Tuesday, July 15, 2008

There's a Reason why the Earnhardt Nation is so Charged Up!

I know, a lot of people give Dale Earnhardt Jr. a lot of grief, but statistically, Dale Jr. is having his best year ever. I want to thank my friends at RacingReferenceInfo.com for providing accurate stats for all things Nascar.

Dale Jr. so far has had an average starting position of 9.4 in 2008. That's the best of his career. Previously, his best starting position was 10.9, which was 2004. Dale Jr. won 6 races that year, but this year, after only 19 races, Dale Jr. is enjoying the best starting average of his career.

In 2008, Dale Jr.'s finishing average is 11.5, also the best of his career. His next best came also in 2004, with an average finish of 12.1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is truly on track for the best performance of his career, even if he does not achieve 5 or 6 wins.

18 Cup wins, 83 top 5's, and 133 top 10's adds up to a lot for a guy that only has 310 starts in the Cup series. No driver wins every week, and Dale has had a rather phenomenal career, despite his lack, so far, of a Cup championship. Dale Jr. has won 2 Busch Series championships however. In the former Busch series, now named Nationwide, Dale Jr. has also won 22 times out of 104 starts.

For all of you who say that Dale Jr. can't drive a race car, think again. As this year proves, after his move to Hendrick Motorsports, Dale Jr. just gets better and better. He's also going to be harder and harder to beat.

There's a reason other than the statistics why we in the Earnhardt Nation are proud. Despite being the most popular driver since 2002, Dale Jr. has remained a humble driver, and respects other drivers and his fans. Dale Jr. is a whiner? Not hardly. Dale Jr. gets the nod from Nascar? Grow up and examine the facts. Do you really think that 42 other drivers, each with contracts to different owners and sponsors, are just going to lie down for one other driver? Would Lowes lay down for Home Depot? Would Amp lay down for Red Bull? If you think so, then dream on. There's way too much money involved here for that to even be imaginable.

2008 seems to be the year that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has arrived. He's won a points race, and two non-points races, and all I can say is what I remember the great Benny Parsons saying during a race or two. "Boys, he's coming! He's coming!"

Dale Jr. is on his way.


  1. Right on Jimmy. But there can't be that many people who say Dale Jr. can't drive. I think it is just one or two guys who go to lots of blogs and Web sites copying and pasting their blather! That's my theory, because it always sounds the same. Thanks for giving the stats, they tell the story. The man is on a mission now! Go Dale Jr. #88!!!!!

  2. Thanks for that. There will always be the haters for every driver, it seems. Just ask Jeff Gordon or especially Kyle Busch! It's all part of the sport, and apparently part of being a fan for some people. I have drivers that I don't like very much, and if you have read much of my blog in the past, you'll know that's true. Though I'm not a fan of Nascar's current darling, Kyle Busch, I have never said the boy can't drive a race car. It does get very tiring of all the "Over rated" comments that people keep attaching to Dale Jr. though. I ask such people who their favorite driver is, and if they bother to give me an answer, it's usually some driver who has had much less success than Dale. I had one Jeff Green fan that kept spamming me for a long time with Dale Jr. hatred, but I have to ask, exactly how many Cup races has Jeff Green won?

    Thanks again for the comments!


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