Dale Earnhardt Jr. Weighs In on Bubba Wallace’s F1-NASCAR Doubleheader Suggestion: ‘I Don’t See That Happening’

Published 04/23/2021, 10:45 AM EDT
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 30: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #8 Hellmann’s Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway on August 30, 2019 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Recently, Bubba Wallace came up with an interesting suggestion after F1 announced an inaugural race in Miami, starting in 2022. Wallace wants F1 and NASCAR to hold the two races on the same day in the city, inviting some interesting reactions. Dale Earnhardt Jr. recently chipped in with his opinion.

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As per Wallace‘s suggestion, the F1 race that will be held at the iconic Hard Rock Stadium can start the racing spectacle in the afternoon, before a night race involving himself and the Cup field at Homestead-Miami.

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That way, the city will host two of the biggest motorsports event on the same day. Some lucky people can also attend both races if they wish to.

While Earnhardt Jr. found the idea interesting, he feels that is not practical. The NASCAR Hall of Famer highlighted the fact that a racing event is a big experience for fans, and they can get pretty spent after an event. Additionally, Homestead is around an hour-long drive from Hard Rock Stadium.

Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver AJ Allmendinger (16) leads the field during the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Dale Earnhardt Jr. does not see the NASCAR-F1 doubleheader happening

“When I go to a race or a sporting event of any kind, when it’s over, I’m done. I’m tired and I’m running home,” Dale Jr. expressed on his show ‘Dale Jr. Download’.

“Especially a race weekend is an experience. People came a day or two ahead of time, they’re camping and doing whatever. I don’t know if you want to split that up,” he said.

Dale Jr. likes the thought process behind the idea. However, he believes that neither NASCAR nor F1 would want to share one of their bigger events of the season with the other. Mike Davis, who is also part of the Dale Jr. Download, had a similar viewpoint.

“NASCAR is not gonna want to play second fiddle”

Earnhardt Jr. believes NASCAR would certainly not want to play ‘second fiddle’, especially with the Homestead race.

“I think it’s a very robust idea and you want to make as big a splash as you can make. But I doubt F1 will want to share their event with anything else happening in the region. Especially that first one,” Dale Jr. continued.

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“NASCAR is not gonna want to play second fiddle or be the closing act. It’ll be tough to do, I don’t see that ever happening,” he concluded on the same.

The initial suggestion from Bubba is exciting to think of and has many fans of both sports wondering about the spectacle. At the same time, as Dale Earnhardt Jr. suggested, the idea seems too difficult to actually pull off due to the various factors involved.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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