Relief For Earnhardt Jr

LOUDON, N.H. - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will get help from DEI Busch Series driver Martin Truex, Jr. this weekend for the Nextel Cup Series Siemens 300 at New Hampshire Internaitonal Speedway.

Earnhardt is still recovering from burns he received during a fiery crash in the American LeMans Series race last Sunday in Sonoma, California.

Truex, Jr. will qualify the No. 8 Budwesier Chevroley on friday and then relieve Earnhardt in Sunday's race. NASCAR rules mandate Earnhardt start the event in order to qualify for points, forcing Junior to take the green flag on Sunday.

"Burns are not comfortable no matter where they are at," Earnhardt said at a press conference held Friday morning at NHIS. "The ones on my legs...I really haven't been bothered too bad by the burns. It's just that the muscles have been aching and carrying on. I really never been in a situation or known what to expect under these conditions. It's something new every day, with the pain. That is kind of why we got to do the wait and see how it goes and that's why we haven't made any decisions or sent too much information out from our inner circle, because we really just have to wait and see how this plays itself out."

Truex, Jr. will relieve Earnhardt in Sunday's race at the first possible opportunity.

"Hopefully we'll get a caution and be able to do it without losing a lap or anything like that," he said. "We'll just have to see what happens. I don't think it's going to be all that hard. It's just going to take a little bit of time."

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