Earnhardt swaps with Kahne, will race at Chicagoland
Looking to get more seat time at 1.5-mile tracks, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has altered his 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule and will compete in the Sept. 14 Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne, originally scheduled to compete at Chicagoland for the JR Motorsports organization, will replace Earnhardt Jr. in the May 4 Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway.
“Dale actually wanted to see if he could get some more time on the mile-and-a-halves and Kasey came back with the fact that he’d like to win at the superspeedways like Talladega,” Kelly Earnhardt Miller, JRM general manager, said on the team’s Dale Jr. Download, a weekly podcast on Dirty Mo Radio.
“(It) just works out well with the mile-and-a-halves that we can work closely with Hendrick and be an asset to them, get our drivers more track time on those tracks so they can in turn hopefully be an asset to the Hendrick program as well.”
Earnhardt, tabbed for four races in the team’s No. 88 Chevrolet, finished fourth at Daytona and seventh at Las Vegas earlier this year. In addition to the Chicagoland stop, he will also race in the April 12 event at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kahne is slated to split time in the seat of the No. 5 entry with teammate Brad Sweet in 27 of 29 Nationwide races in which the team will carry Great Clips sponsorship.
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