Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser race preview Dale Jr. Quotes for Kansas "It's like any new track, you hope and expect that the second year around will be a much better surface to race. We had some wild moments last year getting out of the groove and...
Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser race preview
Dale Jr. Quotes for Kansas
"It's like any new track, you hope and expect that the second year around will be a much better surface to race. We had some wild moments last year getting out of the groove and just hanging on for dear life. The low groove had so much grip that you could just stay down there and haul butt. No one wanted to go to an outside groove. This track looks the same as all of the others (1.5-mile D-shaped ovals), but the transitions between the turns and the straights are much better here than at the Chicago track. I think this track will become a great place to race - a lot like Atlanta is now - where there will be a lot of different grooves to choose from. It may not be there yet (this year), but I think it's a smooth, wide place that will continue to get better.
"We had a great car here last year. It would almost drive itself. I was so mad when we hit the wall (after a blown right front tire) because the car was haulin' and we were really going to challenge for the win. We've tested at the Kentucky track several times, so we'll see how it translates to the Kansas track. We'll avoid the cut tires this time and give 'em a run for the cash. This is about as close to St. Louis (home of sponsor Budweiser) as we get, so maybe we can win it and then enjoy a cold Bud in the winner's circle there... It's a nice victory lane area - so we should have lots of space to celebrate..."
Dale Jr. and the No. 8 Bud Team at Kansas
Previous Winston Cup Starts: 1
Best Start: 22nd
Best Finish: 33rd
Dale Jr. and the Bud team led three laps in last year's inaugural race at the Kansas track, and were in the third position when a blown tire sent the Budweiser car hard into the outside wall.
Protection One 400
1.5-mile oval / 267 laps / 400.5 miles / Race #29 of 36
Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas
Sunday, September 29 / 1 p.m.
Watch: NBC / Pre-race 12:30 pm You can also tune in on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) on a radio or computer near you you know the drill by now
Bud Pole Qualifying:
Bud Pole qualifying can be seen live at 4:00 pm Friday on the Speed Channel and heard on MRN affiliates across the nation. (All Times: Eastern)