Earnhardt Answers Fan Questions
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on July 1, 2014 | 8:47 P.M. EST
Dale Earnhardt Jr. offered his advice on what Kentucky Speedway should do with its track during an appearance on "NASCAR Live." (Photo: Getty Images)
Daytona 500 champ Dale Earnhardt Jr. driving anything other than a Chevrolet? Could it ever happen in NASCAR?
“I can’t imagine ever doing anything else,’’ Earnhardt said on Motor Racing Network’s “NASCAR Live” to a fan’s question about if he would drive a make other than a Chevy in a race.
“I love the relationship I have with Chevrolet. I believe in their product. That’s what I got in my garage. Among other manufacturers, I have no interest in driving a Toyota or a Ford. I couldn’t even imagine it.’’
Earnhardt was a guest on the show as NASCAR prepares to return to Daytona International Speedway for the first time since Earnhardt won his second Daytona 500 in February.
One fan asked Earnhardt if he knew who his crew chief for next season yet with Steve Letarte joining NBC Sports after this season.
“No, not yet,’’ Earnhardt said on the show. “It’s about that time to really getting down to business and start to figure all that stuff out. We haven’t even really touched the topic. We’re going to start to really get into those discussions that we need to have and try to get everybody’s input and try to make the best decision.’’
Earnhardt, who has two wins this season and is coming off a fifth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway, was asked by host Eli Gold about the protocol of talking to track management about track conditions. Earnhardt was not pleased with the bumps on the frontstretch at Kentucky Speedway.
“If I felt like that someone was oblivious to something, I think I would be motivated to talk to them one-on-one,’’ Earnhardt told Gold. “I believe that in the situation we had this weekend it was pretty obvious with everybody’s comments and it was pretty apparent that it was pretty severe as far as the front straightaway bumps.
“We just kind of chirped a little bit on Twitter and made a few jokes and stuff like that, and I’m thankful that I don’t have to go back there for a year from now. If they get around to tuning on that track and trying to fix those bumps, I hope they can improve it. I don’t think they need to go repave Kentucky.
“I just think that if they could fix the front straightaway even if they have to dig it up to pave it, that’s fine. I’d rather them leave the corners as is because there’s still a little bit of life left in the surface there in the corners and we kind of like the character the bumps give you in the corners. The bumps in the corners are nowhere near as big or bad as the front straightaway. There are some pretty major issues going on with that race track down the front straightaway that are going only to get worse with the way we set these cars up and the way we’re beating on the race track with these racecars these days.’’