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Junior back on top of Cup world

Updated: July 29, 2012, 8:53 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. couldn't remember the last time he led the Sprint Cup standings as he stood on pit road following Sunday's Brickyard 400.

So I refreshed his memory.

It was 29 races into the 2004 season when NASCAR's most popular driver won at Talladega Superspeedway. He left the track that October day with a 13-point lead over Kurt Busch. Junior Nation and NASCAR Nation were ecstatic.

Unfortunately, Earnhardt was so ecstatic that day when ...

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