Steve Letarte

Confident Earnhardt leads Sprint Cup Series into Martinsville

Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads NASCAR point standings, enjoying momentum
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<p> Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings and is a favorite to win this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.</p>

It’s said that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is off to the best start of his 14-year NASCAR Sprint Cup career.

The 38-year-old has recorded top-10 finishes in each of the first five events, averaging a 4.4-place finish, and leads the point standings heading to the circuit’s sixth stop, in Martinsville, Va., on Sunday.

Earnhardt Jr. Looks to Pick Up Chase Performance

Communication key to turnaround at Dover
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<p> Dale Earnhardt Jr. tells Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long that improved communication within his Hendrick Motorsports team is important if he is to battle for NASCAR's Sprint Cup championship.</p>
2012

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants to be more forceful with his Hendrick Motorsports team at times but he worries about upsetting his crew.

Earnhardt knows he must do something after two pedestrian finishes in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup have him seventh in the standings, 26 points behind series leader Jimmie Johnson heading into this weekend’s race at Dover.

The time is now for Earnhardt to exert his leadership.

Confident Earnhardt Heads Back to Daytona

The Long and Short of It
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long takes a spin around the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit as the series reaches its midway point at Daytona International Speedway.</p>
2012

The equipment and team help but Dale Earnhardt Jr. says a key reason for his success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season is crew chief Steve Letarte.

Since being paired together last year, Earnhardt has scored one victory, 11 top-five finishes and 25 top-10 finishes in 53 races.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins in Michigan

Earnhardt breaks winless skid, answers questions
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<p> Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke a 143-race winless skid by visiting Victory Lane in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.</p>
2012

Four years and 143 races. That’s how long it had been since NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., had won a Sprint Cup Series race.