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Dale Earnhardt Jr.: By the numbers
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Richmond RELATED: Dale Jr. announces retirement " Amy's message to Dale A statistical look at the NASCAR career of Dale Earnhardt Jr., with numbers as of April 25, the day he announced his retirement from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the end of the 2017 season. For a deeper statistical dive, visit Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s page at racing-reference.info . 0 -- The number of laps completed in Earnhardt Jr.'s shortest race, the result of a first-lap crash in the 2001 Dura Lube 400 at Rockingham . The event was the first for NASCAR after the death of Dale Earnhardt Sr. in a last-lap crash in the Daytona 500. 1 -- The number of NASCAR All-Star Race victories in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s career. He became the invitational event's first rookie winner in 2000. 2 -- The number of Daytona 500 victories recorded by Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3 -- The car number made famous by his father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt. Also, Earnhardt Jr.'s highest-ranking finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings, in 2003. 6 -- The number of wins recorded by Earnhardt Jr. at Talladega Superspeedway, the most among active drivers. Also, the number of victories Earnhardt achieved in his winningest season (2004). RELATED: All of Junior's wins " Dale Jr. through the years 8 -- Earnhardt Jr.'s first car number in NASCAR premier-series competition. Also, his starting spot in his premier series debut in the 1999 Coca-Cola 600. 10 -- The number of seasons that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has driven for Hendrick Motorsports, which fields his No. 88 Chevrolet. 11.3 -- The best average finish in a single full season in Earnhardt Jr.'s career, recorded in his three-win campaign of 2015. 12 -- The number of tracks where Dale Earnhardt Jr. won in his premier-series career -- Talladega (6), Daytona (4), Phoenix (3), Richmond (3), Pocono (2), Michigan (2), and one each at Atlanta, Martinsville, Bristol, Chicagoland, Texas and Dover. RELATED: Best paint schemes " Junior plans to run two XFINITY races in '18 13 -- The number of Coors Light Pole Awards that Earnhardt has collected in his career in NASCAR's top division. 20 -- Over two seasons (2012 and 2016), the number of races that Earnhardt missed due to concussions. 21 -- The age at which Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his debut in what is now the NASCAR XFINITY Series. He finished 14th on June 22, 1996 at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway . 22 -- The number of top-10 finishes Earnhardt Jr. posted in both of his NASCAR XFINITY Series championship seasons. 24 -- The age at which Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his debut in NASCAR's premier series. 42 -- The age at which Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his decision to retire from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. RELATED: Dale Jr. explains his decision -- best quotes from the No. 88 driver and Rick Hendrick 50 -- The number of NASCAR national series victories for Dale Earnhardt Jr., with 26 in premier-series competition and 24 in what is now known as the XFINITY Series. 88 -- The car number the Dale Earnhardt Jr. has campaigned since moving to Hendrick Motorsports in 2008. 100 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. reached this milestone number of premier-series starts on Sept. 1, 2002 in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. He finished 16th. 143 -- The number of races in the longest losing skid of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s career, spanning 2008-12. Both wins that bookended the dry spell were recorded at Michigan International Speedway . 149 -- The number of top-five finishes that Earnhardt Jr has registered in his career at NASCAR's top level. 291 -- The number of starts that Earnhardt Jr. made for Dale Earnhardt Inc., the team founded by his father that gave him his start in what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. 312 -- The number of starts -- as of April 25, 2017 -- made by Dale Earnhardt Jr. for Hendrick Motorsports. 426 -- The number of laps led by Earnhardt in his first full season (2000) in NASCAR's top division. 540 -- The number of times that Dale Earnhardt Jr. was scored as running at the finish in his career, an 89.6 percent rate. 595.5 -- The number of miles Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed in his big-league debut May 30, 1999 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Earnhardt placed 16th, three laps down in the Coca-Cola 600. 600 -- The milestone number of premier-series starts Earnhardt achieved in March 2017 at Auto Club Speedway . 1,131 -- The number of laps led in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s most prolific season (2004) in that category. 8,195 -- The number of laps led in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s career to date. </p>
Texas And Rockingham Penalties Announced
Alan Cavanna gives you the latest information on the penalties handed down from NASCAR following the races at Texas Motor Speedway and Rockingham Speedway .
NASCAR Rockingham Speedway | Tracks : NASCAR Drivers, Race Standings & News | NASCAR.com
Rockingham Speedway schedule, news, media, tickets, and info for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series track only on the official site of NASCAR.
