|Dale Earnhardt Jr is 10/1 to win his third Daytona 500|
Driver: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Hometown: Kannapolis, North Carolina
Resides: Mooresville, North Carolina
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Earnhardt is the defending winner of the Daytona 500. He went to Victory Lane in 2014 after starting ninth and leading 54 laps in the rain-delayed event. It was his second career victory in the Great American Race, which he won for the first time in 2004 after starting third and leading 58 laps.
DAYTONA DOUBLE: Earnhardt will drive the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet during the 300-mile NASCAR XFINITY Series event on Feb. 21 at Daytona. The 1998 and 1999 XFINITY Series champion has scored six wins, one pole position, 11 top-five finishes and 13 top-10s in 23 XFINITY starts at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.
WINNING WAYS: Earnhardt has 14 NASCAR wins at Daytona — three in the Sprint Cup Series, six in the XFINITY Series, three during qualifying events and two during exhibition events. He won the 2004 and 2014 Daytona 500s, the 2001 Pepsi 400, plus two Sprint Unlimited races (2003 and 2008) and three Duel 150 qualifiers (2003, 2004 and 2008). Earnhardt won the four straight XFINITY events he entered at Daytona between 2002 and 2004.
DAYTONA CHASSIS: For the Daytona 500, crew chief Greg Ives has selected Chassis No. 88-872. Earnhardt most recently raced the chassis to a 14th-place finish at Daytona last July.
- Hendrick Motorsports