Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr Banter About Instagram Algorithms

Published 01/02/2022, 11:00 PM EST
BRISTOL, TN – APRIL 06: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 6, 2019 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Earlier, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr were involved in a small debate on social media. This was largely pertaining to the Instagram search algorithms. For the uninitiated, the algorithm usually picks up on a user’s search history and tries to find appropriate related searches and advertisements for the same.

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Dale Jr was one such victim of this and he was quite alarmed. He wrote on Twitter, “My Instagram algorithm spent the last year developing a dangerous obsession seemingly out of nowhere that seems grow stronger with each passing day. 2022 will surely and unwillingly be filled with more sensational content involving those Sprinter Van Conversion Camper things.

Of course, Johnson cracked a couple of jokes about the situation. He gleefully admitted that his plan for targeted ads was working. Dale Jr even replied back and the two bantered for a while.

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What next for Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jimmie Johnson?

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Admittedly, both former NASCAR drivers are on different career trajectories. Johnson is waiting for the 2022 IndyCar season to commence so that he can enjoy his maiden full-time campaign. Meanwhile, Dale Jr is content with the occasional one-off run in the Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports. He knows that there is no pressure or expectation on him at the moment, so he can simply enjoy the racing action.

RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 21: Dale Earnhardt Jr, driver of the #88 Hellmann’s Camaro Chevrolet, is introduced prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway on September 21, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

However, Jimmie Johnson will be gunning for a possible victory in the new season. He knew that he needed time to get used to the car in 2021. Now that he has garnered considerable experience, he should be able to put up a better fight. It also helps that the Chip Ganassi Racing team is a top team and the last two champions were CGR drivers.

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Obviously, at Johnson’s age, he could be at a slight disadvantage. However, he is hoping to win the Indy 500 at least once.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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