POINTS AFTER NEW HAMPSHIRE: Dale Earnhardt Jr. holds the fifth position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship standings. He trails leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson by 118 points with seven races remaining until the 12-car field is set for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
AT THE BRICKYARD: In 13 Sprint Cup starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Earnhardt has recorded three top-10 finishes and led 61 laps. In five of those races, Earnhardt lined up sixth or better for the historic event. He scored his best finish — fourth-place — at the 2.5-mile oval last season.
LEADING LAPS: According to NASCAR’s loop data statistics, Earnhardt ranks eighth among all drivers in the laps led category during the past eight Indianapolis races. The 38-year-old driver has led 48 of the 1,280 laps run during that timeframe.
SPEEDWAY SUCCESS: Earnhardt has scored nine of his 19 career Sprint Cup wins on tracks that are two miles or longer. He has earned five at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, two at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and two at Michigan International Speedway. He also has tallied four pole positions, 37 top-five finishes, 58 top-10s and 1,700 laps led at tracks that are two miles or longer.
GOOD COMPANY: Earnhardt’s nine wins at ovals that are two miles or greater rank him fourth overall among active, full-time drivers. Jeff Gordon ranks first with 31 wins, Tony Stewart is second with 18 wins while Johnson is third with 17 victories.
INDIANAPOLIS CHASSIS: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-810 this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a new chassis.
HENDRICK AT INDY: Most recently, Johnson went to Victory Lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July 2012, recording his fourth career win at the famed 2.5-mile speedway and the eighth for Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson and Gordon rank tied for first among NASCAR competition with four career victories there. The Hendrick Motorsports duo has combined to win eight of the 19 Cup events that have been held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In addition to those eight victories, Hendrick Motorsports has 21 top-five finishes and 31 top-10s in 19 races (65 starts) there.
ALL-TIME: Johnson and Gordon, with four Brickyard wins apiece, rank tied for second with four-time Indy 500 victors A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser. The five drivers trail Formula-1’s Michael Schumacher, a five-time winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, on the all-time major motor sports list at the historic track.
CHEVY STREAK: Chevrolet has won 14 of the 19 Sprint Cup events held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the last 10 straight. In addition, a Chevy has started from the Brickyard 400 pole position eight times.
DALE EARNHARDT JR., DRIVER, NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS (ON INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY.): “I like coming to Indy and like the history of the racetrack. The history there is incredible. It’s been able to survive a lot of things, and here we are racing on it today. It is just incredible. It is a challenging place. It is one groove and you kind of fight getting aero-tight behind people. You know when you show up for practice what you of need out of your car. We will work hard this weekend and see where we end up.”