Dale Jr to Retire from NASCAR?

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Is Dale Earnhardt Jr ready to retire from NASCAR? I don’t think so – but Jimmy Spencer does.

“Judging by the way he’s racing and acting, Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks ready to hang it all up…” said Spencer in an article on SPEED.

Mr. Spencer called Earnhardt out for asking about the Redskins game over the team radio during the Dover race recently, and questioned Earnhardt’s focus on racing.

Jimmy Spencer feels that Dale Jr does not have the same passion for NASCAR as his father had, and that even Kurt Busch has more interest in NASCAR than Junior.

If you believe Jimmie Spencer then Dale Jr is losing fans week after week to the likes of Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch. I don’t know of one person who has made that switch – do you?

Are Dale Earnhardt Jr fans disappointed and frustrated? Yes, but not with Junior – they are frustrated with his lack of support and competitive equipment. Dale Jr himself is frustrated too.

Maybe Jimmy Spencer has a better idea of what is going on in the No. 88 camp than everyone else. He is a former driver and current TV commentator. What do you think about his views?

 

 

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121 Comments on Dale Jr to Retire from NASCAR?

  1. AZomah on
  2. I will try to keep my language proper!! I don’t watch the tv station Spencer is on when he is on!! Jr. always talks about the Skins or other things during the race, however not in heavy traffic. Some folks just don’t understand how bored the drivers get during some of the races, heck I’ve been known to take a nap. Spencer is not well known for his brains!! Does he really think that Jr. is ready to quit after signing another 5 year contact!! He better hope Jr. doesn’t retire soon, after all he does have the largest fan base, most of us will have no reason to watch or attend races when he does retire! Actually, Spencer has no idea of what is going on in the world let alone racing! I sure would like to see a new right side tire changer though!!!!

  3. Tom on
  4. What is Spencer smoking??????

  5. AZomah on
  6. Do we really want to go there?

  7. Jane Smith on
  8. No I don’t think jr will retire. He’s just waiting and moving forward. Next year will show you non-believers. I say 2012 is a Earnhardt year!

  9. Tammy on
  10. Totally Agree with AZomah!!!

  11. wayne bratton on
  12. Gee;I sure hope Spencer is wrong,cause if JR. retires I along with thousands of other fans will not be as interested in NASCAR.There is nothing wrong with JR”S driving,all he needs is a good crew and equipment.If JR can get just a little bit more meaner and aggressive he will win.go getum JR. your still a great driver.

  13. Rose on
  14. yeah okay then why would he sign a new contract with Hendrick, give me a break

  15. Ronald Bullen on
  16. I want a lot of what jinny is smoking,But he wouldn’t know a race car if it hit him.The only race car he knows is the one that’s a kiddie ride at Food City,But he was banned for hitting kids

  17. buck on
  18. He should retire as he does not perform and does nothing but complain about the car not handling,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the single file race Saturday night should have told the fans something about his driving skills. What a farce!!

    The whole race was boring sitting there in the stands until Mr. 5 time hit the wall, now that part I LOVED, get so sick of hearing about him and the number 24, a person would think they are the only 2 drivers there.

    BY THE WAY, I AM AN EARNHARDT FAN BUT THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH, THE MAN/BOY DOES NOT HAVE HIS HEART IN RACING, THANKS SPENCER FOR TELLING IT STRAIGHT, YOU AND HANK JR. ARE RIGHT ON!!!!!

  19. Rose on
  20. Jr. is the only reason people go to the races, Jognsons car is rigged thats the only reason he keeps winning, if he wins again this year nascar will lose alot more fans for sure, we are really tired of him winning, his car should be pulled apart to see what is illegal in it

  21. bill on
  22. Spencer always talks trash, he doen’t know much. Won’t watch anything with him anymore, he always putting people down. He is not a racer. Junior has trhe heart, just does not get the good equipment as others.

  23. Sari B. on
  24. This coming from Jimmy Spencer, a man from Berwick, PA who never recognized Pocono Raceway as his home track nor the fans as his hometown fans. He’s an idiot. Jr. has a lot more racing to do! I’ve heard him talk more about his car on the scanner than I do anything else. He’s gone further this year than he has in the past several years. But look out Jimmy Spencer, if Jr. retires, you’ll lose your job commentating.

  25. Sari B. on
  26. I agree!

  27. Stephanie on
  28. What in the world?!?!? Just because you are a former driver does NOT mean you know how every driver is feeling. I agree with AZomah and Tom’s comments….seriously Spence I dare you tell you Jr that to his face….GOOD LUCK with that!

