They also went through each of the remaining races and talked about who they expect to see do well in each of them.

For more clips from NASCAR AMERICA, check out the show’s archive page.

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.