DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD IMPALA SS met with media and discussed the Casey Mears and HMS parting ways at year-end and his Nationwide team. Full Transcript: HOW WAS THE CAR IN PRACTICE? "I was pretty happy with our car.
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD IMPALA SS met with media and discussed the Casey Mears and HMS parting ways at year-end and his Nationwide team. Full Transcript:
HOW WAS THE CAR IN PRACTICE? "I was pretty happy with our car. We tested real good for this race and this car seems to be pretty close."
DOES BEING GOOD AT MARTINSVILLE TRANSFER TO NEW HAMPSHIRE, OR NOT AT ALL? "Not necessarily. Those two tracks aren't quite as similar as you might think."
YOU MENTIONED A WHILE AGO ABOUT MAYBE MOVING YOUR NATIONWIDE JR MOTORSPORTS TEAM TO CUP. WHERE DOES THAT STAND NOW? "I ain't got much to say about it. We're pretty happy running in the Nationwide Series. The car is running good and I'd like to keep that the way it is."
WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO THE NEWS THAT CASEY MEARS WILL BE LEAVING HMS AT THE END OF THE SEASON? "Casey is a good guy. He's a great teammate. He's been a great teammate for me. I was real happy to be able to work with him. He's my teammate for the rest of the year, so we'll look forward to the rest of the season and working with him and trying to win some races together."
IS THERE ANY TYPE OF DRIVER OR PERSONALITY THAT COMES TO MIND TO JOIN THE NO. 5 TEAM? "You just asked me who I think they're going to hire and I don't know. I'm just getting the news the same way you are."
ON TAKING HIS NATIONWIDE TEAM CUP RACING "I shouldn't have said that man because I should have just kept that to myself because I really don't want to talk about it in the press. That's personal to me, what I do with my business and I'm damn sure ain't going to air my timeline out over to the media. If we feel like we want to do that, we'll do it. And we'll let you know and that will be that. I don't want to answer questions about it every week because it's really not that big of an issue. My team is doing great. I'd be foolish to make too many changes right now. It would be smart to keep things how they are while they're working."
YOU'VE HAD ESSENTIALLY THE SAME CREW CHIEF IN YOUR CAREER. CASEY MEARS HAS HAD FIVE DIFFERENT CREW CHIEFS, FOUR DIFFERENT TEAMS, AND FOUR DIFFERENT CARS. HOW HARD DO YOU THINK IT WOULD BE TO START OVER LIKE THAT EVERY YEAR?"It's challenging to work with new people. Most times you want it to come off without a hitch. You want it to work right away. And we have great resources and there is a lot of talent at Hendrick. Casey would agree that it's a great place to work. We're both fortunate to have the opportunity to work there."
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