The unbelievable, insane finish today in Talladega. #nascar #talladega #thebigone #wreck (Taken with Instagram)
I don’t like this kind of racing. I agree with Dale Jr, this isn’t right. It is dangerous, and unbelievably expensive. I’m not going to watch these races. Talledega is out for me and Daytona too. New rules please…
USA Today…”Dale Earnhardt Jr., who gave teammate Jimmie Johnson a ride back to the infield as a fire in Johnson’s car was being extinguished, has won five races at Talladega.
"If this was what we did every week, I wouldn’t be doing it. I’ll just put it to you that way. If this was how we raced every week, I would find another job," he said.
While fans like to watch restrictor-plate racing for these types of wrecks, Earnhardt Jr. said: "It’s not safe. I mean, it’s not … It’s bloodthirsty, if that’s what people want. That’s ridiculous."
The Hendrick Motorsports driver, whose father died in 2001 on the final lap of the Daytona 500 — another restrictor-plate race — explained that the car setup leads to how drivers handle the track.
"Thats what the package is doing. It’s really not racing. It’s a little disappointing. It cost a lot of money right there. It’s just a lot of wasted … If this is how we’re going to race, and this is how we’re going to continue to race and nothing is going to change, how about NASCAR build the cars. It’ll save us a lot of money."
"You just can’t get away from each other out here. It’s obvious. It’s not a race. How many cars were in that wreck?" he said. "That’s crazy. And that’s OK with everybody? That’s all right?"
No Dale it is not.