CUP: Junior Doesn't Want To Be 'Punch Line'

There are 20 comments on the Sep 11, 2010, Fox News story titled CUP: Junior Doesn't Want To Be 'Punch Line'. In it, Fox News reports that:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he doesn't know how to make his Hendrick Motorsports team more competitive, but he plans to spend the next 11 races trying to find out.

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NASCAR Guy

Pagosa Springs, CO

#1 Sep 11, 2010
Too late, he already is a "punch line".
You get over it

Katy, TX

#2 Sep 11, 2010
"Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he doesn't know how to make his Hendrick Motorsports team more competitive..."

Easy solution: Put a new driver behind the wheel.
NASCAR Guy

Pagosa Springs, CO

#3 Sep 11, 2010
6 laps down? Pathetic! Hang it up Jr!

Since: Aug 10

Reno, NV

#4 Sep 11, 2010
NHMS next week

Story line on #88:

WILL JR. FINISH ON SAME LAP AS WINNER

(I'll give even money he won't)
Hart Broken JR

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#5 Sep 11, 2010
depression takes time everyone thinks he has it sooooo great......Just for starters his stepmother hires a blood sucking #$w -^*&&*r lawyer to tear DEI to screads, steal whatever she can from him . he just isnt a Hendrick guy..he doesnt fit the mold and never will...You can tell by looking at him, hes hurting and depressed. by the way lance is a sarcastic, sneaky backstabbing SOB
Voice of Reality

Petersburg, VA

#6 Sep 12, 2010
Hart Broken JR wrote:
depression takes time everyone thinks he has it sooooo great......Just for starters his stepmother hires a blood sucking #$w -^*&&*r lawyer to tear DEI to screads, steal whatever she can from him . he just isnt a Hendrick guy..he doesnt fit the mold and never will...You can tell by looking at him, hes hurting and depressed. by the way lance is a sarcastic, sneaky backstabbing SOB
Just for starters, Teresa Earnhardt was the owner of DEI, Old Man Earnhardt knew that Joonyer was a fluckup and knew never to trust the company to a life long slacker who could not hold a regular job other than working at the Old Man's dealership. Teresa did as much outside of the walls with her original company of Sports Image as Dale did on the track to make Sr. and his legend.

You are right about one thing, Joonyer does not fit the mold of HMS, the other three drivers at HMS are proven winners and not just on Plate tracks for three or four years when even other drivers and owners assumed NASCAR was giving him an advantage to play on the story line of the "Old Man's Death at Daytona".
I will admit that life must be hard and frustrating when you are a mid pack driver attempting to measure up to proven winners on your own team. Even Joonyer can read the papers and results, race to race, and realize that he is the weak link, the butt of many jokes and a driver who has been all but given up on as far as being a threat to win. Race fans are not all that stupid, Joonyer is much like Danica Patrick and Sara Palin, great to talk about, great cheerleaders, however, when picking names for the race pool, not one who people flock to to place their money on.
Snow

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Sep 12, 2010
Harrison Freebird wrote:
NHMS next week
Story line on #88:
WILL JR. FINISH ON SAME LAP AS WINNER
(I'll give even money he won't)
What kind of money
are you giving on Biffle??????????I doubt he will make the top 10 when the chase is done.
X Jr Fan

Cleveland, TN

#9 Sep 12, 2010
even Ekstrom the driver of the #83 beat Jr and he has only been on a oval just 1 time. that shows that it doesn't even take much practice to beat Jr
Winston

Grapevine, AR

#10 Sep 13, 2010
why did you idiots bother to click here...go to kyle busch's page were u belong...leave here don't come back

Since: Apr 07

United States

#11 Sep 13, 2010
Voice of Reality wrote:
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Just for starters, Teresa Earnhardt was the owner of DEI, Old Man Earnhardt knew that Joonyer was a fluckup and knew never to trust the company to a life long slacker who could not hold a regular job other than working at the Old Man's dealership. Teresa did as much outside of the walls with her original company of Sports Image as Dale did on the track to make Sr. and his legend.
You are right about one thing, Joonyer does not fit the mold of HMS, the other three drivers at HMS are proven winners and not just on Plate tracks for three or four years when even other drivers and owners assumed NASCAR was giving him an advantage to play on the story line of the "Old Man's Death at Daytona".
I will admit that life must be hard and frustrating when you are a mid pack driver attempting to measure up to proven winners on your own team. Even Joonyer can read the papers and results, race to race, and realize that he is the weak link, the butt of many jokes and a driver who has been all but given up on as far as being a threat to win. Race fans are not all that stupid, Joonyer is much like Danica Patrick and Sara Palin, great to talk about, great cheerleaders, however, when picking names for the race pool, not one who people flock to to place their money on.
You might have a point if...