  29. Jack on
  30. If JR is the only reason you go to races, boy do you have a genuine problem!

  31. Barb F on
  32. Give Jr. a car like Johnson & we will see the differance in his performance. He just signed a 5 yr contract now lets give him a good car.Hey he made the chase thats a start for sure.Sorry that Johnson crashed and is OK but I agree sick of hearing about all his wins give someone else a championship for a change.

  33. Dean on
  34. spencer is a media whore…. he says things like this just to get fans upset…..he’s always wanted to drive a race car, but every time he pulled his helmet off his hair came offd with it…..lmao!!!!!!

  35. Danny on
  36. Spencer is the biggest waste of space on and has more hot air then a hot air balloon

  37. cheech on
  38. Hey Chong, that dude got our stash!

  39. San Can on
  40. Spence’ was SPENT< was never that good anyway, that's why he had "limited engagements"! He said' "he never forgets"…somethings (alot!) he never KNEW! A lot of times we switch channels when he is on – NEVER good for racing! That's the whole family and the friend crew! Bring back the TV brick & name it Spence!

  41. SouthernGuy8503 on
  42. Ya I guess Jimmy knows all about being competitive in NASCAR when the only series he was actually good in was the modifieds. Jimmy Spencer has roughly 50 more starts in the Cup series than JR and Jimmy only has 2 wins. Jimmy has his own opinions so that’s fine, but he’s always making accusations about people off of just opinion, not facts. JR isn’t the only one out there that has sometimes has his mind on something else during the race. It’s only during a caution or when he has nobody around. JR has the passion to race, if he didn’t then he would just retire instead of signing a 5 year extension. I believe JR has said himself if he didn’t have the passion he just wouldn’t do it. Why risk your life racing if you don’t have the passion? Sure he said JR didn’t have as much passion, not that he didn’t have the passion. But, ever think that I don’t think anybody had a passion for NASCAR more than Dale Earnhardt Sr., so why call out JR on that when I highly doubt anybody from the past present or future has more passion than Dale Sr period. If you notice on RaceHub, Jimmiy is wrong way more than he’s right. He just causes controversy and that’s why he’s on TV. I like people that tell their opinions and tells it how it is, but Jimmy is one of those people that try turning his opinion into a fact.

  43. brent nowostawski on
  44. i have to admit there seems to be a little lack of enthusiasm. for some reason there dont seem to be good chemistry since he’s been at hendrick. i hope like hell , he gets a good start next year and things start to fall in place. i got a feeling just 1 win will make a huge difference thereafter. he’s frustrated , im sure by all the naysayers plus not having things mesh yet. his driving is not an issue. its ludicrous to even think about doubting his ability. 18 wins PERIOD. i like jr because of the man he is. has nothing to do with his name. although , i have great admiration on how he’s handled himself the last 10 years. i think jr and kelley are awesome people. under so much constant scrutiny , they are humble and down to earth genuine people. its not easy to be dale jr…i’ll bet 99.9% of the population could not handle it. thats why im a jr fan and always will be , even if he never wins another race again (i do not see that happening). he doesnt complain , he’s simply stating what the car was doing. just remember , as much as all of us want him to win , nobody wants him to win more than dale earnhardt jr himself.

    has jimmy spencer lost his frigging mind

  45. Ron on
  46. Junior just needs to be more aggressive. Only thing is that if he gets as aggressive as his daddy then people will bitch about it. Junior is in a Catch 22! Damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. I’m a huge senior/junior fan but junior does need to just race the wheels off the car.

    Don’t believe anything until you hear it from Dale Jr. If he was ready to retire he would not have signed another 5 year contract with Hendricks .Dale is under so much pressure, because people expect him to drive like his daddy,and he is not his daddy, He is Dale Jr, his own self. Why can’t people just leave him alone, I wonder if people would put him down so much if his dad was still alive? People are just jealous, that’s the problem. Retire? NO I don;t think so..You got it junebug, you are the number one. By the way, I don’t remember Jimmy Spencer making a big deal over kyle Busch getting caught doing 124 miles over the speed limit in Mooresville, NC. It was kept hush, hush .If it had been Jr. we would have never heard the end of it.

  47. Bill Bolek on
  48. I agree with you Jack, if someone goes to the races only to see Dale Junior they need their head examined. That Is like saying I only go to the theater for the popcorn. For Rose, you need to learn how to type a person’s name right. And if you think that there is some thing illegal in Jimmie Johnson’s car maybe they should also tear down the Toyotas that Kyle Busch drives since look at all of the winning he does in all three divisions. Nobody, and I mean nobody is that damn good of a driver.

