Dale Earnhardt Jr. Must Win the Daytona 500

There are 35 comments on the Associated Content story from Jan 23, 2011, titled Dale Earnhardt Jr. Must Win the Daytona 500. In it, Associated Content reports that:

The Daytona 500 is much more than just the opening race of the 2011 Sprint Cup season.

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Since: Nov 09

Cathlamet, WA

#1 Jan 23, 2011
Jr needs to win the Daytona 500 more than anyone else? He's already earning millions, no matter how poorly he performs and HMS is in no danger of going away any time soon.
Think about what a win like that would mean to David Ragan, AJ Allmendinger, or the Wood Brothers, just to name a few.

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#3 Jan 24, 2011
I notice you folks put him down for not winning.
The problem is if he did win you would yell cheating. He gets all the crap win or lose. Don't see you putting down other drivers when they win.
Some busy bodies on here need a life for themselves.

Since: Nov 09

Sweet Home, OR

#4 Jan 24, 2011
snow wrote:
I notice you folks put him down for not winning.
The problem is if he did win you would yell cheating. He gets all the crap win or lose. Don't see you putting down other drivers when they win.
Some busy bodies on here need a life for themselves.
I wasn't putting Jr down, Snow; I was pointing out the fact that a win at Daytona would mean a lot more to an up-and-coming driver or second tier team than it would to a well-established driver/team. You won't see me playing the cheat card if he wins, although I will be utterly amazed if he does win anywhere but Daytona/Talladega, where it seems more about luck than anything else.
WWE CRASHCAR 2011

Trumbull, CT

#5 Jan 24, 2011
"Dale Earnhardt Jr. Must Win the Daytona 500" Sounds like an email from France and Helton to Rick Hendricks; followed by: "and don't worry about the post race inspection"
annie

Grottoes, VA

#6 Jan 24, 2011
Rutledge Wood's thinking about Dale Jr.
The whole conversation and obsession with his performance utterly baffles me. It makes absolutely no sense that a five-time consecutive champion such as Jimmie Johnson has less pressure on him than Dale Jr. People look to Dale Jr. to be some sort of Messiah to the sport, but that burden and those expectations are unfounded, unwarranted and unfair. He never has professed to be anything more than a regular, low-key guy who just likes to race cars, so it is illogical for him to have to carry the weight of the sport on his shoulders because of his famous last name.

Had Dale Jr. proclaimed his intentions to win 200 races over his career like Kyle Busch did last year, or a similar public admission of his goals, then I think you’d have an argument. But he never has. The guy has far more trophies than many drivers who compete at the Cup level, yet those guys never will be scrutinized in this manner.
Sam

Katy, TX

#8 Jan 24, 2011
annie wrote:
Rutledge Wood's thinking about Dale Jr.
The whole conversation and obsession with his performance utterly baffles me. It makes absolutely no sense that a five-time consecutive champion such as Jimmie Johnson has less pressure on him than Dale Jr. People look to Dale Jr. to be some sort of Messiah to the sport, but that burden and those expectations are unfounded, unwarranted and unfair. He never has professed to be anything more than a regular, low-key guy who just likes to race cars, so it is illogical for him to have to carry the weight of the sport on his shoulders because of his famous last name.
Had Dale Jr. proclaimed his intentions to win 200 races over his career like Kyle Busch did last year, or a similar public admission of his goals, then I think you’d have an argument. But he never has. The guy has far more trophies than many drivers who compete at the Cup level, yet those guys never will be scrutinized in this manner.
It's too bad that most those trophies are MPD trophies, a non-performance accomplishment, and not championship trophies.

Since: Sep 09

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#9 Jan 24, 2011
It's time for Dale Jr. to win at Daytona!

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Since: Jun 07

Raleigh

#10 Jan 24, 2011
Sam wrote:
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It's too bad that most those trophies are MPD trophies, a non-performance accomplishment, and not championship trophies.
Sam, I'm sure that if you know anything at all about the great drivers of NASCAR you'll agree that Geoffrey Bodine, Neil Bonnett and Harry Gant justly deserved being selected as members of the top 50 greatest NASCAR drivers of all time. Strangely though, each of these greats only had 18 cup wins in his career and never won a cup championship. Stranger still, only one of these three greats ever won the Daytona 500, Geoffrey Bodine in 1986. All three of these greats ran many races in the Late Model/Busch Grand National/Busch Serie and never won a championship. Last but not least of these greats non-accomplishments, none of them, not one, was ever voted the most popular driver in NASCAR. These "greats" share status with Dale Sr. and the King but their career only touchs the accomplishments of Dale Jr. by sharing 18 cup wins with him. Jr. has a Daytona 500 trophy, they have none except Bodine. Jr. has two Busch/Nationwide Series trophies, they have none, nada, zip. Jr. has a trophy case full of MPD trophies, eight to be exact. So Sam, if you're going to speak on a subject, it sounds a lot better when it's not throught your ass.

Since: Nov 09

Elma, WA

#11 Jan 24, 2011
Whoyakidding wrote:
<quoted text>Sam, I'm sure that if you know anything at all about the great drivers of NASCAR you'll agree that Geoffrey Bodine, Neil Bonnett and Harry Gant justly deserved being selected as members of the top 50 greatest NASCAR drivers of all time. Strangely though, each of these greats only had 18 cup wins in his career and never won a cup championship. Stranger still, only one of these three greats ever won the Daytona 500, Geoffrey Bodine in 1986. All three of these greats ran many races in the Late Model/Busch Grand National/Busch Serie and never won a championship. Last but not least of these greats non-accomplishments, none of them, not one, was ever voted the most popular driver in NASCAR. These "greats" share status with Dale Sr. and the King but their career only touchs the accomplishments of Dale Jr. by sharing 18 cup wins with him. Jr. has a Daytona 500 trophy, they have none except Bodine. Jr. has two Busch/Nationwide Series trophies, they have none, nada, zip. Jr. has a trophy case full of MPD trophies, eight to be exact. So Sam, if you're going to speak on a subject, it sounds a lot better when it's not throught your ass.
Are you actually trying to draw a comparison between Bodine, Gant, Bonnett and...Jr?!? Really?!? WOW!!!

Since: Apr 07

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#12 Jan 24, 2011
Hey Its Emma wrote:
It's time for Dale Jr. to win at Daytona!
That would be great, I'm tired of seeing the same thing week after week.

“Just quit jr.”

Since: Aug 09

WVU

#13 Jan 25, 2011
Whoyakidding wrote:
<quoted text>Sam, I'm sure that if you know anything at all about the great drivers of NASCAR you'll agree that Geoffrey Bodine, Neil Bonnett and Harry Gant justly deserved being selected as members of the top 50 greatest NASCAR drivers of all time. Strangely though, each of these greats only had 18 cup wins in his career and never won a cup championship. Stranger still, only one of these three greats ever won the Daytona 500, Geoffrey Bodine in 1986. All three of these greats ran many races in the Late Model/Busch Grand National/Busch Serie and never won a championship. Last but not least of these greats non-accomplishments, none of them, not one, was ever voted the most popular driver in NASCAR. These "greats" share status with Dale Sr. and the King but their career only touchs the accomplishments of Dale Jr. by sharing 18 cup wins with him. Jr. has a Daytona 500 trophy, they have none except Bodine. Jr. has two Busch/Nationwide Series trophies, they have none, nada, zip. Jr. has a trophy case full of MPD trophies, eight to be exact. So Sam, if you're going to speak on a subject, it sounds a lot better when it's not throught your ass.
Gant, Bodine, and Bonnett didn't start their careers driving the best cars the sport could provide. They had to prove their worth on the track, not just because of their name. As far as championships and wins, most of their wins came in the latter part of their careers and most of the time, didn't run a full schedule of races every year to compete for a championship. I wonder how many cups David Pearson would have if he had run full time??

Since: Dec 06

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#14 Jan 25, 2011
acrim wrote:
You can bet the holes in ol Joooooooonnnnnyyyyyyrrrrrrrrrr r's restrictor plate will be as large as beer cans!
Maybe he will be able to run without a
restrictor plate. lol They think so much of June Bug they need to just let him rip....Then you can start your next complaint......
Tony Stewart

Spring Hill, FL

#15 Jan 25, 2011
Junior has my full support to win the Daytona 500.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_YBN5WoktvHM/RtqwNunimeI...

“YA dont know ..........do ya??”

Since: Jan 11

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#16 Jan 25, 2011
JrNationMakesMeLaugh wrote:
<quoted text>Are you actually trying to draw a comparison between Bodine, Gant, Bonnett and...Jr?!? Really?!? WOW!!!
The facts are there JRNationMakesmelaugh, read the article, About Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr, it blew me away at how close Jrs career is to drivers that have been considered, to be the best in the sport. Im researching it myself to see but I dont think the author was off on this. The name that got me was Neil Bonnett, he was a favorite back in the day, Jrs career is, on paper, better than Neils..........I hated to say that but the fact are there. Dang that hurt!!!!!!!

“YA dont know ..........do ya??”

Since: Jan 11

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#17 Jan 25, 2011
Sam wrote:
<quoted text>
It's too bad that most those trophies are MPD trophies, a non-performance accomplishment, and not championship trophies.
Im sure its the goal of every driver to have a "championship" trophy in the case. Not many do though. Not many at all.
Sam

Katy, TX

#18 Jan 25, 2011
Whoyakidding wrote:
<quoted text>Sam, I'm sure that if you know anything at all about the great drivers of NASCAR you'll agree that Geoffrey Bodine, Neil Bonnett and Harry Gant justly deserved being selected as members of the top 50 greatest NASCAR drivers of all time. Strangely though, each of these greats only had 18 cup wins in his career and never won a cup championship. Stranger still, only one of these three greats ever won the Daytona 500, Geoffrey Bodine in 1986. All three of these greats ran many races in the Late Model/Busch Grand National/Busch Serie and never won a championship. Last but not least of these greats non-accomplishments, none of them, not one, was ever voted the most popular driver in NASCAR. These "greats" share status with Dale Sr. and the King but their career only touchs the accomplishments of Dale Jr. by sharing 18 cup wins with him. Jr. has a Daytona 500 trophy, they have none except Bodine. Jr. has two Busch/Nationwide Series trophies, they have none, nada, zip. Jr. has a trophy case full of MPD trophies, eight to be exact. So Sam, if you're going to speak on a subject, it sounds a lot better when it's not throught your ass.
So you say, Junior has one Daytona 500 trophy...which shows he won a race, the Daytona 500 is just another race, sure it's the season opener, but just a race.

And, he won 2 Busch/Nationwide series trophies...he done good in the little league, maybe he should have stayed there.

Then there are the eight MPD trophies, as I said, MOST of his trophies are non-accomplishment, non-performance trophies, won by fan vote (and fans can vote multiple times each day so how valid is that?).

Thanks for proving my point!
Sam

Katy, TX

#19 Jan 25, 2011
JrNationMakesMeLaugh wrote:
<quoted text>Are you actually trying to draw a comparison between Bodine, Gant, Bonnett and...Jr?!? Really?!? WOW!!!
They will stop at nothing. Bodine, Gant, and Bonnet were legendary. Jr isn't legendary, he just has a legendary last name that he's putting to shame the way he drives.

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Since: Jun 07

Raleigh

#20 Jan 25, 2011
Sam wrote:
<quoted text>
They will stop at nothing. Bodine, Gant, and Bonnet were legendary. Jr isn't legendary, he just has a legendary last name that he's putting to shame the way he drives.
Sambo, Bodine, Gant and Bonnett drove top equipment in their heyday. The fact that Jr. is popular doesn't deminish his driving anymore than it did Awesome Bill's who won the MPD award many more times than Jr. has. Many of the men that are in the top 50 greatest list didn't even win 18 races, men like Marvin Panch, Curtis Turner, Ernie Irvan, Tim Richmond, Donnie Allison, Cotton Owens. Jr. isn't a great driver but he is above average and the facts back it up. To date there has been 2245 cup races with 168 differemt winners for an average win ratio of 13.4 wins per man. Facts, Sambo, Facts. They always rule out above opinion. You know how opinions are, don't you Sambo? They're like buttholes, everyon has one but some are sweeter smelling than others.

Since: Dec 06

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#21 Feb 7, 2011
Whoyakidding wrote:
<quoted text>Sambo, Bodine, Gant and Bonnett drove top equipment in their heyday. The fact that Jr. is popular doesn't deminish his driving anymore than it did Awesome Bill's who won the MPD award many more times than Jr. has. Many of the men that are in the top 50 greatest list didn't even win 18 races, men like Marvin Panch, Curtis Turner, Ernie Irvan, Tim Richmond, Donnie Allison, Cotton Owens. Jr. isn't a great driver but he is above average and the facts back it up. To date there has been 2245 cup races with 168 differemt winners for an average win ratio of 13.4 wins per man. Facts, Sambo, Facts. They always rule out above opinion. You know how opinions are, don't you Sambo? They're like buttholes, everyon has one but some are sweeter smelling than others.
This is a great post...
Whoyakidding you know your stuff and I enjoy it.....
Racing Fan

United States

#22 Feb 7, 2011
I would love to see Junior win , any race.

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