Earnhardt Jr. furious after frustration at Daytona
Saturday, July 2, 2011
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. made it clear he's no fan of the current style of restrictor plate racing before he even arrived at Daytona International Speedway.
"I'm not looking forward to going to Daytona, not with the way the drafting is there," he said a week before Saturday night's race.
"It's really weird and kinda wrong on some levels to race that way," he said the day the track opened.
But if there was any doubt, he ended it after a frustrating 19th-place finish that had his passionate army of fans accusing Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson of sabotaging Earnhardt's chance to win.
"I am really ticked off. It was a foolish ... race. I don't know what to tell you," he fumed.