Posted 02/16/2011 at 05:39 PM
The No. 88 team just unloaded Chassis 88-576. Jeff Gordon last raced this chassis at Talladega in October to an eighth-place finish. The Budweiser Shootout car will now be the backup. Previously a band-new chassis, it’s currently back at Hendrick Motorsports in the paint booth about to make its way back to Daytona. Chassis 88-576 has been refurbished to meet the nose and other 2011 requirements but hadn’t been tested this season.
DALE EARNHARDT JR ON THE SLOWER CARS:
“You got to pay attention out there, man. I mean if you’re going to come out here and race, you need to pay attention.”
EARNHARDT JR ON THE COSTLY WRECK WHEN HE REALLY DOESN'T EVEN HAVE TO BE OUT THERE HAVING QUALIFIED ON THE POLE ALREADY:
“Well, we’ve got plenty of race cars. And I ain’t worried about how fast we’ll be or whether we’ll be as good. We’ll be fine. But you know, it never feels good tearing them up. I’m just disappointed in myself. I didn’t feel good about getting out there and practicing and didn’t think I needed to be out there practicing. I just had a bad feeling about it. And we come running up on some guys that didn’t have their heads on straight and got in an accident.”