Earnhardt Junior were not the winner of a couple of dozen Cup races, including the Daytona 500 and had two consecutive Busch Series championships.

The vast majority of guys racing in Cup cannot stack up to his past successes.

When it comes to Hendrick, there are things to consider here. First, the 24 and 48 are housed under the same roof. The interactcion between those two teams is one of the reasons why those two teams has eight Cup Series championships between them. Things do not happen by accident at the highest levels of sport.

When DEI was at its best, it was the best situation for Earnhardt Jr., just as the present situation at Hendrick is the best for Johnson. When things are at their worst, any great driver can look less than great. The past year has not been very good for Jeff Gordon and he has four Cup titles! Right now if your name is not Johnson, Harvick, Busch or Hamlin, you are an underachiever. Junior's problem is that he is an underachiever named Earnhardt.
That makes him an even easier target.

Either two things will come of this: Either he will find the right fit and show the form that made him a winner, or he will simply quit. Frankly, I don't know if he can stand another year like this.
The true measure of any competitor is not being able to accept not living up to your talent or potential. This must be eating away at him inside.

I totally expect Dale Earnhardt Jr. to totally dedicate himself to the sport over the off-season and come back next year obsessed with winning again. Oh... And the day when Rick Hendrick sees that his being at Hendrick does not work to his advantage, he will allow him to go somewhere else. Frankly, I think that JR Motorsports, with his sister as chief operating officer might be the cure.

Next time you say to yourself, "I wanna be famous," Think again.
Marlboro

Bronx, NY

#12 Sep 13, 2010
Winston wrote:
why did you idiots bother to click here...go to kyle busch's page were u belong...leave here don't come back
Yes, SIR! Right away, SIR! LOL... eat a d!ck...
5LkraM

Bronx, NY

#13 Sep 13, 2010
MarkL5 wrote:
<quoted text>
You might have a point if...
Earnhardt Junior were not the winner of a couple of dozen Cup races, including the Daytona 500 and had two consecutive Busch Series championships.
The vast majority of guys racing in Cup cannot stack up to his past successes.
When it comes to Hendrick, there are things to consider here. First, the 24 and 48 are housed under the same roof. The interactcion between those two teams is one of the reasons why those two teams has eight Cup Series championships between them. Things do not happen by accident at the highest levels of sport.
When DEI was at its best, it was the best situation for Earnhardt Jr., just as the present situation at Hendrick is the best for Johnson. When things are at their worst, any great driver can look less than great. The past year has not been very good for Jeff Gordon and he has four Cup titles! Right now if your name is not Johnson, Harvick, Busch or Hamlin, you are an underachiever. Junior's problem is that he is an underachiever named Earnhardt.
That makes him an even easier target.
Either two things will come of this: Either he will find the right fit and show the form that made him a winner, or he will simply quit. Frankly, I don't know if he can stand another year like this.
The true measure of any competitor is not being able to accept not living up to your talent or potential. This must be eating away at him inside.
I totally expect Dale Earnhardt Jr. to totally dedicate himself to the sport over the off-season and come back next year obsessed with winning again. Oh... And the day when Rick Hendrick sees that his being at Hendrick does not work to his advantage, he will allow him to go somewhere else. Frankly, I think that JR Motorsports, with his sister as chief operating officer might be the cure.
Next time you say to yourself, "I wanna be famous," Think again.
What a long-winded way to say... nothing. BTW, 18 is NOT "a couple dozen".

“Just quit jr.”

