Dale Earnhardt Jr. "I think we have a shot [at the race win] this weekend. We had an awesome car at Atlanta in the spring race. We led the early part of the race, and we were just taking it easy - just cruising - when we had a problem with...
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
"I think we have a shot [at the race win] this weekend. We had an awesome car at Atlanta in the spring race. We led the early part of the race, and we were just taking it easy - just cruising - when we had a problem with a brake line. Even after we crashed, we went back on the track and were still as fast as the leaders with a beat-up car. We have a great set-up for this track, and I think it will be a great way to end the season." <pre> This Week's Race What: NAPA 500, Winston Cup Race 34 of 34 Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA When: Sunday, November 18, 2000 Watch: ESPN, 1:00 p.m. Eastern
BUD Pole qualifying can be seen live on ESPN2 at 3:00 pm ET Friday, and heard live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) on a radio station near you.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Atlanta Previous Winston Cup starts: 2 Best Start: 2nd (Spring, 2000) Best Finish: 14th (Fall, 1999) </pre> The spring race at Atlanta marked the first front-row start of Dale Jr.'s Winston Cup career. Dale Jr. and the Bud team led easily for eight laps before suffering a broken brake line, causing him to crash. Dale Jr. also briefly led this race in 1999, one of five Cup events he entered last season. Atlanta marks the finale of a long, grueling rookie season for the Budweiser team. While many in the NASCAR traveling circus will take some time off following the race, Dale Jr. will travel directly to Sebring, FL to begin three days of rigorous test sessions in the C5-R Corvette that he will pilot in the 2001 24 Hours of Daytona. Dale Jr. will team with his father and Andy Pilgrim in the twice-around-the-clock endurance race. The 24 Hour race takes place the first weekend of February, one week before father and son will race against each other in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. The Budweiser Shootout kicks off NASCAR's 2001 season on Sunday, February 11. The Shootout will also be the first NASCAR telecast for new broadcast partner Fox.