By admin | February 10, 2011
By Richard Allen
I was unable to attend the Daytona 500 Media Day but thanks to coverage provided by ESPNews I was able to collect a few notes and quotes in case you missed watching or keeping up on twitter.
Here they are:
*Dale Earnhardt, Jr. enters the 2011 season with a 93 race losing streak.
*Junior says he has spent a lot of time this off season racing on the internet.
*Junior says he is going into the 2011 season thinking this is the year he will turn things around.
*Junior says he still has that competitive fire and he will prove it this year.
*Junior also said he is really enjoying working with new crew chief Steve Letarte so far.
*When asked what the key to success for the Daytona 500 was A.J. Allmendinger joked not wrecking seems to be a key for doing well.
*Allmendinger says the atmosphere at Richard Petty Motorsports is much better going into this year with new ownership.
*Allmendinger thinks 2011 is the time to step up and contend for the Chase.
*Not surprisingly, Tony Stewart says the Daytona 500 still means a lot to him. Been thinking of it all winter.
*Stewart says the new pavement will make the Daytona 500 a pretty cool race because of the partnering up that will occur. He believes there will be a lot of intrigue in the pairing up of teammates, manufactures, etc. at the end of the race.
*Stewart hopes to have a variety of conditions in practice leading up to the Daytona 500 so he can be prepared for every condition that might occur on race day.
*Stewart thinks his team failed to keep up with changes last year but believes they have had better off season this year.
*Kevin Harvick says his team is quietly confident going into 2011. He said they would let Richard Childress do all the talking, referring to his car ownerâ€™s statement that he believed his organization could be the one to knock Jimmie Johnson off his perch.
*Harvick says pit road miscues cost him a lot last year but feels the changes made at end of season last year fixed it.
*Joey Logano says his team did some ‘team building’ in NYC over the winter.
*Logano thinks the confidence he gained at end of last season will go a long way this year.
*Jimmie Johnson says this past year was not necessarily his team’s best work.
*Jimmie Johnson is going into his 10th Sprint Cup season. He has won the title in 5 out of 9 so far. Not a bad percentage.
*Johnson says last year was a reality check in the sense that his team had to come from behind to win.
*Johnson says the crew chief/driver swaps at HMS will benefit the entire organization.
*So what does Jimmie Johnson for setting goals? He says he is aiming at tracks he has not won at so far. Chicago, Michigan, Watkins Glen and Homestead.
*Kurt Busch says he is pumped up with new colors, number and sponsor.
*Kurt Busch says his team returns pretty much intact and they are all pulling in the same direction.
*Kurt Busch says Dodge is offering more help in the engineering dept. for the Penske team.
*Kurt Busch has won a race in 9 consecutive seasons.
*Kurt Busch admits lack of depth in Dodge and Penske camp will force the teams to be more focused.
*On Wednesdays after Kurt Busch wins you can save .22/gallon with a Shell saver card.
*Brian Vickers is obviously looking forward to getting back in the race car.
*Vickers says he wasn’t sure he would ever race again when he had medical problems.
*No easing back in for Vickers. He says he wants a championship this year.
*Despite having a win in the Daytona 500 Ryan Newman has an average finish of 23.9.
*Newman says he thinks his engineering background helps him communicate better with crew in today’s highly technical NASCAR.
*Kasey Kahne says his move was best for everybody. Red Bull wanted him and RPM wanted him to move on.
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