The Next Dale Earnhardt?

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Mike Bianchi over at The Orlando Sentinel wrote an article last week claiming that Jimmie Johnson is the next Dale Earnhardt.

Well I’ve got news for you Mr. Bianchi. There is no next Dale Earnhardt – and there never will be. Dale Earnhardt was one of those men who only come around once in history.

Dale Earnhardt Jr is not the next Dale Earnhardt. Kyle Busch is not the next Dale Earnhardt. And Jimmie Johnson certainly is not the next Dale Earnhardt.

Mr. Bianchi goes on to say that “for nearly a decade now, NASCAR fans have been waiting for the second coming of Dale Earnhardt.” Most true hard-core fans recognize that Dale cannot and will not ever be replaced on or off the track.

Is Jimmie Johnson the greatest thing NASCAR fans have seen since Dale Earnhardt? That’s what Mr. Bianchi would have you believe. Johnson has a long, long way to go to prove that statement to most NASCAR fans.

According to Mr. Bianchi, “Johnson will win the championship at the end of the year.” That may happen, but even then Jimmie Johnson will be 2 championships behind Dale Earnhardt.

How many different crew chiefs did Dale Earnhardt win Championships with? I’d like to see how many races Jimmie Johnson would win without Chad Knaus.

And Jimmie Johnson will never be the man that Dale Earnhardt was off the track. Dale helped a lot of people in a lot of ways. Some like Wessa Miller you will hear about. Some you will never hear about.

Mr. Bianchi was wrong when he said that we “might as well put the No. 3 on Jimmie Johnson’s car.” Johnson has not earned the right to drive that number.

What do you think? Is Jimmie Johnson the next Dale Earnhardt?

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48 Comments on The Next Dale Earnhardt?

  1. Susan on
  2. No, Jimmie Johnson will NOT be the “next” Dale Earnhardt. No one, regardless of how many races or championships they win, will ever be the “next” Dale Earnhardt. For Bianchi to assume that NASCAR fans have been waiting for the so called second coming of Dale Earnhardt – Dale’s fans realize who he was and what he stood for and will always honor his legacy, his memory. I know that In my eyes, no one, not even Kerry who looks so much like his dad or Dale Jr, will ever “be” Dale Sr.

  3. Jimmy Narron on
  4. No there will never be another Dale Earnhardt he was one of a kind , driving or other wise. just like Richard Petty to me he stands above all of the drivers, he always had that smile and he had time to talk with you more so with CHILDREN

  5. Fae Willis on
  6. No no nonoooooooooooooooooooooooJimmy Johnson is not the nx Dale Jr–he is in a class of his own like Richard Petty, no one can top him, so it goes for Dale, he is his own Man he stands alone

  7. REGAN on
  8. JJ COULD NOT EVEN BE A PIMPLE ON DALE SR’S BUTT!!!! THE NEXT DALE EARNHARDT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? LOL !!!

  9. Tammy on
  10. NEVER!!!! Enough said.

  11. Pegi on
  12. NO..NO..NO!!! Mr. Bianchi needs to write about something he knows something about!!!

  13. Lone wolff on
  14. Mike B, dosn’t know his a** from a hole n the ground. Jimmy Johnson isn’t even close to being the next Earnhardt!!!!

  15. Vicki on
  16. In every generation, there is someone who excels above his peers. It was Richard Petty, then Dale Earnhardt, then Jeff Gordon and now Jimmie Johnson. None of them are duplicates of the others. They are all individuals with their own styles and personalities but what they have in common is their superiority in the sport. No, Jimmie isn’t the next Dale Earnhardt. He is the first Jimmie Johnson and he’s certainly earned his place among the ranks of the very best.

  17. Susan on
  18. I totally agree with NEVER!! Dale Sr. was one of a kind & I say they broke the mold after he was made! He was one of a kind & for anyone to even TRY to compare Jimmie Johnson to Dale Sr. is a slap in the face to all of the Earnhardt Family! You dude need to write a story about something you actually know something about…whatever that may be…I’m not sure, but it certainly isn’t NASCAR & you absolutly cannot in no way speak for any & all Earnhardt Sr. or Jr. Fan’s! So, if ya can’t run with the big dogs…stay on the porch!

