Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
44-Year-Old Driver  
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Top-5 Finish at Darlington
XFINITY Series
August 31, 2019
Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth in the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway Saturday afternoon.
ANALYSIS
Just two weeks removed from a harrowing crash landing in his private plane, Earnhardt returned to action for his only start of the season Saturday at the Track Too Tough to Tame. He qualified 14th on the grid in the No.8 Chevrolet, and then methodically marched through the field. Earnhardt finished stage 1 seventh and would race in the Top 10 for the remainder of the afternoon. He would push up to fifth-place by the checkered flag, and collected his 69th-career Top-5 finish in Xfinity Series competition.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2014
2008
2006
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.
More Fantasy News
Will Race at Darlington
XFINITY Series
August 22, 2019
Earnhardt Jr. tweeted Wednesday night that he still plans to compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway next week as previously planned, NASCAR.com reports.
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Xfinity Series Start at Darlington
XFINITY Series
February 1, 2019
Earnhardt Jr. mentioned on Twitter that he will drive in the Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway, NASCAR.com reports.
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Open to Rolex 24 in the Future
Retired
January 25, 2019
Earnhardt Jr. says he's always kept a potential return to the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the back of his mind but admitted it would take a unique set of circumstances to make it a reality, sportscar365.com reports.
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Finishes Fourth in NASCAR Return
XFINITY Series
September 21, 2018
Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth in the GoBowling 250 Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway Friday night.
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Wins Most Popular Driver for 15th Year
NASCAR Cup
December 1, 2017
Earnhardt Jr. wrapped up his final season as a NASCAR driver with one last piece of hardware. He won the Most Popular Driver Award on Thursday night for the 15th consecutive time, the Associated Press reports.
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