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Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Team: Hendrick Motorsports-88
Age / DOB:  (41) / 10/10/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'0 / 165

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Hendrick Motorsports made their official announcement Wednesday morning. Jeff Gordon will replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. for at least the next two races beginning with the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard. Earnhardt has not been cleared by physicians to compete.
Gordon is going to be one of the best fantasy values in the coming weeks. While most salary cap games know to add him at a high value, he is still likely to exceed expectations on the 2.5-mile flat tracks of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway coming up on the schedule. Gordon has nothing to prove, but would like to make a statement nonetheless. He has been consistently stronger than Earnhardt throughout his career and at Indy in particular. Gordon’s most recent win at the Brickyard came two season ago, but last year an accident left him with a sour taste. Jul 20 - 10:49 AM

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the New Hampshire 301 because of concussion-like symptoms, according to reports at NBC Sports. Earnhardt has been experiencing symptoms since taking hard hits at Michigan International Speedway and Daytona International Speedway. He was feeling badly before last week’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, but thought he was suffering from severe allergies. It is unknown how long he will be out of contention.

As one of the drivers on the cusp of Chase contention, this is going to be a blow to the team regardless of whether NASCAR gives him an exemption. Earnhardt’s recent success at Pocono might make him a popular pick this week, so make certain he is not on your fantasy roster.
Jul 14 - 10:01 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored only one top-10 finish in his last 10 flat track starts, but it was a strong run. He finished second in the Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway.

That was the latest race run on a flat track and it positively impacts Junior’s handicap this week. It is difficult to make him a favorite because of the nine results outside the top 10, however.
Jul 14 - 12:27 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. notably failed to advance to the final round of qualification for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. His lap of 191.071 mph was good enough for only 16th on the grid.

This is the first time in six races that Junior has failed to qualify on one of the first five rows. The last time he started outside the top 10 came in the 2013 edition of this race. He started 16th en route to an eighth-place finish.
Jul 1 - 5:57 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was fastest in final practice for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, but he knew several drivers had faster cars than they showed. As it turned out, 12 cars were faster. Junior qualified 13th with a lap of 95.329 mph.

Even though Earnhardt failed to advance to the final round, this will be his best starting position while racing for Hendrick Motorsports. Two years ago he started 17th and finished third; last year he advanced from 20th to seventh. His previous best starting position was 15th in his first attempt in the No. 88 in 2008.
Jun 25 - 2:56 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the final practice session for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. His best lap was set at 95.298 mph.

Earnhardt has not qualified better than 15th since joining Hendrick Motorsports, but he scored back-to-back top-10 finishes in 2014/2015. If he starts up front this week, he should be considered a favorite to maintain that track position in race trim.
Jun 24 - 8:05 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. failed to advance to the second round of qualification for the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. His lap of 196.078 mph was good enough for only 27th on the grid.

Qualification has not been Earnhardt’s strong suit this season. This will be the fourth time in 2016 he starts a race worse than 24th. One of these came at Auto Club Speedway—another two-mile track—and he nearly cracked the top 10 with an 11th-place result.
Jun 10 - 5:06 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not yet won a Sprint Cup race in 2016, but he had three second-place finishes entering the Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway. He is still winless, but had a great points’ day with his fourth runner-up result.

Earnhardt had back-to-back seconds at Texas Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway before falling outside the top 10 in five straight races following the Food City 500. This could be the momentum shift he needs.
Jun 6 - 3:42 PM

A sweep of Victory Lane in 2014 is part of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s addition to the rich history of Hendrick Motorsports at Pocono Raceway. This organization has won 16 times on the oddly-shaped track with six different drivers, including all three of their current veteran racers.

In just under 200 combined starts, Hendrick’s drivers have scored 104 top-10s of which 59 were also top-fives. They are a formidable force.
Jun 3 - 10:24 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. failed to advance to the second round of qualification and will roll off the grid 25th for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.

This is the first time in nine races in which Earnhardt has failed to crack the top 25 in qualification, but his strong starts have not ended in strong finishes very often. He has only one top-10 finish in the past six attempts.
May 26 - 7:40 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third in the 2016 edition of the Sprint All-star race. He was 4.096 seconds behind the leader Joey Logano.

Logano and Kyle Larson yarded the field on the final restart, which is precisely why NASCAR was using the inversion procedure.
May 22 - 12:54 AM

The top three starters of the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway were all involved in a lap-353, 18-car accident. Pole sitter Kevin Harvick finished 15th and was running at the end, but outside pole winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and third-place starter Kyle Busch finished 32nd and 30th respectively.

That destroyed several rosters in games that offered place-differential points. Harvick led 117 laps early to offset some of the damage, but neither Busch nor Earnhardt led a single lap.
May 15 - 8:35 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. practiced entering pit road Saturday in preparation for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover. He missed on his first two attempts before finally getting the entry correct on his third try.

Dover International Speedway has one of NASCAR’s trickiest pit road because of the infield horse-racing track. It is better to get this out of the way in practice instead of race conditions, but fantasy owners need to be a little concerned about the driver of the No. 88 making a mistake. If he gets penalized late in the race, he will cost fantasy owners a lot of points based on his second-place starting position.
May 14 - 1:07 PM

Kasey Kahne failed to advance out of the first round of qualification, Chase Elliott will start 13th barely outside the top 12, and neither of the more experienced drivers were part of the pole run either. Jimmie Johnson posted a lap of 188.719 mph to start 15th while Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 22nd-fastest with a 187.013 mph lap.

This organization has been a little hit or miss where qualification is concerned and they have not been entirely predictable in race trim. All of them should be good values, however, since they will have positive place-differential points.
May 6 - 7:34 PM

One week after leaving Daytona International Speedway where he made an unforced error and crashed, Dale Earnhardt Jr. went to Atlanta Motor Speedway and finished second. Last week at Talladega SuperSpeedway, Earnhardt also spun on his own. This week the series rolls onto the similarly-configured Kansas Speedway.

Junior should have been an easy pick in both restrictor-plate, superspeedway races and wasn’t. He seems to have transferred his luck to this week’s track type because he enters with four consecutive top-10s at Texas Motor Speedway, Atlanta, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
May 5 - 9:13 PM