  19. Helen on
  20. Answer to the question is simply… NO!!
    My question is… Why does there have to be another Dale Earnhardt??
    Why do we feel we all have to try replace someone great in their own right
    because you can’t there can be other great people to come along and
    there always will be people come along that will do great things that
    stand out along and do things better and bigger but they don’t always
    have to replace someone else! Let’s be happy with the people that’s
    come along and honor them like they deserve and enjoy the people that’s
    here now because in time there will be somebody else that’s bigger and
    better but we don’t forget any of them because they were all great in there
    time!! :)

  21. Grammy 67 on
  22. First off NO ONE CAN EVER BE DALE SR! He was his own person, drove his own style, was very vocal on NASCAR happenings, things that just weren’t up to his liking. There will never be another Richard Petty, he is own person, own driving skills, etc. The same with Jimmy Johnson. IT MAKES ME REALLY ANGRY, RATHER DISCUSTED THAT SOME PEOPLE WANT TO PUT KYLE BUSH IN THE SAME SENTENCE WITH EARNHARDT. FIRST OF ALL HE HAS NO PERSONALITY, DRIVES INTO OTHER DRIVERS DELIBERATELY, BLAH, BLAH. JUST LIKE HE DID IN THE LAST RACE, HE TURNED HIS CAR RIGHT INTO THE MAN. grammy 67

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO, Jimmy will never compete as being the next Dale E. The person think said this should have his head examined. Jimmy is doing good, But wait until that Baby comes you will see a big change in Jimmy`s driving. Look at Jeff Gordon and what`s happened to him. Your little Babies come first.

  23. Debbie Roberts on
  24. How can you compare a man like Dale Earnhardt Sr with Jimmy Johnson? They have nothing in common other than winning races and championships. The cars are totally different, the rules are different, and the men are different. This writer was way out of line making such a statement. Hope he has to read all the emails and letters he gets from outraged fans, personally. That will teach him to make stupid statements just to draw attention to himself.

  25. Marie on
  26. Jimmie Johnson will NOT EVER be the next Dale Earnhardt. Nobody will. What an absolutely ludicrous statement. Jimmie Johnson would be nobody without Chad Knaus. What really irks me is the guy’s statement that the #3 should be on Jimmie’s car. NO WAY!! That certainly will never happen. I really get incensed over people comparing ANYBODY to DALE EARNHARDT, especially the likes of that asinine punk Kyle Busch. Some of the opinions I read on this site make my blood boil and this is one of them!

  27. Mavis on
  28. I agree that there will never be another Dale Earnhardt Sr. There was so much more to him than being a race car driver. Jimmy Johnson will make the hall of fame and may even win 7 championships but that still won’t compare. I just wish people would stop trying to compare Dale Jr to his dad and try to make him like his dad. He, like his dad, is his own person and not like anyone else.

    I totally agree with Helen.

  29. Joel Bailey on
  30. Dale Earnhardt earned his way up. Jeff Gordon gave Jimmy Johnson the best
    cars and crew that you could have to start with. Plus if not for the chase format
    Johnson would not be where he is.

  31. Mare on
  32. ALL YOU SO-CALLED SPORT WRITERS: Listen up—- With all the different cars, rules, track conditions, regulations and money for the drivers today, you can not possibily compare drivers with the “YESTERDAY NASCAR” sport. Don’t even attempt to try to do so. Leave Dale Sr. in the class where he is and deserves to be. It’s getting tiresome seeing your stupidity on paper. Hopefully you read each and every comment and learn something before putting ignorance in print again.

  33. Curtis on
  34. That’s just not going to happen! Jimmie could go on to win 10 Championships, and he will NEVER be the KING (43) and damn sure will not be the Next Dale (3)

  35. Evie on
  36. Jimmy Johnson will never/ever make the next Dale Earnhardt. Don’t even think he will.

    Let Dale rest in peace before thinking Johnson will replace him.

  37. Jean on
  38. Someone is out of their mind…..how in the world could they ever think that
    Jimmy Johnson was another Dale Earnhardt Sr. It will never happen!!!!!!!!

