Dale Earnhardt Jr. experienced success throughout his NASCAR career. Earnhardt Jr. has engulfed entire his life with the sport that he loves with tremendous passion. However, there is one aspect of NASCAR that he would completely love to change.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s NASCAR career
Dale Earnhardt Jr. holds more than two decades of experience as a professional driver for NASCAR.
Earnhardt Jr.’s career didn’t rival his father, but he had his fair share of success on the track. He started with winning a pair of Xfinity Series championships that translated over to nearly 20 years as a full-time Cup Series driver.
Earnhardt Jr. grabbed 26 career wins, including a pair of Daytona 500 victories. His time behind the wheel helped earn him a NASCAR Hall of Fame induction in 2021. Earnhardt Jr. also has found great success as a co-owner of JR Motorsports that features winning five Xfinity Series championships.
It has also kept him around the sport in a significant capacity, even in retirement. However, there is one trend that he wishes NASCAR would break.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. hates 1 NASCAR post-race tradition
Over the years, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has voiced his various pet peeves concerning the sport he loves with tremendous passion.
Near the top of the list has been his disdain toward post-race burnouts that the winner typically takes on the track. The reasoning behind that stance stems from concerns over the potential damage that can occur to the back end of the cars that won’t allow NASCAR to put it through a rigorous inspection.
The two-time Daytona 500 champion voiced just that in September 2017, airing his bewilderment about why burnouts continue to happen. (H/T Autoweek)
“It just seems like the [current] Gen-6 car, once everybody started figuring out how to trick the underbody and things like that, everybody blows the tires out,” Earnhardt said. “It is just hard for me to see the logic in suspending a crew chief, car chief for some tape flapping on the spoiler when the winner drives into victory lane with the rear of the car tore all to hell.
“I don’t see how that doesn’t come across anybody’s conscious or common sense. I don’t understand. It doesn’t make any sense to me.”
Earnhardt Jr.’s belief isn’t fueled by the notion that any specific driver is cheating. It’s more so that it eliminates another part of the process that can catch and penalizes possible rule-breaking.
There doesn’t appear to be any changes in that tradition as drivers continue to participate in that following a race win.
Burnouts continue to remain a NASCAR tradition
Burnouts have become engrained in the sport of car racing over the last several decades and have been a staple expectation after a win.
There is more than a legitimate reason why they should hold off that action due to post-race inspections. However, there doesn’t appear that will be any change on that end of the spectrum.
It’s something that nearly every driver participates in to celebrate the accomplishment of winning a race. It’s an opportunity to express their joy and excitement after an impressive moment in their respective careers.
There likely will never be any significant change in this tradition as it’s part of NASCAR and the sport’s overall history. Expect many more burnouts ahead as drivers continue to win races.