Darlington II: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Dale Jr. Quotes for Darlington: "It's a good sign that we're disappointed with a top-10 finish from Bristol. We want to win, and we go into each weekend believing we should be a top-five car. Finishing ninth won't help us any put any pressure on...

Dale Jr. Quotes for Darlington:

"It's a good sign that we're disappointed with a top-10 finish from Bristol. We want to win, and we go into each weekend believing we should be a top-five car. Finishing ninth won't help us any put any pressure on (point leader) Matt (Kenseth). But, we avoided trouble and kept at it all night. We're having our best season no matter what anyone else is doing, so we're going to get what we can in the last few months of the season.

"We seem to get better every time we go to Darlington. I still think they should repave the place, but we led the most laps there (in March) and I think we'll be really good again this weekend. It would be cool to win the last Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend. I love the history of the place, and I guess I'm kind of an old-school guy when it comes to that kind of thing. I would have loved to have been back in the 70s, racing against David Pearson and those guys."

STAIND with Paint and Decals

Nothing goes better together than Dale Jr. and rock and roll... so it's a perfect pairing as Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive a commemorative No. 8 Budweiser "True Music" Chevrolet during the upcoming Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 6. The car's paint scheme will be black with red, gold and white accents and will feature musical act Staind on the rear deck. (The special paint scheme is pictured on the attachment to this preview.)

Staind's sophomore album, titled Break The Cycle, was the best-selling rock album released in 2001 and sold more than five million copies.JBudweiser's "1 Night Stand" music program -- a series of private concerts offering adult consumers an opportunity to hear headlining acts in small venues -- kicked off its 2003 tour with Staind in Boston on May 14.

Dale Jr on the Staind paint scheme: "It's gorgeous. Plus, it makes perfect sense. I love music, and it ties in with the Budweiser "True Music" program perfectly. How can I not be excited about a special paint scheme at a night race called the Rock and Roll 400?!"

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , David Pearson