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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. 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

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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

At Sonoma this June, Dale Earnhardt Jr. snapped a 24-race streak in which he finished outside the top 10 on road courses. He was third in the Toyota / Save Mart 350k.

Earnhardt is having a career defining year and could be on his way to the championship. That is making him a much better value on tracks where he traditionally struggled and he has not scored a top-10 at Watkins Glen since 2005. His strong showing on unrestricted, intermediate speedways this year, however, means that he will not catch any competitor by surprise and that could limit his usefulness to fantasy players.
Aug 6 - 2:22 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted that he was looking for a broom when he landed in Pennsylvania earlier this week. He apparently found one and swept Pocono for the first time since Denny Hamlin accomplished the feat in 2006.

The chance for victory was aided by a good pit strategy that saw Earnhardt pit under a caution just outside of his fuel range. That allowed him to take two tires and splash of gas, giving him track position in the critical final laps. This is his third win of the season, which will equate to bonus points once the Chase begins.
Aug 3 - 4:27 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will race chassis No. 88-810 at Pocono in the 400.

Earnhardt should have a great opportunity to win this week because the last time this chassis was on track it took the checkers in the Pocono 400.
Aug 2 - 2:35 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. logged the fifth fastest lap in Pocono’s final practice for the 400. His top speed was 177.830 mph.

Earnhardt complained about a vibration in practice and stated it was the same thing that occurred in June. Considering that he won the Pocono 400, fantasy owners should not be overly concerned. The team will change transmissions before race time, but NASCAR makes an allowance for that at Pocono since drivers shift on this course.
Aug 2 - 1:39 PM