Everything old is expected to be new again at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, and that could mean the return of a once-familiar face in the track's victory lane.
It's been 138 races since a Sprint Cup victory for Dale Earnhardt Jr., but NASCAR's most popular driver notched his fourth runner-up finish in the past 40 races last weekend at Richmond International Raceway.
Sunday's Aaron's 499 should present another solid opportunity for Earnhardt, who has five victories at Talladega (including a record-tying four in a row from 2001 to 2003). Yet he had only four top-10s in his past 14 starts on the 2.66-mile oval since his last win there Oct. 4, 2004. He particularly has struggled since two-car tandems replaced traditional pack drafting the past three years.