Earnhardt Jr. Pocono preview

Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Race Preview Dale Jr. Quotes: "We had a good test there a few weeks ago, so I think we will be much better now than we were last year. We are getting stronger each week as a group, and I am looking forward to seeing how...

Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Race Preview

Dale Jr. Quotes:

"We had a good test there a few weeks ago, so I think we will be much better now than we were last year. We are getting stronger each week as a group, and I am looking forward to seeing how well we do at a track where we struggled for two races last year. We scrambled at Pocono because it was a totally new track for me and for the team. The Busch Series doesn't race there, so we all had to learn it together as fast as we could, and it's not an easy track to learn. I found something new on almost every lap on each of the three unique corners. We wiped out a car in testing and then another in practice for the second race last year, so it's bound to be better this season!"

Budweiser No. 8 Team and Dale Jr. at Pocono Previous Winston Cup Races:

Best Start:  13th (June, 2000)
Best Finish:  13th(June, 2000)

Rolling Stone Redone

This week's Rolling Stone Magazine (Angelina Jolie is the covergirl) features a story about Dale Jr. penned by Tour, who also wrote the RS feature about Dale Jr. last spring. The magazine is scheduled to arrive on newsstands this Friday with the three-page spread about Junior.

In a related development, Dale Jr. has revealed the inspiration for his current facial hair stylings. His mustache is patterned after the one worn by actor Billy Crudup ("Russell Hammond") from the fictional band "Stillwater" in the movie ALMOST FAMOUS, the autobiographical film written and directed by former Rolling Stone writer Cameron Crowe.

What: Pocono 500 / 200 Laps, 500 miles 2.5-mile oval / Race # 15 of 36 Where: Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA When: Sunday,June 17 / 1:00pm Watch: Fox-TV Pre-race: 12:30 pm (All Times: Eastern)

Bud Pole Qualifying: Bud Pole qualifying will be seen at 2:30 Friday afternoon on the Fox Sports Network. The Winston Cup Happy Hour practice session will also be seen on tape delay on the FX network Saturday evening at 6:30 pm.

What to Watch:

The Pocono track is an odd triangle of a circuit, with three distinct corners and straightaways. Both of last year's races featured last-lap dramatics that produced surprise winners...

SO, don't leave your seat until the checkered flag falls.

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