Kentucky Test May Benefit Top Sprint Cup Series Teams in Future Chase Races
Four NASCAR Sprint Cup teams involved in the Chase for the Sprint Cup set their sites on the second of the 10-race playoff run by testing at Kentucky Speedway today.
The No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., turned test laps with the Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Tony Stewart (No. 20) and Denny Hamlin (No. 11) while David Stremme also got acquainted with his new No. 16 Penske Racing team.
QUICK PASS with DALE EARNHARDT JR
AFTER ONE WEEK OF THE CHASE FOR THE SPRINT CUP, HOW DO YOU THINK YOU STAND? "We started off about like we wanted. We wanted good solid footing right off the bat and we did that last weekend (at New Hampshire Motor Speedway). We led some laps and finished well. So, we need to do that every week and that should do it."
CONSISTENCY WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS, IS THAT YOUR APPROACH? "Consistency is what it's all about. As much as you want to win races and you try every week, the guy who has the best average finishes is going to win the championship."
WHAT CAN YOU LEARN TODAY? "You can gain a lot of knowledge at Kentucky in the corners and you guys have worked on the track surface a little bit; grinded it here and there to keep it smooth. It's pretty easy to test. We're going to learn what we can, a little bit for Dover, more so for Texas and Charlotte."
FIVE OF THE REMAINING NINE RACES ARE ON INTERMEDIATE TRACKS, DO THOSE TRACKS COMPARE WELL WITH KENTUCKY? "There are a lot of tracks you can compare to Kentucky and a lot of stuff you learn here you can use during the Chase. We are still trying to understand what makes the COT work, so anytime you can come here and learn, no matter what part of the season, it's good."
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