Battling it out at Bristol Motor Speedway
From last years fall race winner Kevin Harvick, to five-time Bristol Winner Kyle Busch, Jonathan Merryman breaks down all you need to know heading into the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway .
Kansas Speedway pits drivers against each other in unique '#Virtual400' race
RELATED: Read more Inside Groove BUY TICKETS: See the races at Kansas Speedway Drivers, start your ... virtual engines? Kansas Speedway announced one of the more unique social strategy campaigns of the season this week with its #Virtual400, set to kick off Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET. Sixteen of NASCAR's top drivers will be powered by tweets and posts in a 'race' on Twitter and Facebook. Fans advance their drivers forward by posting on their social media accounts with unique hashtags, #KSS(driver number). For example, #KSS88 for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Each original post counts toward distance on the virtual Kansas Speedway -- click here to check it out . Participating drivers are: Earnhardt, Kyle Larson, Kansas native Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Trevor Bayne. The first driver to complete 400 miles is the winner. The best part? Fans who tweet with one of the driver hashtags and register on the website have a chance to win two tickets and two pre-race passes to the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 13. The winner will be announced on Thursday. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Carl Edwards' exit could put Christopher Bell on fast track to XFINITY
How long do you think it took Christopher Bell to do the math? Carl Edwards ' announcement of his abrupt exit from the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has had a ripple effect that could go far beyond the promotion of Daniel Suárez to a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride. Because Suárez will fill Edwards' seat in NASCAR’s premier series, he won't defend his NASCAR XFINITY Series title. Bell will be one of the beneficiaries of the changes in Suárez's schedule. "Right now, we have a solid plan for Christopher," said Dave Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) USA. "He exceeded our expectations. He got all the way to Miami (the championship race of the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase at Homestead-Miami Speedway ). This year, we expect him to get to Miami and win. "And if circumstances play out, we really would like to get him into an XFINITY car for a couple of races. We're working hard on that, and we're optimistic, but that could very well be a domino that falls. Those are helpful -- those couple of races where there's zero pressure, but it gives you a look at the next step." Last week at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 22-year-old Bell wasn't thinking about the next step. He was contemplating the next race, trying to become the first native Oklahoman to win the marquee event of midget racing since Andy Hillenburg accomplished the feat in 1994. (And, no, the Andy Hillenburg in question is not the Indiana-born driver who ran NASCAR races and later bought Rockingham Speedway . The Andy Hillenburg who won the Chili Bowl is a sprint car racer from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.) Bell was also thinking about the upcoming season in the Camping World Truck Series, where his own expectations mirror those of the Toyota brass. "I guess it could open it up for me," Bell said of Edwards' departure. "But, honestly, I haven't even really thought about it, because my schedule's already set, obviously, with Kyle Busch Motorsports. That's where my focus is, and we're going to aim really hard to win races this year. "We came close on the championship last year, but we didn't win many races -- we won one time. My goal is to win races with KBM." That doesn’t mean, however, that Bell wasn't enthused about the prospect of getting his first taste of the XFINITY Series. "That's great," he said during a break between features at the Chili Bowl. "That's good that I might get a couple of races -- that's really good." The extent of Bell's participation in XFINITY races depends to some degree on sponsorship. Wilson said Suárez's primary sponsor, Arris, which also sponsored Edwards, will be confined to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup car, even though Suárez will still run between eight and 12 XFINITY races. "If he (Bell) does what he should do in '17, then, naturally, we would love to get him into an XFINITY ride in '18," Wilson said. "Yes, this could play into Christopher's further development and get him one or two more XFINITY races that we may not have foreseen prior to the news (about Edwards)." Last Saturday night, Bell fulfilled his long-standing dream of winning the Chili Bowl, noting that competing in the Truck Series had informed his approach to dirt-track racing. Biding his time in the 55-lap "A" Main, Bell started on the front row and passed polesitter Justin Grant on Lap 26. He stayed out front the rest of the way. "In years past, it's been attack, attack, attack," Bell said. "This year, it didn't have to be that way. I just ran hard enough to stay in position but not get into trouble. I was able to ride behind Justin there for a while. I knew the bottom was slowing down quite a bit and I kept trying the top. I tried it two times and I almost got passed, so I knew it was going to be a matter of too early or too late at the top. "I started to watch the big screen. (Eventual runner-up Daryn) Pittman was running the top at the time. I knew he was in eighth, and I looked up and he was third or fourth so I knew I had to go. Once I went, I was able to squeak by Justin on the straightaway, and then it was a matter of just not screwing up." That sort of patience is emblematic of Bell's maturation as a driver. Early last season, he didn't look like a championship contender. In the second race of 2016, at Atlanta, his aggressiveness led to a wreck that collected Suárez, his teammate, and fellow Toyota driver and two-time series champion Matt Crafton . But Bell won at Gateway Motorsports Park nine races into the schedule, and he finished outside the top 10 just twice in the last 16 events.
