NASCAR AMERICA: Dale Earnhardt Jr. aims for better results in Chase (VIDEO)

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The Challenger Round effort from Dale Earnhardt Jr. was enough to have him move on to the Contender Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

But Earnhardt is looking to go all the way to Homestead and be one of the final four drivers competing for the championship.

And he knows that finishes of 11th, ninth, and 17th like he had in the first three Chase races won’t get him there.

Unsurprisingly, when NASCAR AMERICA’s Rick Allen asked Earnhardt if he was satisfied with his early performance, he replied in the negative.

“We ran decent, but definitely not good enough to continue to move forward in the Chase,” he said. “So, we’re a little bit concerned about our speed and our competitiveness.

“But we’re positive going into Kansas that we’re going to get down there, get some work done, figure out to get a great result out of that race, and move on to Charlotte and do the same thing.

“We’re definitely not running like we ran throughout the year, and we’re concerned. But we’re trying to address it and get things moving the right way.”

In his interview with Allen, Earnhardt also talked about the importance of curing his struggles in qualifying and attaining enough of a points cushion to not worry about elimination in three weeks’ time at Talladega Superspeedway.

You can see the full interview in the clip above.

Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,