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Pocono Recap: Dale Earnhardt Jr.





DATE: Aug. 1, 2010

START: 20th

FINISH: 27th



Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran as high as second during Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Pocono Raceway, and his team worked diligently to dial in his No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet. But handling was a persistent issue, and Earnhardt finished 27th.

Earnhardt remains 14th in the championship standings and sits 129 points outside the top 12 with five races remaining until the field is set for the Chase to the Sprint Cup Championship.

Sunday morning opened with rains showers and dark skies, and the start of the race was delayed almost an hour. When the green flag dropped on Sunday, Earnhardt started climbing from his 20th qualifying spot.. He was scored 15th when the first yellow flag was waved on Lap 15 for a scheduled competition caution. Crew chief Lance McGrew called for four fresh tires, fuel and an air pressure and chassis adjustment to help Earnhardt with the handling in Turns 2 and 3.

Earnhardt restarted 19th on Lap 19 and continued to work with McGrew to fine-tune the handling of the No. 88 Chevy. While his team worked on his car, Earnhardt maintained his position. At the race's halfway point -- Lap 100 -- Earnhardt was scored 20th.

On Lap 145, the caution flag waved for debris, and McGrew brought his driver down pit road to implement a late-race pit strategy. The crew went to work bolting on two right-side Goodyear tires and refueling the Chevy. After making an air pressure adjustment, the crew sent Earnhardt back to green-flag racing in the second position on Lap 150, as most teams opted to take four tires. With rain clouds looming in the area, the No. 88 team kept their eyes to the sky.

Unfortunately, the rain clouds stayed away and those who took four tires prevailed. Seven laps later, Earnhardt lost control of the green-and-white Chevy and spun on his own in the Turn 1 grass, bringing out the day's fourth caution. He didn't make any contact and McGrew brought his driver down pit road for four fresh tires with an air pressure adjustment and fuel. Earnhardt restarted the 25th on Lap 162.

A four-car incident on Lap 164 brought out the red flag and racing action was halted for 45 minutes while safety crews cleared the debris and a brief rain shower sprinkled the track.

The field went back to green-flag racing on Lap 179 with Earnhardt scored 24th. He slipped back to 27th, which is where he finished, when the checkered flag was waved.


Courtesy of Hendrick Motorsports.
Media Relations | No. 88 AMP Energy / National Guard Racing


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