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DALE JR, NEED YOUR OPINIONS. WHY DOES HE STRUGGLE?
I WOULD JUST LIKE TO KNOW WHAT NASCAR FANS THINK IN COMPARISON TO WHAT I THINK DALE JRS PROBLEMS ARE?
| Closed on 12/02/09 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
Team Breakout:
48 Fans 
2%a. TALENTED
27%b. RIDING DADS LEGACY
42%c. BURNED OUT
8%d. JUST PLAIN BAD
21%e. HIS TEAM SUCKS

 &nbp;
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#1 | 1780 days ago

i definitely think he suffers from some burnout.   He didn't have time to grieve his dad when he was pushed into the limelight like never before.  He runs a business,  does ads and drives each week.  I think he still sponsers a nationwide car.   The boy has his hand into  too many cookie jars.
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#1 | 1780 days ago

i definitely think he suffers from some burnout.   He didn't have time to grieve his dad when he was pushed into the limelight like never before.  He runs a business,  does ads and drives each week.  I think he still sponsers a nationwide car.   The boy has his hand into  too many cookie jars.
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#2 | 1780 days ago

Hmmmm........there are 2 main reasons why that is.  1st, is the relationship between Theresa Earnhardt (Dale's widow, not JR's mom).....which is not a good one at all. Mostly because she is a resentful shrew.  2nd, is the fact that Hendrick wanted JR.in in their stable so he could not interfere with their 'golden boys'.........Jimmie and Jeffy.  Why else would he have so many engine problems when they obviously do not?   IF the reins of DEI been handed down to him, I can promise the past few years of his career would have turned out a lot different.
HIS TEAM SUCKS  
#3 | 1780 days ago
18packabs (+)

I think the boy is burned out and has already peaked. He had alot of good Seasons and he is capable of winning. The cars and the drivers are so much more equal now, that it is hard for people to win multiple races per Season. Really only what 6 or 7 Drivers have multiple wins this year?? He also has lots of interests, and his schedule is hectic. In some ways I feel bad for the guy and in others I don't. I hope he has some more success in the Years to come, but I truly Believe that more drivers will not race through their 40's and into their 50's like they have in the past. best wishes to him, whatever he decides to do.
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#4 | 1780 days ago

dale has always been riding his daddies legacy. Sure he has been giving some good equipment based on his name but he can't seem to tell the crew cheif how to fix it. I always thought Dale was overhyped. what has he won? Davtona and dega. thats about it. a few races here and there. he has missed the chase and struggles every year. he is never a threat to win the cup and probally never will. I'm not saying he isn't a good driver, but heck, look at what the worst driver in nascar (micheal Waltrip) has done with the same equip jr had. simular results on same types of tracks. Dale would of probally gotten a chance in nascar not because of his name, but he would never have been as popular if it wasn't for his namesake
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#5 | 1778 days ago
LiquidSteel (+)

Seems like Jr has been distracted since he got to HMS.  With only one win and a hand full of top tens it would appeat that his mind is and has been on something else.  Its possible this deal with Dannica could be part of it but I feel there is more than meets the eye.  Jr may be the most popular fan, but that also places him under a microscope by the media as well as his fans and the haters.  With team mates like Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin, its quite possible that Jr doesnt have the best equipment or the best crew.  Hendrix may  have put all his golden eggs in to Jimmie Johnsons team, which is why Jimmie is approaching his fourth consecutive championship.
Ill still cheer for Jr and hope that he is able to turn things around.
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#6 | 1778 days ago

