Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Confirmed for Bristol
January 10, 2023
JR Motorsports and Unilever have reached a milestone as they extend their partnership into its 15th year in 2023. In addition, the organization confirmed that NASCAR Hall of Famer Earnhardt Jr. will make his annual return to the Xfinity Series this season with a Unilever-branded No. 88 entry at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Earnhardt's part-time participation in the Xfinity Series continues in 2023. The team have confirmed the owner/driver for the September Bristol event in a Unilever branded No. 88 Chevrolet. Earnhardt has been competitive in his part-time starts in this division of NASCAR. He finished a respectable 11th-place in his lone start of 2022 at Martinsville Speedway.
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NASCAR Xfinity DFS: Contender Boats 300
43 days ago
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back for his second Xfinity Series race of the season after a strong run at Bristol. Dane Shinault gives us his strategy along with his optimal lineup for Saturday's race at Homestead.
NASCAR Xfinity DFS: Food City 300
78 days ago
Justin Allgaier heads to arguably his best track on the schedule hoping to lock himself in to the Round of 8. Dane Shinault breaks down the Xfinity Series race at Bristol and provides his top DFS values.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
The devastating concussion and balance/vision impairment issues that Earnhardt suffered due to multiple crashes last season took the NASCAR icon out of the driver's seat at mid-season in 2016. He only completed 18 of the 36 events before being sidelined. It was a season lost for the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet. However, the good news is that Earnhardt is much better and has received medical clearance to race again as of early December. Before the injury the veteran driver had been performing at his highest level in years with great campaigns in 2014 and 2015. While all would appear to be all right physically with Earnhardt, we'd be a bit leery about building a fantasy race team around him, with Earnhardt being the anchor driver. As it goes with drivers and concussion histories, all it takes is another major wreck to put your driver on the sidelines for multiple races.
The loss of crew chief Steve Letarte at the end of the 2014 season was seen as a major blow to this driver and team. However, Earnhardt would quickly bond and build chemistry with Greg Ives last year en route to a very strong season. Earnhardt grabbed three wins and 22 top-10 finishes to dispel any thoughts of a downturn in the No. 88 team. His 11.3 average finish in 2015 was actually better than the 12.2 he posted in his strong 2014 campaign. Now where does this driver and team go? While a championship doesn't seem likely, the Chase format certainly makes it more of a possibility for a driver and team like this. Another multi-win, 20+ top 10 season should be around the corner for the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet.
Aside from the late-season concussion and brief hiatus from competition, last year was a very successful campaign for the NASCAR icon. Earnhardt saw his championship hopes disappear due to his head injury, but he still managed 20 Top-10 finishes and a respectable 12th-place finish in the final championship standings. He also got the winless monkey off his back in 2012. Earnhardt’s thrilling victory at Michigan ended a 143-race winless streak in the Sprint Cup Series. We believe the No. 88 Hendrick team will build on these gains in the upcoming season. Earnhardt should scratch out another victory or two, and he should show the consistency that he did last season. Those characteristics should make him a very valuable driver in almost any fantasy racing format.
The 2005 season can only be described as disappointing for Earnhardt Jr. The failure to make the Chase for the Cup was only mildly sedated by the single victory that he collected at Chicago. 2006 should hold some improvement for Earnhardt and the #8 team, but we don't expect a complete turnaround in just one season.
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Making two Xfinity starts in 2023
November 1, 2022
Earnhardt Jr. will race in two Xfinity Series races in 2023, Jordan Bianchi of The Athletic reports.
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Next-Gen Test at Daytona
January 10, 2022
Earnhardt Jr. will participate in the Next Gen test at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday for Hendrick Motorsports, the team announced.
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2022 Xfinity Start Named
October 26, 2021
On this week's Dale Jr Download, Earnhardt Jr. announced he will make his lone 2022 Xfinity Series start at Martinsville Speedway.
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Xfinity Start at Homestead
June 11, 2020
Earnhardt Jr. returns to NXS competition at Homestead for the first event at the 1.5-mile oval on Saturday. This marks the first time Earnhardt Jr. is back behind the wheel since a fifth-place finish at Darlington Raceway in 2019, JR Motorsports PR reports.
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Joins iRacing field
April 19, 2020
Earnhardt Jr. and Daniel Suarez were named the provisional drivers for Sunday's iRacing Toyota Owners 150 event, Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports reports.
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