Michigan II: Earnhardt Jr - GM Top-10 interview

GFS Marketplace 400 - Weekly Top 10 Behind the Hauler Chat with Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Monte Carlo SS AS A BUSCH TEAM OWNER, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT HALF THE BUSCH SERIES DRIVERS BEING FROM THE CUP SERIES? "Yeah, it makes it ...

GFS Marketplace 400 - Weekly Top 10

Behind the Hauler Chat with Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Monte Carlo SS

AS A BUSCH TEAM OWNER, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT HALF THE BUSCH SERIES DRIVERS BEING FROM THE CUP SERIES? "Yeah, it makes it difficult for some of the other teams that are trying to run a full Busch Series schedule without a whole lot of help. We have RCR motors and that makes a big difference. That's a big advantage for us over some of these guys. It's good competition, I'll tell you that. It makes you really work hard for what you can get."

WHAT KIND OF COMPETITOR IS RICKY BOBBY? "He's one of those guys that, I don't know, he don't seem like he has any talent but seems to run good. You don't really know why he runs pretty good. I guess he's just really lucky."

HOW IS YOUR TEAM APPROACHING THE LAST FEW RACES BEFORE THE CHASE ESPECIALLY WITH MANY DRIVERS BEING IN THE POSITION OF TRYING TO GET IN: "Well we're racing right now just one guy and that's Kasey (Kahne) and if we can get in front of a couple guys in front of us. We definitely got the opportunity to do that. The guys behind Kasey are a good 140, 170 points out. If we don't have any major catastrophes, we want to be fast by them or have to challenge them."

YOU QUALIFIED WELL HERE BUT HAVEN'T FINISHED WELL. CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY? "I ran third last time we were here. I was pretty good with that. That's the last I time I was here and that's what we brought back and it's running real good right now. I don't really remember why we didn't run good before and don't dwell on it too much."

IF YOU HAVE TO RUN AN INTENSE RACE AS THE LAST RACE BEFORE THE CHASE, IS RICHMOND THE PLACE TO DO THAT? "Oh yeah. It's a great race track, a lot of grooves to race in the corner makes for great side-by-side racing. It's a great challenge for the drivers. I think a lot of drivers really enjoy it and absolutely it's one of the best tracks on the circuit and perfectly fitted for trying to make it into the Chase here."

ON PREPARING FOR THE CHASE: "Well we're working real hard to get what we can on the tracks that we feel like we can run good at this year. Bristol has been a good track for us but anything can happen there. California we're hopeful what we learn here is going to help us in California. We say we got this place figured out and now we got to go to California and see if we can make the same thing work. Hopefully we'll be fine there."

WHAT IS THE KEY TO RUNNING WELL HERE AT MICHIGAN: "Well you've got to be able to run all over the track. A lot of guys run the bottom and a lot of guys can run the top. You need to be able to run pretty much wherever you can and wherever your opportunities to pass are. I got a fast car running at the top and I like that."

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE CAR OF TOMORROW AND WHERE ARE YOU GUYS AT WITH IT? "I have no idea. I haven't messed with it and haven't tested it much. I haven't even thought about it really."

DO YOU WANT TO MESS WITH IT? "Eventually when I get around to it you're going to have to but not really. It's a lot of work trying to figure everything out. We're still trying to figure these things out. I don't know. Hopefully we got good people in the right places."

DID PRACTICE TELL YOU ANYTHING? "We're comfortable. We're fast. We had good lap times. We practiced in race trim and were really quick. I think I got as good of a car as I did last time if not better."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.