  49. Bob Williamson on
  50. I think Spencer is spot on. Dale Jr. no longer has the drive and desire to drive a race car and is forever making excuses for his poor performance. He nor Hendrick cares if he wins or not, as long as he keep bringing in the money. Spencer needs to do a more serious commentary instead of baby talking his part of “Race Hub”.

  51. Sandra on
  52. We are talking about Jimmy. All he is is a lot of hot air. When he comes on t.v., we switch t.v. channels. Sad thing speed channel pays him to run his a–. Just like Kenny Wallace. I been unemployed since 2009, Speed Channel I need a job hire me and I want run my a– like them two.

  53. Jo on
  54. he’s an A@@ and he should either get off the air or keep his big trap shut, he knows SH@T and is very insulting and has no respect for anybody but himself

    I think a lot of the chatter on the radio is just the driver trying to stay calm and focused.

  55. Margaret on
  56. What mind? Jimmy S. doesn’t have one!

    If Junior does retire Jimmy Spencer and a few more TV commentators may need to look for jobs too.

  57. San Can on
  58. Now Kenny we enjoy…sometimes. As long as he doesn’t talk about his big brother “RUSTY”! But Jimmy, we always turn him off or say worse than appropriate things about his family—just thankful we are NOT in it!

    I was a little concerned when the No. 48 hit the wall. That was a really hard hit. It looked very similar to Dale Earnhardt’s crash.

  59. V on
  60. I think Jimmy and all the haters should put themselves in the drivers shoes and see if after crappy care and finishes if they won’t be frustrated… All I say is haters beware of what u say because JR NATION WILL TEAR U ALL APART ALONG WITH JIMMY THE JACKASS.

  61. Cecil P on
  62. Championships are earned….not given

    Spencer is one to stir the pot.

  63. Mama Donia on
  64. After Jimmie Spencer smarted off, in Daytona, the 4th of July race 2001, when he said the race was fixed for Jr. to win because of Dale, Sr.’s death in February. I totally despise that human being. He thinks he knows it all, if he’s on something that I’m watching I immediately turn it off. I don’t think Jr, is going to retire anytime soon, I did hear him say that he would probably end his driving career at Hendrick. He’s just signed another five year contract, so no I don’t think he would break that contract. I hate it when people try to size Jr. up to be like his Dad. Jr. is his own man and he runs races like he wants too, such as he tries his best not to wreck anyone, and you don’t hear his mouth constantly running like the likes of Kyle and Kurt Busch. Jr. is undoubtly one of the finest and nicest guys out there. If you’ll will notice, after Jimmie run his mouth at Daytona, he never drove another race for anyone, he has to work hard to keep a job because of his mouth running. I wish he would never be on tv again. Also, I wish the news media would lay of of Jr. for not winning a race right now, if his name was not what it is, you wouldn’t hear it constantly that he hasn’t won in so and so races. I am a fan of Jr. and will be until the day I die, NEWS MEDIA leave him alone!!!!!

  65. AZomah on
  66. And, just what kind of jobs are they qualified for?

  67. Marilynn on
  68. Maybe it is time for Jimmie Spencer to retire! His racing career was not all that notable and now it seems like his TV and magazine career isn’t much to watch or listen to. He has definetly lost touch with the real NASCAR fans. Has he heard the roar when Dale is introduced before a race, or does he remember the record breaking number of votes Dale got for the All Star race? How about the fact that he has been most popular driver for seven years in a row? Guess he is really in his own little world. Go Dale!! A fan for life!

  69. Mama Donia on
  70. Evidently Buck, you can’t stand success, if you cheered when Jimmie hit the wall. I sure as he– don’t want Rousch cars to win the championship, but I think Nascar has that planned.

  71. Annie on
  72. I agree with AZomah, Tom, Barb F. and many others. Jr. is his own man, and it’s very unfair to compare him with his dad. Sr. was in a league of his own. Jr. needs good equipment. Listen to his communication with his crew chief during the race, and compare with other drivers. Jr.’s cars need constant adjustments during the race. . He definitely needs better equipment. Spencer needs to stay home and seat in a rocking chair.

  73. Jim Higgs on
  74. Jr is washed up. He has had a lot of chances. He can’t even get the car in the pits properly at times and even over shoots his pit box. Jr is not finishing any better than some of the lesser known drivers. If he finishs in the top 15 to 20 that is a normal race finish for him. They even gave him a new pit crew this year that was supposed to be better than his old crew and it still doesn’t make a difference. If your going to quit watching NASCAR when Jr. retires you may as well quit now because he will never be a cup champion .

