Daytona 500: Team Monte Carlo Monday practice quotes

Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo - comments following Practice Session 2: What about the rules change for the Fords? "Well, it doesn't start until tomorrow so we'll see how it works out. I don't think it's any big ...

Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo - comments following Practice Session 2:

What about the rules change for the Fords?
"Well, it doesn't start until tomorrow so we'll see how it works out. I don't think it's any big deal, you know? I got my Chevrolet running pretty fast, so they can take whatever they want off it."

The Fords complained about the rules and they got them changed. Do you think that means it's just another manufacturer's turn to win?
"It goes back to how much effort you put into your car at the shop. These rules that we have now are not a big difference compared to what we had in 2000 when the Fords won the race. I can't see how their cars could be so bad. But if they are, they are and they need some help. But we worked real hard during the off-season to get our cars competitive and you may recall that our Chevrolets hadn't been that great on the speedways up until this last year. We've worked real hard to get where we are and we didn't lay around all winter and complained about it. My advice to the Fords is to get to work and get their cars working better."

As an odds-on favorite to win this race, would you put money down on yourself?
"If I were a betting man, I'd go with the guy with the most odds."

After winning here in July, how much confidence do you have about winning the Daytona 500?
"I have a lot of confidence, but it's anybody's race right now. There are five or ten of us that are about the same. If we're in the mix we'll have an opportunity to win late in the race. But anything can happen. I plan to be around for another ten or 15 years to have some more opportunities at it. So I'm not putting that much pressure on myself that this is the only chance I have. It's a good time here in Daytona and we're having fun running around here practicing and drafting with everybody. Hopefully, I've got it all out of my system when we leave because we'll need to be ready to go on to Rockingham."

Bobby Hamilton, No. 55 Schneider Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Are the Chevrolets going to measure up to the Fords with the new rules change?
"We're good. I haven't really paid that much attention to anybody or any thing. I'm just really focused on getting my car driving good. We got what we got and we'll do the best we can with it. The cars didn't suck-up as good drafting today, but we knew they wouldn't because of the smaller plate and all. But we're good."

-tmc-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Bobby Hamilton