NASCAR Sprint Cup at Homestead: Why This Season Has Been a Success for Dale Jr.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup at Homestead: Why This Season Has Been a Success for Dale Jr.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 2011 campaign would not be considered successful by only by a handful of drivers. A winless season by Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch would probably be regarded as a failure.

Perhaps one or two other drivers are in that ilk, but it is a rather short list.

Unfortunately, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was unable to break his more than 100-race winless streak during the course of 2011, but his season, overall, should be dubbed a significant success.

There were several events and developments in 2011 that point towards Dale Jr.'s 2012 season to be even better.

Here are a few of them:

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