Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a battery fail on the first lap of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway and that cost him two laps to the leaders. He took Wave Arounds on two occasions and battled back to finish second at the checkered flag.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is riding a five-race, top-15 streak on short tracks. This string is bookended by a couple of 14th-place finishes last fall at Richmond International Raceway and two weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway, but the three races in between were all top-10s.
On Wednesday at Darlington Raceway, Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. unveiled his team's throwback paint scheme for this year's Bojangles' Southern 500 (Sunday, Sept. 4, 6 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), paying homage to the 19-time race winner Buddy Baker and his Harry Ranier-owned, Waddell Wilson-tuned machine.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned his first career Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway as a rookie in 2000. He almost repeated this Saturday night, but settled for second at the end, which is his third runner-up finish in the Cup series here.
After contact with David Ragan on lap five, Dale Earnhardt Jr. cut a tire and spun off the lead lap at Martinsville Speedway. He spent most of the STP 500 trying to recover and get back on the same circuit as the leaders. He was finally awarded the "Free Pass" by NASCAR on lap 312 and finished 14th.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has posted the ninth-best average finish so far in 2016. His average of 12.4 is complimented most weeks by an improvement from qualification, which is giving the No. 88 positive place-differential points.
For the second time in the last two races, Dale Earnhardt Jr. failed to advance to the second round of qualification. His lap of 186.080 mph was good enough for only 27th on the grid.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of three drivers who chose to stay out on old tires before a two-lap shootout at the end of the Good Sam 500. He fell from second to fifth in the final rundown.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished eighth in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which came on the heels of a second last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has yet to score a victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but the driver of the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS has come close – recording three second-place finishes, most recently in the 2014 event, and finishing inside the top 10 in his last five trips to the 1.5-mile oval.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS) finished second in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds Of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun in a single-car accident and destroyed his car on lap 171 of the Daytona 500 and finished 36th in the rundown.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Daytona 500. His top speed was 197.131 mph in the draft.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his 150-mile qualification race for the second straight year. He will line up second behind teammate Chase Elliott for the Daytona 500 as this duel sets the inside row.