Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls Out Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick’s Favorite NASCAR Driver for His “Exaggerated” Complaints Against Chase Elliott & Denny Hamlin

Published 06/11/2022, 10:55 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)

BJ McLeod wasn’t happy when he got tangled up in the whole Chase Elliott-Ross Chastain-Denny Hamlin business during the NASCAR Cup Series race at Gateway, leading him to complain about the same post-race. However, Dale Earnhardt Jr. feels he was perhaps adding more spice to the sauce than it deserved.

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The driver-owner, at one point in the race, got hit in the rear by the Hendrick Motorsports driver. As he was hit, McLeod called out Elliott on his radio, which he did again after the race as well.

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But to Dale Jr., McLeod was simply “exaggerating,” as he described in a recent episode of his podcast show, the Dale Jr. Download.

“Ross is passing Chase, and they get together again,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “And BJ McLeod is running the back of Chase and… BJ gets out after the race and he’s like, They messing up. They messing up somebody else’s race. Man, I know we ain’t racing in the top five, but DAMN! It almost cost me a racecar!”

“He’ll never get a chance to complain soon. This was his first opportunity in a long time. He was exaggerating a good bit,” Dale Jr. added.

Dale Earnhardt Jr calls out Ross Chastain for his unconvincing apology

After the race at Gateway, Ross Chastain did the right thing for doing the things he did in the race to his fellow drivers. The Trackhouse Racing driver drove recklessly throughout the race, putting several drivers at risk of, and actually wrecking some in the process.

Chastain had duly apologized for his driving after the race.

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But his apology wasn’t convincing enough to Dale Earnhardt Jr. In fact, the NASCAR Hall of Famer felt Chastain might’ve been mocking them with his words.

RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 11: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 11, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)

He gave an analogy of a boy who talks into a seven-eleven and shoplifts. But as he’s walking out, he gets caught, and soon admits that he shouldn’t have done that not because he’s guilty but simply because he was caught, while still trying to walk away with the candy he shoplifted.

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“His words after the race were bulls**t! He did [take responsibility], but he poured it on so thick! At one point I almost thought he might be mocking us,” Earnhardt Jr. added.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

Edited By: Vibhanshu Kumar

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