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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly

Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:45 am

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly,’ a ‘bunch of crap,’ just hopes to avoid wreck at Talladega
By Bob Pockrass
Saturday, April 16, 2011




TALLADEGA, Ala. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. wasn’t worried about qualifying Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway or even about how he will handle the two-car draft in Sunday’s race.

He plans to go out and race a style of racing he isn’t all that fond of and just do his best in the Aaron’s 499.

“I don’t really like the two-car stuff, it’s just silly,” Earnhardt Jr. Said prior to qualifying Saturday. “I don’t think that much into it. You’ve just got to find somebody to push and just push them. … I’m hoping this kind of racing goes away fast so we don’t have to talk about this no more. This is a bunch of crap.”

Earnhardt Jr., who has five career victories at Talladega but none since 2004, qualified fourth but said prior to qualifying that he wasn’t all that concerned about where he started the race.

“Everybody’s cars are the same,” Earnhardt Jr. Said. “It’s however you push and, I don’t know, they’re all the same and you just go out there and push somebody around the race track.”

Does he have a strategy?

“I’ll just try harder not to wreck,” Earnhardt Jr. Said.

Earnhardt Jr. Said he will have his Hendrick teammates and Stewart-Haas Racing drivers on his radio and will try to hook up with them in the draft.

He doesn’t mind drafting, but believes the two-car draft looks strange and he doesn’t like the fact that two-car drafts are about 15 mph faster than cars running alone and faster than cars in a big pack.

Earnhardt Jr. Stopped short of criticizing NASCAR for the new rules.

“I don’t know whether I’m right or wrong,” Earnhardt Jr. Said. “I just know what I prefer, what I like. It’s my opinion. I’m entitled to one.

“You remember when we would go out to practice and even the few fans that are here Thursday and Friday, that’s pretty interesting to them. How interesting was practice yesterday? Everybody thinks it’s cool now because it’s new and it’s neat and wow, what’s going on?

“Everybody is getting a big kick out of it. But in the long haul, it’s not the best. It’s not as good as 40 dudes in one pack racing like #### trying to get to the front. It’s nowhere near as good as that.”

While Earnhardt Jr. isn’t all that enthused about racing this weekend, he has had some good laughs this week, particularly with a video of him playing a prank on employees at JR Motorsports, who were sent to get a drink out of a cooler and a fake snake popped out.

Among the victims of the prank, which took place during the shooting of a commercial for Nationwide sponsor Suave, were his JR Motorsports crew chief and team co-owner Tony Eury Jr. As well as JRM driver Aric Almirola.

“We had a lot of fun pretending we were going to interview them and figure out a way to get him in that cooler,” Earnhardt Jr. Said. “Some people were not scared at all and some people I was surprised at how big of a reaction we got from some others

Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly

Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:17 am

I'm not crazy over it myself.

Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly

Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:22 am

I like the old way where they are bunched together.

Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly

Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:53 pm

I can see where the drivers would not like it. From a pure "fan" perspective, I kind of got used to it after watching Daytona.

Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly

Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:36 pm

Thou the racing was pretty exciting toward the end today,i still miss the train.Since i am a Jr. fan,i can't say whether or not i agree with him,just a little %issed he didn't win today rather than JJ.lol

Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly

Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:47 pm

Jr, Jr, jr> U wouldn't have called the two-car draft "silly" if U had won! :roll:

Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly

Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:14 am

The finish wasn't all that exciting for me. I just don't like "the double-do." I won't be looking forward to Daytona and Talladega any longer. If I wanted to watch doubles I'd watch tennis.

Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly

Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:24 am

jsw14 wrote:Jr, Jr, jr> U wouldn't have called the two-car draft "silly" if U had won! :roll:


While I'm not a JR fan, that's not an accurate statement, especially since he said that the day before the race, and actually has been saying it for some time. Of course, as always, you have the right to your opinion. I don't think many of the drivers put much stock in the wins at super speedways anymore, they're pretty much a "crap shoot". I really used to like watching Daytona and 'Dega, but I agree with JR, it's a bunch of crap...

Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly

Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:41 am

definatly is a crap shoot, i thought the ending was great, to have 8 cars that close to the line, i think its better then have a line of 20 cars, and have 2 cars shoot it out, because other cars are afraid to jump out of line.

Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly

Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:36 pm

lol ... I was so bored during the race, that I did housework. And if you know me, you know I'd rather do ANYTHING than housework. Used to really like the restrictor plate races. Now, not so much.

Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly

Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:57 pm

jsw14 wrote:Jr, Jr, jr> U wouldn't have called the two-car draft "silly" if U had won! :roll:

You Hater! Ha!Ha! :lol:
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Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly

Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:00 pm

Appears the old school superspeedway racin' has it over the Double Doush!

Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly

Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:09 pm

wolfgang wrote:
jsw14 wrote:Jr, Jr, jr> U wouldn't have called the two-car draft "silly" if U had won! :roll:

You Hater! Ha!Ha! :lol:

No doubt jr tryed on all of his dads (Dale Sr) Championship's hats, just to get the feel of it. But some how none of them fit.... :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly

Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:20 pm

You're too much jsw14,too much! :mrgreen: 18 wins and 100 losses since the last win,yep,he sure ain't like Dad,but none of the drivers we have today are now are they? ;)

Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls two-car draft ‘silly

Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:15 pm

wolfgang wrote:You're too much jsw14,too much! :mrgreen: 18 wins and 100 losses since the last win,yep,he sure ain't like Dad,but none of the drivers we have today are now are they? ;)

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: Yuppers, U are right about the drivers we have today. How Nascar & time changes in the way of the new Rules & racin we see today! :mrgreen: Old School Fan Here! :)
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