Homestead-Miami Speedway is offering a special Dale Earnhardt Junior ticket package for the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 on November 19th … “Junior’s” final Cup Series race. For $199, fans will receive a three-day ticket to Ford Championship Weekend, reserved parking, access to post-race championship celebrations and a 1:24-scale diecast of Earnhardt’s racecar. To purchase tickets, visit Homestead-Miami Speedway-dot-com or call (305) 230-5255.
With Kevin Harvick’s win Sunday in Sonoma, California, the list of Monster Energy Series winners this season now stands at eleven. But remember … Joey Logano’s victory at Richmond International Raceway does not qualify him for the playoffs due to post-event penalties. If there are seven new names in Victory Lane over the final ten regular-season races (or six if Logano wins again with no penalties), then there’ll be one driver with a victory to his credit that will not get a spot in the 2017 playoffs – which will include only the top sixteen eligible drivers based primarily on race wins. The list of notable drivers still looking for their first Cup Series win of 2017 includes Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Junior, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott and Matt Kenseth. Of those five drivers, all are former winners at Daytona International Speedway – site of Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola – except Elliott, who’s won two Cup Series poles at “The World Center of Racing” but is still looking for his first race win there. He was victorious in the X-finity Series in 2016 … If the NASCAR playoffs began today, Logano would qualify based on points despite his problems at Richmond. He’s tenth in the regular-season standings, seven points ahead of Clint Bowyer – who leads Kenseth by just four points in the fight for what would be the final playoff spot.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has some exciting news…and it has nothing to do with racing.
The NASCAR driver (age 42) recently tweeted that he and wife Amy will star in a new home renovation series on the DIY Network. “Exciting news!” he writes. “@Amy Earnhardt and I are working on @DIYNetwork TV series where we’ll renovate a historic home in Key West!”
His wife Amy (age 35), also wrote about the show on Twitter: “Can’t wait to flex those design muscles & make this house shine!
#DaleJrProject,” she tweeted. The series, set to air in 2018, will follow the couple as they transform a fixer upper in the Florida island’s Old Town district into a gorgeous modern home.
“Amy and I are excited to take on our first home renovation project together,” Dale Jr. says in a DIY Network press release. “Amy is a fantastic designer. She has creative ideas and a strong work ethic. We love DIY projects around the house, and so I expect this to be challenging but fun.”
Dale Earnhardt Junior has unveiled the special paint scheme that his Number-88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet will carry later this season for his final Monster Energy Series race at Kentucky Speedway on July 8th. Nationwide Insurance – Earnhardt’s sponsor and the namesake of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio – helped roll out the design with the help of three patients at the hospital. The paint scheme incorporates Earnhardt’s favorite color, orange, and the hospital’s trademark butterflies. It was created to help raise funds with the opportunity for fans to put their names on the hood for a $250 donation. Only 315 spots are available and include a limited-run one-twenty-fourth scale diecast of the car. More information is available at NationwideChildrens-dot-org/dalejr … Both Earnhardt and team owner Rick Hendrick are still looking for their first Cup Series win at Kentucky Speedway.
“When my dad was doing so well and there were a couple of guys coming into the sport that were sons, it was difficult for them to replicate their dads’ success,” Earnhardt said on Tuesday. “I just saw even at an early age, before I was a driver, that growing up in that man’s shadow was going to be a real hard challenge.
“I wanted to race, but I knew racing would put me in that shadow. I knew the odds of me really having any talent at all and being able to do it were thin. They are for anyone. So at a very young age, all I wanted to do was be able to make a living driving cars. I didn’t set goals. I didn’t dream of winning championships or Daytona 500s or working with one of the best owners in the business, driving for one of the best organizations. I was afraid of not being able to do it. So I guess what I’m saying is I’ve accomplished way more than I ever dreamed — way more than I ever thought I’d accomplish.”
Earnhardt Jr has suffered multiple concussions over the past few years, and missed the final 18 races of last season due to his injuries. He returned to racing this year with no lingering effects from the concussions, but admitted there were times during his rehabilitation when he wondered if he would race again.
He said: “I felt great for many, many months now, and I’m happy about that. We’ve been through a handful of races now and didn’t have any issues whatsoever.
There’ll be forty-two drivers starting tonight’s twin 150-mile qualifying races with forty advancing to Sunday’s fifty-ninth running of the Daytona 500. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Chase Elliott, who qualified on the pole, and Dale Earnhardt Junior, the Number-2 qualifier last weekend, have front-row starting spots locked in for “The Great American Race” regardless of where they finish in tonight’s doubleheader. With NASCAR’s “Charter” system that was introduced last year, thirty-six teams are guaranteed starting spots in the “five hundred.” Among non-Charter teams, two drivers – Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan – are assured of a spot by virtue of their qualifying speeds. That leaves two drivers competing for one available Daytona 500 berth in each of tonight’s races. Race-1 will feature Reed Sorenson and Corey LaJoie scrapping for the one available transfer spot. Race-2 has D-J Kennington and Timmy Hill in the hunt … Notable drivers in the first half of tonight’s twin bill include two of the last three Cup Series champions: Kevin Harvick from 2014 and Kyle Busch (2015). Race-2 includes reigning seven-time Cup champ Jimmie Johnson and defending Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin.
