Dale Earnhardt Jr will have some added help in his quest to win his second straight EA Sports 500 and a matching Winston No Bull 5 million-dollar bonus this weekend at Talladega when his elder brother Kerry attempts to make the race.

The eldest Earnhardt brother will attempt to qualify the #83 Racing USA Chevrolet owned by his Busch Series team FitzBradshaw Racing with technical assistance from DEI and younger brother Dale Jr hopes his bro can make it through the Bud Pole gauntlet.

"Well, its just another drafting partner, is the way I look at it," said Earnhardt Jr, who also won the Winston No Bull 5 Million last October at the 2.66-mile Superspeedway. "All the guys at DEI, we try to get all three cars running really competitive so we can kind of work together because it's really difficult to pass."

Earnhardt Jr and Michael Waltrip have been the class of the Winston Cup field in restrictor-plate races over the past two years, winning five of the last seven races between them. The driver of the #8 Budweiser Chevrolet believes the arrival of his elder brother should benefit DEI's chance of making it six wins from eight.

"To have an extra teammate out there is really going to benefit me, Michael (Waltrip) and Steve (Park)," he added. "We'll just have Kerry dialled in as we can so we can get him up front, and working with us and hopefully he can learn a little bit about the draft and things like that for Winston Cup, for his future whenever he moves up."

Former ARCA standout Kerry is in the midst of a difficult Rookie Busch Series campaign with the new Armando Fitz/Terry Bradshaw owned team but is not a complete stranger to the Winston Cup ranks after attempting to qualify for several races with Dave Marcis' #71 Realtree team in 2000. Although he qualified impressively on his debut with the team at Michigan, an early race accident brought his day to an early end.


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