Drivers eager to see newly repaved Texas Motor Speedway
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Texas RELATED: Full schedule for Texas " Stage lengths for Texas As NASCAR heads west this week to the Texas Motor Speedway's newly paved 1.5-miler in a month otherwise filled with short track races, teams will have plenty to reconsider about the track itself -- the first intermediate venue since Las Vegas on March 12. The Fort Worth high banks have been partially reconfigured and received the first new paving since 2001. The bumps long associated with portions of the track are gone. The banking in Turns 1 and 2 has been reduced from 24 degrees to 20 degrees -- and the racing surface in that section has been widened from 60 feet to 80 feet – while Turns 3 and 4 will remain at 24 degrees of banking. And while there has not been a tire test on the new surface, Goodyear has assured it has tires ready to go. "I'm glad we're going to get some race cars on the track and let's see how it goes," Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage said Wednesday. "One of the drivers said to me, 'It's not supposed to be easy,' and I do agree. It does throw a curveball at them and that's OK. "I'm just anxious to get drivers and race cars on the track. It's been finished for almost two months." Jimmie Johnson, winless so far this season, will obviously be eager to see the new look when teams arrive for Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The reigning seven-time Cup champ has won five of the last nine Texas races and his six victories here and 1,023 laps out front are best all time. RELATED: Texas stats for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers "I know best efforts are put in place to create an asphalt and tire combination that will really work well together and have some age in the surface," Johnson said. "I'm very optimistic that we are going to show up and sure it's going to be fast and maybe a little more single-file than we want to get started, but Texas has a lot of banking. It's a very fast track. "The entrance to the corners is a little sharp, but what is really sneaky about it is one corner exit you run out of room quick. The angle off the turn can really get your attention. With the faster speeds we will run there, I wouldn't be surprised if guys are caught out on corner exit hitting the wall." RELATED: A first look at the Texas repave In fact, Johnson's entire Hendrick team may be the best to judge the new looks and feels of the facility. Not only is Johnson the most celebrated winner there, but his teammate Chase Elliott won his first XFINITY Series race on the track in 2014 and has a pair of top fives in his rookie Cup starts at Texas last year. Kasey Kahne won the Cup race from the pole position in 2006. Of similar good fortune, Hendrick driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored his first Monster Energy Series victory at the track in his first start there in 2000. He was runner-up there in his last start last Spring and has four consecutive top-six finishes in his last four starts here. "You never forget where you won your first race, and neither do your fans," Earnhardt said. "So I always look forward to coming here. This is a track that really puts on a good show. "Before the repave, it was a very wide racetrack where you could use a lot of different lines and it was so much fun. I think the track will still be that way. This place is going to maintain its character and personality. The asphalt is new but it'll age with the weather out here and the environment, it'll speed up that process." The weekend's schedule will include an extra hour of Monster Energy Series practice time to allow teams some additional time to familiarize themselves with the track and the tires. The speedway has been working around the clock for the last two months to work in the new surface. Not only were almost 20,000 tons of asphalt used for the complete repave on top, a French drainage system was installed underneath including 24,000 linear feet of drainage tile and ditches. "It's not a sexy subject, but it is an important subject," Gossage said. "If you take care of the show everything else will take care of itself." &lt;/p&gt;
Reddick to drive for CGR in XFINITY Series
CONCORD, N.C. -- Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that Tyler Reddick , a current driver and a three-time winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), will pilot the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro in multiple NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2017. Reddick, 20, will share the No. 42 Chevrolet with 2014 NASCAR Sprint Series Rookie of the Year and 2016 member of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , Kyle Larson . Veteran XFINITY Series crew chief Mike Shiplett will continue to lead the No. 42 team. · Reddick has competed in many forms of dirt and asphalt racing in his still young career. He was the youngest driver to qualify in the pole position at the Eldora Speedway World 100, the youngest driver to win at the East Bay Winter Nationals, and the youngest winner in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. He's also the youngest driver ever to qualify for a feature race in World of Outlaws Late Model Series. · Reddick won in his first career start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Rockingham Speedway in 2012. He competed in the NCWTS on a part-time basis in 2013 and 2014, before moving to full-time duties in 2015 and 2016. In 62 starts, Reddick has three wins, three poles, 24 top-five and 39 top-10 finishes. He finished second in the NCWTS standings in 2015 and after a win, seven top-five and 11 top-10s in 2016, Reddick currently sits ninth in the standings. &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
From The Vault: Relive the thrilling first race at Texas Motor Speedway
Relive Jeff Burton's win in the first ever Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway .
