Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dale Earnhardt Jr. using third-place Atlanta chassis at Kansas

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 10/1 to win at Kansas Saturday night
No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS / Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Driver: Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
Hometown: Kannapolis, North Carolina
Age: 40 
Resides: Mooresville, North Carolina

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be available to members of the media on Friday at 10:15 a.m. local time in the Kansas Speedway media center.

TALLADEGA WIN: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his sixth Talladega Superspeedway race last weekend, tying teammate Gordon for the most Sprint Cup wins at the track by an active driver. His career Cup win total is now at 24 points events. Earnhardt is 31st on the all-time win list in his 16th season in the Sprint Cup Series. He now has nine points-paying wins on superspeedways.

CHASSIS CHOICE: This weekend at Kansas, crew chief Greg Ives and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-920. Earnhardt first raced the chassis to a third-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March.

INTERMEDIATE TRACK STATS: In 266 Cup starts on intermediate (one- to two-mile) tracks, Earnhardt has recorded six wins, eight pole positions, 56 top-five finishes and 112 top-10s. He has an average starting position and an average finishing position of 16.1 on these racetracks.

DRIVER RATING: According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Earnhardt ranks 10th in the driver rating category over the last 14 races at Kansas with an average score of 91.3. The driver rating is a formula that combines the following categories: wins, finishes, 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 points 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.

THE BETTY JANE FRANCE HUMANITARIAN AWARD PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE: People across the country can nominate their personal champion for The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide, the sport’s highest community service honor. Family, friends, and colleagues may nominate a personal champion atNASCAR.com/award. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday at midnight ET

Dale Earnhardt Jr. on winning at Talladega
“This win had a lot of responsibility behind it with Greg (Ives) being the new crew chief. We’ve got a lot of new guys over the wall, new guys in the garage. A lot of changes. Brand‑new sponsor, a lot of pressure there, trying to get those guys to Victory Lane. My dad's birthday. A lot of things really happened at once when we crossed the finish line.”
2015 Season
  • 5th in standings
  • 10 starts
  • 1 win
  • 0 pole positions
  • 5 top-five finishes
  • 6 top-10 finishes
  • 104 laps led
  • 551 starts
  • 24 wins
  • 13 pole positions
  • 132 top-five finishes
  • 230 top-10 finishes
  • 7,951 laps led
Kansas Career 
  • 17 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 1 pole position
  • 2 top-five finishes
  • 8 top-10 finishes
  • 146 laps led
 - Hendrick Motorsports

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