Monday, October 27, 2008
I really hope that Brad gets to start this weekend at Texas. This is an awesome opportunity for him and I really hope it doesn't rain so Brad can achieve this milestone in his career.
Keselowski continuing on a steady path to Cup racing
So what did Junebug do on Friday since qualifying was canceled? Click below to find out. :)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. enjoys rainy Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Here's the updated chase standings:
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Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is looking forward to returning to Atlanta Motor Speedway this Sunday.
Even though his chances of winning his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship appear to be over, Dale Earnhardt Jr. still has plenty to look forward to, starting with this Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"I like running at Atlanta a lot," said Earnhardt Jr., who has one win, eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes at the 1.54-mile track.
"It's a good race track and real, real fast. We have run really well there in the past, and coming off a good run like Martinsville last week, I think we have a good shot at it."
Earnhardt Jr.'s second-place finish at Martinsville on Sunday was his best finish in the 10-race Chase so far this season and gives the driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet momentum heading to a track where he was third in the spring race after starting outside the pole. Obviously, he hopes to improve this weekend.
"A win would be great, but I really just want to keep running as good as we did last week," Earnhardt Jr. said.
Tony Eury Jr., the crew chief for the No. 88 team, is also itching to get back to Atlanta.
"I think that's one of Dale Jr.'s favorite tracks," Eury Jr. said. "We want to get there, try to get on the pole and fix what we didn't finish [in March]. We had a super car there at the start of the race. I'm really looking forward to getting back there and trying again."
Monday, October 20, 2008
Not great, but Junior's first year at HMS a good start
Earnhardt settles in with Hendrick, looks forward to 2009
Second fiddle at Martinsville just fine for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says crew chief calls are pivotal at Martinsville
Earnhardt not in right spot to challenge
That last one doesn't sound encouraging, but it's not negative so that's why I posted it.
Here's one about the sponsorship with Unilever.
JR Motorsports "too good to be true" for Unilever
Just a reminder, two days left to vote for what blog you'd like to me start up in the place of Flippin Out for Carl Edwards. Looks like a blog for Jimmie Johnson is ahead, and some want to see one for Jeff Gordon. Hmm, we'll see what happens!
Also, I forgot to mention, I do read all the articles I post here before I post them. I will never post anything that anyone has written about Dale Jr that is negative. Just wanted you to know that.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
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Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
PS Don't forget to check out my pole over on the right side!!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
CONCORD, N.C. – JR Motorsports officials announced Friday at Lowe's Motor Speedway a 10-race sponsorship of the No. 5 Nationwide Series team for 2009 with Unilever and its Hellman's mayonnaise, Ragu pasta sauce, Klondike ice cream and Lipton tea brands.
Landon Cassill will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet for seven of the events, team co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. two and Mark Martin one, according to Kelley Earnhardt, general manager of the team.
The sponsorship will begin with the season-opening Nationwide race at Daytona, with Earnhardt Jr. driving a Hellman’s-sponsored car.
Earnhardt Jr. said the team is close to signing sponsorship for the remaining 25 races for the No. 5, as well as the entire schedule for the No. 88 Chevrolet driven by Brad Keselowksi.
“We’ve got it just about entirely finished as far as putting together a program for all the races for each car,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “We still have a couple of gaps to fill. We started working pretty early and we had a lot of interest. We’re more fortunate than most I’m sure. I feel very confident that we’ll be able to get it wrapped up.”
Kelley Earnhardt said JR Motorsports is committed to two full-time cars next season.
“It’s very disconcerting,” Earnhardt said. “We’ve got people trying to put cars together and firesuits and get our marketing together for next year, and every day I have e-mails hitting my inbox: ‘Have you got nay news? Have you got any news?’
“But we’ve got some things working. I think we’re going to have it wrapped up, hopefully, within the next 30 days.”
Cassill, who has shared the No. 5 this year with several drivers, said an announcement should be forthcoming on his remaining schedule with the team next year, and it should include more races for him.
“We’ll have something soon,” Cassill said. “It’ll be cool.”
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Here's the updated chase standings:
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Thursday, October 9, 2008
For those of you who have been with me since the beginning, you all know about the collages I used to make and post here. I had taken them off the blog since I had been told that they made me look like a Dale Jr "stalker" (umm okie dokie then). Well, for those that think that, this is my blog and I will post as many collages as I want. If you want to voice your opinion on that, go somewhere else. Anyway, collage will appear every now and then, and for those that like them, feel free to use them. :) Ok, talk to you all later.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon: Shake and Bake?!
Junior runs into trouble at Talladega
I know that this next one doesn't have anything to do with Junior, but, AJ Allmendinger is one of Junebugs buddies and so I thought I'd post this for those interested. This is also one of the reasons I'm also a Michael Waltrip fan.
Allmendinger to drive No. 00 at Lowe's
Also, there is so much being said about the whole Regan Smith deal. Ok, here's my take on it. Rules are made for a reason. From what I understand, the drivers were told at the meeting, there is to be no "improving your position" (I forget how they said it, I think that was it) below the yellow line. That means, you can't pass below the yellow line. I know Regan is a rookie, but rules are rules, and they're put there for a reason. Tony won that race, he did what he had to do to hold of Regan and that's that. Congrats Tony for getting the win! Regan, I hope you have learned that when the NASCAR officials inform you and the other drivers of the rules, that applies for the entire race.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Congrats to Dale Jr's good buddy Tony Stewart on his win at Talladega. I know that although Jr would have wanted to win this race, he's happy for Tony.
As I said above, next week, the guys head home (for most of them) to Charlotte.
