Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the final practice session for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. His best lap was set at 95.298 mph.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. failed to advance to the second round of qualification for the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. His lap of 196.078 mph was good enough for only 27th on the grid.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not yet won a Sprint Cup race in 2016, but he had three second-place finishes entering the Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway. He is still winless, but had a great points’ day with his fourth runner-up result.
A sweep of Victory Lane in 2014 is part of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s addition to the rich history of Hendrick Motorsports at Pocono Raceway. This organization has won 16 times on the oddly-shaped track with six different drivers, including all three of their current veteran racers.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. failed to advance to the second round of qualification and will roll off the grid 25th for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third in the 2016 edition of the Sprint All-star race. He was 4.096 seconds behind the leader Joey Logano.
The top three starters of the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway were all involved in a lap-353, 18-car accident. Pole sitter Kevin Harvick finished 15th and was running at the end, but outside pole winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and third-place starter Kyle Busch finished 32nd and 30th respectively.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. practiced entering pit road Saturday in preparation for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover. He missed on his first two attempts before finally getting the entry correct on his third try.
Kasey Kahne failed to advance out of the first round of qualification, Chase Elliott will start 13th barely outside the top 12, and neither of the more experienced drivers were part of the pole run either. Jimmie Johnson posted a lap of 188.719 mph to start 15th while Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 22nd-fastest with a 187.013 mph lap.
One week after leaving Daytona International Speedway where he made an unforced error and crashed, Dale Earnhardt Jr. went to Atlanta Motor Speedway and finished second. Last week at Talladega SuperSpeedway, Earnhardt also spun on his own. This week the series rolls onto the similarly-configured Kansas Speedway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought out the first caution of the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway when he spun without contact on lap 51. The same thing happened to him at Daytona International Speedway this February, which makes this his second unforced error in as many restrictor-plate, superspeedway races.
When Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun into Kasey Kahne and Michael Annett, he was the first driver to wreck, but was far from the last. By the end of the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, 87.5 percent of the field had been impacted by crash damage.
Chase Elliott won the pole for Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and will have a lot of help when the green flag waves. Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified third with a speed of 192.293 mph directly behind Elliott. Jimmie Johnson qualified fifth (192.116) to start immediately behind Junior. Kasey Kahne also advanced to the final round and lines up 11th—also on the inside row.
Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the ToyotaCare 250, his 24th victory in 137 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.