Dale Earnhardt Jr Sends NASCAR Community Including Waltrip Into a Frenzy With His Spicy Question

Published 07/16/2022, 5:30 AM EDT

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Less than six hours from each other, two NASCAR Cup Series owners made two separate tweets amidst the news of a driver’s departure from his team that sent the NASCAR internet into a frenzy. The two owners were Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Richard Petty.

And what both of them assumingly tweeted about was Ty Dillon leaving Petty GMS Motorsports, leaving a vacant Cup seat for ‘someone’ to fill up.

While Petty’s tweet was more on the frustration side of things, and naturally so, Earnhardt Jr’s tweet was more of a subtle wink disguised in a question about a hint of something inevitable.


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Because the thing is, as soon as Dillon announced his leave, it was Noah Gragson’s name that popped up as his replacement.

And this is what Dale Jr’s tweet was about. At least that’s what it looked like.

“If you were a cup owner and were looking to hire a driver, what driver from the xfinity or truck series would you hire. You can pick from only those two series,” he wrote.

Now, naturally, the comment section of this tweet from the NASCAR Hall of Famer was soon flooded with suggestions to the question. And surprisingly, not many had Gragson’s name.

In fact, it was a wide array of drivers.

Dale Earnhardt Jr’s blunt advice for Noah Gragson after his Road America incident

During the Xfinity Series race at Road America, Noah Gragson lost his cool and intentionally wrecked Sage Karam, and in that process, several other cars, leaving a messy situation behind him.


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This led his JR Motorsports boss, Dale Earnhardt Jr to put a hand on his shoulder and throw some wise words in his ears that were, for his good, blunt and direct.

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“He wants to get to the Cup level, and we want to help him get there,” Earnhardt said. “Whether he’s driving a Cup car for us one day or someone else, when he makes those type of decisions, and this is what I told him, I said ‘You’re hurting that opportunity, you’re tarnishing, staining your reputation.’”


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“That’s the last thing you want to do when you’re trying to get job offers.”

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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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Ranvijay Singh