Richmond II: Dale Earnhardt Jr. preview

RICHMOND CHASSIS: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-586 this weekend at Richmond. This chassis first saw action at Phoenix International Raceway in April where Earnhardt finished 12th.

RICHMOND CHASSIS: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-586 this weekend at Richmond. This chassis first saw action at Phoenix International Raceway in April where Earnhardt finished 12th. In May, Earnhardt raced this chassis to a 32nd-place finish at Richmond after a cut tire forced an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 196. The No. 88 team also tested this chassis recently at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga.

DALE EARNHARDT JR., DRIVER, NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET (ON RICHMOND.): "Richmond fits my driving style. I grew up racing at Myrtle Beach (S.C.), and it's got the same characteristics of that track. It's got multiple grooves and multiple ways of racing around there. The car changes quite a bit over the night, and you've got to be able to move around and find different grooves. We've struggled there the past couple of times but we've been doing a lot of testing to get ready for this weekend."

LANCE McGREW, CREW CHIEF, NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET (ON PRACTICING DURING THE DAY AND RACING AT NIGHT AT RICHMOND.): "It's difficult because you have to look back at the history and changes you've made at the race the last time you went there. It does throw a big wrinkle in it because the grip level is so different from day to night that sometimes your car will do something completely different. Ultimately, you try to build some adjustability in to your car for the night time."

McGREW (ON PREPARING FOR RICHMOND.): "We went testing at a track that is comparable to Richmond. It was more of an effort to try some new things. It's not a race that we prepare any different for other than the fact that you can't go to a place that compares to say, Atlanta and test. You've got to learn some lessons at a smaller track and hope they carry over to some of the larger tracks."

McGREW (ON SATURDAY NIGHT RACING.): "I like it. I've always like Saturday night racing because it is more the way you grew up racing. For those of us that grew up racing, you were racing Friday and Saturday nights. The way the lights reflect off the cars. Usually the crowd's a lot more excited because they've done some tailgating and are in a pretty good mood. I like it -- it reminds me of simpler times."

-source: hendrick motorsports

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