Richmond II: Earnhardt Jr - Friday media visit

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Impala SS, met with members of the media to discuss the upcoming Chase and anticipating the 2008 season: ON CHANCES OF GETTING IN THE CHASE IN TOMORROW NIGHT'S RICHMOND RACE:"We are just going to try to do...

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Impala SS, met with members of the media to discuss the upcoming Chase and anticipating the 2008 season:

ON CHANCES OF GETTING IN THE CHASE IN TOMORROW NIGHT'S RICHMOND RACE:"We are just going to try to do the best we can. I am just going to run hard and leave the rest up to chance."

ON LEAVING DEI WITH AN EMPTINESS IF NOT IN THE CHASE: "Nah, I think when you are put in positions like this, you have an opportunity to add value to your integrity or take it away. What I try show my guys is the harder we try, even in the situations that are sometimes pointless, if we continue to try really hard, it just shows the integrity we have. There are positives in everything, I find the positives in everything at least. It is not so much the fox in the grapes deal, but it is more like there is a lot of pressure that won't be on me, I guess, for the last 10 races. There are other things that I will be able to do that those other guys will be wrapped up in as far as appearances and whatnot and I will have some time off. Also, I will be able to look a little more in to the future and peparing for next year and doing the switch with the teams and all, moving over. It is just, unfortunate, because I really feel like we should have made it. I really really feel like we shoulda. I didn't think it would even be close. I am really disappointed that we weren't able to realize our potential.

"I have been running harder each year. I don't understand why or how that is or what the reason is for that. But it seems like each year, there is more and more of a race car driver that comes out. Either I am just gettin a little bit better each year or I am just understanding that there is a lot more depth, no so much in ability, but in shear willpower and determination, you know. I think that is growing as I mature. I am getting better as I get older and more mature, getting more immersed in what I am actually trying to accomplish, what my goals are in racing.

"I drive harder, harder and harder each year. I think the California race this past week end sort of epitomized our entire season as far as our effort team wide. Our team, those guys have worked really, really hard, they deserve quite a bit more than there stats and records will show this year."

ON IF THERE IS ANY CHANCE TOMORROW NIGHT: "Well, sure. I have dealt with a lot harder and more difficult situations but, we were just beat. We were out raced. Kurt (Busch) out ran us, out qualified us, out ran us. We ran great, in the top-five but we couldn't shake him. He was either ahead of us or right behind us. He deserves credit for making it in to the Chase, because he outran us. Those other guys just had better years, overall. Like I said, there is no real excuse, we had some failures and whatnot but you can't really lean on those as excuses because, you are in control of those type of things too. We will just have to try from here forward, because the best thing we can do is make is a positive. Take this negative and make it a positive and come out at the end of the year with the same confidence level we came in to this season with."

ON TONY EURY, JR. COMING OVER TO HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS: "I am real happy about that. I think he deserves it. He deserves to really enjoy what he does. He is really really good at it and he is such a good person. I want him to just really enjoy the rest of his career and the possibilities there are for him to establish himself as one of the better crew chiefs that has come in to this sport. I feel like he is going to enjoy working over at Rick's (Hendrick). I really do, I think he is going to fit right in. They are already calling him little Robert G over there."

-credit: gm racing

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt