Dale Jr. Practices for Nationwide Series on Thursday

2/23/2012

Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed the only two NASCAR Nationwide Series practices of 2012 Daytona Speedweeks this morning, dialing in his No. 5 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet for Saturday’s DRIVE4COPD 300.

THURSDAY, FEB. 23 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed the only two NASCAR Nationwide Series practices of 2012 Daytona Speedweeks this morning, dialing in his No. 5 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet for Saturday’s DRIVE4COPD 300.

Earnhardt Jr. ran only nine laps in the first session and 12 laps in the second, practicing both single-car runs and drafting but limiting his track time to preserve the car.  He topped out with a speed of 193.715 mph (46.46 seconds).

“Everything seems to be in order.  I’m happy,” said Earnhardt Jr.  “We didn’t want to do too much today.  We know we have a fast car.  (Crew chief) Bruce (Cook) worked on a few things that he wanted to address.  We’ll be ready to go for qualifying tomorrow night.”

The Nationwide Series cars won’t return to the track surface until Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Friday at 2 p.m. ET (ESPN2).  The race is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, with ESPN providing live television coverage.  ESPN’s NASCAR Countdown pre-race show will start at Noon.

Click here for full race preview for JR Motorsports teams, including Earnhardt Jr. notes and quotes leading into the DRIVE4COPD 300.

Schedule

Standings

After Chicago 400

Chicagoland Speedway | 9/17/2017
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Martin Truex Jr. (P)21020
2Kyle Larson (P)2075-27
3Kevin Harvick (P)2067-35
4Brad Keselowski (P)2061-41
5Kyle Busch (P)2061-41
6Chase Elliott (P)2059-43
7Denny Hamlin (P)2058-44
8Jimmie Johnson (P)2046-56
9Matt Kenseth (P)2039-63
10Ryan Blaney (P)2034-68
22Dale Earnhardt Jr.479-1623