Richmond II: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Dale Jr. Quotes for Richmond: "This is a weekend I always look forward to. It seems like we're always at the front or near the front every time we come to Richmond. Last year, even when we had a flat tire and dropped two laps behind, we were...

Dale Jr. Quotes for Richmond:

"This is a weekend I always look forward to. It seems like we're always at the front or near the front every time we come to Richmond. Last year, even when we had a flat tire and dropped two laps behind, we were able to make up the laps and finish fourth. We're running a special paint scheme with the band 'Staind.' It's a part of Budweiser's 'True Music' program and Chevy's rock & roll theme, so maybe we can put a special paint scheme into Victory Lane like we did with the Major League Baseball car at Daytona (in July, 2001). If any team knows about rock & roll and goin' racing at night, it's us."

"I've had good cars all season, good-driving cars, and the credit goes to the crew. I had a great car at Darlington, and it makes my job easier. When a car isn't right, it's a ton of work just to muscle it around the track lap-after-lap. But, if it's right on, it's much easier on the driver. I don't have any intention of dropping two laps down like we did last year, but we've proven we can come back to have a good finish."

Dale Jr. finished third in the previous race at Richmond in May.

Dale Jr. has eight top-five finishes in the last 12 Winston Cup short track races (tracks of less-than one-mile in length), the best record of any driver in that time frame. He also recorded an additional top-10 finish (ninth) in the most recent short track race at Bristol last month.

In eight career starts at Richmond in the Winston Cup series, Dale Jr. has six top-10 finishes, more than any other driver in the same time frame. He has finished worse than 13th only once at this track.

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

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 three Richmond victories, all in the fall race. He won in September 1998, 1999 and 2002.

Race Details:
Chevrolet Rock & Roll 400
Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.
.75-mile D-shaped oval / 400 laps / 300 miles
Saturday, Sept. 6 / 7:30 pm / Eastern
Winston Cup Race # 26 (of 36)

TV: TNT-TV 7:00 pm pre-race

Bud Pole Qualifying:

Bud Pole Qualifying takes place Friday at 3:00 pm. You can see it live on TNT. You can also hear the race and Bud Pole qualifying live on MRN radio (a station near you) or XM Radio.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jimmie Johnson , Davey Allison