Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 3rd) - "The track didn't have any laps on it this morning and it was a little green, but the early draw really helped us out. Me and Michael (Waltrip) had about the same car (he...
Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo (qualified 3rd) - "The track didn't have any laps on it this morning and it was a little green, but the early draw really helped us out. Me and Michael (Waltrip) had about the same car (he qualified 14th).
ON THE HEAT
"We're not supposed to do a whole lot of complaining, but it's pretty hot. You'll see the guys push the cars out for qualifying and for the race with the covers over the windshields and whatnot. We didn't cover the windshield of my car before qualifying and the steering wheel was too hot to touch. If I hadn't of had gloves on, there was no way you could have held onto it for as long as I had to. It just gets real hot in there (cockpit). It's real important to keep your helmet in the shade. It gets real hot in there when you first put it on. You need to keep everything as cool as possible. It's going to get probably 140-150 degrees in the car tomorrow. It'll probably be the same way in Michigan in a couple of weeks, and the same at Watkins Glen next week.
"If you're running good and you're real competitive, it never enters your mind. When you're not, and you're just trying to hang onto track position,that's when it tends to bother you."
WILL THE HEAT BE A PROBLEM FOR THE MOTOR? "I don't really think it'll be much different for the motors. It depends on what gear you pull and how much tape you have on the grill and things like that. You can do things to accommodate for the heat to help the motor and try to save the motor a little bit. We're pulling a little less gear than I think a lot of people are. You've got to watch what you do in practice. We try not to put too much heat on the motor. When you continue to heat it up and cool it off, it makes all the parts that much more brittle. In these two practices this afternoon, we'll try to save as much of the car as we can. I'm probably not the best guy to ask as far as the engines go. I think if you take care of what you've got, you'll be fine."