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Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Final Talladega Start

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On Sunday, Alabama’s most beloved driver will take his final green flag at the 2.66 mile superspeedway. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has made so much history in Talladega, and he’s ready to make some more. He goes into Sunday trying to claim his 7th win at the track.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has mentioned having this race circled on the calendar for a long time. After this season’s continuous ups and downs, Earnhardt made it clear he stills has fight in him. With the championship race just around the corner, this may be his last chance at a win.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Stats at Dega’

Dale Jr. has had so much success at the Alabama track over the last 17 years. That success includes 6 wins, and at one point 4 straight. He’s also claimed 16 top tens, and 12 top fives. Earnhardt, Jr. currently sits 6th all-time among drivers who have won at superspeedways, with 10 wins.

Heading into Dega’ stats haven’t been all that great for Jr. in his last few starts. The North Carolina native had a tire go down while running third in the first Talladega race of the season, resulting in a 22nd place finish. A year earlier he started 3rd, but was involved in a wreck resulting in a 40th place finish. With all that aside, Earnhardt still feels like he has the car to beat this weekend.

A stat that may be on his side this weekend is the date of the race. Dale Earnhardt, Sr. won his final race on October 15, 2000 at Talladega. Sunday’s race will be Dale Jr’s last on that same date. Some will say this could mean something, others will say it’s just a date, only Sunday’s race will tell.

Tune in to Sunday’s Alabama 500 to find out who will take the checkered flag first, on NBC.

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