Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Dale Jr. Quotes for Daytona: "This is a real important race. Winning the Daytona 500 is one of the top two goals of my career. We put a lot of emphasis on winning this race. We probably spend 25 percent of our company revenue or income ...

Dale Jr. Quotes for Daytona:

"This is a real important race. Winning the Daytona 500 is one of the top two goals of my career. We put a lot of emphasis on winning this race. We probably spend 25 percent of our company revenue or income on (restrictor) plate stuff. I think a lot of teams spend a good chunk -- maybe 15 percent or something like that. That's just a guess. A lot goes into this. It's pretty important to all of us.

"I want to win a championship. To win one, and to consider myself among all the other champions would be a great addition to my career. I want to win the Daytona 500. There are all kinds of goals. I've had good times driving and I've had bad times driving. I'll take the good days over the bad days. Having fun is what's important to me and also having success at the same time."

"The handling aspect comes into play here (at Daytona) more than it does in Talladega. We had some handling issues the other night in the Budweiser Shootout, but it was a brand new car that we really didn't know much about. Our 500 car is one we've had a lot of success with, so I'm pretty excited.

On whether he is a fan of restrictor-plate racing: "I guess I'm a fan. I'd like to try it without the plates just one time to see what that's like. We'd go real fast."

Notes:

Dale Jr. has six career victories at Daytona International Speedway (three in the NASCAR Busch Series) ... He is tied with Buddy Baker and Al Holbert for 15th all-time in career wins at this 2.5-mile track ... Junior has led laps in 10 of the 16 Nextel Cup races (non-points events included) at Daytona.

The Bud team will start in the front row of the first Twin-125-mile qualifying race on Thursday (1 p.m. EDT on TNT) after recording the third-quickest time (47.819 seconds, 188.210 mph) in Bud Pole Qualifying for the Daytona 500 ... Traditionally, Dale Jr. has had great success in the Twin-125-milers, as he has a win (2003), two runner-ups (2001 and 2002) and a fourth-place finish (2000) in four starts.

"DRIVEN" PREMIERS TOMORROW: Dale Jr. will be featured on VH1's documentary show, "Driven" Wednesday night at 10 p.m. EDT.JDriven: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will include exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of friends and family members who have played integral roles in Junior's life and career.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Al Holbert , Buddy Baker