Dale Earnhardt Jr. climbed from 20th to ninth in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway to score his fourth consecutive top-15 in the past four races of this season.
Michigan International Speedway was once a playground for Hendrick Motorsports, but they have been struggling in recent weeks even on courses that were traditionally kind. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 10th in the Pure Michigan 400 and that made him the top finishing driver from this camp.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of several drivers who overcame mistakes in the pits and incidents on track Sunday at Pocono Raceway. He was caught speeding on pit road during a green flag stop near lap 50 and was later spun entering turn one. His fuel mileage strategy allowed him to cross under the checkers fourth in the Windows 10 400, however.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session for the Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.466 mph.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth in the 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to become the most successful Hendrick Motorsports driver of the weekend.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the field to green and he led the field to the checkers after pacing the pack for 97 laps in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Thunderstorms and rain forced the cancelation of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. The lineup for Sunday night’s race will be set by speed in the first practice session.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. His top speed was 202.284 mph.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished eighth in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway to earn his fourth top-12 finish in the last five road course races.
On a family trip to Germany during the off week, Dale Earnhardt Jr. proposed to girlfriend Amy Reimann.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second in the Quicken Loans 400 to earn his third straight top-10 at Michigan International Speedway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has seesawed in his past three seasons at Michigan International Speedway. He swept the top 10 in 2012 and 2014, but had trouble in both 2013 races to finish in the mid-30s.
According to a tweet from the Hendrick Motorsports PR department, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start at the rear of the field after replacing a rear gear.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of four drivers who finished in the top five in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway after gambling on fuel mileage. He finished third after passing Matt Kenseth in the closing laps.