Joliet: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser race preview Dale Jr. Quotes for Chicago "This will be the second year at the track, and I think we all expect the track to age a bit and make it easier to race side-by-side more than last year. "It looks like all the...

Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser race preview

Dale Jr. Quotes for Chicago
"This will be the second year at the track, and I think we all expect the track to age a bit and make it easier to race side-by-side more than last year.

"It looks like all the other 1.5-mile tracks they keep building, but this one is different. I wish they would ask me about these places when they design and build 'em, because the angle of the banking that transitions between the straightaways and the turns is all-wrong. We fought with 'coil binding' a lot last year. We were going into the corners with so much speed and so much g-force that the left-front spring would compress and the coils of the spring would touch. That makes it feel like you have no suspension at all - and then it would bottom out. Try doing that every lap because it will wear you out and it's not fun, ya know what I'm sayin'?!"

"We had a good car in the race last year. We had an ignition problem that knocked us way back in the field, but I was able to run like a bat-outta-hell in the corners even though we'd lose ground on the straights."

Dale Jr. and the No. 8 Bud Team at Chicago
Winston Cup Starts: 1
Best Start: 36th
Best Finish: 11th

ESPY Nomination for Dale Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has earned his first ESPY Award nomination. The awards show honors the best athletes in the world each year and will be seen live on ESPN this Wednesday evening, July 10. Dale Jr. and the No. 8 Budweiser team were nominated in the "Best Moment" category for their dramatic victory in the 2001 Pepsi 400 at Daytona. Earnhardt Jr. is nominated in the category alongside Barry Bonds (home run record holder), Sarah Hughes (Olympic gold medal in figure skating), Luis Gonzales (World Series-winning hit) and Adam Vinatieri (Super Bowl-winning field goal). Dale Jr. will not attend the awards ceremony in Los Angeles due to testing commitments at Indianapolis.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr.