With Pocono Top5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Quietly Builds On Best Year Of His Career

Toby ChristieSenior Analyst IJune 8, 2008

Dale Earnhardt Jr. may not have a win under his belt yet this season, and we already are all aware the same is true for his past 76 Sprint Cup starts, but he is quietly putting together the best season of his 9 year career. 

The thing that has always been his downfall has been consistency, but this season he continues to put down great finish after great finish, and Sunday at Pocono was no exception.

Dale Jr. was running Top5 to Top10 all day until pit strategy moved him further back.  But he continued trucking along, picking his way back up through the field, finishing a solid fourth at the tricky triangle that is Pocono. 

He has only finished outside the Top15 in two races thus far this season, and with Kyle Busch's 43rd place finish Sunday, he has climbed back within shouting distance of the point lead at 145 markers back.

We are 14 races into the 2008 season and here are Earnhardt's current stats this season:

Starts: 14

Poles: 1

Wins: 0

Top5: 6 (Tied for 2nd most in 2008 Sprint Cup)

Top10: 10 (Tied for most in 2008 Sprint Cup)

Laps Led: 527 (Has led in all but four races in 2008)

DNF's: 0

Avg. Finish: 11.2 (Career Best)

Those are some pretty impressive stats through 14 races, even though he hasn't been flashy like Kyle Busch or Carl Edwards have by pulling into victory lane, its alright because he is correcting the one thing we all used to criticise him on...being consistent.