Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser race preview Dale Jr. Quotes for Michigan "Michigan is a track where you can really carry speed all the way around the track. We're easily topping 200 mph along the back straight, and the wide turns give you a chance to...
Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser race preview
Dale Jr. Quotes for Michigan
"Michigan is a track where you can really carry speed all the way around the track. We're easily topping 200 mph along the back straight, and the wide turns give you a chance to pass of your car is working well. Since the Busch Series days (where Dale Jr. and much of his current team won at MIS in 1999), we were always one of the fastest cars out there. That's the kind of track I like: fast, wide and wide-open!
"We have to have a good run here. We have struggled so much lately I can't even begin to describe the frustration. We seem to get the car working well and then something happens and we end up going home with an (awful) finish and a crumpled car. I mean, we are NOT a 17th place team, but we have to just look forward right now instead of looking back"
Dale Jr. and the No. 8 Bud Team at Michigan
Previous Winston Cup Starts: 6
Best Start: 1st (August, 2000*)
Best Finish: 12th (August, 2001)
This Race, Last Year: ST: 12 FIN: 12
(Rain-shortened, 162 laps)
This event last year marked a first for Dale Jr. last season, as he used the Hutchens Device for the first time to protect his head and neck in case of a serious accident. In the previous Michigan race this year, the No. 8 Budweiser team qualified third and led the race for nine laps, but fell back to 22nd at the finish.
* Winston Cup Track Record: Dale Jr. still holds the single-lap record for Winston Cup cars at an average speed of 191.149 mph (37.667 sec.). That magic lap won Dale Jr. the Bud Pole Award at this race in in August 2000.