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Dale Earnhardt Jr. captures pole

Updated: February 14, 2011, 1:47 AM ET
Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR is back -- and so is Juniormania.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reclaimed the spotlight in Daytona speedweeks, winning pole position for the Daytona 500 with a lap of 186.089 mph in qualifying Sunday.

It's a boost for Earnhardt, who is coming off a couple of disappointing seasons and spent part of the past week facing questions about the 10-year anniversary of his father's death at the track.

Still, Earnhardt was in an upbeat, joking mood after winning ...

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