Talladega: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Dale Jr. Quotes for the Talladega 500 "I'm always in a good mood at Talladega because I love the track and we always seem to run really well here. It's neck-and-neck between Talladega and Daytona for my favorite track. A lot of the racing here...

Dale Jr. Quotes for the Talladega 500

"I'm always in a good mood at Talladega because I love the track and we always seem to run really well here. It's neck-and-neck between Talladega and Daytona for my favorite track. A lot of the racing here (with the restrictor plates) is about attitude. Some guys come in with a bad attitude about the race - they're just ridin' around out there. I want to be aggressive and be up front all I can. Even if these new rules (NASCAR's aerodynamic rules this season at restrictor-plate tracks) make it harder to pass, I know I have the car that can put me in a position to win."

"I learned a lot as a rookie at the restrictor plate tracks. No one would draft with a rookie - and it was hard to do much. So, I knew that I wanted to be a driver that everybody wants to draft with. It's like my dad - no matter how good he was or how good his cars were - other drivers would draft with him and follow him just because they knew he was the one that would make it happen, and that seemed to always help him get to the front. We have been really strong on restrictor plate tracks and we've won at Daytona and Talladega, so we've proven that we're someone that will go to the front, and I think the other drivers know that.

"I feel like I have that attitude where I can out-think guys. I mean, you kind of bounce around and go forward and backwards all afternoon - but when those last 10 laps get there, the driver makes the difference. You have to be able to put yourself in the position to win the race. At most tracks, you can try to "out-handle" a guy if your car is working well, but here, everyone has their foot to the floor, so you have to out-drive everyone else when the race is on the line."

Dale Jr. and the No. 8 Budweiser Team at Talladega
Winston Cup Starts: 4
Best Start: 3rd (Fall, 2000)
Best Finish: 1st (Fall, 2001)

This Race, Last Year:
St: 19th
Fin: 8th
Led 31 laps.

The Budweiser team won the Winston No Bull million-dollar bonus at Talladega last fall when they won the Winston 500. The team has led 28 laps or more in each of their last three Talladega starts.

What:
Aaron's 499
188 laps, 500 miles / 2.66-mile oval / Race #9 of 36

Where:
Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL

When:
Sunday, April 21st / 1:00 pm

Watch: (All Times: Eastern)
Fox / Pre-race: 12:30 pm

You can also listen to the race live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) on a radio station near you.

Bud Pole Qualifying:
Live coverage of Friday's Bud Pole qualifying session can be seen on the Fox Sports Network at 3:00 pm.

What to Watch:
It's back to the hold-your-breathe-for-500-miles of restrictor plate racing, an area where the Budweiser team and Dale Jr. have excelled. They come in to the weekend on a hot streak: scoring four top-five finishes in the last five races. They are ninth in points right now, 10 positions better than where they sat at this point in the season last year and 14 positions better than their rookie season in 2000. They have scored career-best finishes at Darlington, Bristol and Martinsville in that string of races.

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