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Earnhardt not a fan of new drafting

Posted on: April 16, 2011 12:06 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2011 12:59 pm
By Pete Pistone

Count Dale Earnhardt Jr. among those who are not impressed by the new two-car drafting phenomenon that is now the norm at Daytona and Talladega. Earnhardt didn't mince any words during his media availability this weekend at Talladega when asked about the tandem style of drafting that will be in play in both Saturday's Nationwide Series race and Sunday's Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499.

“I’m hoping this kind of racing goes away fast so we don’t have to talk about this no more,’’ Earnhardt said. “This is a bunch of crap.

“You all don’t really look at it and think it’s strange?’’

Earnhardt's not sure if the new configuration of the Sprint Cup car, the aero package and restrictor plates mandated by NASCAR or the new track surfaces at Daytona and Talladega are the culprit for the style of racing to have evolved

"We weren’t doing it when it was brand new to that,’’ Junior said. “I don’t know. I’m not an engineer. It might take a physics major to figure it out. You remember when we would go out to practice and even the few fans that were here on Thursday and Friday, that’s pretty interesting to them to watch guys out there practicing. How interesting was practice?

“Everybody thinks it’s cool now because it’s new and it’s neat and it’s what is going on. Everybody is getting a big kick out of it. Over the long haul, it’s not the best, it’s not as good as 40 dudes in one pack racing like hell trying to get to the front. It’s nowhere near as good as that. Give me that any day over this. Over the long haul, people will realize it and go OK. What’s the new when all this wears off, how interesting this is, how unique it is. People will start to see.’’


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Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:19 pm

Earnhardt not a fan of new drafting

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 1:35 pm

Earnhardt not a fan of new drafting

Same tracks...same thing time and again?  Wouldn't that hold true for all sports events...same stadiums, same plays, etc.  Run the ball, pass the ball, kick the ball, repeat.  Or pitch the ball, throw back to pitcher, pitch the ball, throw back to pitcher, pitch the ball, hit the ball.

Also, there's more action in one cycle of green flag pit stops than there is in an entire football game and baseball game combined. 

As for announcers, Troy Aikman and Joe Buck make each game sound totally different with the commentating?  John Madden?  I'll give you Al Michaels but that's it!

Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2011 10:29 am

Earnhardt not a fan of new drafting

It looks like that old Mario Kart game when you had two characters per race car. Only Mario Kart is fun. Who cares what Jr. says anyway? Dude stinks!

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2011 10:09 am

Earnhardt not a fan of new drafting

What they need to do is get rid of the Restricter plate all togather. It should be about going fast, if teams are willing to go up to 300 MPH let them. They choose to do it the typical fan could care less about player saftey. Let them go fast let's see what they can do.

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 9:53 pm

Earnhardt not a fan of new drafting

gordonfan, you hit the nail on the head about the pusher has no chance, nascar better change racing or there will be no racing. i just hate super speedway racing, its not racing anymore, its whoever is in the right place at the right time at the finish line,

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:34 pm

Earnhardt not a fan of new drafting

Tag Team racing at the super speedways will ruin that type of racing. The finish worked for Nascar, but the rest of the race was BORING. The pusher has no chance to win and that is not racing

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:01 pm

Earnhardt not a fan of new drafting

NASCAR can do anything they want but the sport will never be elite. Too many rule changes, same guys win all the time and the drivers aren't athletes. I'm sure it takes skill to drive the car but most of these guys don't weigh over a buck fifty and many not over six foot tall. It's just boring to watch and the annoucers go on and on about the same stuff. I watch it just because it's something I can watch while I'm doing other stuff. Same tracks, same thing time and time again. It won't be long before NASCAR hits on hard times.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:52 pm

Earnhardt not a fan of new drafting

NASCAR is fixed.  People it is the WWE on wheels.  Jimmy had to win because "he was due".  If you have the money you will win or be near the top every week.  Blaine's win at Daytona... Hall of Fame induction for...#21 David Pearson .... Wood Brothers.  Enjoy the ride!

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2011 12:28 am

yuk yuk yuk yuk

Uh, racing's stupid anyway. One's like today just prove my point. There is no real skill difference between first place and the drunk driving out of the parking lot 3 hours later, the cars are the athletic muscle, and the chick with the double D's and the daisy duke shorts presenting the trophy has my attention for the only part of the day that really matters.  p.s. - how long before a fan sues NASCAR for the toxic fumes he sucked into his marlboro pipe when the winner burns rubber after a win? If hockey weren't an even stupider thing to watch and if UFC didn't have the hotties in the OMG shorts between rounds, this entertainment would be DOA on the steps of the FOX and TNT networks. Signed lovingly, a former NASCAR fan alienated by high prices and stupid rules.  ...... and yes, to any replies, I am a stupid idiot moron that doesn't know anything about how hard it is to drive a car in a circle in the same direction as a bunch of other cars driving in a circle at roughly the exact same rate of speed for exactly the same number of miles once a week. Wow. Pay me millions.

Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: April 17, 2011 9:59 pm

Earnhardt not a fan of new drafting

I new it was going to be this way.  Tandem racing blows.  Junior and Mark Martin were completely taken out from winning.  Their job on the last lap was pushing the car in front of them.  The only cars I seen racing were the ones pushing the cars in front of them.  No one knew who had the best car.  No one led long enough to determine that.  You could almost tell Jeff Gordon wasn't going to win when he took the lead on the last lap.  But, niether was Mark martin or anyone who was pushing on the final lap.  That is why these restrictor plate races not what racing should be.  I hate to think what is going to happen at Pocono or Michigan.

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