Junior, Busch comment on advantage of double-duty
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. stands on pit road prior to qualifying Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.

By Dominic Aragon
April 9, 2016

FORT WORTH, Texas—Ten drivers are set to perform double-duty this weekend, and the two we spoke with talked about if running both races gives them an advantage over their competitors.  

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch, who competed in Friday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, talked with The Racing Experts post-race.

Junior finished fifth in his first XFINITY Series start of 2016.

“I got to understand a lot of things; adjustments and air pressure,” he said. “The tires are a little bit different, it’s not the exact same tire on the right side, but I can tell [crew chief] Greg [Ives] some of the things we're doing and what it did to the car and how it made the car drive. That might spark something in his mind.

“It’s always good to be on the track, tuning on a car, even though these cars are completely different.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. practices Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway.

We may learn something, and if you learn one thing, it’s better than nothing at all, I guess.”

Busch picked up his 80th career win in NASCAR’s second-tier series Friday. Leading 150 laps, the victory was his fourth of 2016 in five starts.

“I learned a few things, I always do,” Busch said. “This tire is a little bit different than the Cup tire, but really close. Just kind of learned how it challenged the car and me throughout the run, from the beginning side of the run to the middle to the end, the car was kind of moving around and what lanes to move into to get some good speed and that.

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Kyle Busch celebrates his XFINITY Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway with a burnout Friday.

“I never really ventured too high to run the wall, I did find some ways and techniques to get my car moving around the middle of the race track.”

Earnhardt Jr. and Busch will make up the eighth row in Saturday’s Duck Commander 500, starting 15th and 16th, respectively.

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