DALE EARNHARDT, JR., DRIVER OF THE NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD IMPALA SS, met with members of the media and talked about his win last week, how he rates his team so far this season and more. HOW WAS PRACTICE? "It's alright. We are ...
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., DRIVER OF THE NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD IMPALA SS, met with members of the media and talked about his win last week, how he rates his team so far this season and more.
HOW WAS PRACTICE? "It's alright. We are struggling a little bit but we always do. I don't know, I'm not very good at road racing. So we'll just try to do the best we can."
YOU WIN, YOU'RE PUMPED AND THEN YOU GOT TO DO A WHOLE WEEK OF MEDIA, ARE YOU WORN OUT? "It wasn't too much. I mean you didn't have no time to do anything else during the week but it's not a bad problem to have."
WHAT HAS THIS (LAST WEEK'S WIN) DONE FOR THE TEAM, HOW MUCH MOMENTUM DOES IT GIVE YOU? "Just proved ourselves of what we felt like we were capable of. We've got plenty of momentum, we've had that. We just felt like it just proved ourselves."
CAN YOU JUST TALK ABOUT GETTING BACK IN THE ROAD COURSE SWING AFTER NOT DOING IT SINCE LAST AUGUST? "I'm not a big fan of it but it is what it is. I don't really run that well here so I'm just hoping to get through the weekend."
NASCAR IS PUTTING THESE HEAT MONITORS IN THE CAR TO SEE HOW YOU GUYS FEEL IN THERE, IS THAT GOOD IN YOUR ESTIMATION THAT THEY'RE GETTING PROACTIVE IN THIS HEAT THING? "Yeah, it's good that they're taking a look into it instead of just listening to opinions. Nothing is better than getting the data yourself. That's the right way to do it."
HOW DID IT FEEL COMING IN HERE TODAY AFTER A WIN, DID YOU GET A LOT OF GOOD REACTION FROM THE OTHER GUYS IN THE GARAGE? "Yeah, back to work. Back to trying to run good this weekend. Just been practicing. I only got here like an hour before practice."
IS TOO MUCH MADE OF THE MOMENTUM THING? WE'RE ALL ASKING YOU THE SAME QUESTION: MAN THIS MUST BE GREAT FOR YOUR TEAM AND YA'LL ARE NOW GOING TO CONQUER THE WORLD, IS TOO MUCH MADE OF IT? "I ain't heard that. I mean we've been running good, we'll keep running good. We're a good team. We'll keep having the runs we've been running. We're gonna run just as good and we'll try to do our best to run better. Get a couple of wins before the end of the year."
CONSIDERING WHERE YOU ARE IN POINTS AND EVERYTHING ARE YOU RELAXED THIS WEEKEND EVEN THOUGH IT'S A ROAD COURSE, YOU KNOW EVEN IF YOU SCREW UP IT'S NOT GOING TO MATTER? "Oh, I'm going to screw up. Trust me I'll screw it up. Yeah, it's good to know you got a cushion. I think I can get through Watkins Glen okay I just don't run good here. Never liked coming here. Don't like the track, it's not a fun track to compete on. It's fun to go around and goof off and raise a little bit of hell. I don't like being in competition on it, it's difficult and these cars ain't built for it know what I mean."
ARE THEY BUILT TO PASS? "Impossible to pass. Where do you pass? A couple of brake zones but that's about it. You just wait on people to screw up. We'll probably try to save as much gas as we can this week."
NOW AFTER YOUR WIN LAST WEEK HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOUR SEASON SO FAR? "I'd give us a B+. We're doing good."
KYLE PETTY YESTERDAY WAS SAYING IF TIGER WOODS WENT TWO YEARS WITHOUT WINNING, GOLF MAY NOT SURVIVE IT, BUT HE SAYS THIS SPORT IS STRONG ENOUGH THAT IT COULD SURVIVE SOMETHING LIKE THAT. CAN YOU COMMENT ON THAT? "I think golf would survive it. All Tiger Woods has got to do is show up. He don't have to win every week. When he does win its great, it's great for his legacy and just adds more to him being the greatest that's ever played the game. Him just being there, hell you know what I mean. Just being able to see the man play is what people go for. If he wins, then they were there to see it."
SOME PEOPLE FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT YOU, THE REASON THEY COME HERE IS TO SEE YOU WIN. "I'm a lucky guy. Very fortunate."
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