Dale Earnhardt Jr., admittedly, can be a shy person, especially when he feels he is out of his element. But when it comes to restrictor-plate racing at high-speed, high-banked venues such as Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will resume racing Sunday, Earnhardt is unabashedly confident in his surroundings.
Earnhardt’s victory in the season-opening Daytona 500, the first of four plate races this season, had the driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet soaring with confidence. Earnhardt was not only a virtual lock to make the 16-driver field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, but also a contender to win Sunday’s plate race at Talladega, the Aaron’s 499.