Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Phoenix Good for Earnhardt Jr

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Phoenix Good for Earnhardt Jr

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. continued his string of good performances at Phoenix International Raceway in Sunday's Good Sam 500.

Earnhardt's Jr.'s fifth-place finish was his seventh top-10 finish at the track in the last eight races, a streak that included a win last November.

The weekend didn't get off to a particularly good start for Earnhardt, Jr. with a poor qualifying effort that resulted in a 26th starting spot. But the team worked on the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 entry as the weekend went on and by race time Earnhardt Jr. had a fast car.

He moved through the field and led 34 laps on Sunday before finally getting shuffled back in the overtime finish to come home fifth.

"Yeah, I was surprised we finished as good as we did," Earnhardt Jr. said of the last two laps. …

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