NASCAR Betting: 2011 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Preview

Dale Earnhardt Jr. may be one of the most popular drivers in NASCAR betting, but he hasn’t delivered the results to justify that popularity. With 40/1 odds to win the Sprint Cup Championship, will this season be any different? This is your 2011 Dale Earnhardt Jr. preview.

Earnhardt may have the pedigree, but he simply hasn’t come up with enough victories over the past few years. A year after a very disappointing 25th-place finish in the Sprint Cup standings, Earnhardt barely improved to 21st last season.

In fact, it marked the fourth straight year — and fifth time in six seasons – he has missed the Top-10 by the end of the season. The best stretch of Earnhardt’s career was undoubtedly 2003-2006, when he finished third, fifth, nineteenth, and fifth in the Sprint Cup standings.

Those prosperous years, of course, came with his father’s company — Dale Earnhardt Inc. Junior bailed for Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, and the move obviously hasn’t paid dividends yet. Earnhardt has just a single victory in three years with Hendrick Motorsports, back in his first season with the team.

And while Top-5 finishes used to be the norm, he has just five finishes among the Top-5 in the past two seasons combined. Earnhardt has been just as unsuccessful at cracking the Top 10. After averaging about 16 Top-10 finishes per season from 2001-2008, Earnhardt managed just 13 total in the past two years.

Earnhardt certainly won’t be carrying any momentum into 2011, either. He cracked the Top 10 just once in his final nine races of the season, and just twice in his final 18 races. Needless to say, things aren’t looking bright for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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