Five reasons why Dale Earnhardt Jr. could go back-to-back victories in the Daytona 500


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Dale Earnhardt Jr. goes for back-to-back Daytona 500 victoris / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- There are many reasons to like Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s chances of winning the Daytona 500 for a second consecutive time. Here are five reasons in particular as observed by

• 1. PROVEN WINNER: He's already a two-time winner of the Great American Race, winning the first time in 2004 and again in 2014;

• 2. BLOODLINES: He's the son of the legendary Dale Earnhardt Sr., seven-time NASCAR cup champion and 1998 winner of the Daytona 500;

• 3. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS: Junior is a driver for Rick Hendrick's team, the very best in stock car racing;

• 4. MOST POPULAR: He's NASCAR Nation's most popular driver in the race and in the sport overall. Nobody else even comes close so he'll be motivated by the cheers;

• 5. RESTRICTOR PLATE: Junior is a restrictor plate specialist with a proven track record at Daytona and Talladega. And the Daytona 500 is a restrictor plate race, which he has twice won.