Dale Earnhardt Junior will return to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend – not behind the wheel of a racecar but behind a Motor Racing Network microphone. “Junior” will join “The Voice of NASCAR” during the first half of Sunday afternoon’s Hellmann’s 500 broadcast – teaming up with M-R-N anchors Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle in the newly christened “Barney Hall MRN Booth.” Earnhardt is still recovering from a concussion suffered at mid-season and is sidelined for the remainder of the year. He has a long-time association with Hellmann’s mayonnaise and will be at Talladega, in part, to promote the brand’s sponsorship of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, will be sidelined for the remainder of the Sprint Cup season as he continues to recover from a concussion.
Earnhardt has not been medically cleared to compete after missing the last six races while undergoing treatment. He has been regularly evaluated in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program under the direction of Dr. Micky Collins and with Charlotte (N.C.) neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty.
“I wish I could return this season,” Earnhardt said. “To say I’m disappointed doesn’t begin to describe how I feel, but I know this is the right thing for my long-term health and career. I’m 100 percent focused on my recovery and I will continue to follow everything the doctors tell me. They’re seeing good progress in my test results and I’m feeling that progress physically. I plan to be healthy and ready to compete at Daytona in February. I’m working toward that.
“The support from inside and outside the race team has been overwhelming. Everyone has been so encouraging and positive, from my teammates and sponsors to my family, friends and fans. It’s motivating and humbling at the same time.”
Jeff Gordon and Alex Bowman will drive for the No. 88 team in the season’s 12 remaining races. In Earnhardt’s absence, four-time Cup Series champion Gordon, 45, filled in at Indianapolis, Pocono, Watkins Glen and Bristol. Bowman, 23, drove at New Hampshire and Michigan.
“I know how hard Dale has worked and how frustrating this is for him,” said team owner Rick Hendrick. “He wants to be back and we want him back, but we want it to be for the long haul. We’ve had incredible support from everyone involved with the team, including all of our sponsors. They’ve put Dale’s health first every step of the way.
“Jeff and Alex will give us a great opportunity over the rest of the season. Jeff is one of the best of all time and knows our system. He brings things to the table no one else can. Alex is a young driver with a lot of talent and he will give us a fresh perspective. We know they’re not only capable of running up front and giving us a chance to win, but they’ll help us get better.”
NO. 88 DRIVER SCHEDULE:
Sept. 4, Darlington Raceway – Jeff Gordon
Sept. 10, Richmond International Raceway – Jeff Gordon
Sept. 18, Chicagoland Speedway – Alex Bowman
Sept. 25, New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Alex Bowman
Oct. 2, Dover International Speedway – Jeff Gordon
Oct. 8, Charlotte Motor Speedway – Alex Bowman
Oct. 16, Kansas Speedway – Alex Bowman
Oct. 23, Talladega Superspeedway – Alex Bowman
Oct. 30, Martinsville Speedway – Jeff Gordon
Nov. 6, Texas Motor Speedway – Alex Bowman
Nov. 13, Phoenix International Raceway – Alex Bowman
Nov. 20, Homestead-Miami Speedway – Alex Bowman
(courtesy of MRN Radio)
Dale Earnhardt Jr was held out of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday and it was already announced that Jeff Gordon will once again drive the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS at Pocono Raceway this coming weekend. Although there is no official timetable for his return to the track, Earnhardt Jr. posted to Twitter over the weekend that he sees ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ and that gains were seen during physical therapy. Once Earnhardt Jr. returns to racing, he will have an uphill battle to make The Chase for the Sprint Cup on points alone. Following Indianapolis Earnhardt Jr. has fallen outside the cutoff to seventeenth in points and will likely fall further after not competing in Pocon
Dale Earnhardt Junior will not compete in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race in New Hampshire, suffering from concussion-like symptoms. Following accidents last month at Michigan International Speedway and earlier this month at Daytona International Speedway, doctors evaluated Earnhardt this week in Charlotte and did not clear him to race. Alex Bowman will drive the Number-88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the New Hampshire 301. The 23-year-old from Tucson, Arizona, is running a limited X-FINITY Series schedule for Junior Motorsports this year with a best finish of third place in four starts, that coming in mid-May at Dover. A timetable for Earnhardt’s return has not been established.