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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. 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. Nov 15 - 11:25 AM

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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.
Nov 10 - 9:23 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.
Nov 8 - 11:50 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.
Nov 2 - 9:37 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.
Nov 1 - 2:31 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
Oct 28 - 4:25 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.
Oct 26 - 6:08 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.
Oct 24 - 9:58 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.
Oct 6 - 2:57 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.
Oct 4 - 5:25 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.
Oct 3 - 11:33 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.
Sep 29 - 3:09 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in search of his sixth consecutive top-15 finish at Dover. His worst result on this track since the beginning of 2012 was an 11th scored in fall of that season.

Dover has always been a good track for Hendrick Motorsports drivers with teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon dominating there in the past. Earnhardt finished second to Johnson last fall and could be poised to grab the baton.
Sep 24 - 7:22 PM

Earnhardt scored his first top-10 in the past five races at New Hampshire. He was ninth in the Sylvania 300.

Earnhardt has been hovering just outside the top 10 for most of that time and his results are solid enough to advance him to the next round unless he wrecks at Dover. Consistency is a good characteristic to have, but Earnhardt needs to contend for top-10s each week to validate his salary cap expense in most games.
Sep 21 - 9:18 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. enters the Sylvania 300 with five consecutive top-15s at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He finished 10th in this summer’s Camping World RV Sales 301.

This summer’s top-10 came on the heels of a sixth last fall. He has not scored a top-five since early in 2012, but his consistency has been apparent since the beginning of the 2010 season. In his last nine races on this track, his worst result was a 17th. There is minimal risk in starting him in the Sylvania 300.
Sep 18 - 4:14 PM