Who is the better talent? Could it be Dale Jr.?
In 1998, both drivers entered NASCAR Busch Grand National on pretty much a full-time basis with Tony Stewart having 14 previous BGN starts compared to Dale Jr's 9. Tony started 22 of the 31 BGN events that year and would have finished 9th in the BGN points standings if you took his average finish in the 22 races he competed in and multiplied it by 31. Tony had five top ten finishes and no wins in his 22 BGN starts in 1998. Dale Earnhardt Jr. competed in all 31 BGN races that year, won 7 races, had 16 top five finshes and won the BGN championship. Dale Jr. also won a BGN race in just his 16th BGN start. Tony Stewart never won a BGN race in his 36 starts.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first Winston Cup race in only his 12th start. Tony Stewart won his first Winston Cup race in his 25th Winston Cup start.
So who is the better talent? It kind of points to Dale Earnhardt Jr doesn't it?