Dale Earnhardt Jr. Confident Headed into Watkins Glen
(WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.) -- After winning last weekend at Pocono, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is more hopeful going into the second road course as the Sprint Cup series heads to Watkins Glen International on Sunday.
"I definitely have more confidence going into the Glen then I do Sonoma," said Earnhardt Jr., who has three wins this season. "Sonoma is a much more technical track and a lot more challenging for me as a driver. When we run the Glen, it’s straightaway then turn, straightaway then turn. I think I can be more of an asset to [crew chief] Steve [Letarte] and help him with the car more so then I can at Sonoma."
"I’m looking forward to it. I’m not going to get too overly confident. We are just going to go there with no pressure and have fun and try to get a great finish," he continued.
Jeff Gordon is also competing Sunday. He has four career wins at Watkins Glen and two wins this season. He said he knows exactly how to drive on the course.
"While Sonoma is a finesse track, Watkins Glen is a track where you have to be aggressive and attack. It’s a very challenging track, but it’s fun and it’s fast," Gordon added. "Double-file restarts really changed things, too. It changed things on the ovals, but it really changed things on the road courses because it gives you that extra opportunity to be aggressive, to get the position and to take some extra chances to try to get that position or maintain a position -- and that causes a lot of incidents."
"But that has also made the road course events some of the most exciting races we have on the circuit," he added.
Jimmie Johnson is seeking his fourth win of the year, but has never taken home a checkered flag on this tough road course.
"Watkins Glen is one of the four tracks I’ve not won a race at in my career," Johnson said. "It’s a great race, lots of strategy plays out, and it would be nice to check that one off the list this year. I like going there, the area is beautiful and we usually enjoy a good group bike ride on Saturday after the garage closes. After last weekend at Pocono, we need a good solid finish."
Tony Stewart has the most wins among active drivers with five. Kyle Busch won last year's race.
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