For me, being a fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2012 has been a pure joy.
From breaking his 143-race winless streak to even leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship point standings for a couple weeks, Dale Jr. has given me plenty to smile about. Now I am wondering if he can capture his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship in 2012, but I am also pondering the possibility of him winning multiple championships before he leaves competitive racing.
In Good Company
In my opinion, Dale Earnhardt Jr. races for the best organization in NASCAR today, Hendrick Motorsports. Of the other three drivers that Dale Jr. gets to call his teammates, two have already won multiple championships. Jeff Gordon has won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship four times, and Jimmie Johnson has won it five times in a row. So, in that regard, Dale Jr. is in some pretty good company and obviously on a team that is capable of giving him the equipment he'll need for multiple championships.
In His Blood
Of course, almost every NASCAR fan knows that Dale Earnhardt Sr. won seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championships. That fact has hung over Dale Jr.'s head his entire career, but it's also proof that winning is in his blood. While I am not suggesting that Dale Jr. will win seven championships like his father did, I don't think it is out of the question that he might win multiple titles before it's all said and done.
He's Done it Before -- Somewhat
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is also no stranger to winning multiple titles. In fact, he has already done so in NASCAR, somewhat. In 1998 and 1999, while a full-time driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Dale Jr. dominated and won the title for the lower division of NASCAR in both years. While Nationwide Series titles don't necessarily equate to Sprint Cup titles, the point is that Dale Jr. has won multiple championships in the past already. So, why can't he do it again?
One Before Multiple
Of course, I realize that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship before he can win multiple titles. However, if there was ever a year for that to happen, it might just be 2012. Heading into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Dale Jr. has one win, 10 top-five finishes, and 17 top-10 finishes. He has been consistent with his racing and is now acting like a true champion. So, if he can keep up his hot pace during the Chase, he just might come away with the Sprint Cup title in 2012 and keep that momentum going over the next few seasons to capture one or two more.
Jimmy Collins has been a loyal fan of NASCAR since he was a child attending races watching Dale Earnhardt run the famous number 3. He still attends numerous races each season and enjoys writing about NASCAR, particularly in regards to Dale Earnhardt as well as Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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