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Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Sprint Cup race

June 15, 2008 at 8:38 PM

BROOKLYN, Mich., June 15 (UPI) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. captured the checkered flag to win Sunday's LifeLock 400 Sprint Cup race in Brooklyn, Mich.

The victory at the Michigan International Speedway snapped a 76-race winless streak for Earnhardt, who had not won a race since May 2006 at Richmond, Va.

His No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was running on fumes when it coasted across the finish line Sunday ahead of runner-up Kasey Kahne and third-place finisher Matt Kenseth. Brian Vickers finished fourth.

In the end, the race was decided by which driver had the best fuel-conservation strategy.

"I didn't think we had enough fuel when the caution (flag) came out," said Earnhardt. "We had it set up for the win if we didn't have a caution."

The caution flag was necessary because Sam Hornish Jr., driving the No. 77 Dodge, spun out on lap 198 despite a pit stop for a right-side tire change.

Points race leader Kyle Busch is 32 points ahead of Jeff Burton.

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