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NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. after Pocono sweep: 'Things are good'
NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. after Pocono sweep: 'Things are good'

Before climbing from his car to celebrate his sweep of the two Pocono races this summer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a phone call from his team owner Rick Hendrick. "I just told him thanks for believing in me and making my life better," Earnhardt told the media later. At one point, "he had every right in the world to replace me with another driver," Earnhardt said. Indeed, there was a long stretch when NASCAR's most popular driver struggled to believe in himself -- and when he tried the patience of his legion of fans -- because he simply couldn't get his No. 88 Chevrolet to Victory Lane. That all changed this year, starting with Earnhardt's win at the...

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