How about this!? Earnhardt Jr. topped the Phoenix test session after running 69 laps with a top speed of 135.568 and best lap time of 26.555.
Dale had this to say about returning to Cup racing after 7 months out of the car:
“I’m a little nervous if there’ll be any kind of learning curve. I hope there isn’t. Sometimes you see guys in sports that are away for a while have to adjust to how much has changed since they’ve taken time off, and then there’s some guys who come back and it’s like they’ve never missed a day. I don’t know. I hope there is no rust to shake off. I’m really anxious to get out there and have some success, go out there and run well and check that box and know we’re right where we need to be.”