Jeff Gordon Once Unleashed on “F**king Stupid” Hendrick Motorsports Teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr

Published 08/03/2022, 1:45 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JULY 22: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #88 Axalta Chevrolet, prepares to drive during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 23, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Back in the day, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon were teammates at Hendrick Motorsports. While both the drivers were quite popular for their own reasons, the two made quite a good pair of friends. However, they had their battles on track, like all other drivers. But there was this one time when race aggression got the better of Gordon.

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And the driver of the #24 car cursed out Dale Jr. for something that probably wasn’t his fault.

Earnhardt Jr. got the faster line and made a move on Gordon and overtook him. But the four-time Cup Series Champion didn’t take it too well. In fact, he threatened to wreck him.

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A very frustrated Jeff said, “Tell the fu*king 88 he can thank me later for not wrecking him. So fu*king stupid.”

Race aggression is very normal, but Dale Jr. is probably not in the wrong here. He had the speed, the faster line and a nice draft, and he made a move on the #24. But what do you think? Was he wrong?

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But despite the race issues, Gordon and Earnhardt Jr. remain good friends, as Jeff agreed to fill in for Junior when Mr. H needed him.

Jeff Gordon Helped Dale Earnhardt Jr. When He Couldn’t Race

Dale Earnhardt Jr. had to sit out in the Brickyard race back in 2016 because of concussion-like symptoms that the driver developed after a few crashes. So Rick Hendrick reached out to Jeff Gordon when he was on a vacation and really unwilling to race, after his retirement. However, he said yes because it was Dale Jr.

Gordon said, “We were at this restaurant, having a great time, drinking some Rosé, having lunch with some friends from America that know a little bit about racing but not a lot. So, they’re saying ‘how is it, man? You’re not in a car anymore’”

His friends asked, “What if one of the drivers had an issues? Would you step back in a car?”

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But Gordon was really not into racing at that point and said, “Well, I really don’t want to. I’m good for a while, I don’t have the itch to drive now. I’m enjoying life.”

Everything changed as soon as he got to his hotel, though. He got a call from Rick Hendrick, asking him to fill in for Junior.

To which Gordon replied, “I didn’t even hesitate after that. It’s Brickyard, it’s rick, it’s you [Dale Jr.], and I’m like yeah, I’m there.”

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In the end, what’s important is that the two stayed good friends and helped each other out.

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

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