I dont think Jr. is riding his dads coattails, but they wouldnt be bad ones to ride either! I honestly dont think he is burned out either. Even though thats what I voted. I really thing the problem is the COT. I dont think he has it figured out. When he drove the old car, he drove the wheels of that thing! Then the COT came and he doesnt really even challenge that much. I dont think he explains what its doing as much as say, Jimmie or Jeff. His team mates all run good pretty much every weekend. But JR, doesnt. He has the best equipment out there and Hendricks has enough resourses for them to figure it out. But also if you notice, when he is not happy, his day gets worse and worse, and he starts complaing, and just rides out there. I dont think the crew chief change made any difference. I really think its the car and hes just not communicating what he needs that well.  Is he burned out? Yeah probably of not contending week in and week out. Did he make a bad choice of goin to Hendricks? No way! They are giving 100%, maybe he should!?!?
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#7 | 1778 days ago
Anthonyg7575 (+)

Um...I don't think our opinion matters....
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#8 | 1778 days ago
JRSFLAME88 (+)

I don't think it is any of the above!  Jr has a lot of pressure on him to perform great every week.  He's had problems with his cars in almost every race.  They can't seem to find a set up that fits him.  He is more disappointed with his performance this season as anybody else is!  It's confusing to me how all of his team mates cars aren't having these problems, but JR's is.  Also, it doesn't help that the fans and haters expect so much out of one person.  Jr is not the only driver out there that has not won a race this year!
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#9 | 1778 days ago

...he's struggling because he hasn't realized he's in love with me yet, duh...
once he realizes that, all will be right with the world...
...except for this 10 "respect" limit crap...
#10 | 1778 days ago

MissAJrFan wrote:
...he's struggling because he hasn't realized he's in love with me yet, duh...
once he realizes that, all will be right with the world...
...except for this 10 "respect" limit crap...
Of course thats his problem,his head is all FUZZY. He needs YOU to set HIM straight!
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#11 | 1778 days ago
JRSFLAME88 (+)

MissAJrFan wrote:
...he's struggling because he hasn't realized he's in love with me yet, duh...
once he realizes that, all will be right with the world...
...except for this 10 "respect" limit crap...
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#12 | 1778 days ago
heritage062000 (+)

JRSFLAME88 wrote:
because the competition out there today is on top of there game and the cars of tommorow handle quite differently than the cars in the past
#13 | 1778 days ago

JR has spread himself too thin....he wants to be a driver, owner, businesman, and celebrity and it is not working out for him, nor would it for any other cup driver...if he wants to be a top nascar driver he needs to spend more time at the shop and in the gym and dedicate himself to putting his best effort on the track every week. He has lost "the eye of the tiger" in my opinion.......
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#14 | 1778 days ago

cuddles127017 wrote:
i definitely think he suffers from some burnout.   He didn't have time to grieve his dad when he was pushed into the limelight like never before.  He runs a business,  does ads and drives each week.  I think he still sponsers a nationwide car.   The boy has his hand into  too many cookie jars.
i tried to give you respect for your comment but it says i have used all mine up for the day??????
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#15 | 1778 days ago

i think jr has alot on his plate way to much but his team needs to get better  to get him to the winner circler
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#16 | 1778 days ago
AndiLee0388 (+)

Because I havent been able to bring him any donuts this year!

Actually, It's a combo of things IMO, and I am not gonna beat another dead horse. The boy will do what he has to/wants to,and when he gets tired of it, he'll be an owner.
#17 | 1777 days ago
JRSFLAME88 (+)

It's funny how people forget other drivers who have had a slump in their career!  
Facts:
Jeff Gordon  did it, fighting through an 88-race win less streak that had people questioning whether he could still compete. 
Dale Earnhart SR  the elder did it, fighting through a 59-race skid that had people questioning whether the sport had passed him by.

