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.
January 9, 2014 |
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.
October 9, 2013 |
Dale Earnhardt Jr. turns 39 on Thursday and two days later, the immensely popular driver will make his 500th career start in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. The milestone start will be at Saturday night's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the same track where Earnhardt made his first Cup start in 1999 at the age of 24. Back then he drove a No. 8 Chevrolet owned by his father, the legendary seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, who was killed two years later in a crash at the Daytona 500. Now Dale Jr., as everyone calls him, drives the No. 88 Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports, where he's had less success than many expected when he joined the powerful NASCAR team in 2008.
August 28, 2013 |
Kyle Larson is about to achieve his goal of becoming a driver in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series. The 21-year-old racing prodigy from Elk Grove, Calif., will join Jamie McMurray next year on the two-car team of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, persons familiar with the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly said Wednesday. Larson is expected to step into the No. 42 Chevrolet and replace veteran Juan Pablo Montoya. The team this month declined to re-sign Montoya, 37, a former Indianapolis 500 winner and Formula One driver who found little success in NASCAR.
July 28, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Dale Earnhardt Jr. found himself in a hole early in the Brickyard 400 but the popular NASCAR driver recovered to finish sixth Sunday. After only 12 laps of the 160-lap race, Earnhardt had a loose wheel on his No. 88 Chevrolet and was forced to make a pit stop. That dropped him to the rear and left him one lap behind the leaders. But a caution period on Lap 59 enabled Earnhardt to get back on the lead lap and he stayed in the top 10 for most of the race. "You're running that thing at 200 mph at the end of the straightaway, you don't want to take any chances" with the wheel, Earnhardt said.