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May 10, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will leave the company founded by his late father at the Dale Earnhardt Jr. began to end his relationship with the only team he had . He wore a Redskins cap backward Monday during a test session at. May 30, The half-sister of current NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., Taylor driver who helps oversee the racing career of his son, Jeffrey Earnhardt. Jeffrey Earnhardt (born June 22, ) is an American professional stock car racing driver. Racing Series driver Bobby Dale Earnhardt, middle child of Kerry Earnhardt, 5 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports in a one-race agreement for the In the Charlotte testing for Sprint Cup cars, Earnhardt tested a car for .
He suffered second and third degree burns on his neck, chin, and legs partially due to not wearing a protective balaclava with his helmet. The burns prevented him from finishing two races where he was relieved by Martin Truex Jr. In the fall, Earnhardt became the first driver to sweep a weekend at Bristol by winning both the Busch and Cup races in the same weekend. However, he was penalized 25 points for use of an obscenity during the television broadcast, in violation of a new NASCAR rule prohibiting participants from using obscene language  the rule had been created the week after the Daytonain the wake of the Super Bowl half-time show controversy.
That incident, combined with two consecutive DNF's in the Chase, eventually dropped him out of the running, and he finished fifth in the NEXTEL Cup Chase despite a career-high 6 wins at Daytona, Atlanta, Richmond, Bristol, Talladega and defending his fall win at Phoenix though under the non-Chase points system, Earnhardt would have tied his third-place points finish of the previous year.
He closed off the season with 6 wins, sixteen Top 5s, and twenty-one Top 10 finishes. He also picked up his 2nd consecutive Most Popular Driver Award. Peter Rondeau, a Chance 2 employee who also helped Earnhardt win the Busch Series race at Bristol in August, became the crew chief for Earnhardt in Rondeau served as Earnhardt's crew chief until the Coca Cola weekend, when he was replaced with DEI chief engineer Steve Hmiel, who helped Earnhardt score his lone win of at Chicagoland in July, when he took the lead from Matt Kenseth on the last cycle of pit stops.
Earnhardt was reunited with his cousin, Tony Eury Jr. Earnhardt finished the season 19th in points.
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An Earnhardt merchandise hauler Earnhardt's proficiency as a car owner continued. Induring the spring weekend at Talladega SuperspeedwayEarnhardt and other DEI drivers drove with special black paint schemes on their cars, reminiscent of his late father's famous No.
On Father's Day inhe drove a vintage Budweiser car at Michigan International Speedway to honor both his grandfather Ralph Earnhardt and his father, who at one point in both their careers used the No. After rain caused the race to be ended early, Earnhardt finished 3rd with Kasey Kahne winning the race. After 17 races in the season, Earnhardt sat 3rd in the championship standings with 1 win, coming at Richmond in May Following New Hampshire was the race at Pocono, where he was running in the middle of the pack when he crashed in turn 2.
These two events catapulted him to 11th in the points standing, out of the Chase for the Cup. At Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayEarnhardt and his crew made a critical decision to stay out on the final pit stop to get a much needed Top 10 finish to move him up to 10th in the points.
He came close to winning at Talladega, and was leading on the last lap when Brian Vickers made contact with Earnhardt's future teammate Jimmie Johnsonsending Johnson into Earnhardt and spinning both of them out. His points position going into the Chase was 6th. He finished the season 5th in the point standings, points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
He led laps and finished 5th.
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He collected his third Top 10 of the season and his 8th at Talladega Superspeedway with his 7th-place performance in the Aaron's On May 14,he was docked driver championship points, car owner Teresa Earnhardt was docked owner points, and his crew chief, Tony Eury Jr. Although Kurt Busch won the race, Earnhardt had a dramatic comeback to finish 2nd after spinning out and experiencing shock troubles.
Earnhardt led for eight laps before Busch took over. After being at the No. After the Glen, he tried furiously to reach the 12th spot in standings. However, a resurgence by Kurt Busch and a blown engine during the final race at Richmond ended his Chase hopes. That was his last chance to participate for the Championship at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. After the season, Dale Jr.
Earnhardt expressed that his decision was based entirely on his desires to achieve his career goal of a Sprint Cup Championshipand his apparent belief that he would not be able to attain that objective while driving for DEI. He said that unless he could gain majority ownership, and therefore control, of DEI, that he was not confident in the organization's ability to field the elite level equipment that would yield the elusive title.
Vaughndirector of the Army National Guardand Rick Hendrick, in Dallas where the announcement was made on September 19, On June 13,he announced at a press conference that he had signed a five-year contract with Hendrick Motorsportsreplacing Kyle Busch.
One month later on July 13,it was announced that his long-time primary sponsor Budweiser would not be with Earnhardt when he made the move to Hendrick.
Other contractual agreements in place at Hendrick Motorsports are said to have prevented a relationship with Bud. His late grandfather, Ralph Earnhardtused that number, while Earnhardt picked it when he entered the Cup Series in His father also used No. Earnhardt said negotiations broke down when Teresa Earnhardt asked for part of the licensing revenue, along with wanting the number back after he retired.
Earnhardt moved to the No. They're the spitting image of him. I go back and look and pictures from when we did things together, and I have to say, I owe Robert a lot.
