DALE EARNHARDT JR.
NO. 88 AXALTA/MAACO CHEVROLET SS
Date: MAY 20, 2017
Race: All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 1.5-mile oval / Four segments: 20 laps / 20 laps / 20 laps / 10 laps
RECAPPING THE RACE:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. rolled off the grid sixth in Saturday night’s All-Star Race, but battled the handling of the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS all night before ultimately finishing 18th.
Earnhardt slowly lost ground from his sixth-place starting spot and finished the 20-lap Stage 1 in 16th. After a trip to pit road, the driver of the No. 88 Axalta/Maaco Chevy began Stage 2 still in 16th. In the second segment, Earnhardt fell three more positions to finish Stage 2 in 19th. He came to pit road again during the break and the crew made further adjustments, but unfortunately, there wasn’t much they could do to help the No. 88 Chevy’s handling.
In Stage 3, Earnhardt quickly gained a position to 18th, but made contact with the wall and fell back to 19th. Before the third segment ended, he gained one more position to finish the 20-lap run in 18th. With only the top 10 drivers based on average finish in the first three stages making the final sprint to the finish, Earnhardt did not advance past Stage 3. He was scored 18th.
Jimmie Johnson came close to the $1,000,000 purse, ultimately taking the checkered flag in third place. Johnson and Chase Elliott were two of the 10 drivers to advance to the final, 10-lap sprint to the finish. Elliott earned a seventh-place result. Kasey Kahne was eliminated from contention along with Earnhardt after Stage 3 and finished 16th.
QUOTING DALE EARNHARDT JR.:
“It was a frustrating night – our car wasn’t very good. But, we’re bringing a different car next week (for the 600), so we’ll try to put this behind us.”
DALE EARNHARDT JR. - rolled off the grid sixth in Saturday night's All-Star Race, but battled the handling of the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS all night before ultimately finishing 18th.