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Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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

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Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the ToyotaCare 250, his 24th victory in 137 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.
This is the #88 Hellmann's Chevrolet Camaro driver's first victory and second top-10 NXS finish in 2016. This is his fourth victory and fifth top-10 finish in six NXS races at Richmond International Raceway (RIR). Ty Dillon (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in seven races at RIR. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2016. Elliott Sadler (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 26 races at RIR. Brennan Poole (10th) was the highest finishing rookie. Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 9 points over Elliott Sadler. Apr 23 - 8:47 PM

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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.

This is Earnhardt’s first top-five in his last 16 starts at Bristol and only his second with Hendrick Motorsports. He was a dark horse, but paid huge dividends to his loyal followers who paid attention to their hearts instead of their heads.
Apr 17 - 5:10 PM

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.

Earnhardt finished ninth at Bristol Motor Speedway last fall in the night race and it has been 15 races since he scored a top-five on this track. He is a great fill-in driver, but will not anchor very many rosters.
Apr 14 - 7:09 PM

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.

The black and silver Chevrolet carries orange numbers -- 88 instead of Baker's No. 28 -- and orange stripes while featuring Nationwide branding. But even with those minor differences, the resemblance is striking. It is, Earnhardt Jr. said, his favorite paint scheme. "The black and silver, the chrome numbers that NASCAR doesn't allow any more," Earnhardt said. "Those chrome numbers to me were very, very cool. But the black and silver was a mean looking race car, a real tough looking race car.
Apr 14 - 9:05 AM

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.

Earnhardt was third in this race last year and this is his fourth consecutive top-six Texas finish. Earnhardt has been solid. This is Earnhardt’s sixth consecutive top-15 of 2016, but it comes after back-to-back races outside the top 10. Junior is one of the most consistent fantasy values this year.
Apr 10 - 1:26 AM

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.

This is Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s fifth consecutive top-15, but it is also his worst result since he crashed out of the Daytona 500. He may be trending down and should be watched closely in practice for next week’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. Earnhardt’s 14th dropped him two positions in the points to 10th.
Apr 3 - 7:42 PM

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.

Junior’s best improvement this season was a fifth-place finish in the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix after he started 265th. That was the first time since last September that he failed to advance from the first round of qualification, but he also struggled in time trials a week later at Auto Club Speedway. He started that 400-miler 27th and finished 11th—earning 16 place-differential points for his owners.
Mar 23 - 12:35 PM

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.

Last week after qualifying 26th, he advanced to finish fifth, which earned a lot of place-differential points in games that offer them like the NASCAR Fantasy Live game. The week previous he finished eighth from 20th and at Atlanta he was second after starting 16th.
Mar 18 - 8:07 PM

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.

On the heels of a stolen victory at Phoenix last fall in the rain, Earnhardt has a lot of momentum on short, flat tracks and should be considered one of the top choices at Martinsville Speedway in a couple of weeks.
Mar 13 - 8:47 PM

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.

Earnhardt was supposed to dominate the restrictor-plate, superspeedway of Daytona International Speedway, but a rare mistake by the driver caused him to retire early. He is rebounding nicely and should be considered a dark horse on unrestricted, intermediate speedways for another race or two. If he runs in the top 10 at Auto Club Speedway, start him with confidence at Texas Motor Speedway.
Mar 6 - 9:10 PM

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.

Earnhardt ranks at the top of the chart in average speed late in a run at Las Vegas in the last 10 years, according to NASCAR’s loop data statistics, with an average speed of 170.308 mph in the final 25 percent of laps run in a typical green-flag segment. He is also ranked second-fastest in speed by segment, third-fastest on restarts, fourth in laps spent in the top 15 (2,124) and sixth in green-flag speed, laps led (142) and fastest laps run (124).-Hendrick Motorsports
Mar 2 - 4:35 PM

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.

He started 16th on the grid and completed all laps of the 330-lap race. Dale Jr. advanced 17 spots to sit 18th in the 2016 NSCS championship standings after his runner-up finish in this event.
Feb 29 - 8:06 PM

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.

Earnhardt was one of the most popular picks in every fantasy game. The good news is that when he crashed, he affected nearly everyone. The bad news is that many players lost ground to the few who bet against the No. 88.
Feb 22 - 2:43 PM

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.

Junior has been the favorite for this race since the first time the cars hit the track and with Matt Kenseth dropping to the back of the field and allowing Earnhardt to advance to the front row, he is an even more highly regarded.
Feb 20 - 2:08 PM

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.

No one is going to be surprised by Earnhardt’s strength and he is going to be one of this week’s top picks. Start him with confidence. This was his fifth Duel victory.
Feb 13 - 12:32 PM