Dale Earnhardt Jr Had to Tell a Disappointed Martin Truex Jr “The Friendship Hat Is Not On”

Published 06/24/2022, 5:55 AM EDT
FORT WORTH, TX – APRIL 19: Team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., stands on the pit box of the #88 Hellmann’s Chevrolet, driven by Jamie McMurray, during the NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 19, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

Where does one draw the line between being a friend and being a professional? This is a million-dollar question that’s even tougher for someone like Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is such an admired figure, but at the same time, such a dedicated and committed professional.

Fortunately for Dale Jr. himself, he knows where that line is, as he revealed in a recent interview.

The NASCAR Hall of Famer gave an example of when he found himself on the wrong side of Joe Gibbs Racing driver and his pal, Martin Truex Jr. about something he said in the booth.

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“When we’re in the broadcast booth, sometimes we’re gonna say things that my friends I drove with aren’t gonna appreciate,” he recalled.

“(Martin) Truex got bent out of shape about something or was disappointed in something I said about him. And I told him, ‘Man, I’m up there doing a job. When I’m up there, the job hat is on and the friendship hat is not on.'”

Dale Jr. revealed that’s exactly the way he feels about his podcast and the way he approaches the question of what to say and what not to say.

“Things are going to be said in that room. I might not agree with everything that gets said about NASCAR. But sometimes I’m gonna say things about NASCAR they might not like,” he added.

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The tracks with broadcasting booths that Dale Earnhardt Jr. disapproves of

In an Ask Jr. segment of his podcast show, Dale Earnhardt Jr. revealed the racetracks that have a less than ideal broadcasting booth. The former Hendrick driver called Talladega as the track that used to have “the worst booth.” 

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“The Pocono booth is okay. We kinda use a room right next to the suites, I almost tripped down the stairs,”

But then he quickly changed his opinion about the booth, “Pocono sucks.” 

RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 28: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

“Pocono’s booth is kinda tough. I almost blew my knee out one time in that booth trying to get around,” he said. “I kind of stepped wrong, and my knee hurt for like a couple of weeks.”

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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.

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