Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets his groove back

Junior regains confidence with solid top-five finish at Kansas.

KANSAS CITY, KAN. -- After a disappointing 26th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway last week, Dale Earnhardt Jr. soldiered back to a fifth-place finish in the 5-hour ENERGY 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Earnhardt qualified 22nd but moved to the point by Lap 112. He led a total of nine laps, but was never outside of the front runners in the first race under the lights at the 1.5-mile track.

“That was better than I thought,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr. of his No. 88 National Guard Chevy. “If they’d have run this thing during the day we would have kicked ass up top.

“Appreciate the brand new car – and I got my confidence back, so we’ll keep building. Have some fun next week and try to win some money.”

Earnhardt maintained fourth in the point standings with his sixth top-five finish of the season. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon won the event and remains the point leader.

The Sprint Cup tour returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway next week for the Sprint All-Star Race.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon
Teams Hendrick Motorsports
Article type Race report
Tags charlotte motor speedway, dale earnhardt jr., hendrick motorsports, jeff gordon, kansas speedway, nascar, sprint all-star race