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Talladega Superspeedway Blog October 5, 2008

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C l a i r e B Lang
Talladega Superspeedway
Sunday, October 5, 2008

After Qualifying on Saturday Dale Junior talked to reporters about how the Hendrick cars will work together in todays race. How many of you think that he and Jeff Gordon will be able to give and take enough to draft together? So many times plans are forged in pre-race conclaves and motor coach chats here at Talladega and they never materialize. Here’s exactly what Dale Junior said about working together here at Talladega today.

“Me and Jeff are thinking about going up front and running hard. I think the 5 and 48 are going to be patient and try to take care of their cars a little bit better in back so me and Jeff are going try to go up there and try to learn to work together.

CBL: So how’s that going to work.

Junior: “I think it will work good. We got to make it work.”

Dale Junior said that he and Gordon working together here at Talladega is simply an issue of figuring out who does what who with perhaps a pinch of who is better in the mix.

“Well we both think we’re the best. So that is really where the conflict comes in,” Junior said (laughing). “Whose supposed to be out front and who is supposed to be helping who. You know what I mean. But when it’s all said and done we both know we’re going to try to win the race. We do a pretty good job and we get better at it every time we do run at the plate tracks of working together a majority of the race the first 75 percent of the race and ah he knows what he’s doing and he can be a great help to you and you just got to – you get what you give and sometimes maybe I’m not as giving as I should be in certain points of the race but that’s how it works. You tend to get help from the people that you helped earlier in the race you know not just somebody out of the blue.”

CBL: Did you guys talk about it prior to this race?

Dale Junior: “We just said we’d try to go up there and run hard and try to learn how to work together and do a better job and enjoy working together instead of being so competitive.”

I’m headed out to the garage…back with more in a few. Wanted to post this first.

I’ll have another post pre race so stay tuned.

Good morning !

Claire B

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