Dale Earnhardt Jr. is third in the standings with 119 points; 10 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
In the Kobalt Tools 400, Earnhardt Jr. stayed in the top 10 throughout the duration of the race to continue his strong start to the season. Junior's seventh-place finish was actually his worst of the season, which again indicates how strong he's been through three races. This week: In 26 career starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, he has one win, seven top fives and 12 top 10s. For point-paying races in the past eight years at Bristol, Earnhardt ranks ninth out of 47 drivers with an average place of 14.0.-NASCAR.com