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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will race chassis No. 88-810 at Pocono in the GoBowling.com 400.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. logged the fifth fastest lap in Pocono’s final practice for the GoBowling.com 400. His top speed was 177.830 mph.