Martinsville II: Dale Earnhardt Jr. preview

MARTINSVILLE CHASSIS: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-562. This will be the second race for this chassis, which Earnhardt raced to a 15th-place finish at Martinsville in...

MARTINSVILLE CHASSIS: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-562. This will be the second race for this chassis, which Earnhardt raced to a 15th-place finish at Martinsville in March.

GRAND MARSHAL: For Sunday's 500-lap event at Martinsville, the race sponsor will recognize the dedicated road warriors and pit crew members as the grand marshals for the race. One crew member from each team was chosen to give the command for drivers to start their engines, and car chief David Bryant will represent the No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard. The Farmville, Va., native grew up go-kart racing and worked on the No. 48 team before becoming car chief for the No. 88 team.

DALE EARNHARDT JR., DRIVER, NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET (ON MARTINSVILLE.): "I love going to Martinsville. There is just a lot of good history there. It is an old racetrack, and it is a short track. Martinsville is so unique being a paperclip and flat. You have to really get your car working pretty good through the corners and be able to be competitive in the race; it is really, really imperative that your car handles well, because there is not much adjustment to the line in the corner that you can make to try to make up for something that your car isn't doing correctly. So you really have to work hard with your team and show up pretty good out of the box."

LANCE McGREW, CREW CHIEF, NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET (ON QUALIFYING AT MARTINSVILLE.): "Qualifying is important at Martinsville -- not so much for pit selection because there is really only one good pit stall there. It's more the track position because you can go a lap down there pretty easily because of traffic. It's nice to get some track position from the beginning. It's easier to maintain it than drive up through all that traffic because it's so hard to pass there."

McGREW (ON IMPROVING QUALIFYING AT MARTINSVILLE.): "We are going to work on the race trim for a few minutes in first practice and switch over to qualifying trim. You just can't mess up the lap -- it's real easy to clip the curb or to drive it in a little hard and lock up a tire. If you do something to hurt yourself a tenth of a second, that could be 15 positions in qualifying; it's just that tight."

McGREW (ON HAVING A COMPETITIVE CAR AT THE END OF THE RACE.): "If your driver is really comfortable and he's not overdriving it then you can be there at the end. You can literally drive the tires off the car. If you are too hard on the brakes then you can melt beads and have a tire blow out. Even as good as our cars have gotten and as efficient as our brake cooling is, you can still overwork the brakes and either wear them out or overheat them. Either way, you are in trouble and it's going to make for a bad day."

DAVID BRYANT, CAR CHIEF NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET (ON BEING A GRAND MARSHAL FOR THE RACE.): "This is really exciting because Martinsville is my home track. We usually have a good run with the No. 88 there so it's really cool to go back home, be at a track I like and hopefully have a good run. Racing is all I've ever done, and this is a family here in NASCAR so sharing the honor of being a grand marshal is awesome. I appreciate that they are recognizing the hard work and sacrifices everyone in this garage puts in."

-source: hendrick motorsports

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