Quotes from: DALE EARNHARDT JR. / Driver, ...
Quotes from: DALE EARNHARDT JR. / Driver, #8 Budweiser Chevrolet:
Going to Indy after dropping from third to 11th in Nextel Cup points in only two races:
"We've had two terrible results, but you can't dwell on it. What can you do? You have to put it behind you and look forward. We can't afford any more mistakes or finishes like that, but I have a team that's capable of coming back. We had the quickest car on our test day at Indy, so we feel pretty confident we're going in there with a set-up that can run up front. We've been pretty strong at some tracks this year where we haven't shown much in the past. I have a feeling we're going to do the same at Indy."
"The series has gotten more exciting and competitive. I'm more aggressive and up on the tach more, not giving as much room and not as kind as maybe I would be the first 10 races of the season. It gets very aggressive out there. We don't have any cushion in the points, we have to go out and fight for every tenth-of-a-second, fight for every spot each lap."
Do you worry about making the Chase for the Cup?
"I just don't think about it. There are a lot worse things you could be going through than trying to make the Chase for a championship. Just imagine somebody dealing with something worse than you are and to be thankful for the opportunity to even have the chance to race for the Chase. It's an honor to be part of this sport and part of this series. I'm grateful to have the chance, so I don't feel a lot of pressure. I know my fans and a lot of people want to see me succeed and we try really hard, but I see people who really make themselves miserable and it's a shame."
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the #8 Budweiser team are 11th in points, only the second week this season they have been outside of the top-10. The team suffered back-to-back 43rd-place finishes for the first time ever, losing seven spots in the Nextel Cup point standings. In 20 races, Dale Jr. has one win (Richmond), six top-fives, eight top-10s and 13 top-15 finishes in 2006.