Jr.: Time to Put Up or Shut Up?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 16th in the overall, a very surmountable 67 points behind Jeff Burton, who is 12th. Of course, go the other way with those 67 points and Jr. plummets to 23rd in the overall. The point? Jr. is walking a very fine line and it's about time for him to start making hay while the sun shines.Could Jr. and his team survive another few lackluster races? Perhaps, but continuing to labor in mediocrity, as they have through seven races, would not be good. And if i ...

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Earnhardt Will Make the Chase

So the back half of the week hasn't seen much of a letup in the whole Earnhardt needs to fire Tony Jr. story line. It's enough of an issue that Rick Hendrick got together with all and sundry and cleared the air, yet again. The long and the short of it is, no changes are imminent.While I'd love to institute my own personal blackout on any additional stories on this subject, that would be fairly stupid -- primarily because I think Jr. makes the Chase and I will enjoy writing at least 1 ...

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You Say ‘Kyle Busch,’ I say ‘Megan Fox’

So, I'm over at Jayski's this morning, cranking through today's Articles/Columns/Story/Blog Links Page. After calling my therapist to work through my disappointment at once again finding no links to ALT, I realized I was still quietly suicidal. And then it hit me ...If it weren't for the Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs to fire his cousin stories, or the Racing at Bristol sucks stories or the Kyle Busch doesn't suck stories, there wouldn't be much to talk about today. Or maybe ...

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Never Let Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story

An off-week four races into the season tends to strain even the most inventive editorial mind. Of course, members of the media aren't generally credited with much in the way of creativity, so I suppose it should come as no real surprise that we've been beaten with Look who's on the bubble and Don't look now, Kurt Busch is back and What's up with Hendrick? stories.And, really, editors can be a bitch, so I have endless sympathy for writers who are trying to feed the proverbial bea ...

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This Week’s Nominee For ‘Stat Least Likely To Mean Anything’

In a 21st-century world overwhelmed by data and numbers and all manner of superfluous information, this one, this one right here, is at least a nominee in the category of Statistics Least Likely To Mean Anything In The Real World.  According to a pearl at Jayski.com, Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all Sprint Cup drivers with 1,468 points over the last 10 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. That's 50 more than Kevin Harvick has earned over the same span!Obviously, this nugget is ...

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Junior Moves in the Right Direction

That collective sigh of relief you heard Sunday night at about 8:35 on the east coast? That would've been Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his legion of fans finally exhaling. And if 10th place is the kind of result Jimmie Johnson normally spits on, it constitutes sweet relief for Junior.After a controversial and thoroughly unnecessary 27th at Daytona, when he undid himself with two inexcusable pitroad mistakes, and a disappointing 39th in week two at California (the result of a blown eng ...

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Brian Vickers Fires Another Shot

You've got to hand it to Brian Vickers. Not only does he block the crap out of Dale Earnhardt Jr. last Sunday -- too aggressively, I thought; and still think -- and ignite The Big One, but he comes out of the Infield Care Center and calls out Junior. Flat-out ballsy. Vickers' willingness to suggest the emperor has no clothes is a bit like suggesting back in 2003 that Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction, wasn't linked to September 11th, and posed zero ...

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NASCAR.com Calls Out Junior

"NASCAR.com" wonders if the pressure isn't getting to Dale Earnhardt. Jr.   There are those who will tell you that NASCAR.com is nothing but a house organ for the sport and its governing body. True or not, the site does seem to play most of its journalism fairly straight, neither avoiding nor ignoring tough stories or controversial issues. And when it comes right down to it, you don't get a whole lot more controversial or run any greater risk of pissing o ...

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NASCAR’s Highest-Earning Drivers

 According to Forbes.com, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled in a cool $35 million in 2008, or roughly $5 million more than Jeff Gordon, NASCAR's second-highest earner. Forbes estimates that only between eight and 31 percent of a driver's earnings is a result of performance, i.e., wins ... which is a really good thing for Junior, since he's won three whole races in the last four years. And, really, the fact is the guy is a marketer's wet dream, seemingly able to say and do damn near anything he w ...

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