[media-credit name=”Barry Albert” align=”alignright” width=”276″][/media-credit]Fort Worth, Texas – Jr Nation is in the air at Texas Motor Speedway, can you feel it? Weather you are walking through the garage area or you are on the midway, Jr Nation has come to Texas for one thing a victory.
Dale Earnhardt Jr is having one of his best starts to a season. He currently sits eighth in points, 20 points behind leader Kyle Busch. In the first six races he has one pole, one top five and three top ten finishes.
Texas Motor Speedway is a special place for Earnhardt Jr he got his first cup win at TMS during the 2000 season, could this weekend break Jr’s 99 race winless drought.
Jr’s career statistics for TMS:
3 top fives
8 top tens
Average finish of 14.8
Average running position 11.1 (third-best)
3,111 Laps in the top 15 for 77.4% (second-most)
After the first practice session Earnhardt Jr is thirteenth quickest with a time of 29.290 and a speed of 184.363. He joins his Hendrick teammate Jimmie Johnson who is seventh quickest with a time of 29.246 and a speed of 184.641.
“With the later start time, the track will be cooler and the cars will run faster” said Tony Stewart after the first session. We all know Jr loves a fast track I believe this weekend we could see him break his “curse of the Bambino”.