Talladega Could End Earnhardt Jr.'s Slide

Talladega Could End Earnhardt Jr.'s Slide

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.

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