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Dale Jr. trying to step out of Johnson's championship shadow at Hendrick

LONG POND, Pa. -- Guess who's in the two-win club on NASCAR's Sprint Cup circuit. For the first time in ten years, it's Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

He didn't have the best car at Pocono, but he got it done in crunch winning for the first time at the tricky triangle.

With this undoubtedly being his best season so far with Hendrick Motorsports, Junior is starting to hear questions about his teammate and six-time champion, Jimmie Johnson.

They're asking if the 48 team has helped with the improvement, if Earnhardt has started to model his driving after Johnson, and if he sees that same kind of success in his future.

Of course, Dale Jr. isn't one to follow the crowd.

"They're the 48, and we're the 88," Earnhardt, Jr. said. "I don't want to be the new 48. I want to be the new 88. So, we'll definitely try to continue to work hard and try to win some more races and try to leave our own mark and not a mark similar to anyone else."

Jeff Gordon retook the points lead this week over Matt Kenseth. Earnhardt rose to third overall, 22 points off the lead.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit goes to Michigan International Speedway this week.
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