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NSCS Loudon Race Preview: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Preview: NSCS New Hampshire Preview: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Venue: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058-mile oval)
Event: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Race 28 of 36)
Tune In: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET on ESPN/PRN

News & Notes

POINTS WITH NINE TO GO: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, currently holds the seventh position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after finishing eighth at Chicagoland Speedway last weekend. With nine races remaining in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Earnhardt trails leader Brad Keselowski by 17 points.

AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: In 26 Cup starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Earnhardt has seven top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. He has an average start of 16.5 at the 1.058-mile oval and an average finish of 16.2. Earnhardt has led 351 laps there.

LAPS IN THE TOP 15: Earnhardt ranks fourth among drivers for laps run in the top 15 at New Hampshire, according to NASCAR's loop data statistics. During the last 15 races at the 1.058-mile oval, the Kannapolis, N.C., native has spent 76.2 percent of his laps (3,403 of 4,468 total) running in the top 15 to rank fourth among the competition. During the July race at New Hampshire Earnhardt spent 300 of 301 laps inside the top 15.

DRIVER RATING: According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Earnhardt is ranked fifth in the driver rating category at New Hampshire with a score of 97.8 during the past 15 races at the track. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, 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 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.

NEW HAMPSHIRE CHASSIS: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-721 this weekend at New Hampshire. Earnhardt first raced this chassis to a fourth-place finish in July at New Hampshire.

HENDRICK AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: In 35 Cup races (126 starts) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports has nine wins, 36 top-five finishes and 57 top-10s. Most recently, Kasey Kahne won at the 1.058-mile track in July and was joined in the top 10 by his Hendrick Motorsports teammates Earnhardt (fourth), Jeff Gordon (sixth) and Jimmie Johnson (seventh).

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

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