‘Kobalt Tools 400’ Race Chat Room

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Friday, March 10
2 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
3:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1
6 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS2
7 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS2
7:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS2

Saturday, March 11

Noon, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
1 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1
2 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
2:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1
3:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay: XFINITY, FS1
4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Boyd Gaming 300, FS1
6:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race Show, FS1

Sunday, March 12

1:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1
3:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Kobalt 400, FOX
9:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1

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Rearview Mirror: 2017 Folds of Honor 500

Rough day for the Nationwide NO. 88 at Atlanta

Atlanta did not go the way we all had hoped for our driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale had a surprisingly good qualifying run that put him 12th to start the race but once the green flag dropped, something seemed a little off. The NO. 88 immediately fell back a few spots to P15 with a seemingly bad handling race car that was just all over the place especially in the middle of the turns. Dale was specifically saying that the 50%-60% mark was where he needed help with more grip.

After falling back to P15, Earnhardt Jr. was able to get it back to P13 by working the top of turns 1 and 2 and the bottom of turns 3 and 4. The first green flag pit stop of the day took place around lap 35 and that’s where his trouble started. Dale was caught for speeding coming into pit road in multiple segments of pit lane so a drive through penalty was assessed. The NO. 88 went a lap down as a result, but thankfully the race was still in its early going and the possibility of recovering with the lucky dog or wave around at the end of the first stage was a possibility … until trouble struck again. While improving his position to P25 and only a few more cars to pass to get into the lucky dog spot, Dale had a tire go down that forced him to make an unscheduled pit stop. This was the nail in the coffin for Dale and the Nationwide team as they were never able to recover; floating around P30 and as far back as P34 and multiple laps down.

Despite being completely out of contention and multiple laps down, Dale did say over the team radio that we was still having a good time and was simply enjoying being back behind the wheel. Better days will come for sure. Sunday was just another one of those days that we have known all too well over the years as Junior fans. Yesterday’s kind of race used to actually get me down and ruin my Sunday’s because I wanted Dale to just simply run well and fight for a win. But after last years serious concussion injury and the possibility looming of him never being able to get back in a race car, we can’t take his competitive days for granted anymore. We must enjoy every race day that he’s healthy and on the racetrack, even when the day goes sour.

Dale tweeted this after the race and I think it solidly summarizes exactly how I feel and how I think we should all feel in Jr. Nation –

It wasn’t the best afternoon, but I’m so happy to be back with these guys here! Win or lose, we stick together. @nationwide88

‘2017 Folds of Honor 500’ Race Chat Room

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ALL TIMES EST

Friday, March 3
10 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1
11 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FS1
Noon, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
1:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1
2:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FS1
3:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1
4:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1
5:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1

Saturday, March 4

9 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1
10:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1
Noon, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1
1:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay: XFINITY, FS1
2 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Rinnai 250, FS1
4:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Active Pest Control 200, FS1
6:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Post-Race Show, FS1

Sunday, March 5

2 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FOX Pre-Race Show, FOX
2:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip  500, FOX
11 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1

 

‘Can-Am Duels’ Race Chat Room

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott

Chase Elliott and Dale Jr. starting 1st and 2nd for the Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be starting first in his Duel race with his 2nd starting spot guaranteed for the Daytona 500 alongside repeat pole sitter Chase Elliott who will take the green flag in the first Duel race.

Weather will be interesting as scattered storms are in the forecast, but the keyword here is “scattered”, it will be interesting whether or not rain will significantly effect these two races. NASCAR VP Steve O’Donnell stated that if the races tonight are rained out then they will take place sometime Friday.

Race coverage begins at 7:00 PM EST on FS1 with the LIVE Leaderboard and NASCAR Drive located at NASCAR.com for companion viewing options.

‘Daytona 500 Qualifying’ Race Chat Room

 

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Dale Jr. is looking for his second career Daytona 500 pole today in Kroger Qualifying for the Daytona 500. Jr. was 11th quick in yesterday’s marathon 4 hour qualifying practice session. The Clash made it clear that you need to be close to the front to have a chance at victory. It’ll be key that Dale Jr. qualifies in the top 15 or top 10 for a solid chance at victory on Thursday and Sunday.

Coverage is LIVE on your local FOX Network at 3 PM EST.

LIVE Leaderboard can be found at NASCAR.com

‘The Clash at Daytona’ Race Chat Room

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Welcome to the first Race Chat Room of 2017!

Alex Bowman will  be driving the NO. 88 for The Clash at Daytona due to his strong efforts in the car last year when Dale Jr. was out with a concussion. The race is a 75 lap event with a competition caution thrown out on lap 50, setting up a 25 lap sprint to the checkered flag.

The green flag drops at approximately 8:10 PM EST this Saturday and can be watched LIVE on FS1.

LIVE Leaderboard can be found at NASCAR.com

FREE LIVE In-Car cams can be found at NASCAR Drive

‘Countdown to Daytona’ Off-Season Discussion

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Welcome everybody to our new (old) home! We started out as 88-Central back in July of 2011, changed to Dale Jr. Nation in 2013, and now in 2017 we are back with WordPress as DaleJrNation.blog. Thank you to those who have been actively participating since the beginning, you know who you are. And for the lurkers, feel free to join us at anytime and engage in our conversations!

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In case you missed it, be sure to check out the ‘Welcome’ post by clicking here!

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