Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "I can't wait! To run as well as we did in the Winston gives me and the Bud crew so much confidence. The car we'll use is the one we won with at Texas, so I know I'll have a great car. We tested really well with it a few...
Dale Earnhardt Jr.:
"I can't wait! To run as well as we did in the Winston gives me and the Bud crew so much confidence. The car we'll use is the one we won with at Texas, so I know I'll have a great car. We tested really well with it a few weeks ago and now we'll take what we learned in the Winston and apply it to that car. I see no reason why we can't be competitive from start to finish in the 600."
<pre> Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Charlotte Career Winston Cup Starts: 1 (1999) Started: 8th Finished: 16th -- The 1999 Coca-Cola 600 was the first career Winston Cup start for Dale Jr. "E Day" saw Dale Jr. start in the top 10 and finish 16th, completing 397 of the 400 laps. -- Earnhardt Jr. also competed in - and won - the Winston last weekend, his first appearance in NASCAR's all-star race.
Career Busch Series Starts: 4 Best Start 5th (Fall, 1998) Best Finish 2nd (Spring, 1999) -- Dale Jr. led three of the four Busch Series races he entered at Charlotte, and scored three top five finishes.
Race fans across the United States have responded enthusiastically to the unrestrained glee of the Budweiser team in victory circle this season. What better time to celebrate with a cold Bud than after a hot and sweaty day at the office?! In a typical winner's circle celebration, the Bud crew spray, pour and even occasionally drink up to six ice-cold cases of Budweiser. With three wins under their belts so far this year, the crew have unleashed a total of at least 5300 ounces of their favorite brew in victory lanes across the nation.
Fresh from a sparkling victory in the shortest and most frantic race on the Winston Cup tour, Earnhardt Jr. and the Budweiser team now immediately turn their attention to the longest race of the season. The team has chosen to bring their most successful chassis - the race winning car from Texas - to go for the Bud Pole and the race victory.
Last year's Coca-Cola 600 was the first Winston Cup start for Dale Earnhardt Jr, so NASCAR's longest race completes a twelve-month 'first lap' of his Cup career. How successful has the last twelve months been in the Budweiser car?
In 16 career starts, Earnhardt Jr. has grabbed two victories plus a win in last weekend's all-star-bash-for-cash The Winston. He has started in the top ten in nine of those 16 races and has never failed to qualify in the top 25 positions. His qualifying average is the best among all Winston Cup drivers, and he has earned $1,609,716 in prize money.
Budweiser NASCAR Winston Cup Race Preview
The Race What: The Coca Cola 600 Where: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, NC When: Sunday, May 28, 2000 Watch: WTBS Superstation, 5:35 p.m. Eastern
TBS will also televise Bud Pole qualifying live Wednesday, May 24, at 8:05 p.m. Eastern, as well as Happy Hour, the final practice session of the weekend, Saturday, May 27, at 4:05 p.m. Eastern.
TBS shot a fun and in-depth interview with Dale Jr. that will most likely be seen Sunday during the pre-race coverage.