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Team: Hendrick Motorsports-88
Age / DOB:  (40) / 10/10/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'0 / 165

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., winner of four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2014 and eighth overall in the final points standings, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Sprint NMPA Most Popular Driver award for the series.
It is the 12th consecutive year that Earnhardt Jr., 40, has won the award. In addition to the trophy he received during Friday evening's season-ending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony at the Wynn Las Vegas, Earnhardt will collect a check for $10,000 earmarked for the charity of his choice. The MPD award, sponsored by Sprint and overseen by the National Motorsports Press Association, is the only NASCAR award determined solely by fan vote. Bill Elliott holds the record for most MPD awards, winning the fan vote 16 times during a career that spanned 37 years. Sat, Dec 6, 2014 03:22:00 PM

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., a champion as both a competitor and team owner, has been named the recipient of the prestigious Myers Brothers Award for 2014.

Earnhardt, 40, was chosen by a vote of the National Motorsports Press Association and presented the award during Thursday's annual NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon held at the Wynn Las Vegas. The Myers Brothers Award is named in honor of brothers Billy and Bobby Myers, two of NASCAR’s pioneers from the 1950s. It has been presented annually since 1958 with the purpose of recognizing those that have provided outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 09:20:00 PM

Goodyear officials have schedule a tire test for Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 9-10 at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway, with representatives from each of the three auto manufacturers scheduled to participate.

Slated to take part in the test are drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet), Sam Hornish Jr. (Richard Petty Motorsports No. 9 Ford) and Carl Edwards (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota). One of three Chevrolet entries from Richard Childress Racing (Austin Dillon, Paul Menard or Ryan Newman) will participate as well. Earnhardt Jr. will be paired with new crew chief Greg Ives, who helped guide JR Motorsports driver Chase Elliott to the NASCAR Nationwide Series title, as he moved over to the No. 88 entry to replace Steve Letarte. Ives worked briefly with Earnhardt during a late-October Sprint Cup test session at Homestead-Miami
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 03:40:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is looking to extend a top-10 streak at Homestead to three consecutive races and he is off to a good start. He qualified 11th for the Ford 400, which is his best grid position there in the last three years.

Earnhardt also qualified 11th in the 2011 edition of this race and he finished 11th. That suggests he will not fall far if he misses the top 10.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 11:25:00 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. entered the Quicken Loans 500k with a three-race, top-five streak. He failed to extend that particular streak, but an eighth-place finish was his fourth consecutive top-10 on.

Games that have actively modified his salary cap should have him correctly priced, which should have made him a good value. Driver and crew chief Steve Letarte have only one more race together and they should finish strong next week at Homestead.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 09:23:00 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. enters the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500k with a 13-race streak of top-15s on short, flat tracks. His spring Phoenix effort ended in a second.

Earnhardt may not be particularly happy with his 16th-place qualification effort on Friday, but he started deeper in the field last spring and finished fifth from 21st. That was the beginning of a three-race, top-five streak at Phoenix.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 11:50:00 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. quietly raced among the top 10 all evening in the AAA Texas 500. Ge earned the eighth-best average running position, but stayed out of controversy until the end of the event to finish sixth.

On the cool down lap, he expressed displeasure with the way Jamie McMurray ran him during the final green-white-checkered attempt, but in light of the pit road melee that followed, the end of his race qualifies as tame.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 09:37:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is looking for his first top-10 finish on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track since he finished fifth in the June Quaker State 400 at Kentucky. Hs last four efforts show two 11th-place results.

Earnhardt actually faces a bit of an uphill battle because his last two attempts at Kansas and Charlotte ended 20th or worse. He was only 14th fastest in Saturday morning’s practice session, but improved slightly in final practice.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 02:31:00 PM

Goody’s® announced that it is expanding its partnership with Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most popular driver in NASCAR.

After the announcement, which was made at the Goody's® Headache Relief Shot® 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Earnhardt went on to win the race. The expanded partnership marks the first time Earnhardt—who has been a spokesperson for Goody’s for the past two years—will drive a Goody’s-sponsored car. Beginning in 2015, and extending through 2017, Earnhardt will drive the No. 88 Goody’s car in one race each year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.-JR Motorsports
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 04:25:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr held off teammate Jeff Gordon to win his first career Martinsville race. It came one week after he was eliminated from playoff contention, making him the first spoiler of the Chase.

Earnhardt’s determination answered any question about team orders during the Chase and it was his third consecutive top-10 at Martinsville. He is also one of two drivers who swept the top five on this track in 2014, along with Joey Logano.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 06:08:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a current 12-race, top-15 streak going on short, flat tracks. The last time he finished outside that mark was in the spring 2013 STP 500 at Martinsville.

Earnhardt has something to prove this week after getting knocked out of Chase contention at Talladega and he will challenge his teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon for the victory. His Achilles Heel for most of his career has been in getting behind on race trim setups, however, and that will be critical this Sunday. He has not proven to have reversed that trend, so he is a bit of a gamble.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 09:58:00 AM

Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed in separate incidents at Kansas Speedway in the Hollywood Casino 400 and now face steep uphill battles to advance to the Eliminator round of the Chase. Johnson finished 40th; Earnhardt was 39th.

Johnson is 27 points outside of the elimination bubble; Earnhardt is 25 points in arrears. They are joined at the bottom of the grid by Brad Keselowski who is 22 points behind eighth-place in the standings. Johnson would not only need to make up 13.5 points per race, but leapfrog four serious contenders; Earnhardt’s path is only slightly easier, which means that effectively they need for three to four drivers to have trouble in the next two races while they stay error free or they need to win at either Charlotte or Talladega. Both of those scenarios are challenging and will serve to improve their efforts.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 02:57:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted only the 19th fastest single lap in final practice for the Hollywood Casino 400, but he had the second-quickest, 10-lap average with a speed of 187.452 mph during his first run on the track.

That suggests Earnhardt has a long run car. The last two Kansas fall races featured 14 caution flags in 2012 and 15 last year, however, so long runs might be hard to achieve.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 05:25:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. enters the Hollywood Casino 400 with back-to-back top-10s at Kansas. He finished eighth there last fall and was fifth this spring.

Keeping that streak alive could be a challenge. He has earned only one top-10 in his last six starts this season, but he came close on another three occasions with 11th- or 12th-place results. Two of those near-misses came at Atlanta and Chicagoland.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 11:33:00 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned his first top-10 in five races at New Hampshire, which created hope that he was beginning to turn his fortune around. The team struggled at Dover, however, and landed outside the top 15 with a 17th-place finish in the AAA 400.

Drivers cannot count on top-20 finishes to advance them to the Contender round of the playoffs and Earnhardt’s early-season success has raised expectations to a level that those results are not attractive to fantasy owners either.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 03:09:00 PM