Talladega Is Dale Jr’s Best Chance For Victory in 2017

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
No active driver boasts more wins at Talladega Superspeedway wins than Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s six.

In fact, only one competitor claims more victories at the 2.66-mile behemoth overall, someone with the same name, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt, who amassed 10 victories there.

Earnhardt, Jr. has struggled this season with only one top-10 showing in the first nine races, so Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega couldn’t be coming at a better time.

“We haven’t done anything to make our fans too happy here lately, so we’ll try to change that at Talladega,” Earnhardt said.

In addition to his six wins, the Hendrick Motorsports driver has 12 top fives, 16 top 10s and a 15.4 average finish at the Alabama track. Among active drivers, he claims the second-best driver rating (92.0) and third-best average running position (14.4).

Earnhardt, who has also won four times at Daytona International Speedway, is considered the top restrictor-plate racer on the planet. He ranks 24th in the series standings following his slow start – 257 points behind leader Kyle Larson.

“(No. 88 team crew chief) Greg (Ives) told me last week that we aren’t going to look at points anymore, we’re just going to try to go win a race,” said Earnhardt. “We had a great car in Daytona, just had some bad luck when we were leading, so we’re looking forward to Talladega.”

Can The Pied Piper of Plate Racing bust out of his somewhat subpar 2017 performance by driving into Victory Lane and hoisting the hardware Sunday afternoon?


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