Chase Preview:
No. 3 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

By Dominic Aragon
September 14, 2014

After becoming the first driver to all but guarantee himself a Chase berth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 13th today to start his quest for his first championship.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s path to a Chase berth began with a win in the season opening Daytona 500, the second of his career.

Earnhardt Jr. qualified for his sixth career post-season, and fourth consecutive. When asked about how he and his team will perform in the Chase’s opening week, Earnhardt Jr. expressed confidence in his team.

“I think we’re a good team going into Chicago,” he said. “We’re going to try to prepare as good as we can, get our minds right and ready for this Chase.”

Earnhardt Jr. has scored five top-ten finishes in 13 starts at Chicagoland, including a win in July 2005.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s primary paint scheme. Earnhardt Jr. scored three wins through the season's first 26 races.

For Earnhardt Jr., it’s all about performing well in the Chase.

“We’ve been locked in and really on a holiday for about 20 weeks or so since we’ve been locked in,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “It’s time to get serious, get down to business, and we’ve got to get our heads straight and ready.”

Earnhardt Jr. has won at five of the tracks on the Chase schedule.

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