Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Chevrolet will showcase a black-and-green paint scheme this weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway to feature PepsiCo’s AMP Energy brand. Earnhardt last drove this paint scheme to a third-place finish at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in April. AMP Energy will be the primary paint scheme three more times this year — Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July, Chicagoland Speedway in September and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in October.
2012 STATISTICS: Earnhardt leads all drivers in the first 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup events of the season with nine top-10 finishes. He has the third-best average finish during that time at 8.2 and is tied for sixth with four top-five finishes.
POINTS AFTER CHARLOTTE: Earnhardt, driver of the No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, currently holds the fourth position in the championship standings after finishing sixth last Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Earnhardt trails leader Greg Biffle by 18 points.
AT DOVER: In 24 Cup starts at Dover International Speedway, Earnhardt has one win, four top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He has led 367 laps and completed 99 percent of all laps he’s attempted (9,507 of 9,604 total) at the Monster Mile.
MONSTER MILE WIN: Earnhardt’s Sprint Cup win at Dover happened Sept. 23, 2001. The victory, which came in the first Cup race following Sept. 11, was the second of his sophomore season. Earnhardt displayed the American flag during his victory lap to pay tribute to the victims. In that race he started third and led 193 laps.
DOVER CHASSIS: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-617 this weekend at Dover. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 19th-place finish at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in October 2011.
HENDRICK AT DOVER: In 56 Cup events (175 starts) at Dover, Hendrick Motorsports has 13 wins, 43 top-five finishes and 74 top-10s. Jimmie Johnson, who leads active drivers at Dover with six wins, needs just one more victory to rank tied for first all-time with Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Richard Petty. Jeff Gordon has contributed another four wins to Hendrick Motorsports’ total.
ON A ROLL: Hendrick Motorsports has claimed the last five events hosted by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, beginning with its 200th Cup victory on May 12 at Darlington Raceway. The organization has gone on to win the Pit Crew Challenge (No. 48 team), Sprint Showdown (Earnhardt), Sprint All-Star Race (Johnson) and last Sunday’s Cup event at Charlotte (Kasey Kahne).