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NASCAR: truex will be on call for dale jr this weekend

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posted on Jul, 20 2004 @ 07:09 PM
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busch driver martin truex will be ready to relieve dale jr this weekend if he is unable to complete the race in new hampshire...in case you are wondering the driver who starts the car in the race scores points for that car, the problem is that it will put a new driver in dales car, and that changing drivers during a race, even under the yellow flag takes a lot of time and will cost lots of positions

Truex to stand by for Earnhardt Jr. at NHIS
By Marty Smith, Turner Sports Interactive
July 20, 2004
12:13 PM EDT (16:13 GMT)




MOORESVILLE, N.C. - -- Uncertain how conditions inside the car will affect Dale Earnhardt Jr's comfort level during the coming race weekend, Busch Series driver Martin Truex has been summoned to stand by during the Siemens 300.

Earnhardt Jr. suffered burns to some six percent of his body -- mainly to his chin and inner legs -- in an accident Sunday morning during American LeMans Series practice at Infineon Raceway.




Team spokesman Jade Gurss said Junior plans to see a specialist Thursday to have his burns checked and re-wrapped before flying to New Hampshire.

Gurss also said the team is also adding a cool box and additional venting to the No. 8 Chevrolet to help keep Junior cool during the race.

Gurss said the team does not think the safety belts will be in direct contact with the burn areas.

Junior was injured when the Corvette C5-R he was driving spun and impacted a barrier in the Turn 8 section of the road course track, and then caught fire.

Earnhardt quickly exited the car on his own and was then assisted by safety crews.

He was airlifted to the University of California-Davis Medical Center, where he stayed overnight for observation. He was released Monday and returned home




posted on Jul, 23 2004 @ 12:05 PM
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. chose to sit out Friday at New Hampshire International Speedway, taking another day to allow burns on his legs and face to heal while allowing rookie Martin Truex Jr. to qualify his car.

Earnhardt plans to get into his No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet for practice Saturday and will start Sunday's Siemens 300 to earn the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship points before giving up the driver's seat to Truex.

Truex, who drives a Busch Series car for Chance 2 Motorsports, co-owned by Earnhardt and his stepmother, Teresa Earnhardt and is leading the points in that series, will be racing in his first Cup event when he relieves his boss on Sunday.

Earnhardt spent Sunday night in a Sacramento, Calif., hospital but was released on Monday. The second-place driver in the Cup standings said he never thought about skipping this race, even though it would probably not hamper his chances of winning the Cup championship under NASCAR's new system, which will have the top 10 in points race for the title over the final 10 races of the season.

Even though Earnhardt will have to start Sunday's race from the rear because someone else is qualifying the car, Gilmore said a strong qualifying effort by Truex is important to give team a good choice of pit stalls.

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posted on Jul, 23 2004 @ 06:35 PM
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this is a big break for truex but i don't think that it is a good sign for dale jr at all, to score points this week he needs to start the race with him not able to qualify the car he will need to start at the back of the pack and then lose more time while they change drivers....i think he is hurt worse than they are letting on



posted on Jul, 25 2004 @ 03:24 AM
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Originally posted by toejam
i think he is hurt worse than they are letting on


Anyone but Jr. is my chant every week. i haven't seen much of this Truex kid but anything has to be an improvement.


TRD

posted on Jul, 25 2004 @ 03:32 AM
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I was reading yesterday that if Dale JR raced he would start from where truex qualified. Now they are saying he would start from the back?



posted on Jul, 25 2004 @ 12:14 PM
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Yeah, the #8 car will start from the back. If you change anything from qualifying then you're pushed to the back. I remember it happened earlier this year when someone had to switch engines, well same goes for drivers.


I wonder how the yahoo will score the #8 car if someone chooses Junior.



posted on Jul, 25 2004 @ 12:18 PM
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i would assume thast since he will be stating the car and receiving the points for the race they will credit him



posted on Jul, 25 2004 @ 12:41 PM
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Green flag scheduled for 2:20 pm EST.



posted on Jul, 25 2004 @ 01:21 PM
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From our yahoo fantasy league......


Note: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. did not participate in qualification for the Siemens 300 and is not eligible for qualifying bonus points (Martin Truex, Jr. qualified the #8 car in the third starting position). If Earnhardt starts the race, he will be the sole driver eligible for all points earned by the #8 car in the race.



posted on Jul, 25 2004 @ 07:23 PM
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It doesn't make sense to me that NASCAR gives Jr. points for the race, even if he doesn't finish. He should only get the points he would for when he leaves, in all fairness.



posted on Jul, 25 2004 @ 11:09 PM
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Yeah, he should get partial points if he only races part of the race. I guess thats not the rule though.




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