Sports digest: Earnhardt Jr. says he's not ready to quit NASCAR

Wednesday, 10 Aug, 2016

The veteran driver should crack the Top 5 in Sunday's race at the Glen.

Sunday's race will be shown on the U.S. channel at 2:30 p.m. ET.

"It was our goal at the beginning of the season", said Buescher, who spent a day and a half this week in Utah honing his road course skills. "I think you have four restrictor-plate races, and you've got one speedway race in the Chase, so why not make it four road-course races in the season and perhaps one road course race in the Chase".

"My guys they busted their butts to get this Kroger/Kingsford Chevy just in the ball game at least". It just so happens that one of them is the guy that mentored me through a lot of the early stages of my stock auto career. I have plans to keep going. The last five winners at Watkins Glen came from the top six in qualifying.

A win on Sunday would tie Gordon with Tony Stewart for the Watkins Glen track record for victories with five. Larson will look to score his first win in the Sprint Cup Series and to secure a spot for the chase. A year ago he led 21 laps at Watkins Glen but finished 24th. It was part of a $12 million project. In addition, he's hoping he's able to get into a Late Model vehicle or other ride before he makes his full-fledged return to the track, though that might require an allowance from NASCAR's testing rules.

"The Goodyear tires are a very conservative tire with a new surface, " driver Kurt Busch said this week. It started out really slippery on the first run. "There's a lot of beating and banging that goes on, and occasionally the tempers flare and that can be fun to watch". He's a two-time victor at Watkins Glen with a 10.5 average finish, and he practiced extremely well in both of Friday's 85-minute sessions, with top-five speeds that included having the best 10-consecutive lap average.

Here are my picks to get you started this week. "That's the direction we are going". "The new pavement nobody knows how that's going to go along deep into the runs with tire build up". I think that is a possibility and so do my doctors.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. said in a news conference at Watkins Glen International that he is trying to remain patient in his recovery from concussion-like symptoms and that his "intentions are to get back to racing".

In his first media session in more than a month, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was expected to address his health - and when he might get back into NASCAR competition. Only eight drivers have started as many in series history.

Teams used different strategies, with Truex among several drivers waiting for the track to gain grip on the newly paved Watkins Glen surface after an overnight rain.

"I'm not ready to stop racing". Stewart finished last in the Cheez-It 355 in 2015, near the one-year anniversary of Ward's death.

With a complete repave of the 2.45 mile track, speeds are expected to be up this year which should make for an interesting race, but before that happens, 40 drivers will vie for the pole on Saturday. He's finished 30th or worse 10 times this season, including the first three restrictor plate races.

When Jarrett opens the pre-race show on Sunday, he will likely talk about the implications of Watkins Glen in that playoff format for drivers looking for a win to seal their place in the top 16 or hoping to gain enough points to feel safe.