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Earnhardt Jr. to Compete in Camping World 300 at Daytona

2004 Daytona 500 Winner Adds Fifth Event To DIRECTV Speedweeks Schedule

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. added a fifth event to his DIRECTV Speedweeks 2008 schedule as he announced he will compete in the 50th annual Camping World 300 presented by Chevy NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Feb. 16 at historic Daytona International Speedway.

Earnhardt Jr. will drive the No. 5 National Guard Chevrolet for a team being fielded in a joint partnership between JR Motorsports and Hendrick Motorsports. Earnhardt Jr. will also drive the car in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway while 18-year-old Landon Cassill will pilot the car in 19 other events.

Earnhardt Jr. has three straight Camping World 300 presented by Chevy victories (2002-04) on his resume and has also won two July NASCAR Nationwide Series races at DIS.

In addition to the 50th annual Camping World 300 presented by Chevrolet, race fans will also get a chance to witness Earnhardt Jr. in other DIRECTV Speedweeks events including:

  • The historic 50th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17

  • The Gatorade Duel At Daytona 150-mile qualifying races on Thursday, Feb. 14

  • Daytona 500 Qualifying presented by Kroger on Feb. 10

  • The 30th annual Budweiser Shootout on Saturday Feb. 9, a non-points All-Star race that features the previous season’s pole winners as well as past Budweiser Shootout champions.

    The historic 50th running of the Daytona 500 will be the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event for Earnhardt Jr. with his new team at Hendrick Motorsports. He’ll drive the No. 88 Chevrolet and serve as a teammate to three-time Daytona 500 winner Jeff Gordon, 2006 Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson and Casey Mears.

    Earnhardt Jr. had spent his entire NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career driving the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Inc. He began competing on a full-time basis in 2000 and has 10 victories at Daytona International Speedway including the 2004 Daytona 500.

    Already tabbed one of the hottest tickets in sports, tickets for the 50th running of the Daytona 500 and other DIRECTV Speedweeks events can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or logging onto www.racetickets.com

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