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Dale Earnhardt Junior At The Gate When Garage Opens Monday at Daytona January 7, 2008

Posted 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
1:16 p.m. EST


1. Rheda - January 9, 2008

Hi Claire B!
Nice to see and hear you back on the air! Thanks for the updates from Daytona. Since IP is down for maintenance for 2 weeks, we’re all hungry for any tid bit of news about NASCAR. Since you’re the true “Insider”, I came to search you out. No, I’m not stalking LOL!!!

Be safe in your travels. I’m off to Chicago to say goodbye to my mom who is dying from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Much love,
North Platte, Nebraska
President wanna be of The OFFICIAL Claire B. Lang Fan Club!

2. Trinka - January 9, 2008

Hi CBL- Thanks for all your hard work and inside info. Love the sounds of the cars in the backround of your show yesterday. The off season is so mundane!!

You’re the best.

And to Rheda- the first comment….. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. Maybe someday we can have a cure for this so other families won’t have to suffer like you.

3. Nancy Cothrum - January 10, 2008

Thanks Claire B for the update. I can really understand why Dale Jr was there. It is boring when there is nothing going on. I hope testing is going well with everyone involved.

Can’t wait until your next blog and the 2008 season to begin.

Luv and hugs…………Nancy

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