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Whenever the Sprint Cup series comes to Michigan, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the center of attention.
He won at Michigan International Speedway last June after 143 races without a victory. His most recent win before that was also at Michigan in 2008, so the Sprint Cup's twice-yearly visits to the Irish Hills always present an opportunity for Earnhardt and his No. 88 Chevrolet.
Earnhardt hasn't won since snapping his long losing streak at MIS a year ago. Concussion problems derailed his chances in the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup.
He began this season with five straight top-10 finishes and briefly led the points standings, but he's slipped to fourth since then.
Carl Edwards won the pole for Sunday's 400-mile race.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. was leading the Quicken Loans 400 on Sunday when he started losing power with his car on Lap 128 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
It appears that a sour engine became the kryptonite for the No. 88 Man of Steel Chevrolet.
"You put together a real nice race," crew chief Steve Letarte said. "Sorry it didn't make it all the way."
Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski says Penske Racing and Roush Fenway Racing are reluctant to share information on their Ford cars this season because Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing steal information. “What keeps it from going too far is the fact Hendrick and Gibbs have this nasty little
Rick Hendrick said on Sunday that he's "close" to announcing a new sponsor for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his No. 88 NASCAR Sprint Cup team. An announcement could come as early as the July 8 race weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
"We're very close," Hendrick said. "Again, we've had lots of interest. But we've got something real nice...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is always a threat to win on both restrictor plate tracks at Daytona and Talladega.
But recently, he’s actually becoming a bigger threat at winning on the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway oval.
Since Earnhardt joined Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, he’s won twice. Both victories happened to be the June race in Michigan.
Last year, Earnhardt ended his career...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. hopes no one steps on his cape this Sunday.
After qualifying 12th in the Man of Steel Chevy on Friday, Earnhardt, the defending winner of the Quicken Loans 400, wants to keep his winning streak rolling at Michigan International Speedway.
"I think the car does look good," Earnhardt said. "Hopefully, it's as fast as it looks good. That is going...
NASCAR heads to the 2 mile track of Michigan International Speedway this weekend for the Alliance Truck Parts [...]
Dale Earnhardt Jr. last visited Victory Lane a year ago here and owner Rick Hendrick said he thought his driver looked even better heading into this weekend's race than he did in 2012, when he ended a 143-race dry spell.
Earnhardt wasn't sure.
"It's easier to see the truth from his position on the other side of the fence. It's more difficult to see growth and...
In honor of Jason Leffler, Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota has changed its paint scheme for Sunday’s race at Michigan to the one used when Leffler drove the car in 2005. The paint scheme was Hamlin’s idea and was
Last year it was Batman. This year it's Superman.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/Dark Knight Rises Chevrolet, promoting last summer's Batman blockbuster, in the 2012 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Earnhardt drove the Caped Crusader-themed race car to Victory Lane, his first trip there in four years.
Sunday was a rough day for Hendrick Motorsports.
Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had promising rides derailed by car problems, and Hendrick teammate Jeff Gordon's shot at winning at Michigan International Speedway ended less than 10 laps in because of a crash.
Throw in a cut tire that left Kasey Kahne 38th, and none of the racing giant's four entries cracked the top...
Last June when the Sprint Cup Series was at Michigan, a long winless streak was broken. Junior Nation rejoiced as Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled into victory lane to celebrate his first Cup win since 2008. It was a day that Earnhardt Jr. and his fans won’t soon forget, but they are also hoping they can get to victory lane again sometime soon. Earnhardt Jr. showed his strength on the...
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS – Sidelined on lap 105 DID YOU HAVE ANY VIBRATION OR INDICATION AT ALL?
“No, I had no indication. We were just cruising. We had a really good Farmers Insurance Chevrolet. I knew it was going to be a battle with Jimmie (Johnson) today. He’s fast and I thought we were really good. We were on the loose side but I think we could...
POINTS LEADER - Riding a wave of 10 consecutive top-10 finishes, Regan Smith and the No. 7 TaxSlayer.com team hold a 23-point lead over Sam Hornish Jr. in the Nationwide Series Championship battle. Smith is averaging a finish of 6.2 over the 10-race span.
MEET REGAN SMITH AND BRAD SWEET AT JR NATION MERCH HAULER - Fans are invited to meet Regan Smith and Brad Sweet for an autograph...
Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway was full of both excitement and disappointment for fans and drivers alike. Greg Biffle, driver of the No.16 3M Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing took home the trophy capturing Ford Racing’s 1,000 career victory, while drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jeff Gordon dealt with some bad luck at the 2 mile oval...
More than 30NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers will rumble through the streets of Sacramento at the 3rd NASCAR Hauler Parade on Thursday, June 20.
The NASCAR haulers, which will be en route to Sonoma Raceway for the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 21-23, will make their way over the Tower Bridge and around the State Capitol to greet Northern California NASCAR fans ready for big race...