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Saturday, October 4, 2008
The Hendrick Motorsports teammates, two of the greatest restrictor plate racers in the sport, have a plan for Sunday's Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Both men have agreed to set aside their competitive differences, for a portion of the race at least, and work on their team building skills.
"Me and Jeff are thinking about going up front, running hard ... go up there and try to learn how to work together," Earnhardt said. "I think it will work good, we got to make it work."
Teammates or not, Junior Nation may find this pairing a bit unsettling.
Talladega Superspeedway is sacred ground for the Earnhardt family and the fans don't take kindly to interlopers. The city of Talladega has become a Mecca of sorts, a holy city. Thousands of Earnhardt fans make the pilgrimage to 'Dega twice a year to worship their beloved driver. Needless to say, the place has special meaning for Earnhardt.
Special not only because he has five wins and his late father 10, but because it feels like home and the fans, evident by the loud roar that rolls from the stands whenever he takes the lead in the race, adore him.
"Well, to me it's special. I don't think everyone gets that sensation going into the race," Earnhardt said. "But to me it's a pretty important place just because my family's done so well there. And the way the fans treat us there make it exciting, make it a place you look forward to. I think that's probably the biggest key, the fans and how they've treated us at that track."
His fans are loyal -- to the point of dangerous.
Last year when Gordon bettered the late Dale Earnhardt's all-time victory list with 77 wins at the revered track, fans were enraged and began chucking beer cans onto the track pelting Gordon's No. 24 (watch video).
But a year later, Gordon and Earnhardt are in a position to align, combining their knowledge and ability to master the draft.
"We just said we'd go up there and work together and enjoy working together instead of being so competitive," Earnhardt said after posting a 15th-place qualifying lap Saturday. The No. 88 driver was forced to qualify a backup car after an early crash in practice Friday caused by a blown right rear tire (watch video). "We should be fine. I'm pretty happy with the way the guys rebounded and I feel like really prepared going into the race even after the day we had yesterday."
Of course at the end of the day, nearing the final laps of the race, Earnhardt said both drivers will go for the win, determining the dominant plate racer for the time being.
"Well we both think we are the best so that's where the conflict comes in. Who is supposed to be out front and who is supposed to be helping who," Earnhardt said. "We do a pretty good job at it ... we are getting better working together for 75 percent of the race. [Gordon] knows what he's doing, he can be a great help to you. You get what you give and maybe sometimes I'm not as giving as I should be."
All Junior fans should be AMPed for this race, the paint scheme looks awesome, and Junior has the firesuit and even an all white helmet and HANS device to match. I am so happy for Junior, I know he's been looking forward to this all year long and I really hope he wins this race. The win would tie him with his own teammate Jeff Gordon, and would totally get him back up at the top in the chase points standings. Oh and while I'm thinking about it, Brad Keselowski may get his cup debut sooner than he thought. Casey Mears' girlfriend is pregnant and from what I heard yesterday, is really close to delivering their baby, and (and you know that Mr. Hendrick was understanding about this) Casey is commited to being with her during the delivery. So if Casey does get the call, then Brad will be in the #5 car for Casey tomorrow. That's all the news I have for now, I think, never know, something new always seems to find it's way here.
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s day at Talladega Superspeedway started out poorly when the engine on his No. 88 Chevrolet went sour just eight laps into Friday's first practice session.
But things went from bad to worse in an instant when the right rear tire exploded while he was leading a pack of cars during final practice for Sunday's Amp Energy 500, setting off a chain-reaction accident that damaged at least six cars Earnhardt had no warning when the tire exploded and sent him out of control. "I think the tire seemed to come apart at the tread and the sidewall," Earnhardt Jr. said. "We looked to the car, and really nothing has fell off of it. Normally you look at exhaust straps and stuff like that, but it just come out of nowhere.
"It is hard to say. I will look at some of the replays to see if anything came out from under it. Maybe we can find it on the replay, something we might have run over."
David Gilliland's No. 38 Ford was directly behind Junior and had a close-up view of the incident as the single-file pack exited Turn 2 nine minutes into the final practice session. Earnhardt was leading Gilliland, Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne when chaos reigned.
"Junior blew a right-rear tire," Gilliland said. "In the middle of the corner, the thing just came apart. It's just an unfortunate incident.
"There was nothing he could do and there was nothing I could do. It was just kind of being in the wrong place at the wrong time."
While Earnhardt and Gilliland collided and blocked the top groove, several other cars took evasive action. Stewart was sent on a wild ride through the infield grass. Kahne nearly had the incident missed, but his right front fender clipped one of the spinning cars, and the resulting flat tire did serious damage to the quarterpanel.
Kahne said it happened so fast, he didn't have much time to react.
"I was right in the middle of a pack of cars when all of a sudden, I just saw tire rubber everywhere," Kahne said. "I tried to get by without hitting anything, but just got clipped in the right front."
Goodyear officials were inspecting what remained of Junior's tire to determine if it had been cut by something externally rather than suffering internal failure. The explosion and resulting accident was severe enough to tear nearly all of the sheetmetal off of the No. 88, from the rear window to the back bumper.
"From what we can determine, it has all the signs of a puncture," said Goodyear spokesman Rick Heinrich.
Earnhardt and Gilliland were checked and released from Talladega's infield medical facility. While that was going on, their crews were busy unloading backup cars from their haulers. In addition, the damage on Kahne's Dodge, Clint Bowyer's Chevy and David Reutimann's Toyota was significant enough for them to decide to pull out the backups.
The track reopened for practice nearly 30 minutes after the incident.
Thursday, October 2, 2008