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DATE News (chronologically)
10/29/07
nascar
Earnhardt takes wheel of Hendrick Chevy  Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally got to drive a Hendrick Motorsports car during a test Monday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Earnhardt Jr. at the wheel of the number 5 Hendrick Chevy
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"I was just really surprised [in April] at how well the car turned and how well the front-end worked (when he subbed for Kyle Busch), and that's the same thing I thought this morning," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I'm really amazed at how smoothly and how well it turned.

"It's been wild how this all has worked out and how much attention it got and how hard some of it was and how much fun some of it was. As exciting as it is, I don't want to go and do it again. Hopefully, we'll have a great time at Rick's and he'll keep me as long as I want to drive."

Earnhardt Jr. wore a uniform with Adidas, one of his personal sponsors, on the front because current sponsor Budweiser and future sponsor Amp Energy Drink (from the makers of Pepsi) are competitors.

"The cars, equipment, the pieces, the pieces of all that are the same," Earnhardt Jr. said. "It's just maybe Hendrick does a better job at being organized with it. They have more success. There's some things that are different, obviously, but I'm not aware of them yet.

"Tony, Jr., he's going to make sure the cars are comfortable. That really should be a non-issue, just getting the cars to do right, drive right. The challenge is just going to be getting to know everybody."

Results AM

Pos

Car# Driver Make Time (seconds) Speed (mph)
1 18 Kyle Busch Chevy 29.776 186.190
2 11 Denny Hamlin Chevy 29.835 185.822
3 00A David Reutimann Toyota 29.898 185.430
4 99A Carl Edwards Ford 29.982 184.911
5 1B Martin Truex, Jr Chevy 30.010 184.738
6 29A Kevin Harvick Chevy 30.011 184.732
7 5A Dale Earnhardt, Jr Chevy 30.057 184.450
8 1A Martin Truex, Jr Chevy 30.076 184.333
9 16A Greg Biffle Ford 30.079 184.315
10 2A Kurt Busch Dodge 30.109 184.131
11 26A Jamie McMurray Ford 30.125 184.033
12 83B Brian Vickers Toyota 30.139 183.948
13 83A Brian Vickers Toyota 30.146 183.905
14 07A Clint Bowyer Chevy 30.148 183.893
15 5B Dale Earnhardt, Jr Chevy 30.160 183.820
16 17M Matt Kenseth Ford 30.171 183.753
17 84A AJ Allmendinger Toyota 30.179 183.704
18 78A Joe Nemechek Chevy 30.224 183.430
19 70B Scott Riggs Chevy 30.254 183.248
20 01B Mark Martin Chevy 30.296 182.994
21 8A Regan Smith Chevy 30.305 182.940
22 31A Jeff Burton Chevy 30.312 182.898
23 96A J.J. Yeley Chevy 30.325 182.819
24 25B Casey Mears Chevy 30.329 182.795
25 38A Travis Kvapil Ford 30.341 182.723
26 43A Bobby Labonte Dodge 30.377 182.507
27 19A Elliott Sadler Dodge 30.404 182.344
28 33A Scott Wimmer Chevy 30.406 182.332
29 01A Mark Martin Chevy 30.416 182.272
30 42A Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge 30.418 182.261
31 9A Kasey Kahne Dodge 30.429 182.195
32 7B Robby Gordon Ford 30.430 182.189
33 78B Joe Nemechek Chevy 30.437 182.147
34 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 30.450 182.069
35 6A David Ragan Ford 30.478 181.902
36 70H Scott Riggs Chevy 30.495 181.800
37 15A Paul Menard Chevy 30.498 181.782
38 8B Regan Smith Chevy 30.528 181.604
39 21A Bill Elliott Ford 30.544 181.509
40 55A Michael Waltrip Toyota 30.558 181.425
41 22A Dave Blaney Toyota 30.580 181.295
42 40B Dario Franchitti Dodge 30.642 180.928
43 27A Jacques Villeneuve Toyota 30.643 180.922
44 29B Kevin Harvick Chevy 30.672 180.751
45 41X Reed Sorenson Dodge 30.691 180.639
46 4A Ward Burton Chevy 30.729 180.416
47 12A Ryan Newman Dodge 30.764 180.211
48 66A Jeremy Mayfield Chevy 30.794 180.035
49 41B Reed Sorenson Dodge 30.844 179.743
50 10A Patrick Carpentier Dodge 30.882 179.522
51 44a Dale Jarrett Toyota 30.892 179.464
52 45A Kyle Petty Dodge 31.133 178.075

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