88 crew hoping to end 2009 on positive note

Updated: November 18, 2009, 9:04 AM ET

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Dale Earnhardt's best finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway? He took 13th in 2000 -- his rookie year.

Homestead-Miami a tough place to play

Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "I haven't had the best results at Homestead since they reconfigured the track, but hopefully with Lance [McGrew, crew chief] we can improve on that. You really have to hunt for the best line there. The corners are real tight, and the car doesn't want to turn and roll through the center like you would expect it to. We always seem to get tight through the center there. We've had some good runs here lately, and hopefully we can end the season on a positive note."

Lance McGrew, crew chief, on the 88 team's goals heading into Homestead: "Just a good, consistent run. It doesn't have to be first or third. It could be that we qualified in the top 10, we ran in the top 10 all day and we finished sixth. I would like to see the race start and end the same way, just to show that we can do it. I would like to see some consistency throughout the event."

McGrew on his offseason goals: "I think the first thing that you have to do is try to put your pieces in place for next year as quick as you can. Because the longer the teams work together, the guys get more familiar with each other and everybody knows their role and position. Just like any other job, with repetition comes speed in how you do things. We need to put those guys in place as quick as we can so all of the positions are set up. Then when we have a chance to do a little bit of offseason testing -- a little bit of this, a little bit of that -- we can evaluate all of our people."

Compiled from Hendrick Motorsports news release.



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Lance McGrew said it

"It's just a different type of racetrack [at Homestead]. The progressive banking, even in qualifying it seemed like the high line was faster than the low line. It's just different. It's very unique as far as racetracks go."

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Junior by the numbers

2: Top-15 finishes at Homestead in nine career starts.
93: Laps led at Homestead.
13th: His best finish at Homestead (November 2000).
0: Wins at Homestead by Hendrick Motorsports.