|Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS, will be available to members of the media on Friday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. local time in the Texas Motor Speedway media center.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: In addition to teammate Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will also have a special paint scheme on his Chevrolet this weekend. Both cars are inspired by characters from the new Warner Bros. movie, “Justice League,” in theaters Nov. 17. “Justice League” heroes Batman, Cyborg and Aquaman will adorn the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
STRONG AT TEXAS: Earnhardt hasn’t finished outside of the top six in the last five races he has run at Texas Motor Speedway. While the driver of the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS hasn’t been to Victory Lane since winning his first NASCAR Cup Series race in his first start at the Fort Worth, Texas, track on April 2, 2000, at age 25, he earned a runner-up finish in last year’s spring race and finished fifth in his most recent trip to the facility earlier this year. The 43-year-old driver has two poles at the Lone Star State track, earning the top starting spot in April 2001 and in April 2008, his first pole with Hendrick Motorsports.
QUALITY PASSES AND STATS: Earnhardt leads all active drivers since 2005 in the quality passes category per NASCAR’s loop data statistics. Quality passes are the number of times a driver passes another car that is running in the top 15 while under green flag conditions. He has recorded 1,018 quality passes at Texas, 75 more than the next closest driver. Earnhardt has the sixth-best driver rating with a 93.6 average. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. He ranks third in the number of laps spent in the top 15 with 6,075 and he holds a solid ranking in several of the speed categories: average running position (sixth – 12.302), fastest laps run (fourth – 328) and green-flag speed (fifth – 173.888 mph).
TEXAS MOTORSPORTS HOF: Earnhardt will become the 19th member inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame when he is honored during a special ceremony held in The Grand Ballroom of The Speedway Club on Saturday, Nov. 4. The driver took an immediate liking to Texas Motor Speedway, earning his first career XFINITY Series win on April 4, 1998, at the 1.5-mile speedway. Nearly two years later to the day Earnhardt would strike again, winning his first Cup Series race on April 2, 2000, to become the first Cup rookie driver to win at Texas. The Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame ceremony serves as a major fundraiser for Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas. Tickets were appropriately priced at $88 to reflect Earnhardt’s iconic Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet, and the event has sold out. For more, click here.
GRAY GLOVES: Earnhardt will wear gray-accented gloves this weekend at Texas and for the remainder of November to raise awareness for diabetes awareness month. Through the Dale Jr. Foundation’s Driven to Give Gloves program, his race-worn gloves will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s clinical and research programs. Nationwide Children’s is America’s largest pediatric hospital and research center with all care provided regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
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