Dale Jr.: "This is one of those races that seem more like a championship boxing match than a stock car race. The track is so small, you're running so close together and it's so hard to pass cleanly that it's a miracle if you finish 500 laps with a...
"This is one of those races that seem more like a championship boxing match than a stock car race. The track is so small, you're running so close together and it's so hard to pass cleanly that it's a miracle if you finish 500 laps with a car that is intact. Last year, I was like (former junior lightweight world champion boxer) Arturo Gatti just stepping in and swingin' hard -- very aggressive and brutal. We crashed so often in this race last year that I felt like I was in some sort of stunt show. But, in the spring race here this year, we tried a new approach. I guess it was like a boxer that's on defense, avoiding trouble and avoiding contact in order to stay around until the end of the bout. We finished 11th, so I suppose that approach worked a lot better."
Dale Jr. and the No. 8 Budweiser Team History at Martinsville
Winston Cup Races: 3
Best Start: 12th(April, 2001)
Best Finish: 11th(April, 2001)
What: Old Dominion 500 / 500Laps, 263 miles .526-mile oval / Race #
30 of 36 Where: Martinsville Speedway / Martinsville,Va.
When: Sunday,Oct. 14 12:30pm
Watch: NBC / Pre-race:12:00 pm (All Times: Eastern)
Bud Pole Qualifying: Bud Pole qualifying is scheduled to take place Friday afternoon at 3:05 pm and can be seen on the CNN/SI cable sports network.
The "Old Dominion 500" sounds like a throwback to the old days of NASCAR, when the events were known by catchy nicknames such as the Rebel 500 and the Firecracker 400. It's also a throwback to days when most of the tracks were small, short ovals where a pass for position was more often preceded by a bump from behind rather than a sleek, aerodynamic drafting move. Grab a Bud, sit back and watch the sheet metal fly on Sunday.