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July 2, 2012

Attention all Junior fans

CORBIN — Calling all Earnhardt fans. If you haven't watched NASCAR in a while and you were like me, tired of watching Dale Jr. struggle, then it's time for you to turn the channel back to the races.

Dale Jr. is in the middle of a great season and now that he's snapped a 143-race winless streak, I think this is the year he wins the championship.

Junior has 12 top 10 finishes with six of those being top five finishes in only 16 races this year. He is third in the points and his average finishing position is 10th.

In case you haven't watched in a while, Junior has only had Steve Latarte as his crew chief since the beginning of last season and it appears they have found a nice chemistry.

It seems like Latarte knows how to keep Junior focused and confident. Whatever he is doing is working and it sure is nice to see Junior back in the front of the pack.

I still remember the good ole days when Junior won four in a row at Talladega. I was there for three of them and it was a great time to be a Junior fan. But things changed after that and it's been a while since the Junior Nation has had anything to cheer about. But now it looks like I might start spending my Sundays hanging out at my dad's house watching the races again. It would be nice to spend some more quality time with my dad.

We are both Dale Jr. fans and it makes things a lot better when he is running well.

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