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.
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