Earnhardt Jr. Paces All-Star Practice
CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. found his groove late in Sprint All-Star practice on Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Earnhardt’s 193.562 mile-per-hour lap in the closing stages of practice put his No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet at the top of the speed chart.
The 2000 All-Star Race winner hovered around 14th for part of practice, before a final five-lap run produced the fastest time in the 85-minute session.
“There’s a lot of money on the line this weekend, which is basically all we’re racing for,” said Earnhardt, who punched his ticket to the All-Star Race by winning the Daytona 500 in February.
“There’s a lot to be learned, too. You try to pay attention to what you’re doing and what you’re feeling in the car, so you can use those notes for next week (in the Coca-Cola 600.) There’s a lot to be learned.”
Brian Vickers was second in the session, followed by Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle.
Ryan Newman, points leader Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart rounded out the top 10.