Hendrick to focus on turning around E...

Hendrick to focus on turning around Earnhardt's slumping team

There are 7 comments on the Roch Around the Clock story from Nov 24, 2009, titled Hendrick to focus on turning around Earnhardt's slumping team. In it, Roch Around the Clock reports that:

Getting Dale Earnhardt Jr. 's team back on track is Rick Hendrick's top priority now that Jimmie Johnson has his record fourth consecutive NASCAR championship.

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“Don't Tell Me, Show Me”

Since: Nov 07

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Nov 24, 2009
Didn't Rick say that "JR was is top priority" in May? Things that make you go Hmmmmmmmm
Justin Beaver

Cedar Rapids, IA

#2 Nov 24, 2009
For all of you Sr lovers, the guy could not compete today. The 24 crushed the 3 just like the 48 is doing to everyone today. When faced with a great challnge melted. 18 20 11 are the future.

“Shoot to kill”

Since: Aug 09

Gainesville, FL

#3 Nov 25, 2009
One way to get that team on track would be to put a dedicated driver in the car. I don't think you can change Jr's lifestyle and that is what it would take to turn this team around.


Since: Jun 07


#4 Nov 25, 2009
No, what it's going to take to turn the 88 team around is trust and a big dose of good luck for a change. No, jr. isn't the quality of driver his father was but he is as good or better than 95 percent of the drivers involved in Sprint Cup today. Being running good and getting a flat tire or getting involved in other peoples wrecks are just of a couple of the bad luck things that have plagued the team. Sure, Jr. has made some totally bonehead moves himself and has to take a lot of the creadit for the miserable performance of the team. As much as success begats success, faliure begats failure. Failure, whether your fault or not, begats self-doubt. Self-doubt creates more failure. Jr. doesn't need to cruise the Carribean this winter, he needs to spent his time in Florida running the late models, building confidence. Spent some of that big money on the best late model equipment and get the feeling of winning back. Get himself mentally ready for the NASCAR season. Hit the gym everyday, hard. Toughen his mind and body. It's going to take the greatest committment of Jr.'s life to put him back in the Cup winners circle and if he isn't willing to make that committment, then throw in the towel and head on over to Whiskey River.

“How We Roll”

Since: Nov 08

Area 51, Nevada

#5 Nov 25, 2009
Justin Beaver wrote:
18 20 11 are the future.
Don't you just love that idea? It would kick ass to see a whole new group of super strong cars slapping top 5's across the scoring pylons at the tracks. From my memory, Logano just needs a bit more to figure the car out and hopefully he'll run strong more often than not. Denny needs to keep his mouth shut and stop trying to steal the spotlight everytime he deserves a little attention. Kyle - we know can drive the wheels off a good car so if his equipment is there, and he can stay out of trouble...

Yeah - Denny with always hinting what the team 'WILL' do, should just humbly accept what they've done and say he's proud they're getting their act together. Instead he's all, "Watch out for my team - we're strong, we're going to win!" IMO you should never come off as overconfident about your future in an interview because irony will bite you for that too often.

Kyle doesn't make chase, Carl, goes winless
Tony's new deal - both in the chase.
Hamlin feels momentum going into chase, DNFs 3 times.
48 finishes well at Tally, flip-flops at Texas.
Martin-most popular vote to win, still no championship.
Yellow line/block controversy settled by Keselowski and...
Newman voices his opinion, later ends up being victim of the same thing.

NASCAR's full of ironic stories... thats why I love it! lol

“How We Roll”

Since: Nov 08

Area 51, Nevada

#6 Nov 25, 2009
Mr Stewie wrote:
One way to get that team on track would be to put a dedicated driver in the car. I don't think you can change Jr's lifestyle and that is what it would take to turn this team around.
I strongly believe that there's a good 'formula' for the attitude u need to be successful. Dale just needs to swap out one or two variables to get the formula he needs.

What I mean is, a driver who thinks he knows enough, a driver with confidence issues, both bad negatives to have behind the wheel, however..

A driver who thinks he should still be learning, should not have too much confidence anyway. When learning, your focus changes, you're collecting data, not trying to execute plans that usually fail. Later, you find that the more you learn about handling the track and traffic, the better your instincts, and that's what your confidence should be based on - the fact that you're always going to be improving. Damn what the finishes show if you collect enough info to put a whoopin on'em next time.

Like I says - a driver who knows has far less potential than a driver wants to learn. Stick with learning, keep your focus, develop instincts to keep you out of trouble and a better sense for how the car should be handling. Then you'll get the finishes your cars are capable of, just like the 48 team.

Raleigh, NC

#7 Nov 25, 2009
Ancient plovelb say: "Terr me and I'rr folget; show me and I may lemembel; invorve me and I'rr undelstand."

Dale Jl. must be heaviry invorved to succeed. Can he do it? Does he want to do it? Onry next season wirr terr.

Hendlick has big job ahead.

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