Win during west coast swing goal for Junior
Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images

Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Daytona International Speedway in February 2015.

March 14, 2015


AVONDALE, Ariz.—As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its second stop along the three race west coast swing, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has one goal during the tour: win.

“I [haven’t] won at California, I’d love to win there,” Junior said to The Racing Experts, adding “Phoenix, we run good there, I like that track, won a couple races there. We just have to keep up this consistency and keep trying to give ourselves opportunities to win.”

Junior enters the fourth race of the season as one of two drivers to knock off a top-five finish in each of the season’s first three events. He currently sits second in points, nine points back of leader Kevin Harvick.

But as Junior explained, it’s a number of factors that have helped in his early season success.

“It’s just how good the cars are,” he said. “Show up to the racetrack, are we good in practice, or how are we improving the cars, how’s the communication between me and [crew chief] Greg [Ives].”

Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 Chevrolet in the Neon Garage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The pairing with first-year Sprint Cup crew chief Greg Ives gives the two a chance to form chemistry and experience together before the post-season.

“We’ve got all year to prepare. If we make that Chase, we need to be ready when that time comes.”

Where will Dale Earnhardt Jr. finish Sunday?
11th or worse
Poll Maker