Countdown Continues For Earnhardt Jr

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Three races remain for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at DEI and the driver of the Budweiser No. 8 Chevrolet would like nothing better than to end his career with the team with at least one more trip to victory lane.

Picking up the checkered flag at the track where he scored his first career Cup win would be especially sweet.

Earnhardt Jr. notched NASCAR Cup win number one at Texas Motor Speedway in his rookie season of 2000.

Since then, he's been pretty solid at the 1.5-mile track finishing in the top-10 in seven of his 10 career starts. His average finish of 12.8 is topped only by his average finish record at Richmond.

But for Earnhardt, Jr. to make a return trip to victory lane at TMS, he'll have to overcome a recent string of bad luck that has plagued him.

Earnhardt Jr. has had to deal with multiple engine failures in his waning days at DEI, many fo which took him from contention to win.

Last week it wasn't his powerplant that knocked out Junior's chance ay victory but a lost rear wheel in the closing laps of the Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"I'm not sure how much more bizarre this season can get," Earnhardt, Jr. said of last week's mishap. "We've done so many good things this year as a team and I've been given the most consistently fast cars of my career and the only thing lacking is a victory."

A return to texas, one of Earnhardt, Jr.'s favorite tracks, could turn the trick.

"Texas is definitely a place where we can resolve that problem." he said. "There are so many good memories for all of us at that place - not just the first win - but almost every race since then we've been a top-10 car."

"We've led in eighty percent of our races there, and we'll try to push that average higher on Sunday, but mainly we just want to lead that last lap and wash that awful taste out of our mouths. Some ice cold Bud will do it!"
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