  39. Rick on
  40. There is no NEXT Dale Earnhardt! 4EVER3!!!

  41. Barb F. on
  42. Hell no Johnson can!t even begin to light a candle to Dale Sr. Yes take Chad away from Jimmie and see how many races he wins.Now isn!t it funny that Jr. is on the same team as Jimmie and he never wins now don!t you think that is dam strange?As far as I am concerned there will never be another Dale Sr. he is a living legend and indeed deserved to be in the Hall of Fame.

  43. AZomah on
  44. Mister vanilla, you gotta be kidding me. The writer is an idiot who wants attention. Besides that put jimmy on a team where all the drivers are allowed to compete and he might not have all those wins. What an insult to Big E!! Now I know why I quit ready the newspapers!

  45. Barb on
  46. NO Jimmie Johnson will never stack up to Dale Earnhardt Sr. If any one comes close it will be Jr.

  47. Ed on
  48. No,Jimmie will be the next Dale Earnhardt,Sr .There will never be another Dale Sr. He was and always will be one of a kind.Let the man rest in peace.There will be no other,He made his mark. FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Deborah on
  50. NOT IN THIS LIFETIME WILL JJ BE DALE SR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Tom McDonnell on
  52. It like asking who will be the next “GOD”
    There will only be one Dale Earnhardt.

  53. mamadonia on
  54. I was fotunate enought toget to meet Dale Earnhardt , in person, at least a half dozen times, I have seen him race many many times. When he would come to Lanier Raceway and the Old Peach State Speedway, here in Georgia, we would always go, he was one of the nicest people I have ever met, always nice to everyone, I’ll never forget things he done and there will “NEVER” be another Dale Earnhardt, he was one of a kind. Why people think Dale Jr. should do what his dad did is unbelievable to me. Dale was not like his dad and Dale Jr. is his on man as well. Regardless of records and what not’s “Dale was the best driver to ever sit down behind a steering wheel. He could put a race car where no-one else could.” I”ll always Love and cherish those memories!!!!!

  55. Valerie on
  56. NO ONE can replace Dale Earnhardt! And, no matter how hard they try NASCAR will never be quite the same without him.

  57. gary on
  58. one of three…

    1. johnson paid him to write this nonsense

    2. he is on drugs

    3. since he doesn’t know any thing about racing, he is trying his skills, or lack of, as a comedy writer!

    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ! NO ONE and I mean no one will ever replace such a great driver. Some people forget that there are some things you can never replace and that is a person, time, and anything else that God has created at any particular place or person. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not his father. He may have 50 percent of his genes, a lot of his skills and most of all his talents. BUT HE IS NOT HIS FATHER and neither is Jimmy Johnson. Jr. drove his father’s car in his memory and nothing more……Someone needs to get a life and think real hard before they speak.

  59. mamadonia on
  60. NASCAR: Bring back the old way of winning championships and, I”M SURE, some of these so called race car drivers wouldn’t be where they are today. Back when Dale Earnhardt started racing they didn’t have all these new found things, they didn’t have power steering, cooling systems to there race suits and a lot of things, see how far some of these drivers would go if they had to drive like Dale and some others started out. I’m almost 68 years old, i’ve been going to races since the l970′s, I remember all this, these Jimmie Johnsons, Kurt Busches, Jeff Gordons, Carl Edwards and the like couldn’t stand the old ways of winning!!!!!

  61. Daisy June on
  62. DITTO GRANNY67! NO ONE CAN BE ANOTHER DALE SR. THERE WILL BE ONE AND NOT EVEN JUNEBUG CAN BE LIKE HIS DADDY. JUNIOR WILL BE HIS OWN MAN AND THERE IS NO JJ, KYLE, JEFF TO BE LIKE HIM. JUST SUPPORT JR. AND KEEPING WISHING HIM THE BEST.

  63. Daisy June on
  64. PPS!!! I WOULD LOVE TO SEE ONE OF THE NIGHTTIME RACES AT BRISTOL WITH DALE AT HIS BANGING BEST!

  65. goldie on
  66. Whew!!!!I just finished reading all the comments and I am so so so glad that I was and still am a Dale Earnhardt fan. I think all the above fans have just about said everything I am thinking, so thanks to all of you. He will never be forgotten and one of the greatest racers ever.

