Indianapolis: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Dale Jr. Quotes for Indianapolis "We found something at the end of the test session (held last month at IMS). Until then, it hadn't been a great couple of days, but suddenly we found something that made a huge difference, and the car ...

Dale Jr. Quotes for Indianapolis

"We found something at the end of the test session (held last month at IMS). Until then, it hadn't been a great couple of days, but suddenly we found something that made a huge difference, and the car really responded. So, now we have a lot of hope that we're going to be strong there this weekend. It's one of those tracks where you have to have a good set-up for the flat turns. It's so much different than any of the other superspeedways we run, because you have almost no banking to work with or help the car corner. If you're not on the money with the chassis, you're not going anywhere fast."

"It's wild to walk out on race day and see all of those people. To me, it doesn't have the same personal importance or impact like Daytona does, but I can see why it is a special place for the Indy 500."

"We've always been able to race strong there even though it can be very difficult to pass sometimes. Passing was about the only problem we didn't have last year. (See notes below.) I felt like I must have gone around 1,000 cars that day with a car that was beat up. It was jittering around all day long - even on those long straightaways. Maybe this week, we'll start closer to the front and stay there so I won't have to worry about that so much."

Last year's run at the Brickyard 400 was nothing if not adventurous for Dale Jr. and the Bud team. The race got off to a rocky start, as the Bud car had a braking problem in the first two laps. After an unscheduled stop to repair that problem, Dale Jr. blasted from last place toward the front of the field, only to be slammed while on pit lane by the careening car of Hut Stricklin. Another unscheduled stop to repair that damage dropped the team again to the back of the line. Gutsy moves on the track allowed Dale Jr. to take the lead for 10 laps before the halfway point, and he ran among the top 10 for the remainder of the afternoon.

What:
Brickyard 400
2.5-mile rectangular oval / 200 laps / 500 miles / Race #21 of 36

Where:
Indianapolis Motor Speedway / Speedway, IN

When:
Sunday, August 4 / 2:30 p.m.

Watch:
NBC / Pre-race: 2:00 pm / (All Times: Eastern)
This is the only race of the season not heard on MRN or PRN. The Brickyard 400 (and qualifying) will be carried live on the IMS Radio Network on a radio station near you.

Bud Pole Qualifying:
Bud Pole qualifying can be seen live at the unique time of 11am Saturday (rather than the usual Friday qualifying). TNT will carry the Bud Pole proceedings, along with the IMS Radio Network.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Hut Stricklin