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DID THAT REALLY NEED TO BE SAID
Was it really necessary?
That's what I keep asking myself after Kevin Harvick decided it was time to smack Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the mouth in response to a question "Happy" received on his weekly Sirius XM radio show.
"I certainly hope that's not the case," Junior responded, admitting it was hard not to take those biting words personally. ""I put a lot into this sport, and I know that I might not have met everyone's expectations, but I certainly exceeded my own and I'm super proud of what I've been able to accomplish. I hope that I brought something to the table and left a good impact."
He added, "I have an incredible amount of respect for him and I found some of those comments hurtful. I still respect him as a champion and ambassador for the sport. That's just the way it is, I guess. I hate that's how he feels."
So, instead of punching back, Dale Jr. has chosen the high road. He's gone so far as to say he understands how Harvick might not have liked what he said at Watkins Glen about driver salaries. Also, while he'd like to communicate with him, Junior is not looking for an apology.
"I'd appreciate a
All this leaves me asking myself did Harvick come up with a nugget of truth no one else dared to say? Or did he take a swipe at the 14-time Most Popular Driver out of anger or even some kind of jealousy? And why did this need to be said now while everyone is celebrating Junior's final races as a full-time Monster Energy Cup Series driver? Couldn't it wait until after the season or next year?
No one's ever heard anyone say Dale Jr. has hurt the sport. As a matter of fact, most give him credit for expanding the NASCAR universe as one of the savviest drivers using social media on just about any platform you can think of. Let's also not forget when his father died he was part of the glue that held the sport
Junior was also able to build a bridge between the hard core Southern fans put off by NASCAR's expansion across the country and a group of new fans he brought to racing with a hip style that was all his own. He found a way to be country and rock and roll all at the same time. How many people in the United States or the world don't know little or nothing about NASCAR, but know who Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is? The answer is millions.
I concur with Harvick there might be a few more "
Thank goodness we didn't need to find out.