Gas 'N' Go: Will Dale Jr. Win Sunday At Talladega?

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates with Tony Eury Sr. after winning at Talladega in 2004 - Earnhardt's last Sprint Cup win there. (Photo: Getty Images)

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The pits are open again and, MRN.com's Pete Pistone and Dustin Long each answer this week's featured question in "Gas 'N' Go."

Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. last won a Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway in 2004. Does he win there Sunday?

MRN Staff

Answer

Pete Pistone
Pete Pistone

Dale Earnhardt Jr. certainly is adept at restrictor-plate racing and the draft despite not winning at Talladega in a decade. He's run well over the last 10 years at the track even though he hasn't found Victory Lane. Obviously his Daytona 500 win - although the two tracks are similar but still different - is proof he can still get the job done.

I'll go with my gut and say the way Earnhardt has been running this year and his prowess as a plate racer will add up to win No. 2 of the season Sunday in the Aaron's 499. But don't hold me to it.

Dustin Long
Dustin Long

It’s seems hard to believe that Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn’t won at Talladega since 2004. His four consecutive wins there from 2001-03 seem like they happened more recently.

Picking a winner for Talladega is like picking a name out of a hat because so many more drivers have a chance to win there. Ten drivers scored their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Talladega, so this is a track where an upset can happen.

Coming off his Daytona 500 win, Earnhardt will be one of the favorites even though his winning car is on display at Daytona. Expect Earnhardt to contend, but I’d keep an eye on Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski, who were both strong in the Daytona 500 and the races leading up to that event.

The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Netwo

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