|Dale Earnhardt Jr is 40/1 to win his first road course race.|
“We’ve had great race cars at the road courses the last few years, which has helped me a lot. Sonoma is the most challenging track that I race at. We’ve just got to take care of our car and make it through to the end.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS, will visit the Sonoma Raceway media center at 2:30 p.m. local time on Friday, June 23.
HEADING IN THE 'RIGHT' DIRECTION: Dale Earnhardt Jr. has mentioned time and again that he is not as confident on road courses as he is on the ovals that make up the bread-and-butter of the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. But, don’t let the 42-year-old veteran fool you – he has stepped up his game when it comes to tackling both left- and right-hand turns. In his first 14 starts at Sonoma Raceway, he never finished inside the top 10, although he did have six top-15 finishes. In his most recent three starts at the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course, the driver of the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS has earned two top-10s, finishing third in 2014 and seventh in 2015. Last summer, he ran inside the top 10 for a majority of the race, but a late-race incident caused him to lose spots and he finished 13th. Earnhardt’s best start at Sonoma came in 2007 when he qualified third. He has finished on the lead lap in 14 of 17 races.
MAKING PASSES: Earnhardt is scored near the top of the board in making passes at the California road course, according to NASCAR’s loop data statistics, which cover active drivers in events from 2005 to the present. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native ranks first in the green-flag passes category with 731 and he’s seventh on the quality passes list with 224. Earnhardt is 11th in fastest laps run (27), green-flag speed (89.754 mph) and laps spent in the top 15 (558).
AXALTA COLORS: The No. 88 Chevrolet SS will be back in the bright Axalta colors this weekend. It marks Axalta’s seventh of 13 races as the primary partner on Earnhardt’s Chevrolet this season.
NATIONWIDE PET PROMOTION: Earlier in June, Nationwide launched a social media sweepstakes encouraging pet owners to enter for a chance to have a photo of their pet featured on the TV panel of Earnhardt’s No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS during the Sept. 24 race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. As Nationwide’s current ad campaign highlights, Earnhardt knows how important it is to insure and protect his “many sides” including his car, his small business and his home. He takes that same protective approach to his beloved dogs, Gus and Junebug. That’s where Nationwide pet insurance can come in handy, by helping defray costs of visits, treatments and, in case of a more serious disease, it will help cover the cost of surgical procedures. Pet owners can visitwww.pawsandracing.com to learn more about Nationwide’s pet insurance and submit a photo of their pet(s) to enter to win a VIP race experience including travel, a meet & greet with Gus and Dale Jr. and their pet’s image will be featured on the No. 88 Chevrolet. Additional first-prize winners will receive a Nationwide Pet Accessory Kit plus a No. 88 Nationwide die-cast car signed by Earnhardt.