Allen Boes earns first win of 2017 at Texas Motor Speedway
RELATED: See the complete iRacing schedule Allen Boes scored his first NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series win of the 2017 season at Texas Motor Speedway , ending Ryan Luza's two-race winning streak as the erstwhile championship leader found trouble late in the going. Boes held off Cody Byus after a restart with seven laps to go. Byus was keeping pace with Boes, but a caution with three laps remaining ended his shot at making a late-race move for the win. Kenny Humpe was third, followed by teammates Bobby Zalenski and Chris Overland. Boes and Luza had the best cars for much of the event with Luza leading 73 of 167 laps while Boes led 72. However, Luza's chance to win evaporated when he got caught back in traffic after a pit stop and had a run-in with Kenny Humpe. The collision with Humpe, and then the wall, caused significant damaged to Luza's car and he wound-up nineteenth. The night began with Michael Conti leading the field to the green flag but the yellow was back out before the field made it to Turn 3. Phillip Diaz got sideways off Turn 2 before being hooked into the wall, causing a huge stack-up halfway back in the field. While most of the pack saw the crash, a couple drivers further back seemed not to and collected nearly a dozen cars. When the dust cleared and the green waved again the lead was hotly contested among several sim racers. Byus wasted little time passing Conti for the lead on Lap Seven only to see Logan Clampitt take the lead for himself one lap later. By Lap 20 the groove had widened and Boes, who was running the middle lane, took his first turn at the front after getting by Clampitt off Turn 4. Boes could not lead for long either as Luza took the top spot on Lap 26, right as the second yellow of the race slowed the action. Luza won the race off pit road and build a decent lead once the race went green. Boes and Byus were quick enough to keep in touch, but not quite quick enough to challenge Luza for the top spot. The field would get another shot at him though, as a caution on Lap 65 slowed the pace right before many of the leaders were planning to pit under green. Once again, Luza was first off pit road and held the lead as the laps wore on after the restart. Byus kept in closer contact this time, never letting Luza get more than a few car lengths ahead. The two ran in the same fashion until both hit pit road under green on Lap 100 for tires and fuel. Boes inherited the lead and before he could pit Bryan Blackford was spun by Nick Ottinger, causing the yellow to fly which trapped many drivers a lap down, necessitating a wave-around. Although he was not among those trapped, Luza did pit again under the caution and restarted third behind Boes and Brian Schoenburg with Byus to his outside in fourth. Boes held off Luza who had fallen to fifth before a crash involving Schoenburg, Ray Alfalla, and several others brought the leaders to the pits again on Lap 120, putting them well within their fuel window. Boes maintained the lead off pit road but it was Luza who was on the move when the race returned to green. Luza quickly moved from fifth to second and looked a bit quicker than Boes on the long run but on Lap 144 yet another caution stopped his progress. The two pitted and maintained their positions, leading to a 19-lap shootout. Luza did not have the best short-run speed and lost second position to Byus after the restart. On Lap 155 Humpe tried to move around Luza in Turn 4 which is when the two got together, sending Luza for a spin and setting up the final dash to the finish. Luza's poor finish cost him the championship lead, as Clampitt now leads by seven points over Luza as the regular season has reached the one-third mark. Zalenski is now third, 18 points behind and three in front of Alfalla, who like Luza, finished mid-pack as the result of his crash. Darik Bourdeau recovered from an early spin to finish and holds down fifth in the standings. After three races at tracks 1.5 mile or more, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series returns to a shorter track as the 1-mile Phoenix Raceway plays host for Week Five. Phoenix takes a much different setup than the downforce tracks, making it somewhat of a sim racing wildcard. Can Luza rebound for his third win, or can Alfalla or Clampitt visit Victory Lane for the first time in 2017? Find out in two weeks on iRacing Live!