Earnhardt, Jr. Charlotte preview

Sale Earnhardt, Jr: "If the last 10 laps of the Winston are any sign of the speed we will have this week, everyone had better look out. That was a blast! (The Bud team moved from 20th [lastplace] to 7th in the final 10 laps of the ...

Sale Earnhardt, Jr: "If the last 10 laps of the Winston are any sign of the speed we will have this week, everyone had better look out. That was a blast! (The Bud team moved from 20th [lastplace] to 7th in the final 10 laps of the Winston.)

"Charlotte has always been a good track for me and for the team, and we all learned a lot in the last two years about running 600 miles instead of 500. The last 100 miles is incredible: your vision gets blurry and you are so tired that it's hard to keep your focus on the race. I think we're a better team and much more consistent by far right now compared to where we were last year, even though we had won some races. We just missed the set-up at the start of the Winston, but we got the car handling like old times by the last 10 laps and I think we can use that knowledge for the 600!"

Budweiser No. 8 Team and Dale Jr. at Charlotte Previous Races:  3 Best
Start:  1st (May, 2000) Best Finish:  4th (May, 2000)

The Bud team dominated for much of last year's Coca-Cola 600, finishing 4th after leading 175 (of the 400) laps and earning the Bud Pole with a Winston Cup track record of more than 186 miles per hour. With a new tire compound from Goodyear this season, the track record is expected to stand. In 1999, this race was Dale Jr's first Winston Cup start. He started 8th and finished 16th.

-BR

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