Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt Jr. preview

Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Race Preview Dale Jr. Quotes for the MBNA 400 "If last year is any indication, this is just what we needed. We were really strong at Atlanta last year. I was happy that Kevin (Harvick) got his first win at this race, but...

Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Race Preview

Dale Jr. Quotes for the MBNA 400
"If last year is any indication, this is just what we needed. We were really strong at Atlanta last year. I was happy that Kevin (Harvick) got his first win at this race, but if we didn't have that cut tire, I think you would have seen the red Bud car in the victory circle instead. We were really strong, and then we came back in the fall and sat on the pole. It'd be great to get another Bud Pole pretty quick so we can make sure we're in the Budweiser Shootout, but most importantly, we need to start seeing some top-fives and top-10 finishes if we're going to have any chance at all of contending for a top points finish this year." <pre> Dale Jr. and the No. 8 Bud Team at Atlanta Winston Cup Starts: 5 Best Start: 1 (Fall, 2001) Best Finish: 7th (Fall, 2001) This Race, Last Year: St: 17th Fin: 15th </pre>} The Bud team has been in position to win the last two races at Atlanta, dominating the fall race last year, leading 170 laps before Dale Jr. was hampered by debris that lodged in his left eye. At this event last year, Dale Jr. was among the five cars dicing for the victory with five laps to go (setting the second-fastest lap of the race along the way) when debris caused a cut right front tire and dropping the team to a 15th place finish.

What to Watch:
Dale Jr. seems to reserve his best performances for the tracks that are wickedly fast - and Atlanta is the fastest and most wicked of all. He won the Bud Pole at the most recent Atlanta race and was within a cut tire of a top-three finish at this race last year.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.