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Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes on Nationwide competition in Vegas

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular and recent Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. is among those on the entry list for Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It'll be his second Nationwide start of the season from behind the wheel of the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, as he also ran the season-opening series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Feb. 22.

In his 10 most recent Neationwide races on 1.5-mile tracks, Earnhardt has tallied five top-fives finishes. He finished in both of his 1.5-mile-track-starts in 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth and Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

The Las Vegas race is the second of three Nationwide Series races on Earnhardt's schedule this season, as he also plans to compete at Texas next month. He finished 11th at Daytona, while Kevin Harvick drove the No. 88 to a second-place finish last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. With those results, the car is fifth in the owner championship standings. Harvick will be back in the car at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway, where the car will undergo a number change, switching to No. 5.

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