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'We'll Win Some Races'DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- After two days in the No. 88 Chevy, Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he's right where he hoped to be with his new beginning at Hendrick Motorsports. But Earnhardt wanted to make one thing perfectly clear. He didn't go to Hendrick to make things easy. He went to Hendrick Motorsports to make things hard. "In the past, I didn't have to worry about my job security, but I've got to worry about that now," he said. A possible exaggeration, but Earnhardt's point is he has no excuses now if he doesn't win races. And he doesn't have his family name to fall back on as he did at Dale Earnhardt Inc. "Being the son of the guy who built the place, you can get away with a few more things than most guys," Earnhardt said. "I'm not the son of the boss any more. My job now is to stay out of Rick Hendrick's office." Earnhardt emphasized again what a great relationship he has with Hendrick, but he also knows everyone is watching and waiting to see how he does with Sprint Cup's top team. "When I made this decision, I knew what the expectations would be," he said. "I'm a high-profile driver on a high-profile team. I think I'm as prepared as anybody could be for this situation. And it's sort of refreshing not to have that safety net." Earnhardt led the morning test session Tuesday with a lap at 185.820 mph. He was 10th in the first drafting practice Tuesday afternoon. Tony Eury Jr., Earnhardt's crew chief, said Monday that he thought they could win four races this season. Earnhardt didn't put a number on it. "I don't want to sit here and guess how many races we'll win," he said. "We'll win some races, and I expect to win soon. I'm a good driver with a good team. If we don't make mistakes on Sundays, we should have great finishes and win some races." Terry Blount covers motorsports for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newman Fastest In Drafting PracticeRyan Newman led the first drafting practice Tuesday afternoon with a lap at 188.013 mph. in the No. 12 Dodge. DEI drivers Regan Smith and Paul Menard owned the next two spots on the speed chart. Tony Stewart was the fastest Toyota at 187.332 mph, the sixth-fastest lap in the big pack of cars. Jamie McMurray probably had the most disappointing afternoon. He was 44th in the 26A Ford and 49th in the 26B Fusion.
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