He's relaxed. He smiles. He wins, he's Dale Earnhardt Jr again! Fans rejoice, and all it right in the Earnhardt world, isn't it?
It's hard to tell. Dale Jr. wants a championship, and that's going to be hard to accomplish with the winning streak that Kyle Busch is currently on. But the facts speak for themselves. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in second place in points.
Kyle Busch has won 6 races, that's true, but Kyle tends to do stupid things too. I don't know that it's just because of his young age, or the fact that he just drives like an idiot.
In 2008, Dale Jr. has not blown an engine during a race. He's not finished badly except when his teammate or the 18 car took him out. The part about the 18 car could be said about a lot of guys though, in 3 different series.
One year after Dale Jr. drove for DEI, he's won 2 non points races, and one points race. His Nationwide driver, Brad Keselowski has also won a race. Things are good at JRM and for Dale Jr. right now. Over rated you say? Has your driver won 18 Cup races and 2 Busch series championships? If not, then shut up until your driver can claim the same trophies. I don't care who you are in Nascar, but Dale Jr. has an enviable record.
One of the great charms about Dale Jr. is that he's down to earth. He is what you see, and he'll tell you the truth. He's just like he was back when he made less than $400 a week changing oil at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, in Newton, NC. From all accounts, Dale Jr. learned his job well, and did it to the best of his ability. When he graduated to racing, his first job at DEI paid exactly $400 a week. That allowed the young guy to live in a doublewide trailer, right across from the company his father built, DEI. He eventually built a house there, but he did literally live across the road from the shop.
When his dad died in 2001, Dale Jr. was a lost soul for a while, but not for too long. He managed to win a lot of races, without his dad. He managed to get JR Motorsorts off the ground, without his dad's help. He managed to hook up with a winning team, Hendrick Motorports, and he has won there.
To those haters out there, listen to me. Dale Jr. did exactly what his father would have done: He went to the racing. He didn't wait for the racing to catch up with him. A careful scholar of Dale's career will tell you the same. Dale and Dale Jr. always went where the racing was.
Dale Jr. is a true racer. He's won a lot in both what's now called Nationwide and in the Cup series. He's a two time champ in what's now called the Nationwide Series. He's won 18 times in the Cup Series. He's the real deal. Over Rated? Get over it. Get a life.
Dale Jr. is the real deal.