Talladega: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Quotes from Dale Earnhardt Jr. / Driver, ...

Quotes from Dale Earnhardt Jr. / Driver, #8 Budweiser Chevrolet:

"I believe we have about half-a-lap of unfinished business there (reference to leading until being crashed from behind on the final lap in Oct. 2006). It fires me up - it fires my team up - and we want to go out there and not give anyone a chance to take us out this time. The Nextel Cup Series is so tough now, when you get that close to a win and don't close the deal, it makes a fire burn in your gut when you think about it.J

"With the new pavement at Talladega, combined with the restrictor plates, anyone could drive a lap at full-speed in these cars, but that only makes it more of a mental challenge during the race. The whole pack can run three-wide and wide-open, so it makes every move you make more critical. You have to have all of your senses working full-time to get to the front and then try to stay there. When you finish a race at Talladega, you're almost never physically tired like if you had just raced at Bristol or Martinsville, but the mental strain and the concentration needed will wear you out mentally and emotionally. It's fun, but it's tough."

Primary Chassis this week: #043... led 37 laps at Talladega last Oct. until being crashed while leading the final lap. Also raced in the '07 Budweiser Shootout - and crashed on the final lap. (Maybe third time is a charm?)

-credit: dei

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr.