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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Breaks Losing Streak, Wins At Michigan

Quicken Loans 400
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It was four years ago at the same track when Dale Earnhardt Jr. would last win a Sprint Cup Race. On Sunday,  Junior would win again at Michigan International Speedway at the Quicken Loans 400.

Rain caused the race to be delayed two hours and because of that NASCAR mandated two competition yellow flags at laps 25 and 50.  It was another rough day for many big names  as Kurt Busch would spin out early at lap 2 and again at lap 121. His Brother Kyle would have engine issues forcing him in the garage for the third straight week. The Race also saw a big crash that involved last week’s winner Joey Logano, Kasey Khane and David Gilliland on lap 127. Denny Hamlin would have his car burst into flames after a crash on lap 134.

As far as the racing goes, Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a very dominant and fast car leading the most laps. Maybe it was the power of Batman as he was driving a car with a special Dark Knight Rises paint Scheme.   By the last 12 laps Junior would have an almost 5 second lead ahead of Tony Stewart easily winning his first points race since 2008 at the same track. The entire crowd at the speedway was standing as he crossed the finish line.  Stewart would wind up second followed by Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top 5.

Now that Junior has finally won a race ESPN’s David Newton had to wonder what would everybody talk about now? Jeff Gordon had a great answer “A Championship, I guess”. Junior is now only 4 points behind Leader Matt Kenseth.

The Sprint Cup Series heads to California for some road racing at the Toyota/Save Mart 35o next Sunday at 2pm.


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