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Despite struggles, Junior still favored

Updated: July 6, 2002, 4:56 PM ET
By Jerry Bonkowski | ESPN.com

Like his late father, Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't one to mince words. When asked recently to assess his season, Earnhardt, 16th in the points heading into Saturday night's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, laid it on the line.

"The season has been (crap) so far," he said.

And despite the fact there's still 20 races left on the schedule, leaving plenty of time for maneuvering in the standings, Earnhardt admits hopes for a championship are all but over for him and his ...

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