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Earnhardt Jr. confident he's in thick of Chase

Updated: October 5, 2006, 2:26 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | Special to ESPN.com

Sitting seventh in points with seven races remaining in the Chase for the Nextel Cup, Dale Earnhardt Jr. could be entering panic mode. Could be, but isn't. Not by a long shot.

"I know every time we let something slip or have a mistake, even the ones we can't control, like the part failures, even when that happens, even though it wasn't in our control, those are the things that are hard to not take home with you." -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Especially not while he's at Talladega Superspeedway, ...

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