Richmond: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Dale Jr. Quotes for Richmond "I love going to Richmond- it's a track where you can run side-by-side and really race hard. Whatever they did last year with the sealer (on the surface of the track that allowed only one racing groove), it's better...

Dale Jr. Quotes for Richmond

"I love going to Richmond- it's a track where you can run side-by-side and really race hard. Whatever they did last year with the sealer (on the surface of the track that allowed only one racing groove), it's better this year. We've been consistent at short-tracks in the last couple of years, and it seems like a lot of people are just now figuring that out (see stats below).

"I have always liked Richmond, but I guess you can say I'm excited about going to the track every week now. In the last couple of years, we'd be good at a race or two back-to-back, but it was like we would burn out or just not pace ourselves. We've been really focused and I have had great race cars to drive every week. That means I can't wait to get to the track each week. Even the races where we didn't have a good finish, like Daytona or Bristol, we've run at the front until we've had some sort of problem. We can't keep beating ourselves, and when stop doing that, we'll be the team everyone will be trying to catch."

Cool and Arguably Meaningful Minutiae

*Dale Jr. has seven top-five finishes in the last 10 Winston Cup short track races (tracks of less-than one-mile in length), the best record of any driver. In those 10 races, the next best mark is Bobby Labonte with five top-five tallies, while Matt Kenseth and Ricky Rudd have four each.

*At this event in 2000, Dale Jr. drove to his second Winston Cup victory in only his 16th career start. He shares the record with Davey Allison and Jimmie Johnson for 'quickest multiple victories' in Winston Cup history.

*Dale Jr. and the Budweiser team have five top-10 finishes in seven career starts at Richmond. In those same seven races, only Tony Stewart has more top-10 finishes (six).

*In his fourth career start, Dale Jr. scored his first career Winston Cup top-10 finish at Richmond in 1999 (10th place).

*In the NASCAR Busch Series, Dale Jr. recorded Richmond victories in 1998, 1999 and 2001. The 2001 victory was his first as a Busch Series team owner in the inaugural start for Chance2 Motorsports (then known under the 'JR Motorsports' moniker).

*The nighttime is the right time for Dale Jr. and the Budweiser team. Their Winston Cup victories under the lights are: Richmond (May 2000), The Winston all-star race at Charlotte (May 2000), the Pepsi 400 at Daytona (July 2001) and the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona (February 2003).

*The NASCAR Winston Cup schedule now heads toward three consecutive stops where Dale Jr. and the No. 8 Budweiser team have won races: Richmond (May 2000), Charlotte (The Winston, May 2000) and Dover (Sept. 2001).

*Since leaving Rockingham in 38th place in Winston Cup points, the Budweiser team has finished sixth or better in seven of eight races. They will be trying to match their team record of five consecutive top-10 finishes this weekend at Richmond.

"Small opportinities are often the beginning of great enterprises."
    Demosthenes, Greek Orator

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Jimmie Johnson , Davey Allison
Teams JR Motorsports