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He will start second, alongside pole-sitter and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin, who says, "Dale Jr. is due for some good days" after a year of tough-luck accidents, mechanical failures and pit miscues.
Return to form for Earnhardt Jr. could rev NASCAR's fortunes
However, the pole-sitter acknowledged that nothing is a given in endurance racing.
Hamlin led 104 of 367 laps on the 1. 366-mile oval, holding off pole-sitter Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon and Juan Pablo Montoya.
The team started first for the fifth straight race, but struggled with reliability problems in Bahrain and Australia, while Vettel overtook pole-sitter Webber to win in Malaysia.
From the middle of the front row, Dixon blew by pole-sitter Alex Tagliani before they even got to the start-finish line, diving into the first turn with the lead.
It was the first time in the 27-year history of the event that it was won by the pole-sitter.
This being considered, 18/19 with Bwin for the pole-sitter to win the race could be worth backing.
Sunday's lineup will see Earnhardt and Hamlin starting third and fourth, respectively, behind pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson and Waltrip.
That it didn't work out that way doesn't make him the same sort of attention-whore as a female environmentalist pole-sitter blogging her own website as she "saves the living, breathing trees that surround us".
Earnhardt got another slight break before the race when flu-like symptoms forced pole winner Joe Nemechek out of his No. 87 Pontiac, with Daytona pole-sitter Jeff Green taking his place.
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