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June 22, 2008 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Dale Earnhardt Jr., who ended a 76-race winless streak last week at Michigan International Speedway, will seek his second consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory today at the Toyota/Save Mart 350. But oddsmakers do not give Earnhardt much of a chance on the road course at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. At betEd.com, Earnhardt is listed with 120-1 odds, numbers that put him deep in the pack of 43-car field. Four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, who has won five times on the difficult course at Infineon, is listed as the favorite at 3.75-1.
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March 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS -- Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday after the car of Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of fuel on the final lap. Earnhardt entered the last lap with the lead and Keselowski on his bumper. When Earnhardt's No. 88 Chevrolet began sputtering on the back straightaway, Keselowski's No. 2 Ford shot past him for the victory in the Kobalt 400. It was a weekend sweep in Las Vegas for Keselowski, who also won Saturday in NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series.
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February 22, 2009 | Associated Press
Dale Earnhardt Jr. found himself early this week in the rare position of being the object of a chorus of criticism from fellow drivers, the media and even fans who normally support him unconditionally. "I did get ripped up quite a bit," NASCAR's most popular driver said Friday at Auto Club Speedway. "I didn't even want to go on the Web. "It's interesting to be on this side of the fence," Earnhardt added. "I'm not on this side too much." The complaints arose after Earnhardt ignited a 10-car wreck on a restart late in last Sunday's Daytona 500, the low point in a race filled with mistakes by the Hendrick Motorsports star.
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March 2, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick crashed Junior Nation's party on Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried everything he could to give his fans another win after his Daytona 500 victory a week ago, but Harvick would have none of it. Harvick won the Sprint Cup Series' second race of the season, at Phoenix International Raceway, with a dominant performance that included keeping Earnhardt repeatedly at bay on several late restarts. "This is awesome," said Harvick, who led 224 of the race's 312 laps.
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March 21, 2004
"What we say on our radio inside our race car is our own business and nobody else's. Anybody else can tune in, but it's at your own risk. That's our office." Dale Earnhardt Jr., on NASCAR's attempts to cut down on obscenities over the drivers' radios.
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February 24, 2001
That Dale Earnhardt perished from the earth on the last turn of the last lap at his favorite race on his favorite track is almost poetic. That he perished while guarding victory for his friend and his son is more than heroic. In life, he transcended his sport. In death, he resides in Valhalla. RHYS THOMAS Van Nuys You must have heard from countless shocked readers by now concerning Dale Earnhardt's appalling lack of judgment in driving a passenger vehicle 60 mph in rain so hard he couldn't see the highway, narrowly averting collision with numerous vehicles stopped in front of him because of the bad visibility ["An Unforgettable Drive," Feb. 20]
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September 3, 1997 | From Associated Press
The mystery surrounding Dale Earnhardt's health problems at the Southern 500 took a new twist Tuesday when a close aide said the driver twice nodded off at the wheel before the race. The revelation by Don Hawk, president of Dale Earnhardt Inc., came as Earnhardt underwent more hospital tests in an attempt to determine what happened at the start of Sunday's race in Darlington, S.C.
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August 6, 1990 | From Associated Press
Al Unser Jr. out-raced and had more luck than teammate Bobby Rahal on Sunday to win the fastest 500-mile race in history, the Marlboro 500 at Michigan International Speedway. Unser and several competitors drove laps in the 224-m.p.h. range, and he won $172,684 for averaging 189.727 m.p.h. despite eight caution periods. That was faster than the previous 500-mile mark of 186.288 set by stock-car star Bill Elliott at Talladega in May 1985. It easily outdid the Indy-car mark of 185.
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November 3, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Dale Earnhardt Jr. kept his slim Winston Cup championship hopes alive Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. Earnhardt passed Jimmie Johnson for the lead with 51 laps left in the Checker Auto Parts 500 and stayed out front through a series of restarts in a race marred by a record-tying 10 caution flags.
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February 19, 2001
BACKGROUND * Age: 49 * Born: April 29, 1951 * Birthplace: Kannapolis, N.C. * Residence: Mooresville, N.C. * Died: Killed Sunday on the last turn of the last lap of the Daytona 500 in a crash involving cars driven by Sterling Marlin and Ken Schrader. * Career: Known as "The Intimidator" for his aggressive driving style, Earnhardt won seven NASCAR Winston Cup titles to tie Richard Petty's record. Won 76 races, including the 1998 Daytona 500.
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March 2, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
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.
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March 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
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.
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February 28, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
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.
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February 24, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
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.
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February 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
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.
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January 10, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
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.
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February 23, 2009 | Jim Peltz
This is not how Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his army of fans hoped his NASCAR Sprint Cup season would start. NASCAR's most popular driver had a dismal weekend in Fontana after he helped spark a huge wreck in the Daytona 500 a week earlier. Earnhardt qualified 35th for the Auto Club 500 and then, in practice, had his transmission pop out of gear. That prompted his Hendrick Motorsports crew to change the transmission before the race, which required that he start in the rear of the 43-car field.
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May 28, 2005 | Orlando Sentinel
In the 11 Nextel Cup races this year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has led a grand total of five laps. That's quite a letdown for one of NASCAR's top drivers and one who appeared primed to win his first points title in the series. So Junior and Dale Earnhardt Inc. took a mulligan earlier this week, naming Steve Hmiel as the interim crew chief for the No. 8 car.
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January 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NBC Sports said Thursday that Steve Letarte, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr., would join NBC Sports as an analyst on its broadcasts of NASCAR events starting next year. NASCAR last year announced a 10-year pact, starting in 2015, for NBC Sports to carry the final 20 races of NASCAR's 36-race Sprint Cup Series schedule along with the final 19 races in NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series. Letarte, 34, last year completed his third full season as crew chief for Earnhardt and his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team.
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