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Earnhardt Jr.: Hendrick cars 'not at the top of the mountain' right now

LONG POND, Pa. Dale Earnhardt Jr., was surprised to hear Friday he's the only Hendrick Motorsports driver with a top-five finish in the past three Sprint Cup races. That doesn't mean, however, Earnhardt or his colleagues are in denial about being off their own standard for excellence. "The (Joe) Gibbs guys have found more speed over the last few weeks to be a lot stronger," Earnhardt said. "We're not at the top of the mountain, at least by ourselves, anymore. "We need to find speed of our own to combat that. ... Seems like we had an advantage last year in the engines, and now it's not there." Joe Gibbs Racing, and driver Kyle Busch's...