Winston: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

Dale Jr. Quotes for The Winston About the new format that eliminates cars following the first two segments, leaving only the 10 best to fight for the majority of the $3 million purse. The winner will take home a minimum of $750,000 for 90 laps...

Dale Jr. Quotes for The Winston

About the new format that eliminates cars following the first two segments, leaving only the 10 best to fight for the majority of the $3 million purse. The winner will take home a minimum of $750,000 for 90 laps of work: "I like it. A lot. The Winston is always great, but this will make the racing even more heated in the first two stages. In the past, I think some guys would kind of cruise around for those first two segments and then race like hell in the last segment. Now, you need to get to the front and try to stay there so you're one of the 10 cars that get to fight for the big bucks. It's pretty good too if you're runnin' bad. If the car sucks that much, I'd just as soon go home early anyway(laughs)"

"The Winston is one of my favorite races each year. The atmosphere is electric. When we won it (in 2000), I think it was probably the proudest moment of my life - having my dad come up on the victory stand and just have fun with us. Everyone was drenched in sweat and Budweiser, even Big E. I had watched him in this race for so many years - he won it three times with some pretty incredible moves - and that night I felt like I had done some things that were kind of on that level his level. It may have been the first time that I felt like that, if ya know what I mean."

Dale Jr. and the Budweiser bunch were only the second rookie team ever to qualify outright for The Winston, but they did that feat that one better when they became the only rookie driver and rookie team to win NASCAR's version of an all-star game in May, 2000. It was a dramatic night, as they recovered from unscheduled pit stops and a rather heavy brush with the turn four wall to take the lead (via a daring pass on the outside of Dale Jarrett) with one lap remaining for the victory. Last season, the team struggled with a rough-handling car, but passed more than a dozen cars in the final 10 laps to place seventh. Dale Jr. holds the single-lap NASCAR track record at the Speedway (29.076 seconds, 186.034 mph, May 24, 2000), located some 20 minutes down the road from the Dale Earnhardt Inc. shop. Dale Jr. made his Winston Cup debut at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600 in May, 1999.

Ask Q, Get A
Got a burning question that you MUST ask Dale Jr? Well now you can submit it to Budweiser.com. Click on the site, then choose the "Dale Jr." section. From there, you can send in your question, and if it's one of the best, Dale Jr. will answer it and post it on the site every month. You can see his latest answers online now at Budweiser.com.

What:
The Winston
Three segments, 90 laps total
135 miles
1.5-mile oval
Non-Points Race

Where:
Lowe's Motor Speedway
Concord, NC

When:
Saturday, May 18
9:00 pm
(Preceded by the Winston Open)

Watch:
FX
Pre-race: 7:00 pm
(All Times: Eastern)
You can also listen to the race live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) on a radio station near you.

Bud Pole Qualifying:
Bud Pole qualifying for the Winston starts at 8 pm Friday evening with a special format consisting of three laps around the track plus a four-tire pit stop. The format allows the crew to participate in the actual qualifying time.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Jarrett