Time's on Junior's side, but history isn't

History says Cup drivers who race full-time for 10 years without a title rarely go on to win a championship. That's not encouraging news for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Updated: February 15, 2009, 3:10 AM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is approaching a dangerous statistical marker as he enters his 10th season as a Sprint Cup driver.

Only two Cup champions -- Bobby Allison in 1983 and Dale Jarrett in 1999 -- raced as long as Earnhardt has before they won their first titles.

It took Allison 18 years racing full-time before he won his only championship, two weeks before turning 46. Jarrett did it in his 13th season, five days before he turned 44.

Earnhardt is only 34, so time is on his side, ...

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