Dover II: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Dale Jr. Quotes for Dover: "It would be hard to forget winning this race in 2001... It was an emotional day for everyone. I think the nation had been in shock for two weeks, almost at a stop, and I think it will always mean something to a lot of...

Dale Jr. Quotes for Dover:

"It would be hard to forget winning this race in 2001... It was an emotional day for everyone. I think the nation had been in shock for two weeks, almost at a stop, and I think it will always mean something to a lot of people that NASCAR provided a diversion, or a sense of returning to normal life. I know I had become restless seeing the coverage day-after-day, and I was anxious to move forward. Carrying the American flag as I drove around the track after the race was memorable..."

"It's been a strange string of races for us. I keep saying I'm excited before every race because I have confidence that I'm going to climb into a really fast car each week. Leading the race on seven cylinders (at Loudon, NH) Sunday showed how good the car was handling. We got a top-five with a car we had to nurse around, which I suppose is a small consolation after having a potentially winning car at Richmond and then getting stung with a punctured tire..."

Dale Jr. and the Bud team dominated early in this race last season, leading 116 laps before the handling of the car came "unglued" (to borrow a phrase from the Bud post-race report).

Dale Jr. and the Bud team won this event in 2001, the first NASCAR Winston Cup race following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In seven Winston Cup starts at Dover, Dale Jr. has led five races for 317 laps.

By leading 120 laps at Loudon, the Bud team has now led the most laps in four races in 2003. Dale Jr. has led 3058 laps in his Winston Cup career.

The Bud team has already doubled the number of top-three finishes compared to 2002. They have eight top-three tallies this year, versus four last season.

TV: NBC-TV / 12:30 pm pre-race

Bud Pole Qualifying: Bud Pole Qualifying takes place Friday at 3:00 pm. You can see it live on TNT. You can also hear the race and Bud Pole qualifying live on MRN radio (a station near you) or XM Radio.

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"If you don't make a total commitment to whatever you're doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking. It's tough enough getting that boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stands up and starts putting his jacket on. --Lou Holtz, football coach, University of South Carolina

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt