Namely, the season that Earnhardt and Letarte will try their best to get their first championship together will also be the same season that Johnson and Knaus attempt to make history by tying the legendary Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. for most championships won in a career (seven).
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Let’s face it, Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans are a patient bunch. They’ve been waiting for their favorite driver to win a Sprint Cup championship since he made his debut in NASCAR’s premier series in 2000.
Back then, Junior was 25 years old and had a long career ahead of him.
But as we enter the 2014 season, Earnhardt will be starting his 15th Cup campaign, and he still does not have his first Sprint Cup championship.
Even worse, after earning 15 wins in his first five Cup seasons, Earnhardt has managed just four wins since the 2005 campaign. Do the math: That’s four wins in the last nine seasons, certainly not the kind of thing that breeds championship drivers.