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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