Texas II: Dale Earnhardt Jr. preview

CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-625 for this weekend's race at Texas. This is a new chassis that has not been raced or tested. DALE EARNHARDT JR., DRIVER, NO. 88...

CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-625 for this weekend's race at Texas. This is a new chassis that has not been raced or tested.

DALE EARNHARDT JR., DRIVER, NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD/AMP ENERGY CHEVROLET (ON THE CHALLENGES OF TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY.): "The most challenging part for Texas really is that you get a little tight getting into (Turns) 1 and 2. Getting into (Turn) 3 is real hard for some reason -- it's just a tricky transition down into that corner. Otherwise it's a real fun place, and we always seem to run good there."

EARNHARDT (ON HIS GOALS FOR THE NEXT THREE RACES.): "I'd like to run as well as we did at Texas in the first race, and I think we should. I've never finished well at Homestead (Fla.), but we went and tested there so hopefully what we learned at that test will pay off."

LANCE McGREW, CREW CHIEF, NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD/AMP ENERGY CHEVROLET (ON THE CHALLENGES OF TEXAS.): "It's not a place where you can have any weaknesses. The aero on your car has to be really good. Your chassis has to be really working. Your pit crew has to be really good. On all the intermediate tracks, if you have a bad pit stop, then it's going to be a challenge to get back to the front. It's just way easier to have a good qualifying effort in order to get a good pit selection. Everything builds on your qualifying effort, and our intermediate qualifying has definitely been better, and I'm looking forward to Texas -- it's a place that Dale really likes to go to. We've raced really well there, and it was probably our best intermediate race all season. From my standpoint, it's a track that he really likes so your stuff better be right."

McGREW (ON THE DEPTH OF HIS NOTES AFTER HIS SECOND SEASON WITH THE NO. 88 TEAM.): "It's definitely better, and it gets better every single week. Now that we've run some of these tracks two and three times, then yeah definitely. But the spring race at Texas is different from the fall race at Texas, and the same goes for Charlotte (N.C.). Even though we've raced three times together at Charlotte, we've only raced one time in the spring and twice in the fall. Until you get a couple of races under your belt at that particular time of the season, I think you are going to struggle just a tick. We were able to look at our notes from Martinsville (Va.) last year and make the changes we needed to make, and I think that is a step in the right direction."

-source: hendrick motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Teams Hendrick Motorsports