H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler
President and General Manager
Lowe's Motor Speedway

Comment on Dale Earnhardt Jr. Announcement:

"His popularity is so great that where he decides to go will have a major impact on the sport not only on ticket revenue, but TV ratings and souvenirs. He has had a lot of pressure on him to win since his last one was a year ago. He has to find a team where he can win four or five races in a year and also be in a position to have a big season where he could win eight or more. Obviously, there aren't many teams that can do that. He's 32 now, so he has some good years ahead but at the same time he can't afford to go somewhere he can't win.

"I know this was a really tough decision for him and his sister but they know what they are doing and have some good advisors. We wish him good luck because he is a significant part of carrying on one of racing's greatest legacies."