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Dale Earnhardt Jr. hoping good car makes difference in New Hampshire


Dale Earnhardt Jr. has announced that he will retire from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after the 2017 season. As the Hendrick Motorsports driver prepares to climb into the race car for the final time at each track -- or at least likely for the last time, as he has left the door open for possible one-off races -- we take a look at how he has fared over the years at each venue and what to expect in his last ride there.

Dale Jr. at New Hampshire Motor Speedway | Sep. 24, 2017

Starts: 34

Best finish: Third (September 2004)

Biggest highlight: Earnhardt finished third in the September 2004 race, the opening race of the initial Chase for the Nextel Cup. The finish, at a track where he didn't have the best history, put Earnhardt in a tie for the series points lead.

Worst moment: A crash in July 2006 after a tap from Clint Bowyer didn't end his day but an ensuing engine failure did after 134 laps, resulting in a last-place finish.

Outlook for Sunday: Earnhardt will roll off 15th on Sunday, but he's been happy with his car. "... initial feeling about it is we have made the car better than we had here in the first race."

Dale Jr. says: "It's a good challenge, but I really love racing here, always have. It's one of the races as far as length, it seems just about right. You know you guys started out with a perfect length and have kept it that way for a long time. It's just enough racing. It's just the right amount. I've always appreciated that, too."

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