Dale Earnhardt Junior At The Gate When Garage Opens Monday at Daytona January 7, 2008Posted by claireblang in 2008 Season, Drivers, Track Testing.
Junior Shows Up A Week Early – At The Crack of Dawn
Sprint Cup teams are divided by owner points (odd versis evan points) for testing the next two weeks.
Dale Earnhardt Junior’s Hendrick Motorsports team is not scheduled to test until next week here at Daytona International Speedway- but guess what?…..He showed up a week early.
Dale Earnhardt Junior was in the garage when it opened this morning (gates opened at 7:00 a.m.)- visiting with his new team members in the Hendrick garage stalls.
“I think it says a lot and it’s smart on his part, so I’m really proud of him for doing that,” said Junior’s new team mate Jeff Gordon.
Former team mate Tony Gibson, Crew Chief for Mark Martin at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. told me, ” Early to me with Dale Junior is like five minutes before practice has started so for him to be here an hour before the gate opened up is pretty impressive. He walked up and slapped me on the back and I turned around, I thought it was somebody impersonating him……… he’s ready.” Gibson said that the guys on the teams were impressed as he spent some time talking with them.
Dale Junior decided about midnight to come to testing because, as he told folks in the garage, “he was bored,” sitting around at home. At this point, he is planning to say here in Daytona until testing next week.
Plans could change, but safe to say that Junior sent a message with his early arrival this morning.
Dale Earnhardt Inc. driver Mark Martin was also here in the garage before the gates opened by the way.
Claire B Lang
Sprint Cup Testing @ Daytona International Speedway
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