Rockingham: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Dale Jr. quotes for Rockingham "Everyone made so much about how strong we were at Daytona, but we didn't talk a lot about our really, really good test at Rockingham a few weeks ago. Who would have imagined that I'd be looking forward to going ...

Dale Jr. quotes for Rockingham

"Everyone made so much about how strong we were at Daytona, but we didn't talk a lot about our really, really good test at Rockingham a few weeks ago. Who would have imagined that I'd be looking forward to going there?!"

"Rockingham was just one of those places that we hadn't been able to get it done in the past- in (Winston) Cup or the Busch Series. I just didn't know how to drive the place or something, but we made a big commitment, as a team, to work hard on eliminating what we think are our weak spots - or weak tracks. If the test means anything, and I think it will, we're going to be much better than ever before. Last year, we focused on improving at certain tracks where we had struggled, and then we went out and got top-fives at places like Martinsville and Darlington. That's what we're looking to do again this season. We're serious about all this 'championship talk,' and we're out to eliminate the holes in the schedule where we have not run as competitively like we should. I used to come into a weekend here with a bad attitude, and it seemed to set the tone for the whole team. Now, I think all that will change."

"We're not looking back at Daytona. We're moving forward. We're not going to get too down about the 500 and we're not going to get too excited about winning the other races there. Everyone knew we were there and we were the car to beat, but we need be the car to beat every week for the next 35 races."

Budweiser Team NOTES:

"Pops" Eury STILL the Boss
There continue to be erroneous print and broadcast reports that Tony Eury Jr. is the crew chief for the No. 8 Budweiser car, replacing his father Tony Eury. This is not -- and has never been -- the case. Tony, better known among the team as "Pops," is the crew chief while Tony Jr. continues in his capacity as car chief.

"B" Makes Milestones
Racing Milestones magazine will feature monthly columns this season by Barry "B" Hoover, a mechanic on the No. 8 Budweiser team. The fun and likeable "B" has been with the team since the championship days in the Busch Series, and is the self-proclaimed "hardest workin' man in NASCAR..."

Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair. Edmund Burke , 18th Century British Philosopher

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt