Was Dale Earnhardt Jr. a failure at Hendrick?

Nov 22, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Macon Telegraph

Jimmy Spencer is never at a loss for an opinion, which is a good thing because Speed pays him to give his opinions on television.

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Dalesgirl

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Nov 23, 2008
 
Depends on who you talk to. He was consistent and did better this year that last. We do have high expecpitations for him to win more. Maybe we are more dissapointed that he is.

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Nov 23, 2008
 
Dalesgirl wrote:
Depends on who you talk to. He was consistent and did better this year that last. We do have high expecpitations for him to win more. Maybe we are more dissapointed that he is.
I agree with ya there. He definately did better this year than he did last year. The way the season started off, I thought he might have finsihed better, but all is good. Its progress.
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Actually, Dale was a failure in that he did not live up to the inflated expectations that were put on him by his own commercials, fan base and broadcasters. His on track performance was about the same as it was in the #8, with the lone difference was there were not as many equipment DNFs. As of year 11 of the Dale Earnhardt Jr. career he has proven to be a bit above average driver with an over the top promotion and fan base.
I think next year will be the put up or shut up year for Jr., I am somewhat astonished that Hendrick let Dale and Tony Jr. stay together as they have proven over the past couple of years that they, up to this point, have not demonstrated the ability to keep up with changing conditions on the track.

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Plain Truth wrote:
Actually, Dale was a failure in that he did not live up to the inflated expectations that were put on him by his own commercials, fan base and broadcasters. His on track performance was about the same as it was in the #8, with the lone difference was there were not as many equipment DNFs. As of year 11 of the Dale Earnhardt Jr. career he has proven to be a bit above average driver with an over the top promotion and fan base.
I think next year will be the put up or shut up year for Jr., I am somewhat astonished that Hendrick let Dale and Tony Jr. stay together as they have proven over the past couple of years that they, up to this point, have not demonstrated the ability to keep up with changing conditions on the track.
Another hater trashing Jr. Pathetic. You haters really need to get new material.
MICK B

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Nov 23, 2008
 
Does it really matter what Jimmy Spencer thinks about anything. His job is to run his mouth to keep people riled up so he can keep his. The more riled up the better he looks. One thing NASCAR needs badly is decent commentators. Someone who has credibality and has respect for NASCAR,its organization ,owners,teams and drivers. Someone who when they speak it isnt about trash talking. Kurt Busch was right about what he said about Jimmy. Personally I think NASCAR should find a better caliber of reporters. Someone with a fresh approach. Not that same old way of reporting that has been going on. I guess it show my age but I sure do miss Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett.
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Failure, No. Diappointment, Yes.
Les2

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Nov 23, 2008
 
Spencer has a good point! It's good to see he isn't afraid to speak his mind and tell it like it is.
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Nov 23, 2008
 
MICK B wrote:
Does it really matter what Jimmy Spencer thinks about anything. His job is to run his mouth to keep people riled up so he can keep his. The more riled up the better he looks. One thing NASCAR needs badly is decent commentators. Someone who has credibality and has respect for NASCAR,its organization ,owners,teams and drivers. Someone who when they speak it isnt about trash talking. Kurt Busch was right about what he said about Jimmy. Personally I think NASCAR should find a better caliber of reporters. Someone with a fresh approach. Not that same old way of reporting that has been going on. I guess it show my age but I sure do miss Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett.
Why don't you point out all the times the Nascar commentators have trashed anyone? And when I say trashed I mean by making things up not reporting the truth.

The problem I see with the commentators is they are afraid to speak the truth in fear of Nascar!
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CND BILL FAN wrote:
Failure, No. Diappointment, Yes.
I agree with you, I think alot of people are disappointed with where he finished. But to call it a failure is just down right stupid. He needs to improve on things but we will have to see next season what happens. But I will always be a fan of Dale Jr.
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Nov 24, 2008
 
I would not say Spencer is speaking his mind.Unless he sits on it. More making comments to keep people listening, a reporting style you see at the check-out line at the grocery store.A soap opera way of reporting. More like shills at a old time carnival. Les is right NASCAR has the commentators scared to death to step out of line. The never tell the truth but always stir controversy. They run their business like a big corporation and if you dont tow the company line you are out.Most people see that all week long so why would you care to spend their time and money watching the same thing on the weekend.
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Nov 24, 2008
 
MICK B wrote:
I would not say Spencer is speaking his mind.Unless he sits on it. More making comments to keep people listening, a reporting style you see at the check-out line at the grocery store.A soap opera way of reporting. More like shills at a old time carnival. Les is right NASCAR has the commentators scared to death to step out of line. The never tell the truth but always stir controversy. They run their business like a big corporation and if you dont tow the company line you are out.Most people see that all week long so why would you care to spend their time and money watching the same thing on the weekend.
Spencer has put his foot in his mouth more than several times,and then comes back to say he was sorry for his comments.Now if he really means what he says why not stand by his comments
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Christy88 wrote:
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Spencer has put his foot in his mouth more than several times,and then comes back to say he was sorry for his comments.Now if he really means what he says why not stand by his comments
Sometimes I think the powers that be tell him to!

Everyone knows how Spencer is! I just think he is told to be nice or be gone!
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Nov 24, 2008
 
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Sometimes I think the powers that be tell him to!
Everyone knows how Spencer is! I just think he is told to be nice or be gone!
I have always liked spencer and agree with him on some issues,but sometimes I feel like he makes comments to stir the pot. And of course the Dale Jr comment I dont agree with not just because I am a fan of Jr's because it was not a failure by any means, I would say I am not happy and alittle disappointed in the way the season went but not call it a failure.
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Christy88 wrote:
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I have always liked spencer and agree with him on some issues,but sometimes I feel like he makes comments to stir the pot. And of course the Dale Jr comment I dont agree with not just because I am a fan of Jr's because it was not a failure by any means, I would say I am not happy and alittle disappointed in the way the season went but not call it a failure.
I'm sure you read the report, but if you look at it you understand what spencer was saying.

He wasn't saying Jr is a failure but his year was. The reason is cause he didn't accomplish all his goals. Whats the opposite of succeed...fail! Thats all spencer was saying.
Christy88

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Nov 24, 2008
 
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I'm sure you read the report, but if you look at it you understand what spencer was saying.
He wasn't saying Jr is a failure but his year was. The reason is cause he didn't accomplish all his goals. Whats the opposite of succeed...fail! Thats all spencer was saying.
Well Have you looked at Jimmy's career stats? Not to good. He didnt win a championship so would you say his career was a failure?
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Spencer, the Modified Tour champion in 1986 and 1987, used his time in the series to vault up to NASCAR's upper echelon divisions.
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Right, Jr has two Bush Championships how many does spencer have?? Ha Ha 1986 and 1987 Wow And what about after that what happned??? Thats right!! Like I said his career doesnt seem to great either
Jim

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Nov 25, 2008
 
First you say he didn't win a championship.

I showed you he has.

Then you compare Jr. to JS "Busch" career.

So what you're saying is that someone can not say anything about someone unless they are better?

If that's what you want to do fine.

Then RW was correct in his statement.
Christy88

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Nov 25, 2008
 
Jim wrote:
First you say he didn't win a championship.
I showed you he has.
Then you compare Jr. to JS "Busch" career.
So what you're saying is that someone can not say anything about someone unless they are better?
If that's what you want to do fine.
Then RW was correct in his statement.
No see Jim you twist my words around, anytime anyone has brought up Jr's Busch Championship you have said thats not the cup.And yes I dont think someone has a right to say someone is not good at what they do unless they can do it better.Thats the way I was raised and I will not change my mind.
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Nov 25, 2008
 
Christy88 wrote:
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No see Jim you twist my words around, anytime anyone has brought up Jr's Busch Championship you have said thats not the cup.And yes I dont think someone has a right to say someone is not good at what they do unless they can do it better.Thats the way I was raised and I will not change my mind.
Anytime someone brings up Jr's career you try to compair whoever it is to Jr.

Nowhere in that article did JS say he was better than Jr. He didn't compair himself to Jr. He just stated his opinion of Jr's year to what people expected!

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