Bitter Anniversary For Earnhardt

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BROOKLYN, Mich. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored his last NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory two years ago at Michigan International Speedway and the Hendrick Motorsports driver is hoping to end his victory drought in Sunday's Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400.

Despite the long winless streak and recent disappointment, Earnhardt remains confident his team can turn things around and contends he wasn't even aware of the of the dubious anniversary coming to Michigan.

"I didn’t even think about it until y’all asked Mark [Martin] about it,” Earnhardt Jr.. “It’s a long time, but what are you going to do? I’ll be around for a long enough time hopefully to get a few more wins."

Earnhardt says there isn't any added pressure on the No. 88 team to get to victory lane even though he's aware of the long wait between victories.

“Whenever that happens, it happens," he said. "We’re starving for one and working hard to get there. But we’ve still got to improve on our team yet we’ve got 42 other guys out there that we can’t control. It’s pretty difficult for us to win right now.”

One thing Earnhardt won't due is lay blame on crew chief Lance McGrew and says they are both on the same page.

“With everything that I’ve been through … since I won my last race, I can honestly tell you with no [b.s] that this weekend, I will get in the car Sunday and I firmly believe in what Lance is going to do, what my team is going to do, the information that he is getting from his engineers, what he hears from the other three teammates and their teams,” Earnhardt Jr. said.

“I firmly am behind that and trust them in our effort. If I feel I see a weakness in the team, it bugs the [crap] out of me. I don’t see a weakness there. You make the right call or the wrong call and you don’t know at the time which one you’re making until the race is over.”

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