Next up on the schedule for the Nationwide Series is Talladega. Below is the outlook of the JR Motorsports drivers on the upcoming race. This weekend features Dale Earnhardt Jr returning to the Nationwide series in the #5 Hellmann’s Chevy, Cole Whitt in the #88 TaxSlayer.com Chevy, and Danica Patrick in the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevy.
Dale Earnhardt Jrs’ Take on Talladega
“It’s good to be back in the Nationwide car and represent one of our good sponsors, Hellmann’s. I love racing at Talladega, that’s no secret. We’ve had a lot of success there. The fans are loud and passionate about racing, and we always feed off that. We’ll take a car down there and try to win with it — plain and simple — for Hellmann’s and all our fans in Alabama. This is my last scheduled Nationwide Series race of the year. I love working with Pops (Tony Eury Sr.) and it would mean a lot to be able to win this weekend with him as my crew chief. Plus, I’ve always believed there is nobody who builds a better restrictor-plate car than Pops. He knows how to get around Talladega and Daytona.”
Cole Whitt’s Take on Talladega
“I learned so much about drafting dur-ing our race at Daytona. We spent time working on the tandem draft dur-ing practice, but until you’re under race conditions it’s tough to know what to expect. I know I can carry a lot of that information over to Talladega. “These races are just about survival. At Daytona, I think we ran around 20th for most of the race. We avoided a couple accidents, including that big wreck at the end, and finished fourth. “At Talladega, patience is key. It’s a 117 lap race so there’s a lot that can happen in that time. It will be best to just settle in and let the race run its course. You don’t want to do anything stupid that could cost the team a good finish, especially in the closing laps.”
Danicas’ Take on Talladega
“This kind of racing can create some pretty interesting results and a lot can happen at these types of tracks. Most of the time it’s a case of right place at the right time and having the right partners. But sometimes it’s a case of right place at the wrong time. I’ve had a couple of those types of experiences at Daytona. It was crazy at Daytona this year. “They tell me that Talladega is much wider than racing at Daytona. And be-cause of that extra room, you’ll see drivers racing a little over their head at times. A good day for me would be to keep our nose clean and just be there for the finish. Aside from that, there’s not a whole lot you can plan for.”