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Team: Hendrick Motorsports-88
Age / DOB:  (39) / 10/10/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'0 / 165

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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

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a perfect record of top-10s on short, flat tracks stretching back to last year’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire. His average finish in that span of races is 5.7.

His recent Richmond efforts have not quite lived up to the other short, flat tracks, however. Earnhardt has several top-10s and -15s in recent seasons, but his last top-five on the 0.750-mile track was a second in 2012. Do not overpay for Earnhardt, but if he is already on a player’s roster, he should remain there.
Sep 5 - 10:23 AM

Nationwide has expanded its three-year relationship with Hendrick Motorsports to become the majority sponsor of driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 Chevrolet SS team beginning with the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Nationwide will increase its primary sponsorship of Earnhardt to 21 Sprint Cup events, including the Daytona 500, for each of the next three seasons. The revised agreement provides Nationwide with nine additional primary races in 2015 and eight additional primary races in both 2016 and 2017. Nationwide is making an early debut as Earnhardt’s primary sponsor during this weekend’s Sprint Cup event in Richmond, Virginia, where it is previewing the 2015 No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS paint scheme.-Hendrick Motorsports
Sep 5 - 9:41 AM

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. races Sept. 6 at Richmond International Raceway, Nationwide will be on his side as the company makes an early debut as a primary sponsor of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Nationwide, which in May announced it will join Hendrick Motorsports next season as a primary sponsor, will preview Earnhardt's 2015 paint scheme during the race weekend in Richmond, Virginia, where he has three career Sprint Cup victories. Earnhardt worked with Nationwide on the design of the car, which will race next season and is scheduled to make its only 2014 appearance at Richmond. A first look at the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS will be given to fans Sept. 3 via the new @Nationwide88 Twitter account that will provide updates related to Earnhardt and his Hendrick Motorsports team.-HMS
Sep 3 - 7:54 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session for the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta. He went 184.691 mph during his first 10 laps on the track.

Included in that 10-lap average was the fourth-fastest speed overall, which was recorded on his second lap. Earnhardt seems to have the right balance of speed and durability over the long run that ends up in top-five finishes on the unrestricted, intermediate speedway, but he needs to qualify among the top 10 in order to utilize that speed.
Aug 29 - 5:26 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will run chassis 88-901 this week in the Oral-B USA 500; it is a brand new chassis that has not yet been raced.

Earnhardt has had an up-and-down season on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year and while there is no reason to belief this new chassis will not be as strong as any other coming out of the No. 88/48 shop, fantasy owners need to watch him in practice before committing an allocation.
Aug 28 - 6:44 PM

So far in 2014, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has alternated one top-five on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track with a result outside the top 15 and if the pattern holds, he is due to finish poorly this week.

Atlanta has been contrary to that pattern in the past two years, however. He finished seventh in 2012 and eighth last year, while he has failed to crack the top five since 2008. This week could feature a good, but not great finish for the No. 88.
Aug 27 - 5:57 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the innocent victim of another driver’s mistake. He was collected by a spinning Denny Hamlin after the No. 11 was turned from the lead by Kevin Harvick.

Earnhardt was running in the top five at the time, which proves there is no place to hide at Bristol. Like most wild card races, fantasy players need to make their selections and then hope nothing happens to their picks
Aug 24 - 7:15 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. entered the spring Food City 500 with a 10-race streak of finishes 16th or better at Bristol. All but one of these was a top-15 and both 2013 races ended in top-10s.

He lost a lap to the competition with a mysterious vibration this spring, which is a problem that has plagued both the No. 48 and 88 teams off and on during the season. He ultimately ended the day 24th and should be able to better that considerably on Saturday in the Irwin Tools Night Race.
Aug 20 - 12:47 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent less than half of the Pure Michigan 400 inside of fifth, but he surged at the right time and earned his 11th top-five of the season. He finished fifth.

Earnhardt lost the points’ lead to his teammate Jeff Gordon one week after grabbing it from him. Early indications are that these two Hendrick heroes will battle for the championship as they are in a four-way tie for the most wins of the season. Fellow Hendrick-mate Jimmie Johnson and Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski also have three wins.
Aug 17 - 6:04 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the fourth fastest lap in the second practice session for the Pure Michigan 400. His top speed was 203.017 mph.

Earnhardt struggled in qualification and rolls off the grid 25th, but he insisted that he had a strong car. In the past six races at Michigan only one driver per race on average has overcome a qualification of 25th or worse to finish in the top 10. Earnhardt should be that driver on Sunday.
Aug 16 - 9:56 AM

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 2008 LifeLock 400 it was his first win for Hendrick Motorsports and most experts thought many would follow. His second win for that organization came in the 2012 Quicken Loans 400 and ended a long drought. If he wins again this week, it will be his fourth drink of the celebratory champagne of the 2014 season.

Earnhardt is finally living up to the potential that Rick Hendrick believed he showed back in 2008 and he should challenge for the championship. The first order of business, however, is to secure a few more wins and the bonus points that go along with them.
Aug 13 - 8:42 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrestled the points’ lead away from teammate Jeff Gordon following the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. Earnhardt has 773 points and three wins to Gordon’s 768 with two victories.

While points are essentially meaningless in regard to who makes the Chase with NASCAR’s new format, it is still a good indicator of who has been running well. Earnhardt is on pace to earn his first championship and as long as he remains the points’ leader, he would advance through every stage of the knockout style format.
Aug 10 - 9:24 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the fourth fastest single lap in final practice for the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen with a top speed of 128.259 mph.

Earnhardt has not been one of the top contenders on road courses in recent seasons, but a strong third-place at Sonoma has changed that perception. Because of an overall disappointing record, he has to be considered a dark horse still, but fans should not be surprised to see him running well on Sunday.
Aug 8 - 6:37 PM

Seven drivers have clinched a Chase berth entering the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. They are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick.

The temptation to gamble for another win and bonus points that go along with it will be great for these seven drivers, so players should only start them on tracks where they have exceptional records until the Chase begins. Once the points reset at Chicagoland, they will go back to being good values.
Aug 8 - 5:01 PM