POINTS REPORT: Ten races into the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has earned one win, five top-five finishes and six top-10s and ranks fourth in the driver standings. He trails leader and teammate Jeff Gordon by 19 points.
AT KANSAS: In 15 Cup starts at Kansas, Earnhardt has recorded one pole position, one top five-finish and seven top-10s. He has completed 98.1 percent of all the laps he’s attempted (3,876 laps of 3,953 total) at the 1.5-mile racetrack. The 39-year-old driver has led a total of 92 laps there.
CHASSIS CHOICE: This weekend at Kansas, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-877. This is a brand new chassis that has not been raced.
INTERMEDIATE TRACK STATS: In 248 Cup starts on intermediate (one- to two-mile) tracks, Earnhardt has recorded six wins, eight pole positions, 51 top-five finishes and 102 top-10s. He has a 16.1 average starting position and an average finishing position of 16.3 on these racetracks.
DRIVER RATING: According to NASCAR’s loop data statistics, Earnhardt ranks 11th in the driver rating category at Kansas with an 89.9 score. The driver rating is a formula that combines the following categories: wins, finishes, 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 points 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.
HENDRICK AT KANSAS: With four victories at Kansas, Hendrick Motorsports ranks tied for first among teams all-time at the 1.5-mile speedway. Jimmie Johnson and Gordon each have two victories at Kansas to rank tied for first all-time with three other competitors. Gordon ranks first with nine top-five finishes, while Johnson ranks first with 13 top-10s and 562 laps led at Kansas.
ALL-TIME AT 1.5-MILERS: Johnson and Gordon rank best among drivers all-time in several categories at 1.5-mile racetracks. Johnson leads drivers with 15 career victories at 1.5-mile racetracks, while Gordon ranks fourth with 11. Gordon can catch second-place drivers Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth if he wins this weekend at Kansas.
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 more than 500 employees with a 430,000-square-foot facility that sits on 140 acres. Driver Geoff Bodine won the Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway spring race on April 29, 1984, marking Hendrick Motorsports’ first victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
DALE EARNHARDT JR., DRIVER, NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS (ON KANSAS SPEEDWAY.): “We have had fast cars all season, and we are bringing another new chassis this weekend. We did the Goodyear tire test at Michigan (International Speedway) last month, and we were able to learn some things for this weekend. I’m looking forward to getting on the track and seeing what kind of speed we have.”