Dale Earnhardt Jr is Back at the House That He and His Dad Built

Nov 1, 2009 Full story: bleacherreport.com 234

Now that Dale Earnhardt Jr. can finally put his mind to rest with Fridays announcement that Lance McGrew will no longer be his interim crew chief, but instead was given the stamp of approval while raising his status to permanent.

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#21 Nov 1, 2009
alpinedigital wrote:
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He didn't win that, it was a call from his crew chief that won it FOR him.
Who drove the car? Not his CC. He and the whole team won.
Irishlad

Lakewood, WA

#22 Nov 1, 2009
alpinedigital wrote:
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He didn't win that, it was a call from his crew chief that won it FOR him.
A win is a win.
The Fat and the Furious

Novi, MI

#23 Nov 1, 2009
Dew Addict wrote:
^You mean kind of how they dumped your boy Jimmie out today??? I thought it was kind of funny how with ten to go he was trying to get up through the field and no one would work with him. If all those cars hadn't of pitted, he would have been lucky to get a top fifteen today. Guess the fans aren't the only ones tired of him.
And when Junior would get dropped to the back, he would be back up there in a couple laps. Plenty of people danced with him today. He just needs to find the right partner late in the game.
I thought it was kind of funny that on the last lap, he was ahead of all those people who didn't want to work with him. Looks like the fans can't stop him, the other drivers can't stop him and Talladega can't stop him either. Now, that's what I call funny.

Anyway, not that I've gotten that out of the way. Jimmie knew his options would be limited when it came to people working with him, especially at the end. Between all the chasers, their teammates and other drivers that have a connection with those in the chase, it was not going to be easy for Jimmie today. The fall race at Talladega has become a get what you can get race for Jimmie. That's the down side of being the points leader and even more of a down side when your going for 4 straight titles. That doesn't exactly make you a lot of friends on the track at a place where friends are a necessity. Still, we see why he's had the success he's been having. Despite all the factors and people working against him, he manages to come out smelling like a rose, while those working against him (including his 2 teammates) come out smelling of defeat. Don't get me wrong here. I'm not bitter about all those working against him. That's exactly what they should be doing at a place like Talladega. You don't win the championship by helping the leader pad that lead, so they were doing exactly what should be expected.

As for Jr. they freight trained him toward the end. That's part of the game. Sometimes you get the help and sometimes they leave you sitting alone. He finished well and certainly had an opportunity to win it and that's all you can really ask for at Talladega.

“Shoot to kill”

Since: Aug 09

Gainesville, FL

#24 Nov 2, 2009
Jr did run ok today. Still finished 10th. Talladega seems to be a little less about ability and more about being inline. But it is a race on the schedule and its a part of the equation to win a championship. Jimmie outsmarted many today once again and got a good finish.

“How We Roll”

Since: Nov 08

Area 51, Nevada

#25 Nov 2, 2009
Irishlad wrote:
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A win is a win.
Of course its a win. If it was't, it wouldn't be in his stats. But everyone knows a rain-shortened race win is a fluke because nobody knows IF or WHEN NASCAR will decide the race is over.
WWE NASCAR

Homosassa, FL

#26 Nov 2, 2009
JohnnyDeppfan wrote:
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People will find anyway to Bash Junior. I loved his paint scheme today
Quick run out and get a the latest diecast
CheersForKyle

Nashville, GA

#27 Nov 2, 2009
The Fat and the Furious wrote:
<quoted text>I thought it was kind of funny that on the last lap, he was ahead of all those people who didn't want to work with him. Looks like the fans can't stop him, the other drivers can't stop him and Talladega can't stop him either. Now, that's what I call funny.
Anyway, not that I've gotten that out of the way. Jimmie knew his options would be limited when it came to people working with him, especially at the end. Between all the chasers, their teammates and other drivers that have a connection with those in the chase, it was not going to be easy for Jimmie today. The fall race at Talladega has become a get what you can get race for Jimmie. That's the down side of being the points leader and even more of a down side when your going for 4 straight titles. That doesn't exactly make you a lot of friends on the track at a place where friends are a necessity. Still, we see why he's had the success he's been having. Despite all the factors and people working against him, he manages to come out smelling like a rose, while those working against him (including his 2 teammates) come out smelling of defeat. Don't get me wrong here. I'm not bitter about all those working against him. That's exactly what they should be doing at a place like Talladega. You don't win the championship by helping the leader pad that lead, so they were doing exactly what should be expected.
As for Jr. they freight trained him toward the end. That's part of the game. Sometimes you get the help and sometimes they leave you sitting alone. He finished well and certainly had an opportunity to win it and that's all you can really ask for at Talladega.
Yes, Chad and Jimmy pulled this one off. And the win was fair and square. But not in my wildest dreams would Kyle have sat at the back of the pack to get pushed and pulled toward the front---he has a True Racer's Heart. People pay good money to see a spirited race, not that strategy doesn't play a large part in every race. Ane yes, I know Kyle didn't make the Chase but he gave 110% every time win or loose.
CheersForKyle

Nashville, GA

#28 Nov 2, 2009
----and by the way, I believe Jr. also drove a good race and was not afraid to mix it up at the front of the pack---

“How We Roll”

Since: Nov 08

Area 51, Nevada

#29 Nov 2, 2009
WWE NASCAR wrote:
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Quick run out and get a the latest diecast
I especially loved how one of the names printed onto the paintscheme was 'JUNIOR SUX' There's a pic on some thread explaining how somebody snuck that past the inspection process and it was actually printed on his car.

“How We Roll”

Since: Nov 08

Area 51, Nevada

#30 Nov 2, 2009
CheersForKyle wrote:
<quoted text> Yes, Chad and Jimmy pulled this one off. And the win was fair and square. But not in my wildest dreams would Kyle have sat at the back of the pack to get pushed and pulled toward the front---he has a True Racer's Heart. People pay good money to see a spirited race, not that strategy doesn't play a large part in every race. Ane yes, I know Kyle didn't make the Chase but he gave 110% every time win or loose.
You have to remember though, there probably won't ever be another instance in NASCAR where a driver gets 3 in a row, much less 4. In order to get 4, you need 4 straight perfect years, and now that he's on his way, it would be stupid to risk it. Had this been any other season with nothing like a history-making 4th championship in a row, JJ would be up in there mixing it up with the rest.
montgomery

United States

#31 Nov 2, 2009
Lance wrong work out...
montgomery

United States

#32 Nov 2, 2009
I should have said Lance want work out.....

Since: Oct 09

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#33 Nov 2, 2009
montgomery wrote:
I should have said Lance want work out.....
I don't know. Lance seems to be the sturdy hand Jr needs. JMO
Irishlad

Lakewood, WA

#34 Nov 2, 2009
alpinedigital wrote:
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Of course its a win. If it was't, it wouldn't be in his stats. But everyone knows a rain-shortened race win is a fluke because nobody knows IF or WHEN NASCAR will decide the race is over.
Which race that Dale Jr. won was rain shortened?
justafan

Thousand Oaks, CA

#35 Nov 2, 2009
that had to be the worst race i have ever seen
just like nascar to tell the racers how to race
was so boring i couldnt watch dale had no partner because the other drivers dont like him taladaga
has become a joke race and nascar has turned the sport in to a circus

“Just quit jr.”

Since: Aug 09

WVU

#36 Nov 2, 2009
Congrats to the 88 team...9 laps led, and an 11th place finish...... Just don't get any better than that!!!! Rejoice jr nation, Rejoice

Since: Jul 08

United States

#37 Nov 2, 2009
^He also won the Goodyear Gatorback Fastest Lap Award. Don't you forget that. LOL.

“Just quit jr.”

Since: Aug 09

WVU

#38 Nov 2, 2009
He also wins the best pit crew award every week, and now with new crew members, he should be a shoe in for the rest of the year.....already he is the favorite to win the Daytona 500 and the cup for next year and the next 5 years. Jimmie Johnson only wishes he had half the talent as jr.
The Fat and the Furious

Novi, MI

#39 Nov 2, 2009
CheersForKyle wrote:
<quoted text> Yes, Chad and Jimmy pulled this one off. And the win was fair and square. But not in my wildest dreams would Kyle have sat at the back of the pack to get pushed and pulled toward the front---he has a True Racer's Heart. People pay good money to see a spirited race, not that strategy doesn't play a large part in every race. Ane yes, I know Kyle didn't make the Chase but he gave 110% every time win or loose.
I have nothing against Kyle, in fact I see him as a future multiple championship winner (potentially.) I wanted to point that out first before saying what I'm going to say next. All that racer's heart stuff sounds good and all, but there's also a champion's smarts. I've seen Earnhardt, Gordon, Stewart, Jimmie and many others use strategy over the years, especially when the championship was theirs to lose. These guys all had/have a racer's heart, that should be evident in their success, but they also knew how to temper that with a champion's smarts. That's the lesson that Kyle is still learning. These last couple of years, while not having been a success for Kyle in the end, may prove to be the years that taught him what makes a champion.

As I mentioned before, Jimmie knew that help was not going to come from many other drivers out there, so running up front all day was not going to be an option regardless of what Jimmie wanted. He played it safe and did exactly what a championship driver needs to do. Protect that lead! Because, in the end, the championship far outweighs trying to win that 1 race. Jeff Gordon understood that, as did Tony Stewart, because they've both been there and know what it takes to hold the trophy at the end. When Kyle understands that, than he will certainly hoist some trophies himself.

Don't think Jimmie doesn't have a racer's heart, just because he has a champion's smarts. That's a mistake that to many people make. In the end of the day, no one will care much who won the fall race at Talladega in 2009, but they'll remember who the champion of 2009 was. It's all about priorities. Champions understand that and that's what makes them champions. All these years of learning, if Kyle uses them correctly, will make him a champion too. He has the talent, but now he needs to show that he's learned the smarts.
Wang

Raleigh, NC

#40 Nov 2, 2009
Dega is the The Arabama Gang's (with assistance flom Dawsonvirre, GA) house.

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