Dale Jr is much smarter than people like to give him credit for!
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#18 | 1777 days ago

Maybe he should let Danica drive his car the next 3 races, then he would have time for you and realize how in love he is with you! You could take all his stress and worries away!!
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#19 | 1774 days ago

feel_the_steel wrote:
Hmmmm........there are 2 main reasons why that is.  1st, is the relationship between Theresa Earnhardt (Dale's widow, not JR's mom).....which is not a good one at all. Mostly because she is a resentful shrew.  2nd, is the fact that Hendrick wanted JR.in in their stable so he could not interfere with their 'golden boys'.........Jimmie and Jeffy.  Why else would he have so many engine problems when they obviously do not?   IF the reins of DEI been handed down to him, I can promise the past few years of his career would have turned out a lot different.
MMMmmm kinda have to agree with some of what you said, especially his "step" mom. Jr will pull thru tho and shine once more I am sure! Just wish he had time for a love life, Thinking a good woman would ease his mind.
RIDING DADS LEGACY  
#20 | 1773 days ago
ljohnlvlnd (+)

JR. WILL BE FIND NEXT YEAR.IF HE DOESNT GET IT TOGETHER WITH HIS TEAM,HE WILL LEAVE AND GO TO RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING AND DRIVE THE BLACK 3.HARVICK WANTS OUT ANYWAY SO A SPOT WILL BE OPEN FOR HIM
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#21 | 1772 days ago

I think there's a couple of things going on with Junior. One being he has fits with the handling of the COT. Heck I don't like the car and after what we've already seen the past few weeks, those cars need something them on the ground, that's ridiculous. I think with Lance McGrew, Junior is doing better than with Tony Jr. even though I liked him, he wasn't the crew chief Junior needs. Junior needs someone who isn't afraid to speak out against him or yell at him to get his head in the race. You can already see the improvement in that area. There's too much pressure on Junior with all the crap about his Dad. Junior wants to be his own man and people need to realize that. I'm ready for next year because I have a feeling that Junior is going to be a driver to contend with by then.
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#22 | 1767 days ago
JRSFLAME88 (+)

(Edited by JRSFLAME88)
I'm about ready to ask Mr. Rick Hendricks this question.  Why has JR had so much car trouble this year?  The other three have practically cruised through the season. WTF is going on with this?

I mean really, Junior's troubles are magnified by his popularity, which during this kind of season can become irritating and ill-fitting. The guy won a race last year. He made the Chase last year. Is he yet to live up to the true potential of his union with Hendrick Motorsports? No question. JR has endured a terrible season with pit-road mistakes, mechanical troubles, and poor efforts on the race track? Absolutely. people act like he's in the midst of a 10-year losing streak or something. He's won more recently than Harvick, than Bowyer, than JPM, than Newman. So don't quite label Jr as finished just yet.
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#23 | 1766 days ago
BlondeKitten (+)

 I agree with his daddy's name has had an effect on his popularity...but all 3 of his teammates being in the chase and he is not......It's more then sad it's pathetic.
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#24 | 1765 days ago

BlondeKitten wrote:
 I agree with his daddy's name has had an effect on his popularity...but all 3 of his teammates being in the chase and he is not......It's more then sad it's pathetic.
Not only are all three of his teammates in the Chase, but they are currently 1-2-3 and the two other Hendrick equipment cars are in the Chase (and could finish 1-2-3-4.)
#25 | 1765 days ago

BlondeKitten wrote:
 I agree with his daddy's name has had an effect on his popularity...but all 3 of his teammates being in the chase and he is not......It's more then sad it's pathetic.
The best driver in that family was his sister....But she wanted a family ....
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#26 | 1763 days ago
overrate88ed (+)

He struggles because he is just not that good.  Change the name and he is just another driver.  He is living off the name of his Dad and Grandad.
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#27 | 1763 days ago

I think he has no guidance anymore since his step mom threw him to the curb..
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#28 | 1753 days ago

Joonyer just ain't that good. 25th in points, behind AJ Allmendinger who doesn't even have a fulltime sponsor. Pretty pathetic indeed.
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#29 | 1742 days ago

MissAJrFan wrote:
...he's struggling because he hasn't realized he's in love with me yet, duh...
once he realizes that, all will be right with the world...
...except for this 10 "respect" limit crap...
GOT TO LOVE YOUR SPIRIT GIRLY.........
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