Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Keselowski, Earnhardt surge, but NASCAR's season long and unpredictable

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Las Vegas
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski flex muscles in NASCAR's weekend in Las Vegas for the Kobalt Tools 400.

Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran 1-2 Sunday in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. But those results are part of a larger, 1-2 knockout punch they’ve been aiming at the rest of their Sprint Cup competition. Earnhardt hasn’t run worse than second in three starts this season, while Keselowski is just a step behind (third, third, first). They’re the only drivers to start this season with three top-5 finishes.

Strategy Play: Keselowski outduels Earnhardt in Las Vegas

Don't call it a gamble; smart gameplans produce fuel-mileage finish
Brad Keselowski beats Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a fuel mileage finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' visit to Las Vegas in the Kobalt Tools 400.

The Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway came down to a calculated risk between two of the hottest teams early in NASCAR’s 2014 season.

The No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports bunch and driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. had finishes of first and second entering the event. Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Team Penske crew weren’t far behind, with consecutive third-place runs to open the year.

Fittingly, the strategy that came into play focused on these Chevrolet and Ford flagbearers.

NASCAR in Las Vegas: A Hendrick vs. Gibbs Showdown in Sin City

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
NASCAR debuts a new aero package, Kevin Harvick is on a hot streak, Roush Fenway Racing is off to a slow start, Dale Earnahrdt Jr.'s rotating spotters and a Hendrick vs. Gibbs showdown lead us into the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, the debut of a new aero package, Harvick's hot streak, Roush's slow start, Earnahrdt's spotters and a Hendrick vs. Gibbs showdown lead us into the 400-miler at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Previewing the Kobalt Tools 400

The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series visit Sin City
Previewing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Kobalt Tools 500 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Kobalt Tools 400
Las Vegas Motor Speedway


Track Specs
Layout:
1.5-mile tri-oval
Banking/Turns: Progressive (18°-20°), Banking/Tri-oval: 9°, Banking/Backstretch: 3°  Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Harvick, not Stewart, Danica or Busch, carrying banner for SHR

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Phoenix
Reactions of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' visit to Phoenix, where Kevin Harvick leads the way at Stewart-Haas Racing, Jeff Gordon is off to a hot start, Roush Fenway Racing no longer king in the Ford camp, and suffering through another track's repaving.

One thing you can say about Kevin Harvick: he’s a quick learner. Thirteen years ago, in the midst of NASCAR mourning its national tragedy, he won in just the third Cup start of his career. Replacing Dale Earnhardt in the No. 3 wasn’t easy, but he made it seem like a breeze, beating Jeff Gordon — in his prime — by a nose at Atlanta.  

NASCAR's 10 Coolest Paint Schemes in 2014

Harvick dominates in desert, wins in NASCAR's trip to Phoenix

Kevin Harvick earns first Sprint Cup Series victory with Stewart-Haas Racing
Kevin Harvick won NASCAR's The Profit on CNBC 500 in a dominating performance over Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Judging by garage chatter and practice speeds at Phoenix International Raceway there was really no doubt that Kevin Harvick was the driver to beat in what turned out to be the aptly named “The Profit on CNBC 500” … that, of course, if the spelling of the race sponsor were “Prophet.”  Kevin Harvick

Earnhardt's post-500 focus, Stewart's readiness, highlight NASCAR weekend in Phoenix

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Phoenix International Raceway
Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, a new qualifying procedure for the Cup Series, the evolution of the Gen-6 car, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s post-Daytona 500 focus, Tony Stewart’s health and a new title format’s effect on race strategy lead us into the 312-miler at Phoenix International Raceway.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, a new qualifying procedure for the Cup Series, the evolution of the Gen-6 car, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s post-Daytona 500 focus, Tony Stewart’s health and a new title format’s effect on race strategy lead us into the 312-miler at Phoenix International Raceway.

Earnhardt's Daytona 500 victory puts wind in NASCAR sails

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Daytona 500
Reaction to NASCAR's 56th annual Daytona 500 and race-winner Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 

Thirteen years after tragedy and 10 years after triumph, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled into Daytona 500 Victory Lane a second time. Emotions ran high in a race where a car with the slanted, stylized “3” made famous by his late father led the field to green hours earlier. No one would have blamed the driver if, soaking in the breadth of history, he simply broke down in tears.  Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Hype builds for the Daytona 500 as favorites emerge

NASCAR season begins with Hamlin, Kenseth, riding high
Pre-race favorites and storylines for NASCAR's Daytona 500.

A week of pomp and circumstance is nearly over in Daytona Beach. On the eve of NASCAR’s most prestigious race, the Daytona 500, Cup cars roar around the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway in the final practice session of the week — known as Happy Hour — looking for that last little bit of speed. Or handling. Or integrity. Or answers of some sort.

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