Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Earnhardt Jr. excited about new package at Atlanta

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 18/1 to win Sunday at Atlanta 
Driver: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Hometown: Kannapolis, North Carolina
Age: 41
Resides: Mooresville, North Carolina

ATLANTA VICTOR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. has one win at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which came in 2004. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native led 55 of 325 laps, including the final 16 laps of the event, en route to victory.

TWO-TIME POLE-SITTER: Earnhardt has earned two poles at Atlanta, one in 2001 and the other in 2010. Atlanta is one of three tracks where the 41-year-old has multiple poles. He also has earned two poles at both Texas Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway.

NEW RULES: This weekend’s event at Atlanta will be the debut of the new base rules package that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run on non-superspeedway tracks in 2016. The 2016 package is based off of the low-downforce package that was used during the Cup events at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway in 2015. Earnhardt finished 21st and eighth, respectively, in those events.

TWO NEW NATIONWIDE ADS REVEALED: Nationwide Insurance debuted two of its new 2016 ad spots during the Daytona 500 on Feb. 21 featuring "Boss Man Dale" entitled “Friend Request” and “Janet's Baby.” The new ads can be viewed on Nationwide’s YouTube channel and behind-the-scenes footage of the commercial shoot can be found here. The ads will be refreshed throughout the NASCAR season.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. on racing at Atlanta
“I'm looking forward to Atlanta. I think the whole series is looking forward to going to Vegas, Atlanta and all of those places with this new package. It's going to be a whole new ballgame. Everybody is wondering where everybody is after the offseason. Every year you kind of have to get another measure of your competition because everybody kind of gets a little better in the offseason, so we’ll see how that all works out once we get to the next couple of tracks. Daytona Speedweeks has always been a little bit different – it’s not a true measuring stick of what the rest of the season might look like or who might be the dominant team.”

2016 Season

  • 35th in standings
  • 1 start
  • 0 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 0 top-10 finishes
  • 15 laps led


  • 578 starts
  • 26 wins
  • 13 pole positions
  • 143 top-five finishes
  • 246 top-10 finishes
  • 8,149 laps led

Track Career 

  • 28 starts
  • 1 win
  • 2 pole positions
  • 9 top-five finishes
  • 13 top-10 finishes
  • 633 laps led

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