Has Dale Earnhardt, Jr. lucked into his finishes, and is he improving from last year?

Many people have been saying he has lucked into his finishes and if he didn't qualify well he would be running mid-pack. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. hasn't been involved in a single wreck this season, but all of his other teammates have. He is 10th in points and 7 points away from 7th. He has 2 top 10s, yet he has... show more Many people have been saying he has lucked into his finishes and if he didn't qualify well he would be running mid-pack. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. hasn't been involved in a single wreck this season, but all of his other teammates have. He is 10th in points and 7 points away from 7th. He has 2 top 10s, yet he has 5 top 15s, 6 top 16s. Based on nascar.com, consecutive top 15 finishes should get you into the Chase. This time last year he was 16th in points. His average start in a race is about 9.29, and his average finish is about 14.14, excluding the axle issue at California it is about 11.17. What does Dale Jr. need to improve on in order to make the Chase, or win a race. I think he is doing okay so far, but he needs to be able to compete to win races.
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