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Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Team: Hendrick Motorsports-88
Age / DOB:  (43) / 10/10/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 165

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his record-extending 15th consecutive – and final – NMPA Most Popular Driver Award on Thursday night.
Earnhardt was presented the award by Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards show at Wynn Las Vegas. "Thanks for all you’ve done for the sport," Jarrett told Earnhardt. "I’ve got to thank the fans," Earnhardt said. "Without them none of the opportunities I had in racing would have happened. It always comes back to the fans." Earnhardt, who announced in April this would be his final full-time season Cup season, will miss breaking Bill Elliott’s record of 16 career Most Popular Driver Awards. Fri, Dec 1, 2017 07:38:00 PM

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has chosen not to run the second round of qualifying since the driver already has to start in the back of the back due to an engine change this morning. Earnhardt advanced to the second round and would start 24th without the engine change. On Sunday he will move to the rear at the start of the race but will be listed in 24th before hand.

Earnhardt ran the first stage at the request of NASCAR but did not want to put additional wear on the tires. This will give the driver fresher tires to attempt to run through the field and mirror his Hendrick's teammate Jimmie Johnson 2016 Homestead run from last to first in the 2016 finale.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 07:04:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 10th in the Can Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, which is his sixth top-15 in the last seven races.

None of these have been a top-five, but the worst was a 12th – until last week when he finished 37th at Texas Motor Speedway. Look for Earnhardt to end his career with another result between seventh and 12th.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 07:10:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished seventh in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway after starting 19th.

That was Earnhardt’s fourth consecutive top-15 and his third top-10 in the past four races. With the pressure of his final season off his back, he is going to be a solid mid-pack value for the final four races.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 08:39:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished seventh in his final race at Talladega SuperSpeedway.

Junior avoided several big accidents along the way. He was even involved in a Big One crash that eliminated teammate Jimmie Johnson and five other playoff contenders. But he managed to keep the aerodynamics intact well enough to challenge for the win. His fans are disappointed, but he earned a lot of playoff points.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 07:03:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted a lap of 190.544 mph and will lead the field to green from the Alabama 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway.

This is Earnhardt’s first Talladega pole and the 15th of his career. Leading the field to green on this track can come with benefits for a driver who is considered the Pied Piper of the plate tracks.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 06:00:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished seventh in the Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway after starting in that same position.

This was Junior’s first top-10 in 13 races. Since the Toyota / Save Mart 350k at Sonoma Raceway, he has a best of 12th and an average of 22.5.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 07:43:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted a lap of 120.032 mph in the first practice session for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, which put him sixth on the chart.

Earnhardt was the fastest driver among those who are not currently locked into the playoffs. If he can sustain that speed, he could post a Hail Mary and make his way into the final 10 races rejuvenated and ready to pull out a miracle by winning in his final season.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 11:13:00 AM

In addition to driving his regular No. 88 Chevrolet SS in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be pulling double duty, driving the JR Motorsports No. 88 Degree Deodorant Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Friday night.

In April 2016, he led 128 of 149 laps at Richmond Raceway enroute to his first win driving for JRM. Earnhardt owns four NXS victories in six career starts at Richmond, including his past three starts dating back to 1999. He has led 733 of 1,399 total laps in those six races. At Richmond, he has only started outside the top four once in the NXS. On that occasion in 1999, he started 20th and led eight laps to claim his second win at the track.-JRM
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 12:52:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Goody’s Mixed Fruit Blast Chevrolet Camaro) earned a weekend sweep at Bristol, winning both the NASCAR Cup and XFINITY Series events in August 2004.

That weekend, he led 420 of the 756 combined laps run. Earnhardt has not finished lower than seventh in his past eight starts NXS starts at the World’s Fastest Half Mile. The two-time series champion is slated to compete in a pair of NXS races this season. In addition to Bristol, Earnhardt will be behind the wheel of the No. 88 Degree Men Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway (Sept. 8).-JR Motorsports
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 02:49:00 PM

In addition to driving his regular No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS in Saturday's Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be pulling double duty, driving the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Friday night.

Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports will have five cars entered in Friday night’s XFINITY race. He will also pull double duty again at Richmond Raceway in three weeks.-Hendrick Motorsports
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 11:24:00 AM

NBC Sports Group announced Monday morning that retiring NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join the company on a multiyear deal beginning in 2018.

The two-time Daytona 500 winner Earnhardt, 42, who is retiring from full-time competition at the end of the season, has worked in the live television booth a handful of times — including at this year’s "The Clash" preseason opener during Daytona Speedweeks — as well as some XFINITY Series races over the last two years. Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Broadcasting and Sports hinted that Earnhardt Jr. could have an opportunity outside of NASCAR as well. "We are excited to welcome Dale Jr. to our team – both on and off the track," Lazarus said. "As a company, NBCUniversal allows for talent to stretch themselves across not just their field of expertise, but across other areas of their interests in the media world."
Mon, Jul 24, 2017 11:36:00 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted modest lap in qualification for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will roll off the grid 13th on Sunday.

It was not a particularly strong effort for Hendrick Motorsports. He was the second-highest qualifier with only Jimmie Johnson advancing to the final round. Earnhardt blamed an excess of caution entering turn three as the reason he failed get into the top 12.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 07:15:00 PM

In his last start as a fulltime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver at Daytona International Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for the Coke Zero 400 with a speed of 190.973 mph.

Earnhardt and his fans both would like nothing better than a victory this week because it would practically assure he will be part of the playoffs in his final season. Junior has experienced his share of problems at Daytona in recent seasons, but he was leading the 500 this spring before he sustained damage in a "Big One" crash. Should he be on your roster? Definitely.
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 05:38:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the fastest lap in final practice for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 193.328 mph.

Only 19 cars went out in final practice, which is an indicator of how little these sessions mean on a restrictor-plate, superspeedway. Still, the four Hendrick Motorsports cars drafted well together and all posted speeds of seventh or better on the charts.
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 12:34:00 PM