Spy Optic will be featured as the primary sponsor of Whitt’s No. 88 Chevrolet this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Spy is revving up its support of JR Motorsports and its Dale Jr. Signature 88 Sunglasses Collection with a Spy-branded black, orange and white paint scheme. Check out the entire Dale Earnhardt Jr. Signature 88 Collection here.
JRM UNDER THE LIGHTS - JR Motorsports’ fourth series victory came at Bristol Mo-tor Speedway in 2008. The organization holds one pole and has led 91 laps at the facility. Additionally, four of the team’s seven top-five finishes at Bristol were earned under the lights.
SHORT TRACK RECAP - Patrick’s 11th-place finish at Iowa Speedway earlier this month marked the 30-year-old’s best short track effort of her NASCAR career. The No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet spent the bulk of the race inside the top 10, but when lap traffic came into play, the team concluded the race in 11th position.
WHITT’S SHORT TRACK PROFILE - According to NASCAR Statistical Services, Whitt and the 88 team are ranked seventh in the Nationwide Series for most points earned on short tracks this season. Whitt has earned 116 points in the year’s four short track events, notching one top-10 finish (Iowa) and leading four laps.
CHASSIS 740 FOR PATRICK - The 7 team unloads chassis number 740 this weekend. Patrick drove this chassis to her career-best short track finish at Iowa Speedway in August. It also raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July. Patrick’s aver-age finish with this chassis is 12.5.
CHASSIS 705 FOR WHITT - The 88 team brings chassis 705 to Bristol this weekend. Whitt piloted 705 to a sixth-place finish at Las Vegas earlier this year, and drove it in races at Charlotte, New Hampshire and Texas.
MEET COLE WHITT AT JR NATION MERCH HAULER - Fans can meet JRM driver Cole Whitt on Friday, Aug. 24, beginning at 5 p.m. EST at the JR Nation hauler in the fan concourse area.
JRM SOCIAL MEDIA - Keep up with JR Motorsports through the team’s @JRMotorsports Twitter account and JR Motorsports Facebook page. You can also follow JRM drivers Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick), Cole Whitt (@ColeWhitt) and general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller (@EarnhardtKelley) via Twitter.
MORE PRIZES OFFERED IN WIN DALE JR.’S RIDE RAFFLE - As if a chance to win Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s very own 2011 Chevrolet Camaro wasn’t enough, The Dale Jr. Foundation just upped the stakes by offering a shot at a pair of VIP race experiences and monthly prizes with the purchase of a raffle ticket in the Win Dale Jr.’s Ride promotion. Tickets are only $25. For a complete rundown of the prizes or to purchase a ticket visit www.WinDaleJrsRide.com. The grand-prize winner will be invited to JR Motorsports, where Dale Jr. will personally hand over the keys to the car. Follow the Foundation’s Twitter account @TDJF.
Danica Patrick on Bristol: “I’ve always prided myself in not tearing up equipment on the IndyCar side. In stock cars though, sometimes these crashes are unavoidable. You do crash cars in this sport, it’s that simple. You go to places like Talladega, Daytona and Bristol and you’re lucky to come out unscathed. It’s just that style of racing, when you’re running that tight. In stock car racing you’ve got to be close to your competitors. You use the air to sometimes push others up the track and make them chase it. You run extremely close, and when you run that close, there’s just a higher likelihood of collecting more cars. The smoke these cars have when they spin out, you can’t see the track some-times. So you get collected in things that you just don’t’ know your way through, that you can’t see. And you can use fenders, which is a contributor to a lot of accidents.”
Cole Whitt on Bristol: “Looking at the schedule it’s hard to believe there are only 10 races left in the season. This is where we really want to pick our performance up with the 88 car and get back to the front. Now we have a short track race at Bristol, an intermediate (Atlanta) and another short track with Richmond coming up. Everyone in the shop and on this team has been working really hard and I would like nothing more than to reward them for all their efforts with a solid finish this week. I picked up on a lot of things at Bristol in the spring that I can use, just as far as how the race goes. I watch a lot of video leading up to these races, but nothing beats seat time and your own experience to fall back on. And that’s the kind of knowledge you can only gain in race conditions.”