Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dale Earnhardt Jr.sixth or better on all 1.5-and 2-mile tracks in 2015

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 10/1 to win for third time at Michigan.
No. 88 AMP Energy Chevrolet SS / Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Driver: Dale Earnhardt Jr. 

Hometown: Kannapolis, North Carolina
Age: 40 
Resides: Mooresville, North Carolina

AMP ENERGY: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the purple-and-black No. 88 AMP Energy Chevrolet SS this weekend. AMP Energy recently unveiled four new flavors to give you the energy you need and the flavors you crave: Strawberry Limeade, Passion Fruit, Blueberry White Grape ZERO and Watermelon ZERO. Fans voted on Facebook from the four new flavors to see the AMP Energy Passion Fruit paint scheme hit the track in Michigan.

MICHIGAN WIN: Earnhardt’s victory at Michigan on June 17, 2012, was his second win in a points-paying event for Hendrick Motorsports. After starting from the 17th position, Earnhardt led 95 laps at the Irish Hills track, stretching out his lead to 5.393 seconds before taking the checkered flag.

MICHIGAN POLES: Earnhardt's two career pole positions at Michigan are tied for first as career-bests for the 40-year-old driver. He also has captured two career poles at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

DRIVER RATING: Earnhardt ranks fifth in the driver rating category in the last 20 races at Michigan with an average of 98.0. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The driver rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.

MICHIGANDER IVES: Crew chief Greg Ives hails from Bark River, Michigan, where he found an interest in motor sports at a young age. But it was under the hood where he found his true calling. Ives graduated from Michigan Technological University and began working as a mechanic at Hendrick Motorsports in 2004.

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AT MICHIGAN: Hendrick Motorsports drivers have led 2,368 laps en route to eight wins, 48 top-five finishes and 88 top-10s at Michigan. The organization swept both races at the two-mile oval in 2014 thanks to Johnson and Gordon.

ORGANIZATION STATS: To date, Hendrick Motorsports has totals of 236 victories, 203 pole positions, 962 top-five finishes and 1,593 top-10 finishes in Sprint Cup competition. Its teams have led 64,537 laps since 1984.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. on racing at Michigan
"Michigan is a great track. I look forward to it aging and widening out. As that happens, the track loses grip. Before they paved it, we were running down next to the apron and against the wall. That is all you can ask for when you’re talking racetracks and what drivers like about them. We want to have the options in the corners and run different grooves. The groove hasn’t been very wide since they repaved it, but it’s starting to show that. When we went there and tire tested I think a year or two ago, I was using a bunch of different lanes in Turn 3, so the potential is coming and that place is just going to continue to get better.”
2015 Season
  • 5th in standings
  • 14 starts
  • 1 win
  • 0 pole positions
  • 7 top-five finishes
  • 8 top-10 finishes
  • 107 laps led
  • 555 starts
  • 24 wins
  • 13 pole positions
  • 134 top-five finishes
  • 232 top-10 finishes
  • 7,954 laps led
Michigan Career 
  • 31 starts
  • 2 win
  • 2 pole position
  • 7 top-five finishes
  • 12 top-10 finishes
  • 352 laps led

- Hendrick Motorsports

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