Dale Earnhardt Jr. Disappointed by Slow Start, but Believes He Can Regroup

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Disappointed by Slow Start, but Believes He Can Regroup
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CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Dale Earnhardt Jr. wouldn’t characterize his championship hopes as having slipped away two races into the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. But he knows he certainly no longer can look at himself as a favorite or even a solid contender after finishes of eighth and 13th have left him 26 points behind leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson.

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