Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove half the 2016 season, making 18 starts in his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet before a concussion sidelined him for the season of the year.
It obviously didn't go the way Earnhardt had hoped on many days, including when the rear of his car caught fire at Talladega in May after an incident with the No. 19 car of Carl Edwards. Check out these photos from all 18 starts he made on the season.
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Earnhardt started third and led 15 laps before crashing out on Lap 169 and finishing 36th.
Earnhardt finished second in the second race of the season.
Earnhardt finished eighth.
He started 26th and finished fifth after leading 34 laps.
Earnhardt finished 11th at Auto Club Speedway in California.
After spinning earlier in the race, Junior recovered to finish 14th.
It was a team effort at Texas, where solid pit stops helped Earnhardt to his second runner-up finish of the season.
Dale Jr. made it back-to-back second-place runs by playing runner-up again.
After winning the XFINITY Series race the night before at the 0.75-mile short track, he finished 13th in the NASCAR Premier Series event.
The No. 88 Chevy was a smoking heap of scrap metal after tangling with Carl Edwards at Talladega, where he finished last in the 40-car field as a result.
He finished 15th.
After starting second, yet another crash took Earnhardt out at Dover, where he finished 32nd. He led four laps, one of just three races in 2016 in which he was able to get out in front of the entire field.
Earnhardt's patriotic paint scheme for the Coca-Cola 600 may have been his best of the shortened season, but he struggled to a 14th-place finish in NASCAR's longest race.
He registered another second-place finish, his fourth of the season in the first 14 races.
A crash that later was identified as the one that probably caused Earnhardt's concussion relegated him to a 39th-place finish.
He finished 11th on the California road course.
Daytona, Coke Zero 400
The No. 88 was at the front of the pack and barely escaped major damage in this multi-car melee in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July.
He started 13th and finished 13th in what turned out to be his final start of the season.