Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Dale Jr. on Atlanta: "We're not pleased with the Vegas race, but no one on the team is panicking, just like no one was jumping up and down when we led the points after two races. You can't carry it with you too long. It's a long season, and...

Dale Jr. on Atlanta:

"We're not pleased with the Vegas race, but no one on the team is panicking, just like no one was jumping up and down when we led the points after two races. You can't carry it with you too long. It's a long season, and we're not going to let one bad day take our focus off of the big picture. If anything, this makes us buckle down and work harder. I'm sure we're going to do a lot of laps in testing this week to figure out what we need to do."

"My goal this year is to get five wins, and of all the places we visit, Atlanta is one of the tracks I feel we have our best chances of winning. Atlanta is the fastest place we go, and it's almost impossible to describe the feeling launching into turns one and three at more than 200 mph. It takes guts to keep your right foot held down. Atlanta's kind of like Martinsville -- we are one of the cars to beat almost every time, but something always seems to happen late in the race to knock us out of a win."

This is first week Dale Jr. has ranked outside the top five in points since Bristol in March 2003 ... He was 18th in the point standings at this point of the season one year ago ... Dale Jr., has finished in the top-10 in the last five races at Atlanta and has led at least one lap in seven of the nine races in which he competed at Atlanta... Dale Jr. and crew are scheduled to test at Bristol Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway this week.

150 and counting: Dale Jr. reached a milestone Sunday at Las Vegas by making his 150th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start. In 150 races, Dale Jr. and the Bud team have 10 victories, plus four more wins in non-points or all-star races... Dale Jr. has finished in the top three 25 times, has 59 top-10 finishes and six Bud Pole Awards... Dale Jr. has led 3,366 laps in 79 races ... He has finished first more times than any other finishing position (10) and has finished in every position (1 through 43) at least once - except for 28th ... Dale Jr. has earned $22,317,516 in Cup prize money since his first race in May, 1999.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt