Earnhardt: I'm about to the end of my rope

Oct 16, 2009 | Posted by: lilbit88 | Full story: nbcsports.msnbc.com

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 22nd in the standings, has five top-10s and five DNFs this season, and hasn't finished higher than 17th in the last six races.

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looks like another crew chief is about to hit the unemployment line. Lance was a idiot for taking that job anyway
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Joonyer will be at the end of his rope until he understands and is willing to admit that when held in compairson to the Jimmy Johnsons, Jeff Gordons and Mark Martins of the world he nothing more than an up front man, sort of like a cheap opening act for the main event. Joonyer must come to the reality that he is where he is becuae of his talent level or in the case of Hendrick drivers, lack of talent level. First excuse popular with Joonyer nation was it was the fault of the "Evil Step Mother". Second excuse, it was the fault of DEI and their inability to provide him with superior engines that could match his ability and drive. Third excuse was that it was Tony Jr. the inept crew chief. Well in baseball it is three strikes and you are out, however, unlike the faithful in "Mudville" when "Mighty Casey" struck out, Joonyer nation will never admit that the problem is the person looking back in the mirror every time Joonyer shaves. Joonyer, in my opinion, would be better off taking his still strong sponsor support to Jr. Motorsports and drive there while attempting to help the career of really talented young drivers. Dale, you are 35 years of age, if it was going to happen, it would have happened by now. You have had the best of everything when it comes to racing except for the personal ability behind the wheel and to be able to understand the basics of race cars and what it takes to make them better during races.
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he should just quit running around in circles like the rest of those retarded hillbillies, and go out to some clubs, find a nice hot black sista and learn what sex is about outside the family, like those nascar rednecks enjoy..
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Oct 17, 2009
 
"Dale, you are 35 years of age, if it was going to happen, it would have happened by now. You have had the best of everything when it comes to racing except for the personal ability behind the wheel and to be able to understand the basics of race cars and what it takes to make them better during races."

I wonder if Mark Martin would agree with that.....

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Oct 17, 2009
 
MEE wrote:
"Dale, you are 35 years of age, if it was going to happen, it would have happened by now. You have had the best of everything when it comes to racing except for the personal ability behind the wheel and to be able to understand the basics of race cars and what it takes to make them better during races."
I wonder if Mark Martin would agree with that.....
He's had the best equipment, the ability is there. I just don't think he knows how to communicate properly to the CC's. JMO
justafan

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Oct 17, 2009
 
he should use the rope to hang himself
blame everthing and everybody but the one
how drives the car funny tierd of him
crying all the time biggest wiener in nascar
Anita

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Oct 17, 2009
 
Leave Hendrick Dale. Go to a smaller team that is all about racing, not making money off of you. I mean why would a team owner take the biggest star of Nascar and put him in crap all year-something smells bad, real bad.
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Oct 17, 2009
 
yes smells bad its jr not hendrick there will be a stenth anywhere jr lands

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Oct 17, 2009
 
lilbit88 wrote:
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He's had the best equipment, the ability is there. I just don't think he knows how to communicate properly to the CC's. JMO
Hey dear, do you know what happened to snow? She hasn't been around for a couple of weeks.

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Oct 17, 2009
 
He was very upbeat about the whole situation two weeks ago at Kansas. He was very excited about Lance and wanted him back, so I am just thinking he woke up on the wrong side of the bed???? He says Lance makes him a better driver, so if he makes you better, why would you want to get rid of him??? We all have days where it seems worse then it really is. I truly think yesterday was one of Junior's days.
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Anita wrote:
Leave Hendrick Dale. Go to a smaller team that is all about racing, not making money off of you. I mean why would a team owner take the biggest star of Nascar and put him in crap all year-something smells bad, real bad.
Hey Idiot. Jr is not driving crap, he's in the best equipment in the business, the "crap" is in the drivers seat of the 88 car. Hendrick has done all he can to help Jr realize his dream of winning a championship, but Jr is all about partying. In the article you can see Junior's attitude (and the problem) just by reading the quotes spoken by Junior himself.

