Hendrick Motorsports |
RACE: IRWIN Tools Night Race
DATE: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway
LENGTH: .533-mile concrete oval
TV: ABC (Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET)
RADIO: PRN Radio (Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET)
News & Notes
POINTS REPORT: After recording his 11th top-five finish of the season at Michigan International Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. ranks second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings. He trails teammate Jeff Gordon by three points with three races remaining until the 16-car field is set for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
SO FAR THIS YEAR: Earnhardt, driver of the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet SS, has recorded three wins, 11 top-five finishes and 16 top-10s in 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup events this year. His 11 top-five results rank him first and he is tied with Gordon for the most top-10 finishes.
AT BRISTOL: In 29 Sprint Cup starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Earnhardt has scored one win, seven top-five finishes and 14 top-10s. The 39-year-old driver has an average finishing position of 12th and has completed 99.0 percent of all laps he's attempted (14,364 of 14,516 total) at the short track. He has led 790 laps at the 0.533-mile oval.
PERSONAL BEST: Earnhardt's 12th-place average finish at Bristol is a personal best for the driver in the Sprint Cup Series. In the last 25 races there, Earnhardt has finished 11th or better 17 times.
AVERAGE FINISH: According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Earnhardt has the second-best average finish among all drivers in the last 19 Cup races at Bristol. Earnhardt, who recorded 10 top-10s during that timeframe, has an average finish of 10.5.
DRIVER RATING: Earnhardt ranks 13th in the driver rating category at Bristol Motor Speedway with an average score of 88.5 according to loop data from the last 19 races. 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. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The driver rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.
CHASSIS CHOICE: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-745. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a ninth-place finish at Dover International Speedway in June.
HENDRICK AT BRISTOL: In 195 starts at Bristol, Hendrick Motorsports has 10 wins, 48 top-five finishes, 89 top-10s and 11 pole positions. Gordon is tied for first among active drivers with five wins at the track, while Kasey Kahne most recently won this race for the organization in March 2013.
30TH ANNIVERSARY: In 2014, Hendrick Motorsports is celebrating its 30th anniversary in NASCAR. The organization began in 1984 with five employees and 5,000 square feet of work space. It has grown to approximately 600 employees with a 430,000-square-foot facility that sits on 140 acres. Driver Geoff Bodine won the Martinsville Speedway spring race on April 29, 1984, marking Hendrick Motorsports’ first victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
DALE EARNHARDT JR. (ON BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY): “Bristol is a fun racetrack. I love racing on the short tracks. We don’t get to do a whole lot of it throughout the year so I’m really hoping to just be able to make all the laps. If you are out there making all the laps, you’re going to be enjoying yourself because you can’t run around Bristol without having fun.”