Even a week after Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke his winless streak, his name is still pasted all over the internet in Championship discussions. During PRN's coverage of this weekend's race one advertisement offered specials based on the number of Dale Jr.'s car in honor of him winning. Just this week Charlie Daniels congratulated the victorious Jr, and from all over the garage has come high praise for the 88 team. All is right in Junior nation, and all is right in NASCAR because of one win by the most popular driver in motor sports.
The impact of his 19th career NASCAR Sprint Cup points win will be felt deep into the chase, with everyone wanting to know if Dale Jr. can finally win the Sprint Cup. His fans know he has come close before and know that he has a drive to win like never before, but now even those that are not fans of Dale Jr. are talking about him as a championship contender. Any why? All the statics say, yes, with 12 top tens, 6 top fives, and 1 win.
NASCAR. com saw a huge increase in sales of their Dale Jr. products following the win, and some tracks reported 20% hikes in ticket sales. For the remainder of 2012 NASCAR will see the impact of this popular win. Believe me Junior Nation will remember that one for a long time no matter how many more there are to come.
Dale Jr. Career Numbers
Wins Top 5 Top 10 Non-Points Wins Nationwide Series Wins Championships
19 101 174 7 23 2 (Nationwide)
He is currently 3rd in points and poised to compete for the Sprint Cup, he has finished in the top 5 in points 3 times. And top 12 in points 7 times, most recently last season in 7th. He also has 10 career poles.