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  • Forty-two other drivers don't seem to have this problem, but Earnhardt's concentration just isn't there
  • If you want to be the best, you have to be able to do the basics, like knowing where your pit is and getting the car in the box

    • by Orrymain

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      This is probably not going to be a popular statement, but it’s how I sincerely feel. If Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn’t have the Earnhardt surname, no one would care much about him as a NASCAR entity. He’d be just another racer out on the track. I doubt he’d be in an A-team ride. He’d probably be someone like David Stremme or Mike Bliss, meaning he’d be fighting to make a team or he’d be struggling to hang on to a team.

      Earnhardt is not a good driver, and I say this for the following reasons:

      1) He consistently has problems getting into his pit stall. Forty-two other drivers don’t seem to have this problem, but Earnhardt’s concentration just isn’t there. If you want to be the best, you have to be

      able to do the basics, like knowing where your pit is and getting the car in the box.

      2) He’s wrecked his car by his own doing on numerous occasions. We all know he loves to drive that high line. That’s great, except he doesn’t have the proper control or restraint for driving that line. He cuts down his tires and does damage to the right side frequently.

      3) He just isn’t a good decision maker on the track. I felt sorry for him a couple of years ago when he tried to bump-draft with Jeff Gordon, who wasn’t happy about it. Gordon is an expert at the bump-draft. There’s a place for doing it and place not to, as well as a safe method of doing so. Earnhardt wasn’t ...

      • doing it correctly, and he almost sent Gordon into the wall. Gordon tried to explain it to him later during a TV interview, but you could see from Earnhardt’s expression that he just didn’t get it.

        I’ve heard Earnhardt apologize more times than any other driver for causing wrecks on the track. Now, I applaud the guts it took for him to leave DEI and go to Hendrick Motorsports. He put himself on the line because the excuse for not winning at DEI was not having the equipment. With HMS, he has the best, so he’s out of excuses, and he knows it.

        That said, one of his biggest mistakes was not getting a new crew chief when he made the big switch. He needed to cut all the ties, but instead, Earnhardt

        brought Tony Eury, Jr. with him. They’re cousins — family — and that isn’t always a winning combination, and it’s certainly not here. Earnhardt needed to start completely fresh and turn himself over to the winning ways of HMS. He needs someone who can tell him what to do; that’s not Eury Jr.

        I truly feel for Earnhardt Jr. He has a big name that came with giant expectations, but the truth is, he’s not a good driver, nor is he the racing menace that his father was. What he is, is a man with a ton of rollover fans, people who loved his father and have adopted him as a result. On his own, he’d be Stremme or Bliss, assuming he even got a ride in the first place.

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