  75. San Can on
  76. Yes…a DOUBLE Wide!

  77. Mavis on
  78. I don’t think Spencer likes Jr very much. It seems he’ll find anything to bring him down. After signing a 5 year contract I don’t think he’s ready to retire. As long as he has a ride and is enjoying what he is doing he should keep racing. I think he’s proved that when he has the car set up to his liking he can do as well as most of the drivers. It doesn’t help when your crew does you in with loose wheels etc but he’s not the type to make a big deal ot that. Even with his problems he was still the highest finishing Hendrick car last week. I wish him well at Talledaga. I hope it’s not another two car drafting deal.

    Jimmy Spencer needs to get himself a REAL JOB and stop putting words in Jr’s mouth which are not true. He needs to keep his comments to himself and stop sending out rumors about anyone’s future. If I’m having a conversation with my crew chief not related with my job because there may be a time delay I can pass the time with whatever topic I chose…….Whatever happened to FREE SPEECH ?
    This is how rumors are started.

  79. SouthernGuy8503 on
  80. You don’t know JR at all then if you think that.

  81. Donna on
  82. Jimmy S is out of his flipping mind Jr is far from being ready to retire

    Who cares what anyone says about Dale, I have been his fan since his Dad was killed, but he is getting on my nerves, I even called him a has been, we fans need a win once in awhile, don’t know what is wrong, but he better find out soonor his fans will start complaining………..

  83. Robert on
  84. Jr is a tool, the boy never could drive…

  85. tammy on
  86. Who the hell in their right mind would trade junior for johnson or anyone else. Talk about Junior giving up racing is got to be the stupid thing spencer has every said and from what I have heard his says some stupid stuff. I starting watching racing because of Earnhart”S and I will stop watching when their is no Junior and I’m sure from the sounds of it their will be alot more if Junior retires so I hope his wrong and if not I support Junior in what ever he does.

  87. Regian on
  88. Jimmy Spencer is an idiot and has lost his friggin mind. He is the one that needs to retire. I can’t stand the idiot and never watch anything that he is on. Dale Jr retiring is a joke. He just signed a new contract with Hendrick’s through 2017. So what if he did ask about Football scores a lot of the guys ask about things but do you ever hear their name mentioned NO!!!!!!. You Jr haters need to get over it and move on to a new subject. What you haters problem is the fact that you are all jealous.

  89. Beej T on
  90. I have watched Jimmie’s “show” one time and only for a few minutes. He was no better a driver than he is a commentator, LOUSY! Yes Jr is frustrated, yes he is annoyed that no matter what they do he can’t find a set-up he is comfortable with. But is he ready to retire??? Hell no! and if he were or did, are the likes of Jimmie S. betting on Danika or some one else to fill Jrs shoes to keep the sport alive? If they are they had best be looking for another job.

  91. Anne on
  92. I agree!! With out Dale Jr.. Nascar would be a sport that would loose a lot of fans.

    why would Dale Jr. wanna retire when he gets his first win this Sunday at talladega he will silence a many people.

  93. Mare on
  94. To you complainers: I don’t see you writing anything about the many drivers that race each week that haven’t won in years!!!!! Should they quit racing too???
    Knock off the complaining about Jr. Let him be a race car drivier and keep cheering for him if you are a fan of his, otherwise shut-up.

    Spencer couldn’t keep a driving career going and now he thinks he is a racing commentator. Why can’t he get a real job. He is trying to stir up a controversy to keep fans listening to his “show”.

  95. Bob on
  96. AMEN to that, I wonder if those loose wheels are on purpose?

  97. Chris on
  98. I think Jimmy Spencer is an idot and should worry about doing his own damm job and Dale Jr up to doing his. Besides it takes more than a year after getting a new crewchief and doing something and after all Dale did make the chase for the first time since the move to Hendricks Motorsports..
    Listening to Spencer is like listening to goats dying

  99. Joe on
  100. HEY SPENCER YOU IDIOT. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS IN THAT CIGAR YOU ARE SUCKING ON IN THE PICTURE BUT IT SURE IS NOT COMMON SENCE. YOU BUTT HEAD !!!

