Sonoma: Dale Earnhardt Jr. preview

CHASSIS CHOICE: This weekend, crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-514. The car was tested last month at Kershaw, and Earnhardt raced it twice last year -- at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen...

CHASSIS CHOICE: This weekend, crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-514. The car was tested last month at Kershaw, and Earnhardt raced it twice last year -- at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

DALE EARNHARDT JR., DRIVER, NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET (ON INFINEON.): "The team has done a lot of testing so hopefully we'll see the results on the track. We had a good run last year but got wrecked there at the end. I'd like to get a top-10 at Sonoma, and we've been close. Road racing is out of my element but I enjoy it."

LANCE McGREW, CREW CHIEF, NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET (ON PREPARING FOR THE SEASON'S FIRST ROAD COURSE.): "We've done a lot of testing through the course of the offseason, through the end of last year and a lot with the beginning of this year because we thought the road courses were definitely somewhere where we were very weak last season as a company. Alan (Gustafson, No. 5 crew chief) and I decided at the end of last year that we were going to put a lot more effort into it. We've done a lot of offseason testing, and we culminated that a few weeks ago with a test with all four of our drivers. We are seeing some benefits to that, and I feel the cars are way more drivable and faster."

McGREW (ON SEEING IMPROVEMENTS ON THE TRACK.): "I guess we will wait and see. I think the cars are considerably better than what they were last year. We've got a better handle on getting the cars to turn the way you want them to turn and having good forward bite off the corners. The proof is in the pudding. We had a reasonable car there last year and were running top 10 until we got turned with a few laps to go. I felt like we went to Watkins Glen and struggled. You have to do well at both tracks, and we've worked really hard to do that this year."

-source: hm

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