Junior's Day in Cup Garage a Short One

2/24/2012

Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned seven total laps in a pair of Daytona 500 practices Friday at Daytona International Speedway.

FRIDAY, FEB. 24 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard team turned only seven laps in two NASCAR Sprint Cup practices on Friday, opting to play it safe and not risk damaging its Chevrolet Impala two days before the Daytona 500.

Earnhardt Jr. registered the 10th-quickest time in the first session.  His top speed came on the second of four laps at 191.677 mph (46.95 seconds).  The Diet Dew/National Guard team sat out most of the second session but squeezed in a run at the end.  Earnhardt Jr. completed three laps with a top speed of 192.127 mph (46.84 seconds), good for 19th on the practice chart.

The Sprint Cup Series will have one final practice on Saturday (10:30 a.m. – Noon on SPEED) before Sunday’s 54th annual Daytona 500.  Earnhardt Jr. will start fifth after scoring a second-place finish in Thursday’s Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race.  This will mark his ninth top-five start in the Great American Race in 13 career attempts.

Earnhardt Jr. will conclude his Friday obligations in the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage with Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the DRIVE4COPD 300 (2 p.m. ET on ESPN2).  He will go out 37th in the No. 5 Taxslayer.com Chevrolet for JR Motorsports.

Schedule

Standings

After New Hampshire 301

New Hampshire Motor Speedway | 7/16/2017
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Martin Truex Jr.7580
2Kyle Larson720-38
3Kyle Busch650-108
4Kevin Harvick639-119
5Denny Hamlin589-169
6Chase Elliott587-171
7Jamie McMurray572-186
8Brad Keselowski564-194
9Jimmie Johnson552-206
10Clint Bowyer526-232
21Dale Earnhardt Jr.351-407