  101. Joe on
  102. OK IDIOT I SUPPOSE YOU COULD DO BETTER !!!

    JImmy Spencer is way off base with this comment, he is as far off base with it, as he was with his driving abilities, they both suck. Whne Jr. is ready to hang up his helmet, he will be the first to tell us. not some has been driver that never was. The only two things that Spencer is famous for is the punch in the mouth that he gave Kurt Busch, and the carpet that he wears on top of his head. But I will say this, I believe that Dale Jr. lost his passion or desire for racing when two things happened, the first one being when he lost his father in the Daytona 500, in Feb. 2001,that would make anybody quit racing. perservered, and continued on the family tradition. the second was the sports car race in Ca. when he crashed and his car caught on fire. I am not saying he is scared, because if you are scared then you do not belong behind the wheel of a race car going 200 mph. I do however feel that he has lost some of his nerve. and his will to race, he seems complacent to finish wherever he is when the race ends. Do not get me wrong, I am as big a Dale Jr. fan as the next person, But being a former driver, not at the cup level, I knew that when my skills dimenished it was time to hang up my helmet, and I trully do not believe that Jr’s skills asa driver have dimenished. I have questioned the equipment that he has, and if you think about it Mark Martin’s equipment has been less than steller. Lets face the facts, Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon are the two flagship teams at Henrick Motorsports, always has been and always will be, until they retire. Kasey Kahne, will have better equipment than Dale Jr, but that remains to be seen.I can not wait for the day when Dale Jr, wins his next race, and shuts up the likes of a Jimmy Spencer, who is at best a commentator wanna be.

    Jr just signed 5 yrs with Hendrix, why would he give that up? I will back Jr no matter what,

    Bull Crap Jim Higgs.

    I agree Mare. Some are just jealous because of his popularity..

  103. Dago. on
  104. The only thing jimmy S. Has done right was retire and smack kurt bush so you got to look at that.

  105. Mama Donia on
  106. AMEN!!!!! Barbara K

  107. Mama Donia on
  108. Robert, evidently you get on the ban wagon of whomever wins each week. We true Jr. fans will stick with him regardless of what he does, but you are wrong, JR. IS AS GOOD AS ANY DRIVER IF HE HAS THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT!!!!!

  109. Ramona on
  110. Dale will not retire he got so much to look forward to with so many fans and support behind him I think he does and awesome job driving he is not like his dad . I think his heart isin Nascar it is easy to get mad when things don,t go the way we want them to gosame with racing heneeds better equipment . so he can do his job jr. we r proud of you keep up the good job i know you will win races everything will work out your fans r behind you 100 percent.

  111. Ed on
  112. Talk about a jerk!This crap comes out of the mouth of a quitter.Even TV is pushing him aside!!!

  113. Judy on
  114. Thank you AZomah, I agree with you also.

  115. Brenda on
  116. I have been a fan of the Earnhardt’s. Sr and Jr ever since my buddy Davey Allison died. ( By the way Davey gave Dale Sr a run there a few times i’n his short career) but I love Jr to death but I must agree with the other one on here that said Jr is scared. It’s sad but true. Jr at times shows he can drive, He just can’t win because of fear. Im not going to make excuses for him anymore. Not only is he scared to get aggressive because maybe he saw what that did to his dad. Or maybe because he caught a fire but remember what Kyle did to him in Richmond? Jr was doing great till that happened and when he said shit on the air and everyone had a cow. I love him and I think not only is he scared but maybe put more effort into racing but maybe participate in the Nationwide series. Jr isn’t is his dad. His fans know it. But either take a chance and face the fear or just quit so I can pick another driver and not feel like I gave up on u. Jr face the fear!!! By the way if I misspelled anything. You don’t have to point it out. I’m on iPhone and can’t proof read lol.

  117. Deb on
  118. when Jr starts to win and he will I do not want to hear from all of you who do not beleve in him he is still and will always be the number one in my book and many more fans

  119. Tom on
  120. Andy Rooney just retired from 60 Minutes, so let throw Jimmy over there. Get him off NASCAR completely.

  121. AZomah on
  122. Sounds like a plan to me! LOL!!

  123. Sandy on
  124. Jimmie Spencer is an arogant, idiot, he couldn’t drive right when he was racing, he always says things, with out thinking, but without a brain I guess you do that. I turn him off on anything he’s on. CAN’T STAND HIM, he needs to get a life and out of the tv racing stuff. I’m sure he gets alot of hate mail.
    jimmie spencer GET A LIFE………GO DIG A HOLE AND FALL INTO IT, CAN’T STAND YOU.
    Jr loves racing, he just has shit for parts,. jr’s number 1 and always will be..I’D LIKE TO KICK HIS ASS, I’M 62 YEARS OLD AND I KNOW I COULD TAKE THAT IDIOT OUT.
    go get’em jr

  125. AJ on
  126. Well I have a Q & A with Jr Sunday at Talladega so guess my question will be What do you think of Spencer said, you are ready to Retire? This will be Jr’s chance to openly say what he thinks of his statement :)

  127. Pegi on
  128. If so, why did he sign another contract with Hendrick?

  129. maxine kaiser on
  130. Never could stand Spenser. I think someone should Shove that cigar & sove it where the sun don’t shine, give him a nicotine enama.. he is so full of crap.

