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Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Team: Hendrick Motorsports-88
Age / DOB:  (42) / 10/10/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'0 / 165

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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." Jul 24 - 11:36 AM

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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.
Jul 22 - 7:15 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.
Jun 30 - 5:38 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.
Jun 30 - 12:34 PM

For the first time this season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was able to back up one top-10 finish with another when he crossed under the checkers sixth in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Earnhardt had an adventurous race. He spun early in the event when he braked too hard entering the hairpin. He was run into by Danica Patrick when that happened and did fairly significant cosmetic damage. He did not hurt any of the rolling parts, however, and climbed back through the pack.
Jun 25 - 7:28 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. entered last June’s FireKeepers Casino 400 with a four-race streak of top-10s, but he was sidelined 61 laps into the show with an accident and finished 39th. He rebounded this week to finish ninth.

Earnhardt blew an engine last week at Pocono Raceway after missing a shift. This season has not gone according to plan. This is his third top-10 of the season and he has not yet been able to gain any momentum. Continue to be cautious in your approach to the No. 88.
Jun 18 - 8:20 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet lost power and coasted to pit road after eight practice laps in the early stages of the 85-minute opening practice session.

TV replays from his on-board camera showed his car over-revving when shifting, shortly after exiting the 2.5-mile track’s third turn. Earnhardt’s crew rushed to swap out the engine. The unapproved adjustment will relegate his No. 88 to the rear of the 39-car field for Sunday’s Axalta presents the Pocono
Jun 9 - 2:24 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was notably fast in Saturday morning’s practice session for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism with the sixth-fastest speed of 157.673 mph.

Junior made it into the final round of qualification on Friday and that he will roll off the grid 11th. On the heels of a top-10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway last week, it might be time to give him some Fantasy NASCAR love.
Jun 3 - 10:07 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 10th in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which was his second top-10 of the season.

Junior’s other strong run this year came at Texas Motor Speedway—another similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track—and that makes him worth watching in a few weeks when the series rolls into Michigan International Speedway.
May 29 - 1:57 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has made the most All-star starts among the drivers locked into Saturday night’s field with 17 consecutive attempts.

Junior won in his first attempt back in 2000, but he has been unable to find Victory Lane since. He’s come close on five occasions with top-five results including last year’s third. His average finish in this race is 7.88.
May 20 - 3:22 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted a speed of 190.780 mph and will line up on the outside pole for the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has the top spot, which makes this an all-Junior front row.

Junior alluded to the wanting to run the Clash next year—a special event at Daytona for pole winners—so he might not quite be done with his NASCAR career just yer.
May 6 - 5:55 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is widely considered to be one of the top choices on plate tracks, but his fortune has undergone a huge reversal in the past two seasons.

Earnhardt sustained crash damage in his last four attempts. He managed to keep his car running until the last lap of last July’s Coke Zero 400, but even then failed to crack the top 20. His 21st in that race was his best result since the start of 2016.
May 6 - 5:12 PM

After 18 seasons and more than 600 races behind the wheel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will bring his NASCAR Cup Series driving career to a close at the conclusion of 2017.

Today, he shared the news with members of his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team. The fan favorite and two-time Daytona 500 champion will discuss his decision in a press conference this afternoon. He will be joined by Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, for whom Earnhardt has driven since 2008. The two first met about the driver’s decision on March 29. Earnhardt, who will turn 43 in October, made his first career Cup Series start on May 30, 1999, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Since then, the Kannapolis, North Carolina, native has captured 26 points-paying Cup race wins and been voted by fans as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver a record 14 consecutive years. He has qualified for the NASCAR playoffs eight times.-Hendrick Motorsports
Apr 25 - 9:48 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, which was his first top-10 since June of last year when he was second at Pocono Raceway.

Earnhardt needs another strong run at Bristol Motor Speedway next week to completely put to rest questions about his health. That is a good track for him, as is Texas, so this will be a great time to evaluate his progress.
Apr 9 - 5:41 PM

Due to issues in inspection, nine drivers did not get a chance to qualify for O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Notable among the drivers who did not get a chance to qualify were Kyle Busch (who cleared inspection with one minute remaining), Chase Elliott, and Erik Jones. These three drivers spun and made contact with the wall in Friday morning’s practice. Kasey Kahne, Chris Buescher, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kyle Larson also failed to take time. These drivers will line up from 32nd through 40th based on owner points.
Apr 7 - 6:56 PM