He says, "I still like coming to the track" rather than, I still like RACING. In another quote Jr says of the new crew chief, that he's "fun to hang out with" not that he enjoys WORKING with the guy. Notice how Jr is revealing that he's really there for the party atmosphere and working at racing is not the top priority for him? Perhaps that is why he doesn't perform well, he just wants to get the race over with so he can go "hang out" with the guys and party.
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MEE wrote:
"Dale, you are 35 years of age, if it was going to happen, it would have happened by now. You have had the best of everything when it comes to racing except for the personal ability behind the wheel and to be able to understand the basics of race cars and what it takes to make them better during races."
I wonder if Mark Martin would agree with that.....
You are gifted with selective reading ability, Martin had done much more by the time he was 35 than Joonyer has, check Martin's ASA record, wins and all the time driving for the second tier ford team. At the time Martin spent most of his time with Roush, Robert Yates was seen as the primier ford team. Joonyer's real problem is that he has not progressed in the last four years, if anything he has digressed as a driver. At the present time Joonyer is beginning to question his own ability as a driver and wondering why he is qualifying in the 30s when his team mates are mostly in the top ten, they all have access to the same infromation that is shared with all the Hendrick drivers.
People, you do not wish to address the real problem, how many of the championship caliber drivers had so much outside interest when they were attempting to establish themselves as consistant winners and a threat for a championship? Which of the other three Hendrick current drivers had a "Boys Town" by the name of Whisky River? How many of the other three were on TV every week on a show like "Back in the day"? Four time champion Jeff Gordon never had the outside distractions, three time champion Jimmy Johnson never had the outside distractions, ultimate pro driver Mark Martin never had the dirsractions. Only TV clowns like Mikey Waltrip and Kenny Wallace act like Joonyer, all three spending more time on TV exposure than learning to win at the upper levels of NASCAR.
I know I will get bashed by many, however, please attempt to bash the facts, not the messenger.
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Voice of Reality wrote:
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You are gifted with selective reading ability, Martin had done much more by the time he was 35 than Joonyer has, check Martin's ASA record, wins and all the time driving for the second tier ford team. At the time Martin spent most of his time with Roush, Robert Yates was seen as the primier ford team. Joonyer's real problem is that he has not progressed in the last four years, if anything he has digressed as a driver. At the present time Joonyer is beginning to question his own ability as a driver and wondering why he is qualifying in the 30s when his team mates are mostly in the top ten, they all have access to the same infromation that is shared with all the Hendrick drivers.
People, you do not wish to address the real problem, how many of the championship caliber drivers had so much outside interest when they were attempting to establish themselves as consistant winners and a threat for a championship? Which of the other three Hendrick current drivers had a "Boys Town" by the name of Whisky River? How many of the other three were on TV every week on a show like "Back in the day"? Four time champion Jeff Gordon never had the outside distractions, three time champion Jimmy Johnson never had the outside distractions, ultimate pro driver Mark Martin never had the dirsractions. Only TV clowns like Mikey Waltrip and Kenny Wallace act like Joonyer, all three spending more time on TV exposure than learning to win at the upper levels of NASCAR.
I know I will get bashed by many, however, please attempt to bash the facts, not the messenger.
You're right, Jeff, Jimmy, Tony and many others put their efforts into charities that benefit families and cure diseases, such as Jeff Gordon's children's cancer hospital. Then we got Junior, the bar owner. His outside interest is to build a bar to encourage alcohol addiction and destroy families and kill people with disease and drunk driving. What a stand-up guy our Junior is.

Problem is...the NASCAR connection will only buy you so much outside publicity...there comes a time where your lack of performance on the track starts to hinder your marketability off the track.
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Jr do race fans a favor and cancel this soap opera; retire now, you are just a distraction.
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No more excuses wrote:
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Hey Idiot. Jr is not driving crap, he's in the best equipment in the business, the "crap" is in the drivers seat of the 88 car. Hendrick has done all he can to help Jr realize his dream of winning a championship, but Jr is all about partying. In the article you can see Junior's attitude (and the problem) just by reading the quotes spoken by Junior himself.
He says, "I still like coming to the track" rather than, I still like RACING. In another quote Jr says of the new crew chief, that he's "fun to hang out with" not that he enjoys WORKING with the guy. Notice how Jr is revealing that he's really there for the party atmosphere and working at racing is not the top priority for him? Perhaps that is why he doesn't perform well, he just wants to get the race over with so he can go "hang out" with the guys and party.
No personal attacks please. Anybody who thinks Nascar is not about the bling is an idiot.
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Anita wrote:
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No personal attacks please. Anybody who thinks Nascar is not about the bling is an idiot.
That's okay for the fans, but if you're a driver you really need to take the "racing" part much more seriously than Jr does.
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Anita wrote:
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No personal attacks please. Anybody who thinks Nascar is not about the bling is an idiot.
Anita, Joonyer might be a star for the media and the nation, however, the actual results of his career have been very average at best. From 2001 to 2004 DEI had plate cars so superior that even a hack driver like Michael Waltrip could win and consistantly run up front. There was much speculation inside of NASCAR that there could be something a little on the grey area going on, the official word I received from a company that set up rears for DEI was that they had found a secret in hanging bodies on superspeedway cars. Take the plate wins away and you cut his victories in half and in the past four years he has not progressed any as a driver, either in being able to qualify, verbalize problems to two crew chiefs or pull off great pit stops.

Joonyer has had the best equipment money could buy since he came into cup racing and has not utilized it to it's fullest. Now he is on the most high powered team in Cup racing and is very much the weak link. Even Joonyer has that "Whipped Puppy" look lately and only over zelous fans like you continue to make excuses for his obvious lacking in ability, to this point.

Joonyer does not seem to be a bad guy, however, he is obviously not quite as good as the top of the line cup drivers who week in, week out, outshine him both in qualification and end of race results.
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Perhaps Jr would have been better off if he had gone to Childress Racing. Yes, at Hendrick he has the best of everything equipment wise, but perhaps at Childress, he wouldn't have the names of Johnson, Gordon and Martin hanging over his head. It's tough being fourth in a four man team, especially for someone like Jr, and when those three are in the Chase and he's not even in the top 20.

I still maintain that for whatever reason, loss of focus, stubborness or whatever, he can't drive the COT or figure out how to get that car to handle his driving style. Plus I don't think he has the ability to communicate how the car feels. But another thing is his physical fitness. He seems to tire and lose concentration half way through the longer races. Regardless of how races were won in the old days, being physically fit is now very important in Nascar.

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Oct 17, 2009
 
^IMO, Childress would have been worse. No he wouldn't have had Mark, Jimmie, and Jeff over his head but he would have had one worse-his father.
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Oct 17, 2009
 
Jr looks like he's getting ready to head for Whiskey River.

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