Atlanta II: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Dale Jr. Quotes for Atlanta: "I was racing on-line (racing on the internet against competitors from across the globe) the other night on the Atlanta track. I led the entire race until the end, and then the car started pushing and I dropped back...

Dale Jr. Quotes for Atlanta:

"I was racing on-line (racing on the internet against competitors from across the globe) the other night on the Atlanta track. I led the entire race until the end, and then the car started pushing and I dropped back and finished fourth. I laughed and thought 'well, that's about usual...' We always run great at Atlanta, we lead a lot, but it's kind of like Martinsville- we are one of the cars to beat, but something always seems to happen late in the race to knock us out of win. A cut tire when we were set to win late in the spring race in 2001... a piece of metal in my eye later that season... even a brake line cut by a television telemetry sensor while we were leading in 2000. Maybe I got all of that out of my system racing on the computer and we can pull it off Sunday.

"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's a rush, and it takes guts to keep your right foot held down. But, the track is one of the best when it comes to two- and three-wide racing through the turns. It's an awesome place to race because you can go where your car is working best and really race somebody hard."

Dale Jr. and the Bud team have three consecutive top-five finishes at Atlanta, and four consecutive top-10 finishes. (The team had the same streak of top-five and top-10 finishes going into last weekend's race at Martinsville, where they finished fourth.)

Dale Jr. has led each of the last four Winston Cup races at Atlanta for a total of 236 laps... In the season finale of 1999, Dale Jr. and the Bud team led for the first time in their Winston Cup careers at Atlanta in their fifth career start. They led for a sparkling total of... one lap.

Congrats, Dad:

Bill Snyder was back over the wall Sunday as catch-can man on the No. 8 Budweiser team... He had been at home the last two weeks with his wife Becky. The Snyder's first child, Dorothy ("Dottie") Katherine Snyder was born October 11... she was 8 lbs. 4 oz...

Best Quotes from Martinsville:

Both came during Speed Channel's coverage of Saturday's final Winston Cup practice session. The first was Dale Jr's on-air reference to a purse and an intimate part of car chief Tony Eury Jr's anatomy. The second was from commentator Bill Webber, after watching Dale Jr. hound Ricky Craven for several laps during the practice session: "That's how Dale Jr. likes to practice. He likes to make it entertaining... (pause) entertaining for himself..."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Ricky Craven