Earnhardt Jr at Daytona Earnhardt started the season by winning the Budweiser Shootout a non-points paying exhibition.
It was his first race for Hendrick. He led for a total of 47 out of 70 laps, a Budweiser Shootout record. He followed that up five days later with a win in the first of the Gatorade Duels. This was his third career win in the duels, however he was unable to follow it up with victory in the Daytonafinishing 9th.
Ryan Newman was the winner of the event. Earnhardt was docked 50 points because his rear spoiler did not meet the specified height in the Nationwide Series. Team owner Rick Hendrick was also docked 50 owner points along with Earnhardt. He did not find much success after the Michigan win. He headed to Martinsville Speedway where he finished 2nd to teammate Jimmie Johnson.
He ended the season in the garage area at Homestead Miami Speedway in The Ford after losing his brakes with just a few laps to go in the race. Earnhardt finished the season 12th in points, points behind champion Jimmie Johnson.
However multiple misfortunes, including a missed pit stop and a 1-lap penalty for pitting outside of his pit box, sent him far into the back of the running order. Earnhardt was then directly involved in a controversial crash on lapwhen, while fighting to return to the lead lap, he came in contact with Brian Vickers while fighting to be the first driver one lap down who gets a free pass should the caution flag come outcausing a car pileup which included Denny HamlinScott SpeedJimmie JohnsonKyle and Kurt BuschRobby GordonJamie McMurrayand Carl Edwards.
Vickers and Kyle Busch later criticized Earnhardt, who denied purposely clipping Vickers. Earnhardt criticized Vickers for blocking him on the inside. When the race concluded early due to the rain, Earnhardt ended with a 27th-place finish. Earnhardt later apologized for his actions but maintains to this day that he never intended to wreck Vickers.
After a blown engine at California and falling to 35th in the owners points, he finished 10th at Las Vegas and reached 29th place in points. He finished 8th at Martinsville. He had a string of poor finishes including 20th at Texas, and 31st at Phoenix after being spun out by Casey Mears. He gained confidence in his team with a very strong performance at Talladega, leading for 20 laps, and finishing 2nd to his protege Brad Keselowski after Keselowski sent Carl Edwards flying into the catch fence in one of the year's biggest upsets.
However, two weeks later at Richmond, Earnhardt finished 27th. He was again spun out late in the race at Darlington and ended the race in 27th place. Earnhardt's poor performance continued as he finished in 40th at the Coca Cola due to an ill-handling race car.
On May 28,Tony Eury Jr. Lance McGrew was named interim crew chief and was scheduled to take over, starting with the June Pocono Race with team manager Brian Whitesell calling the shots at Dover the previous week.
At Pocono Raceway, however, he again ended with a 27th-place finish. After the change in crew chiefs, Earnhardt was consistently better, finishing fifteenth at Chicagoland Speedway ; however, during that time he also had one DNF at Daytona International Speedway where he was taken out of the race early in a large pileup. At the Carfax at Michigan, Earnhardt charged to the front near the end of the race and managed to finish 3rd; he also earned his second Top 5 finish this season in the same race.
One week later at Bristol, Earnhardt finished 9th in the Sharpiebut his bad luck continued at the Auto Club Speedway, when he was involved in a multi-car incident. After a 39th qualifying run at Lowe's Motor Speedway, he said "I'm about to the end of my rope".
Lance McGrew had the "interim" taken off of his title, and he continued working with the No. He started 1st in the Gatorade Duel No. He finished 11th in the Budweiser Shootout after struggling with an ill-handling car for most of the race. On February 13,while running in the front of the pack at the Daytona Nationwide Series raceEarnhardt was caught up in a multi-car wreck, causing his car to flip upside down on the backstretch.
He walked away from the wreck uninjured. His driver Danica Patrick was caught up in another wreck before Earnhardt flipped. The next day during the Daytona Jr. It was his best run all year. He finished the year with eight top 10s and 1 pole as consistency plagued the team. On July 2,Earnhardt raced the No. It's also possible that Earnhardt will field his own Nextel Cup team from JR Motorsports, where he runs a Busch Series program and several late model cars out of a brand new shop in Mooresville, N.
But Elledge said driving for another team is the preferred option. Our first choice would be to drive for another competitive Cup team.
Richard Childress Racing, where the elder Earnhardt won six of his seven championships, always has been considered the most logical place for Junior to go. Childress and Dale Earnhardt were extremely close, and Junior has maintained a relationship with the car owner.
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RCR, which owns the No. It would team him with Kevin Harvickwho replaced the elder Earnhardt following his death, and has invited Junior to join the organization. Earnhardt agonized over his decision and said telling DEI's employees on Thursday morning was one of the hardest things he's done. Underneath his party-boy persona, Junior cares terribly what people think and worries his father's fans will feel betrayed by this defection.
It's why he asked Darrell Waltripa friend and former rival of his father's, to fly in from Nashville. His mother, Brenda Jackson, said her son struggles to understand his place in the sport. If that was necessary, that would be what we would do. Earnhardt and Stewart have worked wonderfully together on restrictor plate tracks, and Earnhardt befriended Hamlin early in his career. Joe Gibbs is coach of the Washington Redskins, and Earnhardt is a diehard fan.
But speaking after practice Thursday, Gibbs didn't sound as if his team is in the mix.