Texas: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- driver, No. 8 Budweiser team: "When I'm old and gray, I'm going to bore my grandkids with race stories from my driving days, and I'm sure Texas will wind up in many of the stories. It's a lot like Atlanta, because it takes...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- driver, No. 8 Budweiser team:

"When I'm old and gray, I'm going to bore my grandkids with race stories from my driving days, and I'm sure Texas will wind up in many of the stories. It's a lot like Atlanta, because it takes some guts to get around there fast. I think our record shows we've been one of the teams to deal with there every year. It'd be hard to forget those days, or last year's race where Jeff Gordon and I were back-and-forth for second place there at the end. It was wild. We were able to get him at the finish and maybe this week we'll be doing the same for the race win."

"We let a real shot at the win -- certainly a top-three finish - slip away at Bristol. We don't make excuses. We've had really good pit stops this year, but we slipped and hurt ourselves. I guess we'll have to prove ourselves again this week like we did at Atlanta."

-- Texas is the site of Dale Jr.'s first career NEXTEL Cup victory four years ago. The win came in only his 12th start. Texas Motor Speedway is also where Dale Jr. recorded his first NASCAR Busch Series win in 1998. Should he win this Sunday, Dale Jr. would become the first-ever repeat winner at Texas Motor Speedway.

-- Dale Jr. has led at least one lap in each of his four races at Texas. The No. 8 Budweiser team has three top-10 finishes at TMS and one Bud Pole Award (2001). The team finished second in 2003.

-- After six races in 2004, Dale Jr. and the No. 8 Bud team have two wins, three top-fives and four top-10s heading into this week's race at Texas Motor Speedway. Dale Jr. is in third place in Nextel Cup points, 41 points behind leader Matt Kenseth and 20 behind second-place Kurt Busch.

TV: Fox-TV, 12:30 p.m. ET (pre-race) / 1:20 p.m. ET race start. Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN), XM Radio. Bud Pole Qualifying: Speed Channel / Friday, 4 p.m. ET.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth