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: