Posts tagged: Dale Earnhardt Jr

Feb 18 2011

2011 Daytona 500 Qualifying

Its official, after the completion of the two qualifying races today; here is the starting lineup for the 53rd running of the super bowl of racing, the Daytona 500:
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2 24 Jeff Gordon
3 22 Kurt Busch
4 31 Jeff Burton
5 78 Regan Smith
6 33 Clint Bowyer
7 29 Kevin Harvick
8 115 Michael Waltrip
9 17 Matt Kenseth
10 18 Kyle Busch
11 4 Kasey Kahne
12 192 Brian Keselowski
13 42 Juan Montoya
14 1 Jamie McMurray
15 43 A.J. Allmendinger
16 2 Brad Keselowski
17 5 Mark Martin
18 11 Denny Hamlin
19 27 Paul Menard
20 56 Martin Truex Jr.
21 39 Ryan Newman
22 99 Carl Edwards
23 48 Jimmie Johnson
24 00 David Reutimann
25 14 Tony Stewart
26 16 Greg Biffle
27 83 Brian Vickers
28 37 Robert Richardson Jr.
29 09 Bill Elliott
30 7 Robby Gordon
31 47 Bobby Labonte
32 21 Trevor Bayne
33 46 J.J. Yeley
34 6 David Ragan
35 9 Marcos Ambrose
36 77 Steve Wallace
37 71 Andy Lally
38 20 Joey Logano
39 34 David Gilliland
40 38 Travis Kvapil
41 87 Joe Nemechek
42 36 Dave Blaney
43 32 Terry Labonte

Now, Dale Earnhardt will not be starting the Daytona 500 in the first position, he has to go to the back because he wrecked his car and has to use a backup car. Jeff Gordon MAY have to go to the back as well if they can’t get the damage fixed from his wreck/incident in the second Gatorade duel today. Speaking of the duels here is how they finished in the first duel: Read more »

Jan 24 2011

Nascar Rule Changes for 2011

Nascar is making some new rule changes this year; here are the ones we know about so far.

The first one I’ll comment on is the one that will probably end up being called the Nationwide rule; each driver must check a box on their application this year that says which series they will be collecting points for. What does this mean? It means that someone who is racing full time in the cup series will not be able to win a Nationwide championship like Brad Keselowski did last year.

I think is a really good rule change, the Nationwide series used to be the proving ground for up and coming young drivers, this is where Dale Jr. was before he started racing the cup series, but the past few years, it’s been an extra race for the cup guys to get in some more practice on the current track. It was a big help to some, like Kevin Harvick, although it wasn’t as helpful when the cup series started using the COT and the cars were so different. From Nascar.com;

“The hope for this is … there is a level of focus and a level of exposure offered to younger drivers who have personalities that deserve to get attention and be developed along the way [in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series],” Helton said.

They are also discussing a change to the points system that would make it easier for us normal folks to understand I guess, I’d heard mentioned giving 43 points for first, all the way down to 1 point for last, from the same article linked to above;

“The main goal is to get one that’s just easier to understand and simpler, but you have to do that with credibility around the championship,” he said. “And we’re getting a lot of great input from the drivers about the tweaks that would go along with something like that, so it’s actually been fun to work on.”

Ya, I would imagine it’s pretty fun to work for Nascar.

Apr 22 2009

Earnhardt and Mears on Probation

Yesterday, Nascar announced that they have penalized Dale Earnhardt Jr and Casey Mears for their extra curricular activities after the Subway 500 Saturday night. Casey Mears caused Dale Earnhardt Jr. to spin out, there was definitely some contact, but, as you can see in the video below, Jr. was loose well before that. Still, Dale was upset with him and spun Casey out on the cool down lap, and Casey then drove around some cars to show Dale his displeasure with him.

Nascar has placed both of them on probation for six races beginning this weekend in Talladega, for violating Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock-car racing; hitting another competitor’s car after the race had concluded) of the 2009 NASCAR rule book. We know Dale won’t do anything there as he is always one of the top threats to win there and will certainly not want to take any chances on being removed from the race.

Feb 17 2008

Stewart Wins First Nationwide Series Race at Daytona

Tony Stewart won the Busch Nationwide race today in Daytona, beating Kyle Busch and, you guessed it, Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the end of the race, with Busch blocking Jr. to finish second. Kyle also came in second the night before in the truck series race, losing to Todd Bodine and driving past Johnny Benson for second. Appears tomorrow’s race is going to be a good one, with Kyle and Dale running so well every time they get in a car, they are going to be hard to beat.

Polesitter Tony Stewart repelled a strong challenge from teammate Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the Camping World 300 Nationwide Series race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

Stewart surged to the lead on Lap 117 of 120 and stayed there as the rest of the field diced for position behind him. On the final lap, Busch blocked Earnhardt’s last-ditch attempt to improve his position and all but assured the victory for Stewart, who crossed the finish line .259 seconds ahead of Busch, with Earnhardt .412 seconds back.

Brian Vickers ran fourth, followed by Matt Kenseth, rookie Bryan Clauson, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, David Ragan and defending series champion Carl Edwards. Source: Stewart starts, finishes first in N’wide season-opener

Feb 14 2008

How About Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

Talk about a strong start for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and an even stronger start for Hendrick Motorsports, Dale wins the shootout and then wins the first Gatorade Duel race today, and Jimmie Johnson has the pole for the Daytona 500. I wonder if all those people who said they would not root for Dale Jr. because he went to Hendrick Motorsports are regretting that decision now? Probably not, I bet they are already back on the bandwagon.

Denny Hamlin wins the first race for Toyota; you just knew it would be a Gibbs car, I mean, what has Waltrip and his bunch done with a year under their belts? I especially liked his little comment about Jeff Gordon hanging back on the restart, but it was fine for him to go to the back and block and weave in front of his teammates competitors to help them get in the 500. I bet Michael gets on your nerves when he’s drunk.

With a push from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin won the second Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race for Sunday’s Daytona 500 in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the event four laps beyond its posted distance. The victory for Toyota was the second for a foreign manufacturer in NASCAR’s top series. Jaguar driver Al Keller won a road-course race in Linden, N.J., in 1954.

In the first Duel 150, Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Ryan Newman for the lead on Lap 51 of 60 and held on for the win — his second in two races for Hendrick Motorsports.

But the story of Thursday was the success of three veteran drivers — Dale Jarrett, Kenny Wallace and John Andretti — who persevered to make the field. Source: Earnhardt Jr., Hamlin win qualifying races at Daytona

A total of ten cars changed engines before the duel races, including all four Hendrick cars, so I was not too excited about Gordon’s chances, but only Dave Blaney had engine trouble during the races. This will be the first time the Daytona 500 has been run without a car from the Wood Bros.

I did not know you could do this though:

“It’s too early to diagnose the problem,” said Busch, who gave up the owner points on his No. 2 Dodge to guarantee rookie teammate Sam Hornish Jr. starting spots in the first five races of 2008.

I wonder why you don’t hear about it happening more often on teams with the really good drivers who make every race on speed, but it is only for the first five races.

Gatorade Duel 1 Unofficial Results
Gatorade Duel 2 Unofficial Results

Here’s how they will start for the Daytona 500:

1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 187.075 48.109 Leader
2 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 186.734 48.197 -0.088
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard – - -
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express – - -
5 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target – - -
6 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot – - -
7 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL – - -
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont – - -
9 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST – - -
10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser – - -
11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot – - -
12 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army – - -
13 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker – - -
14 6 David Ragan Ford AAA – - -
15 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline – - -
16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil – - -
17 187 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row
/ DenverMattress.com – - -
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M – - -
19 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 – - -
20 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS – - -
21 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet PEAK / Menards – - -
22 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Makoto – - -
23 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull – - -
24 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s – - -
25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker – - -
26 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam – - -
27 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters – - -
28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT – - -
29 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet Principal Financial Group – - -
30 28 Travis Kvapil Ford K&N Filters – - -
31 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s – - -
32 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com – - -
33 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon – - -
34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar – - -
35 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy – - -
36 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility – - -
37 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV – - -
38 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Cask No. 16 – - -
39 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo – - -
40 40 Dario Franchitti* Dodge Dodge Journey – - -
41 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing – - -
42 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine – - -
43 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite Champion’s Provisional

Did Not Qualify
44 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull – - -
45 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie – - -
46 49 Ken Schrader Dodge HealthLife.com – - -
47 160 Boris Said Ford 7-Eleven Slurpee / No Fear – - -
48 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge Valvoline – - -
49 137 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty – - -
50 109 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming – - -
51 27 Jacques Villeneuve* Toyota Bill Davis Racing – - -
52 150 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet NOS Energy Drink / SKI / SBM – - -
53 08 Carl Long Dodge MILLSTAR Tools / Rhino’s Energy Drink

Feb 09 2008

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Videos

Here are links to all of the latest published Dale Earnhardt Jr. Videos.

Jul 13 2007

No Budweiser for Junior Until After the Race

Looks like Budweiser will not be the sponsor of Dale Jr’s car at Hendrick motorpsorts, as Hendrick already has sponsors in place for next season. Dale Jr did says he remains committed to Budweiser for the rest of the season and will continue to make it his beer of choice.

New team. New sponsor. Indeed 2008 will be a new beginning for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Hendrick Motorsports on Friday announced that contractual commitments to existing sponsors will preclude Budweiser from continuing as primary sponsor of the car driven by Earnhardt when he joins the organization next season.

“We have agreements in place with sponsors for the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, which prevent us from having a relationship with Budweiser,” team owner Rick Hendrick said.

“Honoring our commitments is important to us. The trade-off is missing an opportunity to bring Budweiser, a marquee brand synonymous with NASCAR and its fans, into the fold.” Source: Hendrick: Junior will have new sponsor next season

ESPN.com has said that Budweiser will remain a sponsor and are pursuing Evernham Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne and his number 9 Dodge.

Jun 13 2007

Dale Earnhardt Jr to Drive 5 Car Next Year

Dale Earnhardt Jr heads to Hendrick Motorsports
It’s official, Dale Earnhardt Jr announced today that he is going to drive the 5 car for Hendrick Motorsports starting in 2008, putting an end to the wondering, although, there are lots of people who are not surprised, many of Dale Jr’s fans will not be happy. I saw many posts from fans saying they will not root for a Hendricks car ever. So, looks like they are going to be limited to Martin Truex Jr or maybe Kyle Busch, if a driver swap is really what is happening, as was thought yesterday, or many could go back to the guy who took Dale Earnhardt’s place, Kevin Harvick.

Here is the video from Nascar of him making the announcement, Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Hendrick Motorsports. More videos below.

When he first decided to move on from DEI, he wanted to go to somewhere he could win championships, and in his announcement he said he found that man and he introduced Rick Hendrick. This puts to rest a lot of the speculation on where he was going, and am sure it removes a lot of pressure from Jr, but it probably added a bunch to him as well. What will his fans think? What if he still doesn’t win a championship? There are many things he will be thinking about over the course of the rest of this year. I am sure some of the fans will be mad, but if you are a true Dale Jr fan, you should be happy he is going somewhere that will give him the equipment and tools that he needs, if not, then maybe they are really Dale Sr fans and maybe it is time for some to move on, especially if they are going to hate racing or Dale from now on.

Still no official word on where Kyle Busch will go, and no official word on what is going to happen to the Budweiser sponsorship, Budweiser said they wanted to stay with Jr, but I believe their contract with DEI is not up until 2008. It is believed the Dale will keep the Kellogs sponsorship, at least for next year. Then I can see Budweiser signing on, if Dale wins a championship, then I am sure his fanbase will only get larger and not smaller because of this move. Good luck Dale, your going to need it.

Here are some more videos from Dale Earnhardt Jr’s press conference today, hosted at Nascar.com.

Hendrick: It’s a ‘wow’ day Rick Hendrick says signing Dale Earnhardt Jr. is something he and his son Ricky had envisioned years ago.

Junior relieved, excited to join HMS With the goal of winning championships, Junior says he feels like a weight has been lifted off his shoulders by joining HMS.

A surreal experience Junior comments on what it was like being recruited by the icons of the sport.

Hendrick vows to help Junior reach his goals Rick Hendrick says he wants to support Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his goal of winning a NASCAR championship.

Junior on Hendrick and other teams Junior on Hendrick and other teams he viewed as competition at DEI.

Jun 12 2007

Dale Jr. Headed to Hendrick?

If the rumors flying around are true, it looks like Dale Earnhardt Jr. could be heading to Hendrick Motorsports in some form of trade involving the number 5 car and Kyle Busch. The SI article mentioned an actual driver swap, with Kyle Busch going to DEI in trade for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

We know Budweiser wants to stay with Jr, but, they may not follow him, and Dale may end up driving the number 5 car with the Kellogs sponsor still in place.

Multiple sources have told SI.com that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is expected to announce in a press conference Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET that he’s signed to join powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports for the 2008 season and beyond.

According to sources, Junior will be hired to drive the No. 5 Chevrolet, replacing current driver Kyle Busch. The only official word from the Junior camp comes in the form of a press release announcing the press conference, to be held at Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports shop in Mooresville, N.C. Source: The rich get richer: Earnhardt Jr. set to announce move to Hendrick in ’08

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will make an official announcement at 11am on Wednesday at the JR Motorsports shop in Mooresville, NC. Sounds like these sources know what they are talking about, but, that doesn’t mean they are right, I guess we will find our for sure tomorrow.

May 15 2007

Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Team Fined for COT Violations

Dale Earnhardt Jr No. 8 team penalized for improper wing mount
Remember the confiscated brackets from the wing on Dale Jr’s car of tomorrow? Well, apparently it was bigger than first thought, or they have done something else because Nascar has just levied some heavy fines on Jr’s team. They have been docked 100 driver and owners points, and the crew chief is gone for six races. The wing was mounted wrong and it would’ve given the car more down force, or it should have anyway.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s crew chief, Tony Eury Jr., has been suspended six races, fined $100,000 and the team docked 100 driver and car owner points by NASCAR for improperly mounting the rear wing of Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 8 Chevrolet last weekend at Darlington, S.C., multiple sources confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

An official announcement of the penalty is expected later today. The violation was found during pre-race inspection on Saturday. Source: NASCAR slams Earnhardt Jr team with COT violation

Nothing yet on Nascar.com detailing what happened, although they did let everyone know that any modifications to the COT would result in serious penalties. Whose next?

Added: Nascar has posted an article about it now, Junior docked 100 points for illegal rear mounting.

According to NASCAR, the No. 8 team was found to have violated Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules), and 20-3.1.3B (the NASCAR-approved upper and lower rear wing mounting brackets must not be modified to obtain a rear-wing angle of less than zero degrees or more than 16 degrees) of the 2007 NASCAR rule book.

The penalty knocked Earnhardt from 12th in the standings — the final qualifying position for the Chase for the Nextel Cup — to 14th. He’s now 721 points behind points leader Jeff Gordon, and 54 points out of Chase contention.

They said they will appeal the ruling since the rule is not spelled out in the rule book.

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