Charlotte II: Dale Earnhardt Jr. preview

CHARLOTTE CHASSIS: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-556 which is the first car McGrew built from scratch for Earnhardt. This chassis, which Earnhardt debuted in 2009 at Indianapolis...

CHARLOTTE CHASSIS: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-556 which is the first car McGrew built from scratch for Earnhardt. This chassis, which Earnhardt debuted in 2009 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, most recently was raced to a 23rd-place finish at Dover (Del.) International Speedway last month.

DALE EARNHARDT JR., DRIVER, NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET (ON PRACTICING AT DAY AND RACING AT NIGHT AT CHARLOTTE.): "You really don't know what your car is going to do. You get it setup for the daytime, and it's going to handle differently at night but a fast car is a fast car usually. So if you unload good, then you don't try to mess it up too much."

EARNHARDT (ON WHAT A WIN AT CHARLOTTE WOULD MEAN.): "I always liked the trophies they had in Charlotte back in the day, the big gold ones they had. I don't know if it's still like that with the emblem on the top. When you think about a trophy, there's some that are recognizable and that is one of them. We had a lot of around the house when I was growing up. You put that one up on the list that really means something. Plus just winning in front of people who I grew up close to, even if I don't know them and even if they don't pull for me -- winning in your hometown is a big deal."

LANCE McGREW, CREW CHIEF, NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET (ON WHAT IT TAKES TO BE GOOD AT CHARLOTTE.): "You always have two problems -- you are generally tight in the center of Turn 2 which makes it loose off and you need your car to turn better in (Turns) 3 and 4. There are certain bumps you've got to deal with. It's difficult. That place is so fast and so narrow, and it's getting rougher. It's very difficult to have the corners connect where the car acts the same in (Turns) 1 and 2 as it does in (Turns) 3 and 4. There are some tracks we go to where that's not an issue but they are entirely different at Charlotte. That's always been the biggest challenge – to get the corners similar."

McGREW (ON PRACTICING AT DAY AND RACING AT NIGHT AT CHARLOTTE.): "You have to look at history. There is a certain point in time you've got to free up the car when the track cools down. I've talked to Chad (Knaus, No. 48 crew chief) about it because of the run he and Jimmie (Johnson, No. 48 driver) had where they couldn't lose over there. Over the years, he knows what the track is going to do through the course of the night, and I think you just have to go by those notes. Five or six races of history is not going to lie to you."

-source: hendrick motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Teams Hendrick Motorsports