Loudon: Earnhardt Jr - Friday media visit

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER IMPALA SS, MET WITH MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA AT NEW HAMPSHIRE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY. HE DISCUSSED THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS IMPALA SS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE, HIS THOUGHTS ON THE PENALTIES HANDED TO THE NO. 24 AND NO. 48 ...

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER IMPALA SS, MET WITH MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA AT NEW HAMPSHIRE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY. HE DISCUSSED THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS IMPALA SS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE, HIS THOUGHTS ON THE PENALTIES HANDED TO THE NO. 24 AND NO. 48 TEAMS, THE HIRING OF TONY EURY, SR. AT JR MOTORSPORTS AND OTHER TOPICS.

HOW IS YOUR IMPALA SS AT THIS TRACK? "It's good. My car is driving good. I have got no complaints."

IS THE CAR OF TOMORROW DOING WHAT NASCAR INTENDED IT TO DO? "Yeah, pretty much. I am pretty satisfied. We struggle with the car in some places, but we ain't never really consistent or that perfect before. It is hard to tell whether it is us or the car sometimes but here it's great."

CAN YOU GIVE US YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE NO. 24 AND NO. 48 PENALTIES THAT WERE GIVEN OUT THIS WEEK? "I really didn't know what they did. I didn't see exactly what the infraction was on the fenders but NASCAR is making a statement - don't play with us, don't mess with this car, don't try to slip nothing on this COT. They are getting that message loud and clear. Anybody gets caught with anything here on after, they have got to expect that kind of a penalty."

DO YOU THINK THAT THE MESSAGE IS THAT THERE JUST REALLY ISN'T A GRAY AREA ANYMORE? "Yeah, it is a good message."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HIRING TONY EURY, SR. OVER AT JR MOTORSPORTS? "Yeah, we are real excited. You know what he did, you know what he has done, you know where he has been. He has done a lot of great things and my company can really use somebody like that and he can really be a huge benefit for us as we move forward with our programs. We are not running as good as we would like to on the Busch side. I hope he can help us a whole lot there. I hope he can motivate my guys and straighten out the ones that ain't right (laughs).

"We have got to always keep watching out the window of the office to make sure that everybody is on their toes and working hard. Make sure nobody is taking advantage of you. Pops, his eyes are doing that 24/7 when I can't be around. But he will just motivate people and get people to work and he always had that ability to really put a fire under people."

DID TED MUSGRAVE'S SUSPENSION GET THE ATTENTION OF CUP DRIVERS? "No, not really. When you get wrecked or whatever, you just don't run into another guy's car. It is hard not to do, as you saw with Ted (Musgrave). Ted is not that type of guy.

You know, Ted just lost his cool. You have just really got to keep reminding yourself in that situation what the repercussions are. Everybody knows that any time you are going to run into somebody after an accident or under caution or whatever you have got to be able to expect a pretty heavy penalty there. You have to try to remember that. You get mad and you really want to go after a guy, but unfortunately that is the tough part about this job, you can't bite back. Sometimes you have got to suck it up and turn the other way."

ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RACING IN FEBRUARY AND JULY AT DAYTONA: "Well, the night race you have got a little more grip in the track. The track doesn't heat up and the tires don't go away as bad, pack stays a little tighter. That is really the only difference in the car. The track is a little freer, turns a little better. The Busch cars (were) really loose there last year. The Cup races in February were push, push, push real bad. When it is night and it is dark and the track has got more grip you can turn a bit better and the cars handle better and you can stay in the pack a little better."

WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS NEXT WEEK AFTER THE WAY YOU RAN IN FEBRUARY? "I don't think that we ran that good. I don't know, you know, just go out there and do the best you can. I don't really have any, just show up and see what you've got. Whatever you got, whatever you unload with, that is pretty much what you have got for the rest of the week."

ARE YOU A LITTE BIT SURPRISED? "Well, I don't recall really running that well in the 500. I actually ran kind of bad so we have got a little work to do on the plate tracks but I traded it in for the mile and a half's with the good Lord a couple of seasons ago and I guess he took me seriously."

ANY UPDATE ON CREW CHIEFS, CAR NUMBER, OR SPONSOR FOR NEXT YEAR? "No update."

-credit: gm racing

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