Loudon II: Dale Earnhardt Jr. preview

MOST RECENTLY AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: At the New Hampshire race in June, Earnhardt climbed from his 31st starting position to finish eighth. His highest finish there in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet came in September 2008 when he scored fifth after...

MOST RECENTLY AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: At the New Hampshire race in June, Earnhardt climbed from his 31st starting position to finish eighth. His highest finish there in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet came in September 2008 when he scored fifth after starting fourth.

NEW HAMPSHIRE CHASSIS: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-589. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to an eighth-place finish at New Hampshire in June.

DALE EARNHARDT JR., DRIVER, NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET (ON NEW HAMPSHIRE.): "I like running at New Hampshire, and I traditionally feel like we are a top-10 team there every time we show up. New Hampshire is a flat track and can be a one-groove track. It's tough to pass there so qualifying is at a premium. We've had a couple of tough weeks, but we've been working hard and going back to basics. We've also done some testing lately."

LANCE McGREW, CREW CHIEF, NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/ NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET (ON EARNHARDT ENJOYING RACING AT NEW HAMPSHIRE.): "He really likes that track, and every time we've been there we've run good. Every race team I've ever been on has run good there. We've always been competitive and had strong cars. It's a short track, but it's very technical. He's real good at it."

McGREW (ON PASSING AT NEW HAMPSHIRE.): "It is very difficult to pass at New Hampshire. It seems like when they added the footing to the bottom of the corners, it helped. It put another groove there. It used to be one groove, so it's a place that's very difficult to pass. You've got to work -- it doesn't matter who it is. It's a real handling racetrack, difficult to get the car perfect, but we've been fortunate that the car has been good there. We've been focusing on qualifying because I feel like it's a race we can win if we can start where we need to start. We've managed to work our way to the front every time, but it would be nice to qualify up front and stay there."

McGREW (ON THE NO. 88 TEAM PARTICIPATING IN THE GOODYEAR TIRE TEST MONDAY AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY.): "It went really well. It was nice to get that opportunity. Any time that you can go to a place like Homestead or any fast track and test, you jump at the opportunity because it's just invaluable. That information transfers. It was nice because the tire wear was considerably better than what it's been down there. When the track was green, it was really abrasive on tires. It's gotten better as it rubbers up."

-source: hendrick motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , CIP