88 DALE EARNHARDT JR., Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: Former points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. remained in second place for the fourth consecutive week after Sunday's win at Pocono. Earnhardt trails points leader and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon by 17 points and is 43 points ahead (was 27 points ahead prior to Pocono) of third-ranked Brad Keselowski.
WATKINS GLEN RECORD: 14 career starts, 0 wins, 2 top-5s, 3 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Third in 2003. Finished 30th in this race last year and was 28th in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Watkins Glen is arguably Earnhardt's worst track on the Sprint Cup schedule. His last top 10 there was 2005. He hopes to change that this Sunday: "I definitely have more confidence going into the Glen then I do Sonoma. Sonoma is a much more technical track and a lot more challenging for me as a driver. When we run the Glen, it's straightaway then turn, straightaway then turn. I think I can be more of an asset to (crew chief) Steve (Letarte) and help him with the car more so then I can at Sonoma. I'm looking forward to it. I'm not going to get too overly confident. We are just going to go there with no pressure and have fun and try to get a great finish."
LOOKING BACK: Earnhardt led just 14 laps en route to his third win of the season Sunday and his second of 2014 at Pocono.
ETC.: Earnhardt has completed 92.2 percent (1,165) of the 1,264 total laps contested in 14 career starts at Watkins Glen. His average start there is 18.0, and average finish is 23.2. He has two DNFs there.