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Earnhardt: "We made a serious impact last week"

Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:11 pm
 
Posted by Pete Pistone

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s third place finish carried him up to the fifth spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings. After a mediocre finish to the regular season, Earnhardt was able to secure a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and began his quest for a first Sprint Cup title on a positive note.

Despite his Chicagoland finish being helped by fuel mileage issues that impacted other drivers running ahead of him on the final lap, Earnhardt brings confidence into the Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and told the assembled media Friday morning his team made a statement last Monday:

HOW EXCITED DO YOU ALLOW YOURSELF TO GET HEADING INTO HERE ABOUT YOUR STRENGTH LAST WEEK AND CHASE CHANCES?

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I think we made a pretty serious impact last week and we just kind of need to keep that momentum going. I like the race track and I like coming here racing; but, you never know what you are going to get. These races are always real competitive and the racing is always kind of aggressive. You kind of have to hope that you can put together a full day and the car will run well and track position is real important. It is difficult to pass here; but that is no real difference from any other place. We just have to work on qualifying that is the most important part that is hurting us. If we can get some better qualifying efforts and start closer to the front we would not have to work the whole race just to get in position to run well. As good as we ran the last run at Chicago, if we had of had track position all day long, we might have been able to win that race. Those are the opportunities that we let get by us because of how we struggle in qualifying.”

IS THIS THE HAPPIEST YOU HAVE BEEN IN TERMS OF BEING IN POSITION AND CONTENTION FOR THE CHASE? DOES THAT REAFIRM YOUR DECISION TO STAY WITH HENDRICK MOTOR SPORTS?

I never doubted that I was in the wrong place or need to go somewhere else I felt pretty good, I felt lucky and fortunate to have the opportunity to work at Hendrick Motor Sports. When Rick (Hendrick, Owner) makes a commitment like he made with me. It makes you want to go out there and work hard and do the best job you can. Makes you want to make him proud. He is a good guy to be around; I learn a lot from him that is going to help me down the road in my life to make the decisions I have to make in life going forward. He is teaching me how to make those decisions. I think it has been a real positive thing for me to be around him, and to be around his employees and understand and learn how they do business and see how they go about doing what they are doing. It has had a good affect on me personally.”

 
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Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:55 am
 

Earnhardt: "We made a serious impact last week"

got a bet that Jr. beats out edwards in the chase so thats all i care about at the moment but it would be nice to see him win one for a change and actually put some pressure on someone other than himself!



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 8:17 am
 

Earnhardt: "We made a serious impact last week"



  First place car + 30th driver= 15th place. 



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Earnhardt: "We made a serious impact last week"

Jr indeed won at Dover.  At least once and that was the 1st race after 9/11.  The race at Louden was cancelled due to 9/11 and moved to the end of the season and Dover was next up on the schedule.  Jr won and took the American flag around the track Kulwicki style. 



Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Earnhardt: "We made a serious impact last week"

The Chase sucks if Johnson wins a 6 th in a row Title...go back to the good old days where if you won a race you made serious ground...This Chase Sucks...
 None of the top guys in the chase have even won a freakin race...
Let see if Jr, aka Coat-tails can drive good this week.. I just wanna be average Daddy, Dale Jr..



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 2:11 am
 

Earnhardt: "We made a serious impact last week"

He hasn't won at Dover in the cup series has he?  Can't recall.  But he tore up the track in that blue AC-Delco chevy.  Talladega will be his trump card.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Earnhardt: "We made a serious impact last week"

Lets see if Jr can back up that good finish with another this weekend and maybe get a win at dover where hes won before.


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