Will Jr. Win The Allstate 400?

Dean StewartContributor IJuly 25, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 24:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, drives during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Well, it's time for the All-State 400 and Indiana is ready. 

After last year, we left with a bad taste in our mouth and a very disappointing race. The drivers had to stop every ten laps. That's not racing at Indy.

Jimmie Johnson held on to win last year, but every one would agree it just wasn't the same.

This year Goodyear has hopefully made the right changes and brought a better tire so we don't repeat last year.

Now getting to Dale Jr.

He would probably like to forget this season, and who could blame him. He is sitting 21st in the point standing's, some 956 points behind leader Tony Stewart.

Jr. ran 27 laps during practice, and could have ran more. He seem's confident about these tires.

So could this be the race for Jr.

It seems like every week we wait for Jr. to break out and dominate the race, but something always happens.

His luck is bound to change, and, having a little more track time with the new crew chief has to help.

For Jr. to win at Indy would help salvage this disastrous season and boost his confidence, not to mention that Jr. Nation would come unglued.

Dale Jr. has alot of pressure on him with his father being a seven time champion and winning 76 races.

How many of us could live up to that expectation? He's not his father, he's himself, and that's all he can be.

I look for Jr. to break out and win at least one race this year, hopefully it's Indy.