Richmond: Dale Earnhardt Jr. preview

Dale Jr. Quotes for the Richmond 400 "I'm alright (following the vicious wreck at California Speedway last Sunday). I'm pretty sore, but I'll be ready to go at Richmond. "For me and the team, the Richmond track is like seeing an old friend...

Dale Jr. Quotes for the Richmond 400

"I'm alright (following the vicious wreck at California Speedway last Sunday). I'm pretty sore, but I'll be ready to go at Richmond.

"For me and the team, the Richmond track is like seeing an old friend - you always look forward to getting together and hangin' out for a while. You re-live the great times you've had - and you try hard to add to the good memories each time you visit.

"It's a place where we always seem to finish really well. Don't forget that we won twice here in the Busch Series too - so Tony (Eury, crew chief) and Tony Jr. (Eury, car chief) just have a feel for what the car needs. In 1999, when we ran just five Cup races, this place was where we had our best showing. We got our first top 10 that night - and I think it woulda been a lot better if we hadn't cooked the brakes. But, we learned a lot and came back the next time and won that sucker." (May, 2000, the team's second Winston Cup victory.)

Dale Jr. and the No. 8 Bud Team at Richmond
Winston Cup Starts: 5
Best Start: 5th (Spring, 2000)
Best Finish: 1st (Spring, 2000)
This Race, Last Year: St: 14th / Fin: 7th

Team Budweiser has always been one to contend with at Richmond. In five previous Winston Cup races here, their worst finish is 13th and the other four finishes have all been in the top 10. The team also has a knack of excelling in races held at night - winning at Richmond in 2000, the Winston in 2000 and at Daytona under the lights in 2001. In two races here last season, Dale Jr. finished 7th and 3rd.

What:
Pontiac Excitement 400
400 laps, 300 miles
.75-mile oval
Race #11 of 36

Where:
Richmond International Raceway
Richmond, Va.

When:
Saturday, May 4
7:00 pm

Watch:
FX
Pre-race: 6:30 pm
(All Times: Eastern)
You can also listen to the race live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) on a radio station near you.

Bud Pole Qualifying:
Friday's Bud Pole qualifying session takes place at 3:00 Eastern Televised coverage TBA

-dei/-budweiser-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.