Dale Earnhardt, Jr. just won the 2008 Budweiser Shootout. I watched the majority of the race, admittedly, and also admittedly, I wanted — with all of my heart — for Tony Stewart to pass him on the final lap.
Call me unloyal, unfaithful or whatever you want. But when Dale Jr. agreed to sign with Hendrick Motorsports, I agreed then and there that I would stop being a fan of his.
Every Sunday, my father, uncle and I would gather around and watch NASCAR (yes, we would watch it over football. . . well, we’d flip back and forth). We agreed to this unwritten rule that if Dale Earnhardt — the greatest NASCAR driver of all time — ever switched to Ford, we wouldn’t care, we’d continue to be fans of his. Well, let’s dance into the future, a small, small time after The Man’s death. We made another agreement that if Dale Jr. — clearly an inferior driver compared to his great, late father — ever switched to Ford or to another team (like HENDRICK!), we’d stop being fans.
(SIDE NOTE: I just turned off the television because Dale Jr. began giving driver-love to Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. I’m about to get sick.)
Well, my uncle passed away in 2002, my father in 2003. Since then the fun of watching NASCAR has been stale and boring (another reason to not watch; add that to my last post on TSTOS). However, even if you could make an argument that the agreement is no longer valid, I refuse to root for Randy Moss, I mean Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the sport of NASCAR.
I refuse to root for a guy that didn’t give a rat’s ass about driving for two or three years and all of a sudden wants to win because he’s on a new driving team (Jr. with DEI/Moss with Oakland). I just damn well refuse to do it. I have no sympathy for the blissful losing he’s all but prompted these past couple of years.
TSTOS History. Two consecutive NASCAR posts. Jeez.