Finishing fifth doesn't get anybody on the podium. But it does give you hope, with a dash of momentum.
Junior finished fifth in Texas, moving him up five spots in the Monster Energy Cup standings to 20th and establishing his first strong run of the season.
It's been a bumpy ride so far. A crash at Daytona. Another crash at Martinsville. A season-high 14th-place finish in Phoenix before the run at Texas that had to be energizing for his team as well as the Junior Nation.
"I figured we would get one sooner or later, but it's nice," Earnhardt said. "I know our fans are really pulling for us. Could have finished a little better. We will take Top...