  131. San Can on
  132. We will be there also, please let us know. As we do not have a Q&A with him.

  133. bob newnum on
  134. Yes, a long time ago, Kurt Busch nailed it, he’s a has been, I say a never has been.

  135. LINDA S on
  136. JIMMY YOU NEED TO TAKE A VACATION !!!!!!! REALLY
    GET OFF DALE JRS BACK………LETS GIVE HIM THE EQUIPMENT AND PIT CREW AND HE CAN RUN THAT CAR UP YOU KNOW WHERE

  137. Brenda on
  138. Deb, you must be smoking whatever Jimmy Spencer is. Don’t tell me you don’t want to hear it. I don’t want to say it….. The facts are the facts. I said I love Jr, and I know he can win, but he has to try a little harder… You are no more his fan than me or any of his other millon plus fans. But maybe if he sees his own fans encouraging him with what I call constructive criticism he will start being a little more aggressive. I’m sorry but Jr has had so many chances when his car was running good, but watch him, he loves the area on the track around 15th-18th position. He reminds me of Tony Romo, he does well, until the end…I love you Jr, and I will always be your fan, but finish the task at hand!!!!!!

  139. Deb on
  140. no I am not smoking what Spencer is I just beleive what Jr says after all he is the one in the car driving!!!!

    how many races has jimmy spencer won ??? Just saying!!!!

  141. AZomah on
  142. I agree with you. I read an artcle that said Jr. got the old cars of the 24 and the 24 got new cars. Keeping old stuff adjusted is almost impossible. I don’t agree with you on anything else though!

  143. Hezz on
  144. This guy is talking out his ass! I don’t care what junior said I would never go to Kyle, Johnson or ANY OTHER DRIVER! REALLY! Maybe if they didn’t put soooo much pressure on Junior he might be able to let loose but no EVERY WORD AND ACTION he speaks or does is Top story… LEAVE HIM ALONE! Jimmy Spencer is a big headed blow hard who needs to STFU:}

  145. Carole on
  146. Jimmie Spencer is the biggest waste of airtime of TV. He’s just like the Jr. haters, just wanting to stir up Jr. fans. As for you so called” Jr. fans that think Jr. has lost his passion for racing, have you been watching the races with blinders on? His cars were good in the beginning of the season, but now they are plain junk! When a car doesn’t even qualify well, what does that tell you. During the race, they get get it adjusted, the pit crew sucks, or the car has mechanical problems. I suppose that’s Jr’s lack of passion. If you feel that Jr isn’t living up to your expectations, find a driver to root for that will.

  147. Ellen on
  148. Wayne, there you go…Junior
    just needs to get aggressive
    and determined to win races.

  149. Ellen on
  150. It definitely was a hard hit and I was concerned for Jimmie Johnson. For those of you who don’t like the #48 you can criticize him all you want but he is a great driver, has a great crew chief and team….it takes all of this to win races/championships. I don’t cheer to see any driver hit the wall…Dale, Sr. got killed this way. J.J. has won 5 Championships in a row….do you think any driver will ever break his record!!!!!

  151. Ellen on
  152. No one gave him the championships, he earned them!!!!!

  153. Brenda on
  154. I DO BELIEVE IN MY LITTLE HEART THAT 2012 WILL BE JR’S YEAR… I THINK HE HAS THE RIGHT CREW CHIEF THAT LISTENS, SUPPORTS, AND ENCOURAGES HIM..AND GIVES HIM THE DAMN SCORE ON THE RED SKINS IF HE WANTS IT. I THINK HE HAS EARNED THAT MUCH JUST BY HAVING TO DEAL WITH EVEY FAN IN NASCAR’S MOUTH WEEK AFETR WEEK!. HELL HE’S TALKED ABOUT MORE FOR NOT WINNING THAN WHEN HE DID WIN.. MAKE UP MY MIND NASCAR FAMILY???.. A BETTER ATTENTIVE CREW CHIEF NOW INSTEAD OF SOMEONE UP THERE JUST SITTING AND EATING HOT DOGS.. I ALSO THINK MR. HENDRICKS KNOWS HE BEST START ACCOMADATING JR INSTEAD OF JIMMY… YEAH JIMMY HAS FANS, BUT EVEN THEY HAVE TO BE GETTING BORED WITH HIS NON- EFFORTLESS WINS…LOL. TIMES ARE HARD THESE DAYS AND NASCAR’S SALES ARE DOWN. I DON’T THINK YOU SIGN A CONTRACT WITH A MAN FOR THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY AND TIME AND NOT HAVE PLANS FOR HIM. OLD SAYING IS, ” SIT AND WATCH’ MY FRIENDS. “SIT AND WATCH”..SEE AT THE RACE :)

