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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.
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“The helmet is a great way for drivers to sort of show some expression,” Earnhardt said.
Dale Jr. has always had a sense of style when it comes to paint schemes, racing helmets and even racing gloves, and this amazing new helmet expresses himself more than ever before. We’ll get to see his new helmet in action just 20 days when he returns to the NO. 88 car for the Duel at Daytona.
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Test session speeds
NO. 88 on the track at PIR
How about this!? Earnhardt Jr. topped the Phoenix test session after running 69 laps with a top speed of 135.568 and best lap time of 26.555.
Dale had this to say about returning to Cup racing after 7 months out of the car:
“I’m a little nervous if there’ll be any kind of learning curve. I hope there isn’t. Sometimes you see guys in sports that are away for a while have to adjust to how much has changed since they’ve taken time off, and then there’s some guys who come back and it’s like they’ve never missed a day. I don’t know. I hope there is no rust to shake off. I’m really anxious to get out there and have some success, go out there and run well and check that box and know we’re right where we need to be.”
Jeffrey Earnhardt. 27 years old. Nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale won’t be the only Earnhardt in this years Daytona 500. Nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeffrey Earnhardt (27 years old), will be making his first ever start in the Great American Race with sponsorship from Starter. Circle Sport with The Motorsports Group will be fielding the NO. 33 Chevrolet in not just the Daytona 500, but all Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events as they have acquired a charter from NASCAR.
Jeffrey Earnhardt had a total of 22 starts in last years Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and recorded four finishes inside of the top 30.
Exciting news! It was announced this evening that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be joining Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, and Jeff Gordon for the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. This will be Dale’s second race in the FOX Sports booth, his first appearance being in an Xfinity Series race at Michigan last June with Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip.
Dale Jr. and Rick Hendrick both agreed to let Alex Bowman have the opportunity to drive the NO. 88 in the Clash because of his strong performances last season when filling in for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Anyone else sense a future broadcasting career for Dale Jr. once he retires? . . . We can only hope.
The Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona kicks off the NASCAR racing season on Saturday, February 18th at 8:00 PM EST on FS1.