The last two weekends have been a series of ups and downs for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his legions of fans. Last weekend during the Coca Cola 600, he was in the lead but ran out of gas in the middle of turn 4. And once again this weekend, the fuel mileage concern came into play with Jr. in 2nd place with less than 10 laps to go and charging toward leader Brad Kesolowski, but was told he had to start to conserve fuel. Fortunately he was able to finish second instead of coasting across the finish line and being passed by cars still running.
But that being said, it has been since Fathers day of 2008 in Michigan since Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been in victory lane. But his fans have to feel some encouragement that he has been running better this season as a whole than the past few seasons. Running good and being relevant again is always a positive in NASCAR, but the problem is he has the pressure from his team and sponsors to win races and compete for championships. And Dale Jr. has not been in contention for a championship since he switched over to Hendrick Motorsports.
Maybe the last two weeks are an omen for Jr. and his team that they will find victory lane soon, because he has been oh so close the last two races. For the legions of Jr. nation, that day when he finds victory lane will be a very sweet day.