Dale Jr.: "I think we're looking forward to Rockingham mainly because we never had a chance to show what we could do in the race there in February. We were the fastest car in the final practice, and I think we would have done pretty well if we ...
"I think we're looking forward to Rockingham mainly because we never had a chance to show what we could do in the race there in February. We were the fastest car in the final practice, and I think we would have done pretty well if we didn't end up getting punted into the wall on the first lap. Plus, we'll have our buddies from Smash Mouth joining us in the pits, so we'd better do well for them too!"
"We're still looking straight ahead in these last few races: we want to grab a top five points position this year, so we're not letting the problems we had at Phoenix (debris went through the radiator, damaging the engine) slow us down or discourage us."
Dale Jr. and the No. 8 Bud Team at Rockingham
Winston Cup Starts: 3
Best Start: 7th (Feb. 2000)
Best Finish: 19th (Feb. 2000)
A Smashing Good Time
Budweiser is teaming up with national recording act Smash Mouth on an exclusive concert on Friday, Nov. 2, in Charlotte, N.C. Tickets for the invitation-only concert can be won through radio station WEND-FM (106.5) in Charlotte.
The band will attend Dale Jr.'s "Happy Hour" practice the following day and watch the action from the Budweiser Racing team's pit during the Pop Secret 400 race on Sunday, Nov. 4. Additionally, the logo of Smash Mouth's latest album titled "Smash Mouth," will be displayed on the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet's rear decklid and dashboard during the event. The album will be released Tuesday, November 27.
Bud Pole Qualifying:
Bud Pole qualifying is scheduled to take place Friday at 3:00pm, and can be seen live on the CNN/SI sports cable network or on radio with the Motor Racing Network (MRN).
What to Watch 2"The Rock" is a track that is tough on tires, but usually produces some exciting racing. Watch for teams to put fresh tires on at every opportunity. The pit crews get a chance to shine on Saturday, when the Union 76/World Pit Crew Competition takes place. The Bud team, in their first attempt at the competition last season, finished third among 35 teams in 2000.