Dale Earnhardt Jr. had no problem expressing his opinion of the season opening Shootout on Feb. 7th. Here’s what he had to say about it when asked:
“I wish you wouldn’t have asked me because I didn’t want to talk about it — I don’t like the new format,” Earnhardt said. “You had a race [Shootout] for guys who won poles, you had a [all-star] race for guys who won races in the middle of the season — and now neither one of those are hardly recognizable.
“It just sucks because I’m such a historian of the sport and I just like all the history and I like all the cool things about the history, and I like looking back on the guys who were in this race in the ’80s and ’90s and why they were in it and how they got in it and who missed it the next year and made it the next year.
“I haven’t asked NASCAR why they changed it, so I don’t feel like I can rightfully say much without giving them the opportunity to defend themselves for their reasons. But apparently there were some reasons they changed it, and it’s obviously better for the manufacturers with this new format for the Shootout. But it’s less about why the race was started in the first place.”
Tell use how you really fell, Dale.