Since: Aug 09

WVU

#14 Sep 13, 2010
MarkL5 wrote:
<quoted text>
You might have a point if...
Earnhardt Junior were not the winner of a couple of dozen Cup races, including the Daytona 500 and had two consecutive Busch Series championships.
The vast majority of guys racing in Cup cannot stack up to his past successes.
When it comes to Hendrick, there are things to consider here. First, the 24 and 48 are housed under the same roof. The interactcion between those two teams is one of the reasons why those two teams has eight Cup Series championships between them. Things do not happen by accident at the highest levels of sport.
When DEI was at its best, it was the best situation for Earnhardt Jr., just as the present situation at Hendrick is the best for Johnson. When things are at their worst, any great driver can look less than great. The past year has not been very good for Jeff Gordon and he has four Cup titles! Right now if your name is not Johnson, Harvick, Busch or Hamlin, you are an underachiever. Junior's problem is that he is an underachiever named Earnhardt.
That makes him an even easier target.
Either two things will come of this: Either he will find the right fit and show the form that made him a winner, or he will simply quit. Frankly, I don't know if he can stand another year like this.
The true measure of any competitor is not being able to accept not living up to your talent or potential. This must be eating away at him inside.
I totally expect Dale Earnhardt Jr. to totally dedicate himself to the sport over the off-season and come back next year obsessed with winning again. Oh... And the day when Rick Hendrick sees that his being at Hendrick does not work to his advantage, he will allow him to go somewhere else. Frankly, I think that JR Motorsports, with his sister as chief operating officer might be the cure.
Next time you say to yourself, "I wanna be famous," Think again.
I agree, jrmotorsports with his sister at the helm would be a great road for jr to travel down. Look at all the new tee shirt and die cast sales!!! And, last but not least, jr nation can blame his sister for jr not winning.

Since: Nov 09

United States

#15 Sep 13, 2010
5LkraM wrote:
<quoted text>What a long-winded way to say... nothing. BTW, 18 is NOT "a couple dozen".
It is in Jr Nation, where logic is optional.
Wang

Raleigh, NC

#16 Sep 13, 2010
Winston wrote:
why did you idiots bother to click here...go to kyle busch's page were u belong...leave here don't come back
It sad you not take advantage of educationar oppoltunities rike Birr and Hiraly.

Ancient ploverb say: "Do not have sexuar lerations with that woman, Miss Rewinsky."
Voice of Reality

Petersburg, VA

#17 Sep 13, 2010
MarkL5 wrote:
<quoted text>
You might have a point if...
Earnhardt Junior were not the winner of a couple of dozen Cup races, including the Daytona 500 and had two consecutive Busch Series championships.
The vast majority of guys racing in Cup cannot stack up to his past successes.
When it comes to Hendrick, there are things to consider here. First, the 24 and 48 are housed under the same roof. The interactcion between those two teams is one of the reasons why those two teams has eight Cup Series championships between them. Things do not happen by accident at the highest levels of sport.
When DEI was at its best, it was the best situation for Earnhardt Jr., just as the present situation at Hendrick is the best for Johnson. When things are at their worst, any great driver can look less than great. The past year has not been very good for Jeff Gordon and he has four Cup titles! Right now if your name is not Johnson, Harvick, Busch or Hamlin, you are an underachiever. Junior's problem is that he is an underachiever named Earnhardt.
That makes him an even easier target.
Either two things will come of this: Either he will find the right fit and show the form that made him a winner, or he will simply quit. Frankly, I don't know if he can stand another year like this.
The true measure of any competitor is not being able to accept not living up to your talent or potential. This must be eating away at him inside.
I totally expect Dale Earnhardt Jr. to totally dedicate himself to the sport over the off-season and come back next year obsessed with winning again. Oh... And the day when Rick Hendrick sees that his being at Hendrick does not work to his advantage, he will allow him to go somewhere else. Frankly, I think that JR Motorsports, with his sister as chief operating officer might be the cure.
Next time you say to yourself, "I wanna be famous," Think again.
I might agree with you, if, Joonyer had showed ANY consistancy during his career. I tend to write off the two Busch championships for the fact that at the time there were not any cup drivers driving full time in Busch, like there is now. Joonyer basically had a Cup level team competiting against Busch teams. Almost half of Joonyer's cup wins came in plate races when DEI had cars so superior that for the first and only time in a very long career Mikey Waltrip could run up front and win. Without bashing Joonyer, I honestly think that after the old man died Joonyer had nobody with the power to be able to tell the name sake to sit down, shut up and learn how to drive. Teresa was completely right when she told Joonyer to become a champion before acting like a champion. The last problem for Joonyer is that he does not have a clue as to how to tell the pits what to do to fix the car to handle. Joonyer was OK when the old car (make that aero wing car) was in use, however, with this new car that is so much more dependent on mechanical grip Joonyer is lost and does not have the old man to sit him down and tell him what to do. Joonyer is obvously a lost soul sputtering around a team that has three other first class drivers.

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#18 Sep 14, 2010
Fun Times...
MarkL5 wrote:
<quoted text>
You might have a point if...
Earnhardt Junior were not the winner of a couple of dozen Cup races, including the Daytona 500 and had two consecutive Busch Series championships.
Jr is NOT the winner of a couple of dozen Cup races. The winning at Gaytona isnt as meaningful as it used to be. POS Mikey is a two time 500 chanmp. Dale Jr won two Busch titles because Sr was on the pit box everyweek telling the crew and dale what to do.

The vast majority of guys racing in Cup cannot stack up to his past successes.
When it comes to Hendrick, there are things to consider here. First, the 24 and 48 are housed under the same roof. The interactcion between those two teams is one of the reasons why those two teams has eight Cup Series championships between them. Things do not happen by accident at the highest levels of sport.
When DEI was at its best, it was the best situation for Earnhardt Jr., just as the present situation at Hendrick is the best for Johnson. When things are at their worst, any great driver can look less than great.
MarkL5 wrote:
<quoted text>
The past year has not been very good for Jeff Gordon and he has four Cup titles! Right now if your name is not Johnson, Harvick, Busch or Hamlin, you are an underachiever. Junior's problem is that he is an underachiever named Earnhardt.
This just isnt true.#24 is in the chase. He can win title number 5 this year. Hardly a bad season. The rest is just not true. McMurray had a great year. As did Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, and a bunch of other guys.
MarkL5 wrote:
<quoted text>
Either two things will come of this: Either he will find the right fit and show the form that made him a winner, or he will simply quit. Frankly, I don't know if he can stand another year like this.
The true measure of any competitor is not being able to accept not living up to your talent or potential. This must be eating away at him inside.
Jr is in the twilight of his career. You wont see drivers drive into there 50s like Mark Martin. Jr's time has come and past.
MarkL5 wrote:
<quoted text>
I totally expect Dale Earnhardt Jr. to totally dedicate himself to the sport over the off-season and come back next year obsessed with winning again. Oh... And the day when Rick Hendrick sees that his being at Hendrick does not work to his advantage, he will allow him to go somewhere else. Frankly, I think that JR Motorsports, with his sister as chief operating officer might be the cure.
I dont. I expect him to run circles for 4 more seasons and he quits at age 40.
HiltonHead

United States

#19 Sep 14, 2010
Bottom line, he starts 9th, finishes 34th 6 laps down, all the amp energy t-shirts leave the track before the race ends, nuff said!

Since: Nov 09

Sacramento, CA

#20 Sep 14, 2010
HiltonHead wrote:
Bottom line, he starts 9th, finishes 34th 6 laps down, all the amp energy t-shirts leave the track before the race ends, nuff said!
And that's great! What would be even better is if that same bunch stayed away. I don't mind the RACE FANS that happen to be Jr fans; it's those "Jr or nuthin" fans that p!ss me off. The sport will be better off without that trash.
Elizabeth

Dunedin, FL

#21 Sep 14, 2010
JrNationMakesMeLaugh wrote:
<quoted text>And that's great! What would be even better is if that same bunch stayed away. I don't mind the RACE FANS that happen to be Jr fans; it's those "Jr or nuthin" fans that p!ss me off. The sport will be better off without that trash.
You are right. They lost all of my respect at Dega when they trew beer cans on the winner. Nascar should have docked Jr points for that display. Then Jr laughs and says it was acceptable behavior. Disgusting and unacceptable behavior. Maybe that is why I don't mind seeing them leave the races with their tails tucked between their legs.

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