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Team: Hendrick Motorsports-88
Age / DOB:  (41) / 10/10/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'0 / 165

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS) finished 40th in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver started ninth in the lineup but was involved in an early wreck. After repairs on the #88, he returned to the track and completed 241 laps of the 267-lap event. Earnhardt Jr., who competed in all of the season's 36 races, scored three wins (Talladega - May 3rd, Daytona - July 5th and Phoenix - November 15th), 16 top-fives, 22 top-10s and closed out the season 12th in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings. Nov 28 - 10:45 AM

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s victory last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway clinched the 2015 Sprint Cup Series manufacturers' championship for Chevrolet.

It marks the 13th consecutive year -- and 39th time overall -- that the brand has won the title in NASCAR's premier division. Hendrick Motorsports teams provided nine of Chevrolet's 15 wins in 2015 and powered 14 of the 15 with its engines.-Hendrick Motorsports
Nov 17 - 9:23 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race off pit road after the final pit stop and was awarded the win of the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500k at Phoenix International Raceway by NASCAR. It is his 26th Cup victory.

The race was severely delayed by rain and it was going to be impossible to re-dry the track. Earnhardt’s victory ensured that three current Chase contenders were locked in by points, but it was also the third consecutive victory by Hendrick Motorsports. This is the first time since 1998 that a Phoenix race was shortened by rain; that event was won by Rusty Wallace.
Nov 15 - 11:47 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was not allowed to pick his pit stall until all other 42 drivers had done so, which put him between Greg Biffle—who stayed on the lead lap until the very end of the race—and Kurt Busch who finished on the lead lap. He was often forced to back up in order leave his pits, which may have cost him a shot at the top five. Earnhardt finished sixth.

In the category of unintended consequences, Earnhardt’s penalty probably cost Busch as much as it did the No. 88 since Busch finished one position back in seventh. Directly and indirectly, the fate of non-Chasers impact greatly that of those still in title contention.
Nov 8 - 9:48 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was forced to pick his pit stall last despite qualifying 10th for the AAA Texas 500. He earned four warnings for failing inspection, which was the same penalty incurred by Brad Keselowski at Kansas Speedway.

Earnhardt enters the race with back-to-back Texas Motor Speedway top-10s and he is still capable of earning another. Like Keselowski, however, winning is going to be a tough task.
Nov 7 - 2:01 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. entered the STP 500 this spring with a three-race top-10 streak and as the defending winner at Martinsville Speedway. He sustained crash damage that week and finished 36th.

Hendrick Motorsports has been traditionally strong on this bullring and that will continue well after Jeff Gordon retires. Earnhardt is making a claim to be the driver who takes on Gordon’s mantle.
Nov 1 - 5:58 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the fastest single lap in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 96.998 mph.

Earnhardt struggled some in qualification, however, and will be forced to start mid-pack in 22nd. Fortunately he also had the fastest 10-lap average in that session and the combination of short bursts and long-term speed should serve him well. Expect a top-10 from the No. 88.
Oct 31 - 12:01 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. came within inches of winning the 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway. He was running second when the yellow flag froze the field, but did not have enough points to advance to the Eliminator round of the Chase.

If the race had stayed green for another 100 yards Earnhardt would probably have had the momentum needed to move into the lead. Chase hopes are dashed just that quickly, but Earnhardt was still one of the best values in all fantasy games.
Oct 25 - 6:01 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified fifth for the 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, but he will start the furthest back of all four Hendrick Motorsports racers. Jeff Gordon won the pole, Kasey Kahne sits on the outside pole, and Jimmie Johnson qualified third.

Hendrick Motorsports drivers will try to hook up early and dominate the top five spots, but the vagaries of the draft could prove to be problematic. Still, Earnhardt has a knack for finding drafting partners to help him to the front.
Oct 24 - 11:47 PM

The chassis the No. 88 team will bring to Talladega Superspeedway as this weekend’s primary is the same one Dale Earnhardt Jr. has driven to three superspeedway wins this season: one in the first Daytona Duel in February, another at Daytona in July and the third at Talladega in May.

This season, Earnhardt has been dominant on superspeedways, earning an average finish of 1.7 in three races. At Talladega, he drove the No. 88 Chevrolet SS to victory in May and has the series’ leading average finish among active drivers of 15.1 in 31 career Sprint Cup starts at the 2.66-mile oval. Earnhardt is tied for the most all-time wins at the track among active drivers with six alongside teammate Jeff Gordon, but holds the all-time laps led honor among active drivers for himself with 899 laps led.-Hendrick Motorsports
Oct 21 - 9:31 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards got tied up early in the Bank of America 500—sending Junior into the wall. He survived, but has lost two laps in the process.

It doesn’t take much to ruin a driver’s Chase hopes and this will put him in a must-win situation for Talladega SuperSpeedway unless he can find his way back onto the lead lap. Unfortunately, on about lap 190, Junior pushed too hard on a restart and tagged the wall a second time.
Oct 11 - 2:21 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the quickest 15-lap average in the second practice session for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte with a speed of 182.42 mph.

Hendrick Motorsports has long been one of the top organizations on this track and should contend for at least a top-10 finish. If the race develops a long green flag segment at the end, he could challenge for the victory.
Oct 9 - 4:45 PM

Axalta Coatings Systems will continue its long-standing partnership with Hendrick Motorsports after agreeing to a contract extension that will expand its presence and take one of the most enduring sponsorships in NASCAR through 2018.

Beginning in 2016, Axalta will become a primary sponsor of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS team of driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 13 Sprint Cup Series races annually, an increase of three per season. The agreement extends a multi-faceted partnership -- now in its 23rd full season -- that began in November 1992 when the company first sponsored driver Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team. Gordon, who is in the midst of his final full-time Sprint Cup campaign, will continue to work with Axalta as a spokesperson and global business adviser.-Hendrick Motorsports
Oct 6 - 11:01 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway and that tied him with Jamie McMurray for 12th in the standings. NASCAR’s tiebreaker in the Chase is the best finish during the current round. By finishing one position ahead of McMurray, Junior earned the spot.

Junior can also thank the six bonus points he earned by winning Talladega SuperSpeedway and Daytona International Speedway for giving him enough room to get around the No. 1. This is Earnhardt’s best finish since his Coke Zero 400 victory.
Oct 4 - 6:47 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the second-quickest speed in Saturday morning’s practice for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. His top speed was 157.670 mph that was recorded during his second to 11th laps on track.

Earnhardt currently occupies the 12th position in the standings and needs a solid top-10 run to advance to the second round. He should be able to race among the top 15 most of Sunday afternoon and contend at the end of the race.
Oct 3 - 12:52 PM