Sport Dale Earnhardt Jr. won’t settle in final season — whether or not he’s in the playoffs

09:15  06 august  2017
09:15  06 august  2017 Source:   For The Win

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Dale Earnhardt Jr . is running out of time on all fronts. Including Sunday’ s I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at Watkins Glen International, the No. 88 Chevrolet driver has five regular season races left to get a win and lock himself into the 16-driver playoffs — formerly known as The Chase — this fall. That’ s if he

Dale Earnhardt Jr . knows tonight' s Cup race at Daytona is his best chance to win and make the playoffs in his final full season . The problem is if Earnhardt doesn’t win at Daytona, where does he win since he won ’ t make the playoffs via points?

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Including Sunday's I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at Watkins Glen International, the No. 88 Chevrolet driver has five regular season races left to get a win and lock himself into the 16-driver playoffs - formerly known as The Chase - this fall.

That's if he wants a shot at competing for his first NASCAR Cup Series championship, but he also has just 15 races remaining overall before he retires from competing full-time. Fifteen races may seem like plenty of time, until you consider Junior's last win was back in November of 2015, 40 races ago.

Earnhardt knows this, and he's had plenty of winless seasons in the past, but he, understandably, wants to go out with a win in his last year - whether or not he makes the playoffs. Or at least know that he and his team weren't cutting corners.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr . got philosophical about his career after his final visit to Sonoma as an active racer. If the regular season ended today, Truex would be second in the season standings and gain 10 bonus playoff points, giving him 31 playoff points.

Dale Earnhardt Jr .’ s final season in the NASCAR Cup series continues to be a growing book of disappointment. Ricky Stenhouse Jr . is comfortably in the playoffs after scoring his second victory of the season last weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

During his press conference Saturday at The Glen, Junior said:

"I'm not going to be able to tell my team anything that they don't know. They understand the reality of the situation and where we are competition wise and performance wise. The only thing I told them is one of these races, we're gonna show up, and we might have what we need. And for us to be able to win that weekend, we need to be ready mentally.

"We can't drag our feet into the race track on Friday and expect to be on our game on Sunday. We have to go into every race like this is gonna be the week that we get it done. I think that's the only attitude you can have if you expect to take advantage of an opportunity, 'cause one might fall in your lap and we might just find what we're looking for before this season's over.

"Certainly if we miss The Chase, we're still going to try and win a race. We're still gonna show up and try to give it everything we've got. There's nothing worse than leaving the race track feeling like you didn't try your best or give everything you had, and I certainly ain't gonna finish my last season like that and carry that with me the rest of my life. So we're gonna work hard all the way to the very end, and hopefully, we have something to smile about at some point before it's over with."

So far in the 2017 season, Earnhardt has had four top-10 finishes - Texas Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Sonoma Raceway - with a season-best finish of fifth at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 in Texas.


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