I’m doing a review of the drivers that made the Chase in 2008. Let’s start with the driver who ended up in last place. That is to say, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished the season in twelfth place.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. said good bye to his Father’s Team, Dale Earnhardt Inc. in 2007 to start a new career with Hendrick Motor Sports. He had no wins in 2007, and Theresa Earnhardt wouldn’t let him have 51% of the Company, so he moved on. He felt he had a better chance for wins and Championships with HMS.
His season in 2008 got off to a great start by winning the Budweiser Shoot Out. And then winning his Gatorade Duel to qualify for the Daytona 500. He ran well in 2008, but didn’t do as well as he had hoped. He had only one win in 2008, that being at Michigan. He coasted to the finish line on fumes. It was his first win in 76 races.
He also had a near win at Richmond. Kyle Busch knocked him into the wall, going for the win. That wasn’t what the Most Popular Driver’s fans wanted to see. Although Jr. was a good sport about it, saying they were both going for the win.
Having one win in the regular season seeded him in fourth place at the start of the Chase. But the Chase wasn’t good to him. He had two DNF’s (Did Not Finish) in the final seven races of the Chase. And had to settle for a twelfth place finish to the season.
Next to review will be eleventh place finisher, Matt Kenseth.
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