The Junior Nation and NASCAR should get a little nervous with this revelation. Dale Earnhardt Junior shows just how level headed he is when it comes to his career and his life. Is this a reflection of the changes he has alluded to due to his marriage? It is comforting to know that he does not feel compelled to perform just for the Stardom he brings to NASCAR.
As Written By DREW DAVISON at Star-Telegram.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn’t feel any obligation to stay in NASCAR just because he’s the most popular driver.
That should make the sport’s executives uneasy.
Stars are the lifeblood of NASCAR, and household names such as Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart have walked away in recent years. The 42-year-old Earnhardt doesn’t seem far behind, and neither does 41-year-old Jimmie Johnson.
“I only race cars ’cause it’s fun,” Earnhardt said on Thursday as the headliner at Texas Motor Speedway’s media day at Gilley’s.
“I just enjoy working with my team and my guys, the camaraderie and the friendships. I just enjoy the relationships and friendships and that’s why I drive. Obviously we’ve got a big fan base that has a lot of fun when we do well, so you’d like to be out there and run well while you’re doing it.”
There’s no questioning Earnhardt’s reach and what he means to the sport. He missed the last 18 races last season because of concussion-like symptoms, and his absence was noticeable at every track, including TMS in November.
His presence is felt just as much the other way, too, and TMS took full advantage of landing him for its media day. The track made it a public event, and fans were clearly thrilled to partake in the action.