Michigan II: Dale Earnhardt Jr. preview

DRIVE THE GUARD: Earnhardt will show his support for the National Guard's "Drive the Guard" program by showcasing a red, white and blue paint scheme on his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in this Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at ...

DRIVE THE GUARD: Earnhardt will show his support for the National Guard's "Drive the Guard" program by showcasing a red, white and blue paint scheme on his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in this Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Michigan International Speedway.

CHASSIS CHOICE: This weekend, crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-599. Earnhardt notably drove this chassis to two recent top-10 finishes. He took seventh on June 13 at Michigan. In April, Earnhardt raced this chassis at Texas, starting ninth and leading 46 laps before finishing eighth.

DALE EARNHARDT JR., DRIVER, NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD "DRIVE THE GUARD"/AMP ENERGY CHEVROLET (ON BRINGING BACK THE SAME CHASSIS FROM JUNE.): "Lance (McGrew, crew chief) and the guys unloaded a great car last time at Michigan. We've had some good runs with this car. I enjoy going to Michigan because it's so wide. It has a lot of different grooves, and we can move around and find places to run on the track. We like coming here because it's in the backyard of the manufacturers. Hopefully we'll get a win for Chevrolet."

LANCE MCGREW, CREW CHIEF, NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD "DRIVE THE GUARD"/AMP ENERGY GUARD CHEVROLET (ON MICHIGAN BEING A FUEL-MILEAGE RACE.): "It's very strange because even in the (NASCAR) Nationwide Series, they changed the length of the race to try to make it not be a fuel-mileage race, and it still always comes down to that. I don't know if it's just luck, but it doesn't make any sense why it always seems to come down to it but it always does. It's not like we always have an even number of pit stops. I guess probably more than anything else, there are not usually a lot of cautions, so you're going to stretch it the most you can because track position still means a lot just like everywhere else. It just kind of works out that way."

MCGREW (ON WHY EARNHARDT LIKES CHASSIS NO. 88-599.): "We've had success with this car, but it's not vastly different than any of our other cars. We've used this car at racetracks that he (Earnhardt) really enjoys going to, and it just happened that we ran the same car at those events. We have made some substantial changes to it since the first Michigan race. Even though we felt like we were really good there last time, as a company we are going in a direction that we feel like is going to make us even better this time."

MCGREW (ON WHAT IT WOULD MEAN TO WIN AT MICHIGAN.): "It's the big three's backyard (General Motors, Chrysler and Ford) and you always have a little extra pep in your step because there will be a lot of Chevrolet people there. The race means a lot to that area because of the fact that it's in their backyard. Not that it wouldn't mean the same to win anywhere else, but it would be especially sweet to win there. It was the last place Dale has won a race and we'd like to back that up."

-source: hendrick motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Teams Hendrick Motorsports