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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. has made the most All-star starts among the drivers locked into Saturday night’s field with 17 consecutive attempts.
Junior won in his first attempt back in 2000, but he has been unable to find Victory Lane since. He’s come close on five occasions with top-five results including last year’s third. His average finish in this race is 7.88. May 20 - 3:22 PM

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted a speed of 190.780 mph and will line up on the outside pole for the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has the top spot, which makes this an all-Junior front row.

Junior alluded to the wanting to run the Clash next year—a special event at Daytona for pole winners—so he might not quite be done with his NASCAR career just yer.
May 6 - 5:55 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is widely considered to be one of the top choices on plate tracks, but his fortune has undergone a huge reversal in the past two seasons.

Earnhardt sustained crash damage in his last four attempts. He managed to keep his car running until the last lap of last July’s Coke Zero 400, but even then failed to crack the top 20. His 21st in that race was his best result since the start of 2016.
May 6 - 5:12 PM

After 18 seasons and more than 600 races behind the wheel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will bring his NASCAR Cup Series driving career to a close at the conclusion of 2017.

Today, he shared the news with members of his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team. The fan favorite and two-time Daytona 500 champion will discuss his decision in a press conference this afternoon. He will be joined by Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, for whom Earnhardt has driven since 2008. The two first met about the driver’s decision on March 29. Earnhardt, who will turn 43 in October, made his first career Cup Series start on May 30, 1999, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Since then, the Kannapolis, North Carolina, native has captured 26 points-paying Cup race wins and been voted by fans as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver a record 14 consecutive years. He has qualified for the NASCAR playoffs eight times.-Hendrick Motorsports
Apr 25 - 9:48 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, which was his first top-10 since June of last year when he was second at Pocono Raceway.

Earnhardt needs another strong run at Bristol Motor Speedway next week to completely put to rest questions about his health. That is a good track for him, as is Texas, so this will be a great time to evaluate his progress.
Apr 9 - 5:41 PM

Due to issues in inspection, nine drivers did not get a chance to qualify for O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Notable among the drivers who did not get a chance to qualify were Kyle Busch (who cleared inspection with one minute remaining), Chase Elliott, and Erik Jones. These three drivers spun and made contact with the wall in Friday morning’s practice. Kasey Kahne, Chris Buescher, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kyle Larson also failed to take time. These drivers will line up from 32nd through 40th based on owner points.
Apr 7 - 6:56 PM

With a 34th at Martinsville Speedway last week, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has now failed to score a top-10 in 10 consecutive races.

One has to go all the way back to the end of the 2009 season to find a negative streak this long for Junior. That season, he closed out the final 12 races without a top 10. In terms of the calendar, this one has lasted much longer because he missed the last half of 2016 to injury. Earnhardt’s last top-10 finish was second at Pocono Raceway last June.
Apr 6 - 11:27 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. cut a tire in the pits. Because he will not start on the four tires on which he qualified, he will be forced to drop to the back to starts the race.

Earnhardt will have to give up his 18th-place position on the grid. He was not particularly fast in practice and should not be considered a good value to finish in the top 10.
Mar 26 - 2:59 PM

This weekend, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will reach a milestone in his NASCAR Cup Series career. Sunday in Fontana, California, he will make his 600th Cup start.

To mark the occasion, a decal commemorating Earnhardt’s 600 starts will be placed on the B-posts and the front of the hood of the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS. Some key numbers from first 599 starts: Daytona 500 wins (2), Most wins at a single track (6-Talladega), Tracks where he has at least one Cup win (12), Career Cup pole positions (13-tied for 10th among active drivers), Consecutive years voted by the fans as NASCAR’s most popular driver (14), Average Cup finishing position (15.6), Average start (16), Career Cup wins (26), Career Cup top-10s (251) and 8,195 Career Cup laps led, sixth among active drivers.
Mar 22 - 11:11 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. entered the June FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway with a seven-race streak of top-12 finishes on two-mile courses. He crashed on lap 61 and failed to finish with a credited result of 39th.

That accident was one of several in 2016 that led to Earnhardt sitting out the second half of the season. He was 11th in Auto Club Speedway earlier in the year and has a current six-race finish on this specific track.
Mar 21 - 11:23 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has earned six top-10s in his last seven starts at Phoenix International Raceway, with a worst result of eighth when he has stayed out of trouble.

Unfortunately, his average finish is skewed heavily by a 43rd in 2015. He crashed and failed to finish that event. That disappointment is countered by a victory in fall 2015 and the fact that five of these recent results were top-fives. Junior needs a strong run to advance in the points and this week is going to be critical.
Mar 16 - 1:13 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the second-quickest, 10-lap average in final practice for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.398 mph.

Junior qualified 12th for this race and needs to accumulate some points in both stages and the race in order to make up ground in the standings. Fantasy owners should expect that to happen.
Mar 4 - 5:31 PM

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

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