  155. lady red on
  156. They took Spencer off of the Sunday morning show because of too many complaints. He must have some kind of contract they have to honor by putting him on the Hub & wherever else he may be. Personally, I don’t want to waste time and space here talking about him.
    I am sick of people getting on here talking about Jr. being washed up, has no passion, can’t win a race. You will never deter his fans with whatever you say so why get on here and take up room when no one cares what you have to say. If you don’t like him, fine, find another sight to get on and rag on someone else. Nascar knows they can’t make it without Jr. You think people would turn up at a race just to watch Kyle or Kurt? Give me a break and just go away. Jr. Nation is here to stay and you aren’t going to change it. By the way, all those trips to the pits is usually because the crew left off lug nuts. Guess I must have missed all those races where Jr. slid thru his pit or I get a different picture on my TV. God, get a life!

  157. BUCK on
  158. OKAY, OKAY, Lets settle whether Jr. can drive or not………….lets take one of the cars he says is not handling and put Kyle in it for a few laps and see who can
    or cannot drive a race car, Jr. has had too many chiefs and none can build a car
    that he can drive,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,there is a reason for that,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,he can no longer drive……………….other drivers they built for did okay and won races…………..Jr. just
    don’t give a crap about driving or winning, he is sucking the system for all the $$$$
    he can get, one day the sponsors will get wise.

  159. carol on
  160. I am with you! When your favorite driver is down and not doing as well, you don’t discard him. You stick with him. Yes, there are good driver out there but I will always stay a faithful fan of Dale Jr.

    I almost flipped out when Jr. got a new five year contract. For WHAT, what are his accomplishments. Hendrick just wants to keep the name in his stable. I personally thought Jr was going to be released at the end of this season. Why would a sponsor keep paying with no results? Could this be a contract with no salary Just to save Jr from being released? I agree with Spencer That Jr should retire . Richard Petty once
    said, that a driver could have the best equiptment that money can buy but if winning
    was,nt in his heart, he would,nt make it as a driver. I feel the same way.Jr. changed
    for the worse when he split with Teresa. I think he regrets this and has not overcome
    this terrible mistake,selfish judgement. If he retires as a driver, he has his youth health, businesses and much wealth. I do not dislike Jr. I just want him to retire.

  161. Mare on
  162. I did’t think loose lug nuts and pit crew mistakes were Jr’s fault-but what do I know, I’m not a Jr’s hater.

    If all the drivers come upon Kyle and get real close or hit his back quarter panel everytime they drive close to him, he’d probably spin out too, but other drivers don’t play by those dirty rules and get by with it , oh yes Kyle can drive but when he says he doesn’t touch them on purpose—ya right !!!!! tell me another story.

  163. BUCK on
  164. Mare, I am sure you know a lot about things racing but don’t just reference the last race, look at the last 3 seasons, Jr. has just not performed and it doesn’t appear
    that he is going to any way soon. If you could see my home and all the Jr. things around and the decals on my vehicles you would know that I am not a Jr. hater but I have been around a lap or two and he is a slacker when it comes to driving a race car………………….set ups don’t fail that often and as much as he claims they do.

    I surely wish he would get his head out of his hiney and DRIVE!!!!!!

  165. BUCK on
  166. LETS DROP THIS PUSH AND PULL RACING AT DEGA AND DAYTONA, WHAT A BUNCH OF BULL, TAKE OFF THE RESTRICTORS AND LET THE BOYS HAVE AT IT, THEY KNOW WHEN TO LIFT,,,,,,,,,,,,,AND DON’T BRING UP THE LAST INDY CAR INCIDENT………………….I SAW DAN WIN AT INDY AND IT IS TRAGIC BUT THINGS DO HAPPEN IN MOTOR SPORTS. THERE SEEMS TO BE MORE MAJOR ACCIDENTS AT PLATE RACES. AT LEAST DURING THE PLATE RACES ME AND MY FAMILY CAN GET OUT AND DO SOMETHING INTERESTING.

    LONG LIVE JIMMY SPENCER, HE TELLS IT LIKE IT IS BLESS HIS HEART.

  167. AZomah on
  168. Geez! There are some folks on here that are so full of it that their eyes are brown. I am so glad JR is smarter than they are!!!!!!

