Michigan II: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

On this weekend's race at Michigan: "We have high hopes after finishing third there in June. We're taking the same car back. It was crashed up a bit at Pocono, but Tony (Eury) Jr. tore the body off it, rebuilt it, and hopefully it'll be just as...

On this weekend's race at Michigan:

"We have high hopes after finishing third there in June. We're taking the same car back. It was crashed up a bit at Pocono, but Tony (Eury) Jr. tore the body off it, rebuilt it, and hopefully it'll be just as fast -- or faster -- than what we had in June. Michigan is a big, wide track where there's not a lot of transition into the corner going into the banking. Sooner or later we're gonna get a win there. We really hit on something in that last Michigan race. I'm also running in the Busch race this weekend for DEI, which will be fun.

It never hurts to have additional track time. Hopefully we can put together two strong runs this weekend."

On being 10th in points:

"We've got to take advantage of it. We're 54 points in front of 11th, which isn't much, especially since (Kasey) Kahne is right behind us and he is awesome at some of these tracks coming up. It's going to be one of the toughest on-track challenges we've had since being in the Cup Series. But this is also what makes it fun. This is why the fans watch our sport on Sundays and talk about it the rest of the week. I'm grateful to be a part of it."

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the #8 Budweiser team enter the Michigan race weekend 10th in the Nextel Cup point standings after an 18th-place finish at Watkins Glen on Sunday. With four races to go before the Chase begins, Dale Jr. is 30 points behind ninth-place Jeff Gordon and 54 points in front of 11th-place Kasey Kahne. In 22 races, Dale Jr. has one win (Richmond), six top-fives, nine top-10s and 15 top-15 finishes.

Michigan Weekend Notebook:

* Finished a career-best third place in the June race at Michigan.

* Has three top-10 finishes and one top-five at the two-mile track.J * Led laps in seven of 14 races at MIS, including three in the June race. The most laps Dale Jr. has led in a Michigan race came in 2002 when held the point for 37 laps.

* Has started in the top-10 eight times, including a Bud Pole Award in 2002.

* Has a 19.285 average finish at Michigan.

* Dale Jr. will also be competing in the NASCAR Busch Series Carfax 250 on Saturday in a Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI) entry.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Kasey Kahne