March 20, 2013 |
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is enjoying one of the strongest starts of his 14-year career, but can the popular NASCAR driver finally win in Southern California? Earnhardt mostly has struggled at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana but might have one of his best opportunities to reach Victory Lane this year as the Sprint Cup Series returns Sunday for the Auto Club 400. Adapting well to the new Gen-6 car used in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, Earnhardt is second this season in the title standings, nine points behind leader and reigning Cup champion Brad Keselowski.
March 2, 2013 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. - "I'm no health freak," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said of his recent effort to eat healthier by cutting down on "stuff like pizza and wings. " "I just think the older you get, the more you have to do to kind of maintain a healthy weight," the popular NASCAR driver said. "Not getting too crazy about it, though. " At 38, Earnhardt is entering his 14th full season in the Sprint Cup Series. He finished second to teammate Jimmie Johnson in the Daytona 500 a week ago, and hopes to extend his strong start Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.
February 24, 2013 |
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- As the cars barreled into the final lap, there was a chance the improbable might happen at the Daytona 500. Jimmie Johnson, the five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, led the field with Greg Biffle on his tail and Danica Patrick stuck to Biffle's rear bumper. If Patrick could find a way to maneuver around Johnson and Biffle, Patrick would become the first woman to win the sport's crown-jewel race, in only her second attempt. But for as strongly as Patrick ran Sunday, at the end her inexperience showed.
February 20, 2013 |
It was another rough practice session at Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday as drivers in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series prepared their new Gen-6 cars for twin qualifying races Thursday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran only 11 laps in practice before his engine failed. Ryan Newman lost control of his car when leading Carl Edwards and Mark Martin around the track, with all three cars sustaining damage in the crash. For Martin, it's the third time he's had a car damaged in a crash while preparing for the Daytona 500, which is Sunday.
November 10, 2012 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is Jimmie Johnson's teammate and Brad Keselowski's former boss, so who does Earnhardt see winning this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup? "I think Jimmie is going to win it" for a sixth championship, Earnhardt said Friday. Johnson has "great equipment . . . one of the best crew chiefs in the business" in Chad Knaus, and Johnson "is one of the best drivers in the business. " "It's going to be hard to beat those guys," Earnhardt said. Johnson has a seven-point lead over Keselowski in the title standings with two races left: Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and the season finale a week later at Homestead-Miami (Fla.)
October 27, 2012 |
Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver by a mile, admitted he was anxious and frightened when he first began dealing with a concussion following a crash three weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. But the veteran Sprint Cup racer also said he was glad that he took all the precautionary steps that led to his return to the track this weekend in Martinsville, Va. “Some concussions are really bad, and I don't care how tough you think you are, when your mind is not working the way it is supposed to, it scares the [expletive]