Earnhardt Jr. Regrets Talladega Comments
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on May 3, 2013 | 2:21 P.M. EST
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. said anger and concussion led to comments at Talladega in 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday he “regretted’’ making critical comments about the racing at Talladega Superseedway after last fall’s race there.
Earnhardt was among those collected in a 25-car crash on the last lap triggered when Tony Stewart attempted to block Michael Waltrip as they dueled for the lead.
Earnhardt unleashed his frustration afterward.
“If this is what we did every week I wouldn’t be doing it I will just put it to you like that,’’ Earnhardt said last fall. “If this is how we raced every week I would find another job.
“That is what the package is doing. It’s really not racing. I don’t know it’s a little disappointing how that all went down. That cost a lot of money right there. If this is how we are going to race and that is how we are going to continue to race and nothing is going to change I think NASCAR should build the cars. It would save us a lot of money.”
“Wrecking like that is ridiculous. It’s blood-thirsty if that is what people want. It’s ridiculous.”
Earnhardt said Friday he was more upset about believing he had suffered his second concussion within six weeks (he had suffered a concussion in a tire test at Kansas last August). A few days after the crash, he announced that he was missing the next two races in the Chase because of the concussion suffered at Talladega.
“I had spent four weeks to get to where I felt like I was great and now I’m going to take two steps back and have to redo all of that again, I was really, really mad that I just couldn’t get through that wreck and not have that happen,’’ Earnhardt said about his emotions after that race last fall.
“I’ve regretted making those comments. I think I overreacted and overstated my feelings quite a bit. It’s frustrating when you run around and we spend all day running 495 miles and crash within the last five the whole field crashes, it’s really frustrating to really accept that as what I decided to do that day.
“I felt like on (that) Sunday morning, I feel great, just 100 percent myself. I was so happy to have that feeling and feel that I could get back on track and try to do well in the Chase and put that test crash behind me ... and not ever worry about it ever again. That was not the case after that race.’’