POINTS AFTER NEW HAMPSHIRE: After scoring a fourth-place finish last Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Earnhardt moved up to 18th in the Sprint Cup driver standings. DOVER CHASSIS: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 engineers...
POINTS AFTER NEW HAMPSHIRE: After scoring a fourth-place finish last Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Earnhardt moved up to 18th in the Sprint Cup driver standings.
DOVER CHASSIS: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-556, which is the first car McGrew built from scratch for Earnhardt. This chassis, which Earnhardt debuted in 2009 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, last was raced to a 25th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in July.
DALE EARNHARDT JR., DRIVER, NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD/AMP ENERGY CHEVROLET (ON DOVER.): "The team is coming off a good run, and we want to build on that. It's been awhile since we've had a good run at Dover, but it's a tough track. Dover is a rough track and that concrete is bumpy."
LANCE McGREW, CREW CHIEF, NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD/AMP ENERGY CHEVROLET (ON BUILDING MOMENTUM AFTER FINISHING FOURTH LAST WEEK AT NEW HAMPSHIRE.): "It's tough because it's more than just one event that builds momentum. It's nice, and it was a good run. It's a place we historically run well at. I'd prefer to go to a place we historically run well after a good finish, but we haven't run well at Dover, and it's been awhile since Dale has run well there. I'm hoping that some of the things we've learned over the past several weeks carry over and we see a positive weekend out of it. Dover is a real tough place, and your car has to be very, very good to be fast there all day long, and the driver has to like it. I'm hoping for good things but I'm also cautiously optimistic."
McGREW (ON SETTING UP A CAR DIFFERENTLY FOR CONCRETE VERSUS ASPHALT.): "I think with anything the concrete brings some stability to the setup where it doesn't change as much with track temperature. We really struggled with the tire rubber buildup earlier this year. It seemed to be because of the tire compound that Goodyear brought, and it was more of an issue than we realized at the time. You worry about the rubber buildup on the track more than anything else, and it's not anything you can control in the setup. You just have to position your car on the racetrack to where it least affects you."
McGREW (ON IMPORTANCE OF PIT ROAD AT DOVER.): "It's nice if you get a decent qualifying effort there because there are a couple of really good pit boxes that give you an advantage -- literally it's only about two or three. Pit road there is so narrow. We've gotten damage getting out the pit box or been sandwiched between two guys. As treacherous as the track is and how easy it is to get in trouble, I'd say it's even easier on pit road."
-source: hendrick motorsports