Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 10 Goals That Will Make This Season a Success

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 10 Goals That Will Make This Season a Success
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in the midst of a modest career renaissance. Through the first quarter or so of the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season, Junior has gone from an uber-popular mid-pack driver suffering from the "curse of the last Hendrick Motorsports car" to an ever-present contender attempting to sniff out his first victory in over 100 races. He's leading laps, finishing well, and inspiring optimism around the sport for his first Chase for the Sprint Cup appearance since 2008.

This year has the potential to be great for the No. 88 team, but it's only April, and lasting success is all but certain. Remember how Matt Kenseth fell out of Chase contention in 2009 after winning the season's first two races? Junior and his team are going to have to achieve certain goals to call this season a success at the Awards Banquet at the end of the year. They're well on their way to achieving some of those goals. Some are going to be far more difficult to attain.

So what does Driver 88 have to do to make this season a memorable one, and what's already been accomplished? Read on, noble Junior fan.

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