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February 5, 2009
No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports
DRIVER: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
BORN: October 10, 1974
HOMETOWN: Kannapolis, N.C.
CREW CHIEF: Tony Eury Jr.
NOTES: NASCAR's most popular driver didn't really make the impact he wanted during his first year on the circuit's most powerful team. Earnhardt won just one race, using a little bit of luck to win at Michigan in the summer with fuel strategy. He qualified for the Chase only to fade to 12th. Has won only three times in the last four years and will need to develop better chemistry with crew chief Tony Eury Jr. to have any hope of catching up to teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.