Talladega: Dale Earnhardt Jr preview

NO. 5's 2009 SEASON - In three Nationwide Series races in 2009, Earnhardt Jr. has an average finish of 10.7 and an average start of 16.0. His best finish was a fifth-place showing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. DALE-A-DEGA - The Earnhardt name ...

NO. 5's 2009 SEASON - In three Nationwide Series races in 2009, Earnhardt Jr. has an average finish of 10.7 and an average start of 16.0. His best finish was a fifth-place showing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

DALE-A-DEGA - The Earnhardt name continues to be synonymous with Talladega Superspeedway and for good reason. In six career Nationwide starts, Earnhardt Jr. has one win (2003), two top-fives, four top-10s and has led 82 laps. His first and only start at the 2.6-mile track with JR Motorsports came in the spring of 2008. He finished sixth in the 117-lap race. During his Sprint Cup career he has amassed five victories, including four consecutive wins from the fall of 2001 through the spring of 2003.

HEADING HOME - Brian Campe, crew chief of the No.5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, will be performing in front of his home state this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Campe is a native of Madison, Ala.

ON THE HORIZON - The next five races for the No. 5 team will see a variety of talent behind the wheel. Earnhardt Jr. will compete at Talladega and Lowe's, while Mark Martin, Scott Wimmer and Ryan Newman will race through the remaining events scheduled in May. For a complete schedule of drivers and races, go to http://media.dalejr.com

CHASSIS INFO - The No. 5 GoDaddy.com team will run chassis 279 with a new body. Earnhardt Jr. raced chassis 279 to a sixth-place finish at Talladega last year.

IN SEARH FOR REAL FANS: The online contest announced by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin and Brad Keselowski at Daytona in February is officially underway, as Hellmann's has teamed up with NASCAR to find the biggest, most loyal fans with the Hellmann's NASCAR Real Fan of the Year contest. Fans can enter for a chance to receive a VIP trip for two to Charlotte, N.C. to meet Earnhardt Jr., and finalists will see their faces on the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet during the October Nationwide Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. For more details, log on to www.RealFanOfTheYear.com (No purchase necessary. Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited. Ends 8/31/09. Go to www.RealFanOfTheYear.com for complete rules.)

EARNHARDT JR. (on returning to Talladega Superspeedway) - "It's one of my favorite tracks, and I enjoy racing in front of the fans there. They've always been good to me, and we've always been able to give them a show. I'd love to win in my own car. That's a big goal of mine, and it's certainly something we can achieve at Talladega. We have good superspeedway cars. Tony (Eury) Sr. and Brian Campe will get together and hopefully have a set-up package that has Brad and I racing near the front."

EARNHARDT JR. (on avoiding "the big one" that pack racing tends to instigate) - "Just have to be lucky. I've avoided 'em, and I've been in 'em. There's no method into it, so I prefer directing our focus to getting our car driving right. That's most important."

EARNHARDT JR. (on the state of the company) - "Everything is great at JR Motorsports. On the competition side, Brad (Keselowski) has put together some good finishes, and he's got momentum. He's finished in third place in each of the last three races, and he's up to fifth in points, so that's pretty cool. On the business side, we're gearing up for some cool things for All-Star weekend centered around my foundation. We're running a special Dale Jr. Foundation paint scheme on my Cup car for the All-Star race, and hoping to raise awareness and drive people to the website. It's www.TheDaleJrFoundation.org. I think the paint scheme will look good under the lights, and it's fun to change it up. I want to thank AMP Energy and National Guard for letting me do this. They basically gave up the hood of the car to let me do this for the Dale Jr. Foundation."

-credit: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Scott Wimmer , Brad Keselowski , Mark Martin
Teams JR Motorsports