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Junior setting pressure aside as he tries to make Chase

Updated: August 5, 2006, 9:57 AM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

If Dale Earnhardt Jr. is to shake a repeat of last season's vexing 19th-place points finish, he'll have to stand up to his historical weaknesses and grind out a reversal of fortune.

But that's OK. Despite the obvious resources, not a lot has come easy to the son of racing royalty. Junior has made a career out of ignoring improbability and deciding to succeed anyway. This weekend, he'll set off to do it once more. This time, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Junior has finished ...

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