Friday, June 28, 2013

Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Kentucky

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
QUAKER STATE 400
KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
JUNE 28, 2013

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD YOUTH FOUNDATION CHEVROLET SS, met with the media following a press conference announcing his involvement with the National Guard Youth Foundation, specifically to draw attention to the nation’s alarming high school dropout rate by promoting the National Guard Youth Challenge program. During his time with the media he discussed his season thus far, racing at Kentucky Speedway and other topics.  FULL TRANSCRIPT:

YOU ARE ONE DRIVER THAT IS STILL LOOKING FOR A WIN THIS YEAR AND WON LAST YEAR.  HOW MUCH DOES NOT WINNING WEIGH ON YOUR MIND RIGHT NOW?  HOW URGENT DO YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO GET A WIN BEFORE THE CHASE?“I think we keep working hard the wins will come.  We have had some really fast cars, just had some bad luck.  Thought we had an opportunity to win at Michigan and just with the engine failure we weren’t able to get that done.  If we just keep working and running well we will get our opportunities to get to Victory Lane.”

KYLE PETTY GOES ON TV YESTERDAY AND SAYS THAT DANICA PATRICK IS NOT A RACE-CAR DRIVER.  YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH HER IS EXTENSIVE; DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH KYLE’S STATEMENT?
“I have to disagree with Kyle (Petty).  I think she is a tough competitor, and she works really hard at what she does.  She has run some really good races.  On every occasion she is outrunning several guys out on the circuit.  If she was not able to compete and not able to run minimum speed or finish in last place every week I think you might be able to say Kyle has an argument.  But she’s out there running competitively and running strong on several accounts.  I think that she has got a good opportunity and a rightful position in the sport to keep competing and she just might surprise even Kyle Petty.”

TOP-FIVE HERE LAST YEAR; DO YOU HAVE A LOT OF CONFIDENCE COMING INTO THIS TRACK AND DO YOU FEEL LIKE TURN THREE IS ONE OF THOSE CRITICAL PARTS OF THE TRACK THAT YOU HAVE TO GET DOWN? “Well, it looked critical last night in the Truck race, some guys having some difficulty in turn three. The track is just unique and very bumpy and got a lot of character.  I enjoy racing here.  I think that the track gets better every year.  Just look forward to having a good car.  I’m excited to get out there and get in practice see what kind of speed we have and how competitive the car is.  Hope that we can put together a couple of good days and have a good weekend.  I enjoy coming here and we’ve got a lot of fans in this area that enjoy seeing us race here.”



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