Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dale Earnhardt Jr. still serching for first Darlington win

Junior is 20/1 to win his first Darlington race on Sunday.
No. 88 Valvoline Chevrolet SS / Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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

VALVOLINE THROWBACK: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive a throwback No. 88 Valvoline Chevrolet SS this weekend at Darlington Raceway. The paint scheme pays homage to the brand’s storied history in motorsports with an early-1980s look inspired by Valvoline cars driven by some of the era’s racing icons, including Cale Yarborough, Ron Bouchard, Neil Bonnett and Buddy Baker. The one-race sponsorship of Earnhardt’s No. 88 Chevrolet SS marks an elevated partnership between Hendrick Motorsports and Valvoline, which in September 2013 announced a four-year agreement that kicked off last season. The new sponsorship at Darlington represents Valvoline’s first primary paint scheme since that time.

DARLINGTON BEST: Earnhardt scored his best Darlington finish last April, when he crossed the finish line second. Previously, Earnhardt matched his best Darlington finish in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in 2008 after scoring a fourth-place result. He also finished fourth there in March 2002.

LOOP DATA: According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Earnhardt ranks sixth among drivers in laps run in the top 15 at Darlington. During the last 10 races there, the Kannapolis, North Carolina, native has spent 71.9 percent of the events running in the top 15. Earnhardt also ranks seventh in the average running position category with an 11.4 average spot.

DRIVER RATING: According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Earnhardt ranks eighth in the driver rating category at Darlington with a score of 94.3 during the past 10 races. 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.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Sunday's race at Darlington
“I’m really looking forward to seeing all of the throwback paint schemes. There’s going to be a lot of things the fans are going to enjoy. Not only being here at the racetrack and being able to see everything, but the racetrack itself is sort of rebranding itself with all of the old signage and bringing back the ‘Too Tough to Tame’ slogan they used for years. Even the broadcast is going to have some throwback ad space during the commercials, which I think the fans are really going to love that are tuning in at home.”

2015 Season

  • 3rd in standings
  • 24 starts
  • 2 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 11 top-five finishes
  • 15 top-10 finishes
  • 204 laps led


  • 565 starts
  • 25 wins
  • 13 pole positions
  • 138 top-five finishes
  • 239 top-10 finishes
  • 8,051 laps led

Track Career 

  • 20 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 4 top-five finish
  • 9 top-10 finishes
  • 176 laps led

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