March 2, 2014 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in dominant fashion Sunday while Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second. "This is awesome," said Harvick, who now holds the record for most Cup victories at PIR with five. "What a race car. " Harvick led 224 of the race's 312 laps around the one-mile oval, and he continually kept Earnhardt at bay on several restarts following caution periods. "We didn't have enough race car all day long" to catch Harvick, Earnhardt said, adding that Harvick "feels good and confident about what he's doing here.
March 1, 2014 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- His qualifying laps finished, Dale Earnhardt Jr. climbed from his car and walked briskly down pit road toward the garage at Phoenix International Raceway. Earnhardt moved quickly because he was instantly surrounded by a dozen fans seeking autographs or to snap his picture, and they hustled to keep pace with him. Had he stopped, the crowd would have swelled and Earnhardt would have fallen behind schedule. NASCAR this year unveiled major changes in its playoff and qualifying formats in hopes of raising the sport's popularity, which has dipped in recent years after surging in the mid-2000s.
February 28, 2014 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- No sooner had Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 on Sunday night than the popular NASCAR driver finally joined Twitter. Less than one week later, he has more than 526,000 followers and Earnhardt has been busy tweeting on the social-media site. "I'm still learning," he told reporters Friday at Phoenix International Raceway, site of the next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday. Asked for his general observations about Twitter, Earnhardt said he liked the ability to reach all of his fans but noted that "there's so much coming at you that you miss a lot of stuff . . . and you want to take it all in. " "I don't know what I was thinking, why I didn't get on there earlier because it's a great way to tell people things you appreciate," he said.
February 24, 2014 |
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Even though it was approaching 1:30 a.m. on Monday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was happily answering reporters' post-race questions at a now empty Daytona International Speedway. After a 6 1/2-hour rain delay, Earnhardt had just won late Sunday night his second Daytona 500, and one could almost feel the burden lifted off the shoulders of the enormously popular NASCAR driver. It was only the second Sprint Cup Series win in the last five years for the 39-year-old son of the late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt.
February 23, 2014 |
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It took nearly 10 hours to complete the Daytona 500 on Sunday and for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to complete his 10-year bid to return to Daytona's Victory Lane. Earnhardt held off Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski on a restart with two laps left to win NASCAR's most prestigious race, and the Sprint Cup Series' season opener, for the second time. "I cannot believe this," Earnhardt screamed over his car radio after crossing the finish line at 11:25 p.m. EST after a 61/2-hour rain delay at Daytona International Speedway.
January 10, 2014 |
NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Friday acknowledged he was concerned about who might replace his crew chief Steve Letarte after Letarte leaves at the end of this season. "It's a guy that's going to be hard to replace," Earnhardt told reporters ahead of a Sprint Cup Series test session at Florida's Daytona International Speedway, site of the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 23. But Earnhardt added that "I feel confident that we can continue to see success. " Letarte, now in his fourth full season as crew chief for Earnhardt and his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team, announced Thursday he would joint NBC Sports' NASCAR programs starting next year.