Fontana: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Dale Jr. Quotes for Fontana "I see a lot of people pointing at our poor finish here last year as a sign we shouldn't be expected to do very well this week. But, it (the crash) was a freak deal -- (Kevin) Harvick blew a tire and we had nowhere to...

Dale Jr. Quotes for Fontana

"I see a lot of people pointing at our poor finish here last year as a sign we shouldn't be expected to do very well this week. But, it (the crash) was a freak deal -- (Kevin) Harvick blew a tire and we had nowhere to go. It was a big-time hit, and I struggled for weeks after that, but we hit the wall in practice the year before (2001) and then came from the back of the field in a back-up car to finish third. I'd prefer to look at that run (2001) as a more realistic example of what we can do as a team.

"It's been a fun start to the season. Tony (Eury, car chief) Jr. has been really good up on top of the (pit) box. He used to change the front tires on the stops and had a lot of different jobs on his plate, but this year we all decided it would be better for him to have a comfy seat up there on the box, and he's really responded. We've kept each other focused and we have been making the right choices on changes and strategy. At Martinsville, we felt like we were the car to beat for 450 laps until a lapped car almost crashed us big time. Tony Jr. was really great about keeping everyone calm and focused on the bigger points picture. We did all we could to get as many positions back in the last 50 laps. I'm not so sure it would have been as positive of a comeback for us in years past.

"The weekend off was nice, but we'll rest and celebrate in December if we win the championship."

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Dale Jr. will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC-TV late night Thursday (early Friday morning for some) at 12:05 am ET.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt