Dale Earnhardt Jr: Is He Finally Falling Apart?

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IAugust 15, 2010

BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 13:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Drive the Guard/Amp Eneergy Chevrolet stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 13, 2010 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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After today’s race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits 17th in the points, 129 points out of the Chase. And after seeing his interview on ESPN, I’m thinking he’s just about ready to fall apart.

I don’t ever remember Jr. cursing on national TV. Sure, there is lots of swearing in the car to pit conversations, but I’ve never seen him snap at his good buddy Marty Smith, a reporter who was just trying to do his job.

He snapped his head off!

Here is part of Junior's answer to the question about his chances of making the Chase: “…I don’t know… I don’t really give a (expletive describing human or animal waste) about it ….” (the Chase)

The key word here is - I don’t really give a (expletive) about it…- I don’t know of any athlete in any big time sport who said they don’t care about the biggest goal any team should have , making the championship or playoffs or whatever you choose to call it.

Can we agree on this?

Just wondering if his boss gives a-well, you know- about the No. 88 car making it to the Chase. Maybe Hendrick has too many cars in the championship, one more would probably get in the way.

Just saying.

I’ve heard many drivers talk about not worrying about it and just race to the best of their ability, but I’ve never heard anyone say they don’t give a darn about making the Chase, especially when they have a chance to make it. I was surprised to hear that from Dale Jr.

Were you?

I wonder how many of us can get away with telling our boss we don’t give a darn about the job at hand, how long would it be before they booted us out the door.

Let me tell you, about a second!


I guess that’s the privilege of being the most popular driver in NASCAR, the thirty-million-plus a year man can say anything and, apparently, answer to no one.

I still think there is something going on between Hendrick and Earnhardt Jr. Dale is not happy there. His luck will change when he moves on and starts his own Cup team, If Tony Stewart can do it, Dale can certainly make that happen.

Can we agree on that?

Good luck to Dale Earnhardt Jr. we should all hope he makes the Chase, it would greatly benefit the attendance and ratings of the 2011 Chase.

As always, this is just a fan's opinion and I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.

Enough said.