  67. Bobby Hamilton rocks on
  68. I wish every time somebody used, or attempted to use, the quote about not being a pimple on Dale Earnhardt’s butt, they would acknowledge who originally said it, which was Bobby Hamilton. He was my favorite driver since 1991. For those who don’t know. he was dominating the fall Martinsville race when Kevin Harvick wrecked him going into a turn, and had that to say regarding the incident.

    Thank You, Mamadonia…….You sound as though we both come from the same generation. I remember going to Daytona many times just to see Dale Sr. drive and they had all those hugh heavy cars with no power steering. They resembled old Army tanks, not just no power steering, let alone power anything !
    So I say…how dare you compare Dale Sr. with any of today’s drivers. I’ll say it again…..Jr.is his own person and doesn’t need to be compared to his father.

    GO JUNIOR !!!!!

    What a statement ! My comment is 1st of all ,you can’t build a sport that was built by someone else ,else being #3.2nd of all , Jr. Is not wanting to be Sr. and even if he was he would have to kiss _ _ _ in order to get anywhere in this so called sport today,And 3rd. of all who in their right mind could even bring up the Busch name in the same sentence with (Iron Head) ??

  69. Susie Powell on
  70. NO, NO, NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  71. Mary Morgan on
  72. No, No and No! He was one of a kind and does not need to be replaced with anyone else. He was a common man who reached greatness in a sport that is loved by millions. A conversation about who is the next Dale Earnhardt Sr. is ridiculous!!!

  73. Thelma on
  74. NO—NO—NO. iF nASCAR HAD NOT CHANGED TO THE CHASE FORMAT jIMMY jOHNSON WOULD MAYBE HAVE 1 OR2 CHAMPIONSHIPS. BUT WHEN YOU TAKE ALL THE POINTS FROM THE GUY LEADING IN POINTS AND GIVE THE OTHERS EXTRA POINTS FOR WINS. WHO ARE YOU KIDDING ? THEY MADE THE CHASE FOR PEOPLE LIKE JJ. IF YOU ARE GOING TO KEEP THE CHASE THEN START THE FIRST 15 DRIVERS 5 or 10 POINTS APART AND SEE IF YOU SONT HAVE A DIFFERENT OUTCOME. THAT WOULD MAKE THE CHASE WORTH WATCHING.

  75. Pat 88 on
  76. NO>>NO>>NO>>> NEVER..wil anyone be the next Dale Sr. What doesnt any one understand he is gone..some may tie or pass his records but REMEMBER he has been gone for 10 yr. that could happen but could or would there be any driver that would do it if he was still alive…NO>>>NO>>NO Dont think sooooo. Even Dale Jr. has said that he is not his father..there is no one that is or ever will be on or off the track. Johnson..ha ha ha, he doesnt have it in him” balls”

  77. Kelley on
  78. NEVER!!! FOREVER 3!!!

  79. Dee Kilpatrick on
  80. No never will anyone be a Dale Earnhardt! He was one of a kind. I think the fans have put too much pressure on Dale Jr, to be like his father. He can’t be anyone other than his fathers son. Dale Jr, go be your own man. You made him proud of you while he was with us. Now live your life your way with respect for dad and you will never go wrong.

  81. Pegi Chase on
  82. Feel sorry for Mr. Bianchi’s readers down there in Florida. Seems they’re stuck reading a column about NASCAR from someone that doesn’t know anything about NASCAR! What a ridiculous statement! No offense to JJ but another Dale Earnhardt Sr? Never in a millon years!!!

  83. DanTheMan on
  84. COMPLETE AND UTTER BLASPHEMY…NUFF SAID

  85. REGAN on
  86. BOBBY WHO?

  87. The Dre on
  88. I am so happy that you said those words. For many years, I have follow
    his career and found how great his driving was. Man, he can move that car like it
    was attached to him. It was not luck it was skill when he did a 360 in Talladega.
    By the way, he won that race. Jeff was strong when Dale was hurt and remind like that until he could have the operation, after the season was over. Truly a Superman. Once, he had his operation his career started to take off again. He would have definitely won his 8th champion. I started out be a Darrel Waltrip fan until I saw him race. Dale 4 Ever!

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