Does This Story End With Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hoisting the Trophy in 2010?

Now that Hendrick Motorsports has history out of the way, the team is now ready to focus on getting NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver back near the top.

According to, getting Dale Earnhardt Jr’s team back on track is Hendrick Motorsports’ “top priority”.

Team owner Rick Hendrick said about getting the struggling #88 team out of its slump:

“We’re all over it, and we’ve been all over it. It’s my primary focus here, starting Monday.”

Without Hendrick Motorsports having a driver with a long history of struggling in 2009, combined with Junior’s seemingly endless struggles during 2009, fans had to come to a conclusion that either a) Hendrick Motorsports does not have four good cars, or b) Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not that good of a driver.

The majority of fans chose the former.

In 2010, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will likely be receiving Hendrick’s best equipment; Much like he did for the start of the 2008 season, his first with the team. Knowing that, 2010 could be the make-or-break year for Junior’s career.

Don’t be surprised if this story already has an ending: With Dale Earnhardt Jr, the popular hero, overcoming his demons and emerging from the shadows of his winless 2009 season to hoist the trophy at Homestead and unseating the “villain”, so to speak, Jimmie Johnson, in 2010.

It certainly would be a good story in many peoples’ opinion, and one that may already have a beginning.

Tags: Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Motorsports Jimmie Johnson

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