Go Dale Jr.
I wrote a few weeks ago that I thought Dale Earnhardt Jr. would win two Sprint Cup races this season. As you know, there are college students who were in pre-school when Dale Jr. last won a race.
I don't expect him to reel off four or five victories. But he has the talent, and the resolve, to win two races a season, and in 2012 he will.
Earnhardt finished second in the Daytona 500, which could be renamed the 32 Hours of Daytona. The race was a tremendous challenge for drivers, and Dale Jr. met it.
Alas, you know who an Earnhardt victory will mean. I heard from a fan who says NASCAR is fixed and the success of Danica Patrick will prove it.
So you think NASCAR goes to Kyle Busch and says, "Go easy today," and Kyle says, "Fine, I hadn't planned to win anyway"?
If NASCAR were fixed, Jimmie Johnson would not have dominated the way he did and Dale Jr., the most popular driver in the sport, would have won races and championships.
There's no fix. There's just a driver and his crew chief and his team coming together much more slowly than expected.
I like Junior. I don't care where I am, but I'll cheer when it happens, silently if I'm in the press box.
Again, I see Dale Jr. winning two races, making the Chase and finishing fifth in the Cup Standings.