Dover: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Quotes from Dale Earnhardt Jr. / Driver, ...

Quotes from Dale Earnhardt Jr. / Driver, #8 Budweiser Chevrolet:

"We've been hit-or-miss at Dover. We've been really fast, won and led a lot of laps and then we've had days where we've struggled, crashed or just missed it altogether. It's such a fast track for a one-mile oval, and I've hit the wall there hard enough to never want to do it again, so we're going in there expecting to find a balance where we can be consistent and run up front for 400 miles. Everyone is in the same position: coming into the race without a test session there with the Car of Tomorrow. That's fine with me: I think we have been successful with CoT, and if it's the same for everyone, we should be right in the mix.

"We're coming in with some momentum. The 600 was a very positive weekend as a whole for the team. We miss having Tony Jr. (crew chief Eury, who is suspended following technical violations at Darlington) there in the garage with us, but Tony Gibson (interim crew chief) and all of the guys all stepped up and picked up the slack. It gives us all confidence that we are going to keep running strong every week like we have been all season. If the luck swings back our direction, we're prepared to tae advantage of it. It's been an emotional few weeks for all of us, and the fans have been amazing and have really stuck with me and supported me in the decisions I've made. That means a lot and that motivates me to want to share and celebrate a win with them soon."

Minutiae:
The most memorable race of Dale Jr's Dover history was the victory in Sept. 2001. It was the first major motorsports event following the 9/11 attacks in the United States. Dale Jr. followed his victory with a Polish victory lap, carrying a giant American flag. It was also the first race where Dale Jr. carried a volleyball - AKA "Wilson" - in the cockpit (though he was unaware of the item until late in the race)... In 14 starts, Dale Jr. has led eight races for 366 laps, yet has finished on the lead lap only five times, scoring finishes of 11th or better each time...

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr.