Junior Marches On

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. worked his way back to the lead after a late race caution to win Sunday's Nextel Cup Series EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

"It just drove around the corner so much better than those guys with the older tires on," said Earnhardt, Jr., who scored his fifth win of the season. "I went up top and took every run I had until there was nobody left to pass. I drove it as hard as I could drive it. I am glad to get back on top at Talladega! This is my place!"

Unfortunately for Earnhardt, other comments he made in victory lane may cost him both in the wallet as well as in the standings. Earnhardt, Jr. used a four-letter word in another post-race statement, which in the past cost other drivers such as Johnny Sauter 25 championship points and a fine.

"Johnny Sauter said it in a fit of anger," Earnhardt, Jr. said. "Do you want the TV commercial of Matt Kenseth being a robot to come to fruition? Anybody offended by the four-letter word I said, I can't imagine why they would have tuned in to a race in the first place. I hope they understand it was in jubilation. ...It's two different circumstances; when you're happy, I think it's different than doing it in anger. If a guy's jumping up and down in victory lane and lets one slip. I don't think we should put the hammer down."

Earnhardt, Jr. took over the Nextel Cup Series point lead with the win, however NASCAR said they would review the incident and announce if any action would be taken on Tuesday. Kevin Harvick finished second followed by Dale Jarrett, Brendan Gaughan and Kurt Busch.

Tony Stewart, Casey Mears, Joe Nemechek, Robby Gordon and Ward Burton rounded out the Top 10.

The Nextel Cup Series now travcels to Kansas Speedway for next Sunday's Banquet 400.

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