  169. SouthernGuy8503 on
  170. Obviously you don’t listen to the 88 radio, I do every race. When he’s not passing then his car isn’t right. He even passes when it’s not even close sometimes. Looks like you’re the one that needs to get your head out of somewhere. Of course JR isn’t perfect and I’m one of the first that admits when he makes a mistake, he also admits it. But, most of the bad finishes have been things that has happened that wasn’t his fault and out of his control, especially in the Chase. Seems like when he has bad luck or problems, it’s 3 or 4 races in a row. It doesn’t matter how good you are, if the setup isn’t good enough then you can’t do anything with it.

  171. AZomah on
  172. Right on SouthernGuy!

    The restrictor plates aren’t coming off anytime soon. 200 mph is about the limit at Talladega. NASCAR drivers have the ability to race tat 250mph — but they will need to be on a 5 mile race track that is 1500 feet wide — and the grandstands will need to be pushed way back.

    It is not the speed — it is the conditions.

  173. SouthernGuy8503 on
  174. Do you have an extra $2 Million per plate race? Didn’t think so. NASCAR has to pay the track an extra $2 Million of insurance if the avg speed stays above 200 mph. That insurance is to pay for track repairs. Also once a NASCAR race car gets just oevr 200 mph is about when it starts to become unstable. The tandem racing will end sooner or later, either by NASCAR stopping it or when the track surfaces get “broken in” enough for it to be unsafe (meaning drivers start to spin the cars they’re pushing a lot more often than they do now). By the way, I like your name, it rhymes with a word that you should go do to yourself, well going by your 2 comments since you don’t seem to know much, yet you think you do.

  175. jim on
  176. the reason spencer is a commentator he cant drive, jr does need to get pissed driving and drive like his dad did take no names

  177. AZomah on
  178. Last sentence==LOL!!

  179. Deb B. on
  180. Jimmy Spencer is a joke… Jr. is constant each week which is more than I can say about some other drivers! Jr hopefully puts this kind of BS out of his mind and has fun racing… which is what I think his questions were about… lol Get a life Spencer! You are only funny when you rag on Kyle Busch!

  181. SouthernGuy8503 on
  182. That just gave yourself away. You’re obviously a Kyle fan and JR hater. At least be a man and admit who you cheer for. I could care less who you cheer for, but it’s bad when you won’t admit it. Is it that bad to be a Kyle fan? I don’t see decals or people wearing his stuff, hmm I wonder why. No reason to comment on anything on this comment from you since the whole thing is ignorant.

  183. AZomah on
  184. Buck you are one of the people with brown eyes that I referred to! I have friends that are fans of Ky B’s, you are making him look bad!

  185. AZomah on
  186. I wish JR read some of this stuff, then he would know that this long time fan says do what you can with what you got, got your back guy!!!

    AMEN

    AMEN U GO GIRL

  187. AZomah on
  188. Watched qualifying, I am completely and really irratated with the 5 car, puleez my Jr. take him out, all he has done is work at screwing up HMS. He doesn,t have a ride next season so he is going to screw you and HMS. Get him my Jr.!!!

  189. Ellen on
  190. Bill Bolek, I agree with your comments. This is mine.. .NASCAR hasn’t given the #48 anything and people get over it the 48 is not cheating. There probably isn’t a team out there that hasn’t cheated one time or another. I have nothing against Dale, Jr. and I would like nothing better then to see him win a race but there are 42 other drivers out there that fans go to see race. Yeah look at all the races in all three divisions that Kyle Busch has won….DO YOU THINK THAT TEAM CHEATS???

  191. Sue Wright on
  192. I thing Jimmy Spencer is CRAZY. JR has done a HELL OF A JOB this season. Where has SPENCER been smoking his CIGAR? Get in the SPORT Spencer.

    WELL TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN;
    I KNEW ALL ALONG DALE JR. WOULD PROVE HIMSELF IT JUST TIME FOR HIM TO GET TUNED IN SO WATCH OUT NOW JR. WILL TAKE CARE OF MATTERS ………….U CAN BET ON THAT…………..TKS.

    AND BY THE WAY DALE GOT HIM A FINE LOOKIN LADY NO RETIREMENT FOR DALE JR. NOW……………………………….

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  193. Scott on
  194. Show some respect folks! Dale Jr. just needs some space to figure this out. I respect him regardless of what he decides regarding retirement. He just has to figure out what works best for himself.

  195. Laura Brookshire on
  196. Earnhardt fan for life!

  197. dick trickle on
  198. He really should retire, hes not his old man, he doesnt have his dads talent, or jimmie johnsons, or gordons, kyle busch etc etc. He is just a name, if not for his dad he would be just another reagan smith, or one of them guys, so i say yea, he outta hang it up, cuz he sucks.

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