Earnhardt Jr. Returns To The Top At Talladega
Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke to victory at Talladega on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Time was, Dale Earnhardt Jr. ruled over Talladega Superspeedway but that time was over decade ago. On Sunday, Earnhardt ruled the Sprint Cup Series biggest track once again as he led the most laps and held on to win the Geico 500.
The victory was Junior’s sixth at the 2.66-mile oval but first since 2004.
It was his first of the season and likely puts him into the Chase playoff field.
Behind Earnhardt over the final laps and at the finish line was his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson.
“I was waiting for guys to really spread out with like maybe three to go and it didn’t happen,” Johnson said when asked if he had a chance to pass Earnhardt. “There wasn’t much energy in our single-car draft.”
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