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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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Dale Earnhardt Jr. led his Duel in Daytona for most of the 150 laps, but a surge by Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon relegated him to fifth on the final trip around the track.
Earnhardt was unwilling to put his car at risk in that final dash because he had already secured the outside pole with his speed in time trials. Regardless, he told reporters after the race that there was very little he could have done to block Hamlin’s run and likely would have been passed in the Daytona 500 as well. Feb 24 - 12:31 PM

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. clocked in 2/100ths of a second slower than teammate Chase Elliott and will line up on the outside of the front row for next Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Junior was forced to sit out the end of last year with a concussion and his return has been highly anticipated. He inherited his ability to manage the draft from Dale Earnhardt Sr. and should be able to stay in the front pack. If he and Elliott can lock up together, they will be a force.
Feb 19 - 5:04 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will steer more than just the No. 88 Chevrolet this season as the NASCAR Cup Series cranks up this week.

Earnhardt Jr. made his debut as host of Dale Jr. Download, a weekly podcast on his Dirty Mo Radio network. While the new episode was his first as host, it began the fifth season for Dirty Mo Radio, home to eight racing or lifestyle programs. Earnhardt Jr. will record most of his episodes from Dirty Mo Radio’s Axalta Studio, located in the retail store at JR Motorsports. New episodes of Dale Jr. Download will post on Tuesdays throughout the race season.
Feb 15 - 12:36 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a three-year average finish of 3.8 at Pocono Raceway, which makes this the third-best driver/track combination during that span among all active drivers with more than two starts.

In the past three years, 36 driver/track combinations have resulted in results of 10th or better. Earnhardt has been almost as perfect at Pocono in that span as Kevin Harvick at Phoenix International Raceway or Kyle Busch at Texas Motor Speedway, so he is a must-have when the series rolls onto the tricky triangle in June. Junior swept Victory Lane in 2014, finished 11th then fourth in 2015, and came close to winning last summer’s Axalta 400 before settling into second.
Feb 14 - 1:59 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. sustained crash damage in both Daytona International Speedway races last year and hopes to erase those results from his fans’ memories.

Junior would much rather have them remember his 2015 effort. That season he finished third in the 57th running of the 500 and won the summer 400 classic. In 34 starts, Earnhardt has four victories, four more runner-up finishes, and 13 career top-fives.
Feb 12 - 3:13 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has recorded 48 top-10s during the past three years, which puts him ninth on the leaderboard despite missing 18 races in 2016.

If Earnhardt had kept up that pace and started the last 18 races of last year, he would have 57 or 58 top-10s, which would have elevated him to seventh or perhaps a tie with his teammate Jimmie Johnson for sixth on the list. Six of his top-10s were earned at the start of 2016 and it is notable that all but one of these was fifth or better. In the past three years, he has recorded 33 top-fives and seven wins. Earnhardt is predicted to finish in the top-10 in points next year.
Jan 9 - 12:04 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was on pace to make the Chase with top-15 finishes in .722 percent of the first 18 starts in 2016.

Equally important, one has to factor in the late regular season surge that made teammate Kasey Kahne one of the top fantasy values. Junior would have certainly ridden that wave and might have improved enough so that runner-up finishes at Texas Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Pocono Raceway in their first races would have been elevated into wins. Earnhardt also finished second at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 01:56:00 PM

Following a test session Wednesday afternoon at Darlington Raceway, Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been medically cleared to resume NASCAR competition after making a full recovery from a concussion.

He will return for the beginning of the 2017 season at the Feb. 26 Daytona 500. Earnhardt, 42, was cleared Wednesday evening by Dr. Micky Collins, medical director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program in Pittsburgh, in consultation with Charlotte neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty. Petty attended the test at the 1.366-mile South Carolina racetrack.-Hendrick Motorsports
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 10:05:00 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the remainder of the 2016 season with Alex Bowman and Jeff Gordon to substitute for the remaining 12 races, according to NBC Sports’ Dustin Long. Gordon will race four more times including this week’s Bojangles' Southern 500; Bowman will take over for the remainder of the season.

Gordon will concentrate on tracks where he has run best in the past. After Darlington, he will race again at Richmond International Raceway the following week, then Dover International Speedway and Martinsville Speedway in October. Bowman will drive the remainder of the schedule. The No. 88 will be an uneven value as the drivers seek chemistry with the team.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 05:34:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup races, at least. Alex Bowman will substitute at Michigan International Speedway. Jeff Gordon will climb back behind the wheel at Darlington Raceway.

Providing updates in two-week increments makes it difficult to set one’s fantasy roster, but owners should plan on Earnhardt to be out of the car for some time. If he returns, it will likely take a few weeks for him to get comfortable behind the wheel once more. If Junior returns for Richmond and is still in the top 30 in points, he will have one, last-ditch effort to get into the Chase.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 06:12:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has now missed four races in 2016, which has dropped him to 21st in the standings. With a 169-point advantage over 31st in the standings, he will probably not fall out of the top 30 in points if he returns during the regular season but he needs a victory in order to be championship eligible.

Junior will have only three chances to make the Chase. If he returns to Michigan International Speedway, that will most likely be his best opportunity, but Darlington Raceway is a track where drivers can also control their fate if they approach it with respect.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 06:16:00 PM

In a televised press conference before the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen, Dale Earnhardt Jr. told reporters that he remains unclear on when he will return to the track. A final evaluation will not be made until he is symptom-free and according to his doctors that is impossible to predict.

Earnhardt remains committed to returning to the cockpit and the uncertainty is frustrating to the driver. Realistically, each race he misses contributes to the likelihood that he will take the remainder of the season off. Earnhardt is scheduled to miss at least the next two races at the Glen and Bristol Motor Speedway.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 12:19:00 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss at least the next two races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series due to a concussion and will be replaced behind the wheel by Jeff Gordon, according to reports at NBC Sports.

Watkins Glen International and Bristol Motor Speedway were once strongholds for Gordon and his longer tenure behind the wheel should help the team develop some chemistry. The No. 88 is not an automatic pick by any stretch of the imagination, however, and their status will remain in limbo until Earnhardt’s full time status is revealed, but they will be useful in games that require allocation management.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 06:24:00 PM

During his weekly podcast earlier this week, Dale Earnhardt Jr. gave his fans an update on his health. "This process is going to take a little bit longer," he said—strongly suggesting he will not return to the cockpit next week. No announcement has been made about his replacement.

Since fantasy owners do not know who will be behind the wheel, it is impossible to determine the impact of Earnhardt’s vacancy. Junior was steadily declining in cap value before he announced his injury, however, so the current driver will probably be a better choice by comparison.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 12:18:00 PM

Hendrick Motorsports made their official announcement Wednesday morning. Jeff Gordon will replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. for at least the next two races beginning with the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard. Earnhardt has not been cleared by physicians to compete.

Gordon is going to be one of the best fantasy values in the coming weeks. While most salary cap games know to add him at a high value, he is still likely to exceed expectations on the 2.5-mile flat tracks of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway coming up on the schedule. Gordon has nothing to prove, but would like to make a statement nonetheless. He has been consistently stronger than Earnhardt throughout his career and at Indy in particular. Gordon’s most recent win at the Brickyard came two season ago, but last year an accident left him with a sour taste.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 10:49:00 AM