Charlotte II: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Dale Jr. Quotes for Charlotte: "I'm like almost every driver and crew member out there: we love racing at Charlotte because it's near home. Plus, I love the atmosphere and the track itself. We're always fast there, always a contender even if the...

Dale Jr. Quotes for Charlotte:

"I'm like almost every driver and crew member out there: we love racing at Charlotte because it's near home. Plus, I love the atmosphere and the track itself. We're always fast there, always a contender even if the numbers don't show it. We had a horrible finish in the spring (the rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 in May), but we were in second place and coming up fast on Bobby (Labonte, the race leader) when we spun, so it's not like we rode around at the back all day. Making this a Saturday night race is another plus. Prime time, network TV... The lights give it an extra sense of speed, and a lot of us can plan to spend a rare Sunday off."

"We're looking at closing out the year strong. We can still move up in the points, but we can also fall back if we don't keep up the focus and intensity. We're having a great year, and I think we're going to finish strong. If we had the number of points we have now at this time last year, we would have been only one point out of the lead. That doesn't mean much, but it does help keep us focused on how we've improved and been a much better team this season."

-- Dale Jr. made his first career Winston Cup start at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May,1999. He won his first career Winston Cup Bud Pole here in May, 2000. He was the first rookie driver to win The Winston, also at the Charlotte-area track, in 2000...

Bud Pole Qualifying: As usual, qualifying at Charlotte is anything but usual. You can tune in for Bud Pole qualifying Thursday evening at 7 pm on the Speed Channel.

They Say It's Your Birthday: Tip a cold Bud in honor of Dale Jr., who turns 29 this Friday, Oct. 10.

"Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly." "No Mean City" (1944) / author Simeon Strunsky (1879 - 1948)

"The ones bitching the most about the rules or other cars are usually the guys that need to go back and work harder on their own car..." Dale Earnhardt Jr., Daytona, February 2003

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr.