Drought Continues For Earnhardt Jr

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BROOKLYN, Mich. - Michigan International Speedway was the sight of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s last Sprint Cup Series victory, a 79-race span that the Hendrick Motorsports driver hopes to end in Sunday's CARFAX 400.

It was June of 2008 when Earnhardt scored his first win as a member of the Hendrick organization, but with more than two years passing since that triumph, the pressure to return to victory lane has grown considerably.

Earnhardt has always considered the two-mile track a favorite over the years and has his sights set on trying to put some spark into what is turning out to be another disappointing season.

"I enjoy going to Michigan because it’s so wide. It has a lot of different grooves, and we can move around and find places to run on the track," Earnhardt said of the track. "We like coming here because it’s in the backyard of the manufacturers.”

Earnhardt is pointing to crew chief Lance McGrew to prepare a good car for his run this weekend and build on what the team learned in the series' first Michigan visit back in June.

"Lance and the guys unloaded a great car last time at Michigan," said Earnhardt Jr., who is 16th in the series point standings and 121 behind for the final Chase playoff position. "We’ve had some good runs with this car."

But McGrew said going back with the same set-up that worked two months ago wasn't an option and a different strategy will be in place this time around.

"We have made some substantial changes to it since the first Michigan race," McGrew said. "Even though we felt like we were really good there last time, as a company we are going in a direction that we feel like is going to make us even better this time."

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