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Michigan Preview NNS

Michigan Preview

EVENT: Alliance Truck Parts 250 (125 laps / 250 miles)
TRACK: Michigan International Speedway
LENGTH: 2-mile oval
DATE: Saturday, June 15, 2013
TV: ABC (Coverage begins at 2 p.m. EST)
RADIO: MRN (1:45 p.m. EST)

Brad Sweet

“It’s a whole new week for us. We can put last weekend behind us and just move on. There is a drive to win every week, but I think everyone gives it their best effort at Michigan. It’s right in the manufacturer’s back yard and winning there comes with a lot of bragging rights for the team and manufacturer. With the fresh pavement, you’ll see a lot of speed there and the cars with a good combination of power and aero will be the frontrunners.

“I feel good about our chances this weekend. We’re bringing one of our strongest cars up there. I know the team ran well with this car at Texas and Charlotte, so I’m excited to get racing.”

DALE EARNHARDT JR. TO VISIT ESPN BROADCAST BOOTH – JR Motorsports co-owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to join Allen Bestwick, Andy Petree and Dale Jarrett for some time in the ESPN broadcast booth during Saturday’s event at Michigan International Speedway. Earnhardt Jr. is a two-time winner at Michigan in both the Sprint Cup (2010, 2012) and Nationwide Series (1999, 2006).

JRM AT MICHIGAN – JRM notched its seventh overall victory at Michigan in 2009. The team’s totals include one win, four top-fives and six top-10 finishes. JRM earned its second best-qualifying effort of 2012 at Michigan, when the No. 88 team qualified on the outside pole. The team’s fourth-place effort in the Michigan event also marked its third-best finish of 2012.

JRM CHASSIS INFORMATION – Smith and the No. 7 team will unload chassis 800. This is a new chassis to the JRM stable and sees on-track action for the first time this weekend. Sweet and the No. 5 team will race chassis 782. Kasey Kahne raced 782 at Texas and Charlotte, earning respective finishes of eighth and second.

HAVE A FAVORITE DRIVER? PROVE IT – JR Motorsports and Great Clips are asking fans to show their favorite driver via their haircut in The Great Fan Haircut Photo Contest. The requirements are simple: come up with creative, colorful, or unique hair designs that showcase your favorite driver, take a photo of yourself, and submit your entry to the JR Motorsports Facebook page. Prizes will be given to the top six photos with the most “likes”, including the grand prize of a VIP NASCAR weekend at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 5-6. That includes tickets and garage passes for both the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series events, plus airfare and hotel expenses covered as part of the prize-winning package.

LISTENING EXPERIENCE ON THE AXIS OF JUNIOR – From the communications team at JR Motorsports comes a new way for Dale Jr. fans to get their Junior fix. Dirty Mo Radio is the new online hub for Junior-related podcasts, keeping JR Nation informed and entertained each week throughout the season. Dirty Mo Radio is housed at DaleJr.com and is also available free of charge on all popular podcasting outlets. DMR’s start-up show, “The Dale Jr. Download”, debuted as the No. 2 ranked sports podcast and No. 30 overall podcast on iTunes the day after its Feb. 18 launch.

WIN DALE JR.’S RIDE IS BACK FOR 2013 – One lucky winner will walk away with the keys to Dale Jr.’s Corvette this year. The Dale Jr. Foundation is giving fans the chance to win one of three prizes with the purchase of a $25 raffle ticket, including a shot at Earnhardt Jr.’s own 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. The contest will run through Oct. 1, 2013, with all proceeds benefitting The Dale Jr. Foundation. For complete details visit www.windalejrsride.com.