Thu, 07 Feb 2008 14:47:34 -0800
Pete Pistone, of CBSSports.com, reports Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., said he is prepared as anyone for the 2008 Sprint Cup Series season. Less than three months have passed since the end of the 2007 season but Earnhardt Jr. says he is ready to head into the next phase of his career. "This is a high-profile team, and I'm a high-profile driver," Earnhardt said. "I can handle it. I'm as prepared as anybody." Junior will drive his new No. 88 Chevrolet competitively for the first time Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Budweiser Shootout. He won the non-points race in 2003 and said it's a fun race to be in. The Shootout will be the first race at Daytona International Speedway in the Car of Tomorrow.
Thu, 07 Feb 2008 14:02:39 -0800
David Newton, of ESPN.com, reports Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Thursday, Feb. 7, that he is not convinced that NASCAR officials want drivers to show more personality. "I don't believe them," Jr. said. "I don't think anybody does. What does that mean? Are we supposed to walk the line and see where we step over it and where are we going to get fined when we go too far? What are they saying?" Earnhardt also said he doesn't believe NASCAR chairman Brian France when he said last month that he wants to get back to the old days when drivers could be themselves without the fear of receiving a fine.
Wed, 06 Feb 2008 12:14:42 -0800
SceneDaily.com reports Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s "JR Nation" fan apparel by ADIDAS will debut during Speedweeks in Daytona Beach, Fla. Earnhardt will wear a firesuit made by ADIDAS to help promote his apparel while racing at Daytona. The apparel will officially go on sell Feb. 15, at Sports Authority, and will be made available in Daytona Beach, Fla., first. The first 88 people to buy the apparel will receive an autographed hat.
Thu, 31 Jan 2008 13:43:04 -0800
Bob Pockrass, of SceneDaily.com, reports Texas Motor Speedway officials agreed to change a billboard at the Speedway relating to Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his stepmother. Earnhardt Jr. had a dispute with his stepmother and Dale Earnhardt Inc. after the 2007 NASCAR season, which led up to Earnhardt leaving DEI to join Hendrick in the offseason. The billboard has a picture of Earnhardt on it and says "Reason #88: Step-Mom" with the track website underneath. The track had a campaign that was named "Reasons" and was made to help the track sell tickets for the Sprint Cup Series race in April 2008.
Wed, 30 Jan 2008 14:20:28 -0800
The Associated Press reports Dale Earnhardt Inc. president of global operations Max Siegel said Wednesday, Jan. 30, that all of Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s memorabilia was returned to the showroom floor after the media luncheon on Jan. 23.
Tue, 29 Jan 2008 13:34:20 -0800
The Associated Press reports Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he was upset Monday, Jan. 28, about his memorabilia that had been taken out of the Dale Earnhardt Inc. showroom. Earnhardt said the members of his former team that were part of his Daytona 500 victory and his two Busch Series championships should be recognized since they are still with DEI. DEI president Max Siegel said there is still Earnhardt items on display and nine of his old cars were moved to make room for a media luncheon. Siegel also said that DEI no longer has a relationship with Jr. or Budweiser so they have no license or agreement to sell any of his merchandise.
Mon, 28 Jan 2008 09:33:17 -0800
ESPNews reports ESPN will debut a five-part series on Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his switch from Dale Earnhardt Inc. to Hendrick. It will include behind the scenes business meetings and press conference footage. The first three episodes will air on ESPN before the Daytona 500 and the last two, which are an hour long each, will be shown before the Brickyard 400 at ESPN's first live NASCAR race of the season.
Thu, 24 Jan 2008 10:13:45 -0800
Seth Livingstone, of USA TODAY, reports Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he is concerned about his new teammates (Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson) perception of him as well as his on track performance. Earnhardt said "Jimmie's been the champion the last two years. The big story going into this season should be whether he's going to three-peat." Earnhardt went to Daytona International Speedway a week early to watch Gordon and Johnson test their cars on the track. Rick Hendrick, who is the owner of Hendrick Motorsports, said "When he went down to Daytona to be with them, they just opened their arms, and it's been almost a love fest since then," Hendrick said. "He just wants to do good so bad."
Tue, 22 Jan 2008 10:16:31 -0800
Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday, Jan. 22, that driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Big Mo' chocolate bar is now on the shelves of most major food retailers. The Big Mo' candy bar was created for Earnhardt Jr., and was named after his hometown Mooresville, N.C. It is a 2.5 ounce milk chocolate candy bar with either creamy caramel or peanut butter filling and costs only 99 cents.
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