The 600-mile event at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway is one of my three favorite races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season. It’s at home so the garage is packed with people you know. There’s a ton of hype, and bragging rights are on the line. We’re hoping to defend our win this year.
Our pit crew and strength coaches emphasize that one of the major components in becoming a successful pit crew is giving 100 percent in our fitness and training program. No one individual performance can bring success. We are dependent upon each other to pull off the perfect pit stop, which can make the difference in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s success on race day.
This weekend, we’re heading to Phoenix International Raceway with plenty of notes from last month’s two-day test session. After our No. 24 team here at Hendrick Motorsports won there in February, the track was repaved. NASCAR gave us the opportunity to have a test out there in October, and during that time, we got an idea of how our Chevrolets would fare on the new one-mile surface. It was a very successful outing for the (No.) 88 team.