Dale Earnhardt Jr Reveals the Sneaky Tactics His Legendary NASCAR Father Will Apply With Modern-Day Simulators

Published 05/18/2022, 11:55 AM EDT
PHOENIX, AZ — November 6, 1999: Although he finished second to Jeff Gordon in the Outback Steakhouse 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (L) and his dad Dale Earnhardt (R) had plenty of reason to celebrate, as the younger Earnhardt clinched the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series championship even though there was still one race to run the following week at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)

You think of the great Dale Earnhardt and there’s hardly any car, track, or a challenge that comes to mind that he wouldn’t have conquered. That’s how great the man was. However, imagine putting him in a modern-day simulator. Can’t imagine how he would react? Well, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is here to save the day.

In a recent segment of the Ask Jr. section of his podcast, the NASCAR Hall of Famer revealed how his father would’ve reacted if he was put in a simulator.

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“I think since simulators are so prevalent…dad would without a doubt, try it. He would do it in a way, no one would know,” Dale Jr. said. “He would show up at 9 o’clock at night, when everybody was gone and had some guy waiting there to turn it on and put him in there.”

“This is a guy that used to ride bicycles backwards on a handlebar but he wouldn’t want anybody watching him drive a simulator. And then he would probably do it, never do it again,” he continued.

“Then he would get out and continue to complain about them and what a waste of time they are.”

15 Feb 1996: Dale Earnhardt celebrates his seventh Gatorade125 Qualifying race as he chases the remarkable 500th win, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Mandatory Credit: David Taylor/Allsport

Dale Earnhardt Jr clarifies the recent comparisons of Joey Logano with his father

During the recent race at Darlington, Joey Logano bumped William Byron out of the way in the last laps to take the win. Now, this was something that half of the NASCAR community criticized, while the other half reasoned it to be something that even the great Dale Earnhardt did/would’ve done. Pure hard racing.

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However, Earnhardt Jr doesn’t think so. In fact, he had some advice for Logano and what he should’ve done instead of putting on his usual smiley face and justifying what he did with an excuse of a ‘payback job’.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 19: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

“I think if Joey would get out and say, ‘Hey man. I’m here to kick a**. I’m sorry. Sorry, it was you, William, you’re next. You’re between me and the trophy,’” Dale Jr. said.

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“Own it. Outright freakin’ own it. Because that’s who he is.”

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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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