Michigan: Dale Earnhardt Jr. preview

AT MICHIGAN: In 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has recorded one win, two pole positions, four top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He has completed 98.9 percent of all laps he's attempted (4,048 laps of 4,091 ...

AT MICHIGAN: In 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has recorded one win, two pole positions, four top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He has completed 98.9 percent of all laps he's attempted (4,048 laps of 4,091 total).

CHASSIS CHOICE: This weekend, McGrew and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-599. Earnhardt raced this chassis to an eighth-place finish at Texas in April and most recently to a 22nd-place finish at the May 30 event at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

DALE EARNHARDT JR., DRIVER, NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET (ON MICHIGAN.): "Michigan is a fun track. It's wide, and you'll find a lot of side-by-side racing. You can move around. If the top doesn't work then you can run the bottom. I enjoyed running there, and we seem to have had some success there."

LANCE McGREW, CREW CHIEF, NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET (ON WHY MICHIGAN OFTEN COMES DOWN TO FUEL STRATEGY.): "I don't know. Take, for example, the (NASCAR) Nationwide Series where they've changed the length of the race over the years; they did all these things to make it not come down to fuel, but it always seems to come down to fuel. It doesn't matter how long that last stretch is, somebody is going to try to go on fuel. I think you are seeing some difference at the end of last year and the beginning of this year where the tires are worth more. We came in last year and pitted with tires and drove our way up to third. I think there aren't a lot of cautions there and there are long green-flag runs. You have to have a strategy for a long green-flag run because you have to count on there not being a caution."

McGREW (ON MICHIGAN BEING TOUGH ON ENGINES.): "It's not a place where you are off the gas for a long period of time. We call that 'hanging RPM,' which basically means that the engine turns a lot of RPMs for a long period of time and doesn't get much of a breather in between the time that it is asked to do it again. Generally, it's a little harder on the valve train. And generally, if you are going to have a problem then it is in the top side of the motor. We try to keep that from happening, but there are lots of things that can ruin your day motor-wise at Michigan."

-source: hm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Teams Hendrick Motorsports