Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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.

The Five Storylines to Watch in the Daytona 500

Geoffrey Miller highlights NASCAR's biggest stories for the Daytona 500
Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and the weather highlight NASCAR's five storlines to watch in the 2014 Daytona 500.

1. Joe Gibbs Racing easily the early favorites  Denny Hamlin
The sabre-rattling from the Joe Gibbs Racing camp early in Daytona Speedweeks has been impossible to avoid. Simply put: they’ve won everything, save for the Daytona 500 pole in single-lap qualifying.

Perspective: Ricky Craven talks today's NASCAR

Driver, commentator sits for exclusive Q&A
An exclusive Q&A with former NASCAR driver and current commentator Ricky Craven.

Ricky Craven didn’t put a full-court press on Victory Lane during his Sprint Cup driving career. He won only twice over a span of 11 years, but in his life as a racing analyst for ESPN — a role he’s held since 2008 — he has emerged as one of sports television’s most respected commentators.

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Focus and consistency still ride with Earnhardt; so where are the wins?
2014 driver profile for Dale Earnhardt Jr.on the NASCR Sprint Cup circuit.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has spent much of his career failing to live up to expectations. At this point, fans are preconditioned to believe that NASCAR’s favorite son will never win a championship with Hendrick Motorsports. But a funny thing happened on the way to Earnhardt riding out his career as NASCAR’s Most Popular Disappointment: He ditched the plotline.  Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NASCAR Media Roundtable: Forcing drivers to sit after a concussion

The seventh in a nine-part feature addressing the biggest issues in NASCAR entering 2014
NASCAR writers discuss the delicate topic of how the sanctioning body could force drivers to sit out a race after suffering a concussion.

Each day from mid-February through late November, a small band of motorsports journalists work nearly around the clock — this being the digital age — to keep rabid NASCAR fans as up-to-the-second informed as possible. Many of these media members are ensconced in the sport’s “traveling circus,” working in garage areas, media centers and pressboxes nearly 40 weeks a year. So who better to go to for a “state of the sport” talk than them?

NASCAR Speedweeks feature Dillon, Hamlin; more passing and more wrecking

Through the Gears: Four things we've learned during Speedweeeks
Austin Dillon on the Pole for the Daytona 500; Denny Hamlin wins the NASCR Sprint Unlimited. All the things you need to know from Daytona.

On Sunday, a black No. 3 car sat shining in the Daytona Beach sun, cameras focused on a number not seen in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition since the 2001 Daytona 500. It’s been 13 years since that tragic end, but closure has finally come — not in the form of an Earnhardt, but in 23-year-old Austin Dillon.  Austin Dillon

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