Numbers play a very hefty role in our society, and without them we would have no concept of time, or, more importantly, how would our employers know exactly what we are worth when signing our paychecks?
Numbers are also used as a universal type of language when importing and exporting the necessities we use for everyday life. There is no way we could function on a daily basis without them.
Numbers also play a significant role in NASCAR. We see them on the scoring tower, on the computer screens that line pit row, and on each and every car. The bottom line is, without numbers, we would probably have no NASCAR.
So now that we have touched on the importance of numbers within the sport, let's look a little deeper into what role the numbers will play into NASCAR’s most popular driver for next season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., according to the numbers, should make it back to victory lane, and possibly even the chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Numerology could have been what Earnhardt was missing in his last two seasons with Hendrick Motorsports, and it all started with the birth, and the death of his legendary father.
Now, don’t get me wrong; I am not a believer in the occult, but I am a believer in factual based circumstances that cannot be explained, especially when they happen over and over again.
Circumstances can easily be attributed to numerology and vice versa, and as in Earnhardt’s case they mysteriously seem to go hand in hand.
Numerology as defined by Dictionary.com is the study of numbers to determine their supposed influence on one's life.
Numerology began early in the life of the Earnhardt’s once his father Dale Sr., took over the driving duties of the No. 3 in 1984. To this day Earnhardt is still the only driver who has won back-to-back championships three separate times during his career.
Earnhardt has also won the All Star race three times during his career, and strangely enough he won the third, sixth, and the ninth running of the race which happens to be NASCAR’s version of showcasing the top drivers in the series.
Numerology also began early in the life of his son, and as strange as it may sound Earnhardt Jr. was the third child born, along with the only one out of the other three siblings who has had success in the NASCAR series. Also for the record, Earnhardt Sr. was married three times whilst having children from all three marriages.
So as Earnhardt gets ready to embark on his third season with HMS after winning his seventh most popular driver award, which also happens to be the number of championships his father won during his legendary career.
Don't be surprised to see him in victory lane once again in February, because it has been a long five year drought for Earnhardt, who will be making his sixth Daytona 500 start when the season begins for the 52nd running of The Great American race.
Earnhardt will be seeking a second Daytona 500 win of his career to kick off the 2010 season, after going to victory lane first in 2004, three years after his father’s death in 2001, and six years after his father went to victory lane for his one and only 500 win back in 1998.
2004 was also Earnhardt’s best season when he picked up six wins along with 16 top five, and 21 top 10 finishes while finishing a very respectable fifth in the point standings, and ironically enough his three future HMS teammates finished ahead of him, Jimmie Johnson (second), Jeff Gordon (third), and Mark Martin (fourth).
Earnhardt also broke a 76-race winless streak back on Fathers Day in 2008 during his first season with HMS, which also happened to be the number of wins his father collected throughout his 27 year span in the NASCAR cup series.
The excitement is already building up in the No. 88 camp, along with the legion of fans who are just as energized to get the season started.
The team is optimistic that with their new crew chief along with all new paint schemes for the upcoming season, this package should help to enhance their performance with a better outcome on the horizon.
“We’re a different team. We’ve made a lot of changes, not only with personnel but with ourselves, our attitude and our mentality. We’re going into this season confident and we feel like we can go to Daytona and threaten to win the race,” Earnhardt Jr. said.
“We want to prove a lot of people wrong and a lot of people hopefully will be surprised by how well we perform next year.”
After looking over the numbers, Earnhardt could very well be on his way to taking care of some unfinished business that was started back in 2000.
The excitement that was lost during the 2009 season cannot be rejuvenated through his fans, even though it could very well be the spark that he needs to get himself back into victory lane.
“The fans have been great to us (and) have been real loyal and we want to give them a reason to cheer throughout the race season and give them some interesting races to watch with us running up toward the front.”
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