Budweiser Race Daytona preview

Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Race Preview Dale Jr. Quotes "This may sound strange or hard to believe, but I'm looking forward to racing at Daytona. It's the greatest track we race at for all of its the history and the fact it was really the first...

Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Race Preview

Dale Jr. Quotes

"This may sound strange or hard to believe, but I'm looking forward to racing at Daytona. It's the greatest track we race at for all of its the history and the fact it was really the first superspeedway of its kind. You just know it's special everytime you get on the track.

"Restrictor plate racing is my favorite because you are always two and three-wide and the driver can really make a difference. It takes a thinking driver to stay up front and I like the chess game elements of it. You have to think one or two moves ahead to stay near the front. We have top-8 finishes in the two restrictor plate races this year, and we expect to get a third one Saturday night.

"As for anything else, I really don't have any comments right now. I don't know how I will feel when I go through that tunnel or how I will feel when I pull onto the track. I will just to wait and see."

Budweiser No. 8 Team and Dale Jr. at Daytona
Previous Winston Cup Races: 3
Best Start: 6th (Feb. 2001)
Best Finish: 2nd (Feb. 2001)

Dale Jr. led 13 laps and finished second to his teammate Michael Waltrip in this year's Daytona 500. In other Daytona races earlier this season, Dale Jr. led nine laps in the Budweiser Shootout before finishing sixth, and he led 19 laps in his Twin 125 qualifying race, finishing second in a near dead-heat with Mike Skinner. He also finished fourth overall and second in class driving a Corvette in the 24 Hours of Daytona. He was teamed with his father along with Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins in the 24 Hours.

The Budweiser Baseball Car

The special Budweiser/Major League All-Star game paint scheme will return for the last time at Daytona. The white and red car marks Bud's role as the official beer of NASCAR and MLB, and promotes next Tuesday's All-Star Game in Seattle. Dale Jr. also raced with the paint scheme in May at The Winston where he finished seventh.

Following the race, Dale Jr. will jet to Seattle for two days of fun at the All-Star Game. He is scheduled to make several appearances at the ballpark, including meeting many of the star players and perhaps taking a few cuts at the plate during batting practice. <pre> What: Pepsi 400 160 Laps, 400 miles 2.5-mile oval Race # 18 of 36

Where: Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, FL

When: Saturday, July 7 8:00pm

Watch: NBC-TV Pre-race: 7:30 pm (All Times: Eastern)

Bud Pole Qualifying: Bud Pole qualifying will be seen Thursday evening at 8:00 on TNT, the cable partner to NBC for the second half of the season.

What to Watch: NBC takes over the television duties from Fox for twenty consecutive weeks beginning Saturday at Daytona. They will kick off their coverage with a special one-hour preview starting at 3:00 Saturday afternoon. The show will primarily be a tribute to Dale Earnhardt.

-BR/DEI-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Michael Waltrip , Mike Skinner , Andy Pilgrim , Kelly Collins