“Salty Like a Jilted Ex” – Dale Earnhardt Jr Fires Insinuation at Hendrick Motorsports Star Kyle Larson & Logano for Ross Chastain Complaints

Published 11/02/2022, 10:15 AM EDT

In the latest episode of Dale Jr Download, Dale Earnhardt Jr discussed the events that transpired at the race in Martinsville. The highlight was obviously the Ross Chastain’s move that helped him jump five positions in a matter of seconds.

While discussing the reactions to Chastain’s last lap, Earnhardt said that was quite impressed by what the #1 did. Moreover, he added that Chastain’s video-game move was within NASCAR’s rules and that what he did was brave and exceptional.


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However, he did mention that he would not like to see other drivers copy it. He said; “Don’t wanna really see it again, fine if NASCAR comes in and makes a change. And I think they more than likely will take that into consideration.” 

But apart from that, Earnhardt Jr was disappointed in the way some drivers reacted to Chastain’s move. Kyle Larson who had earlier tried a similar maneuver last season called it “pretty embarrassing.” Whereas Joey Logano although impressed, questioned if it was safe for everyone on and off the field.

And Dale Earnhardt Jr didn’t feel that these reactions were fair. He said; “The drivers getting out immediately on pit road and talking about it, they sound salty like a jilted ex. Somebody that didn’t get credit for it like somebody that has done it before and didn’t succeed. That’s the way it sounded to me to an extent.”


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He further continued; “Because I mean I saw that reaction right after the race and I’m like ‘Why would you have an opinion like that?’ So, this is a big moment. We just saw something incredible.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr on Ross Chastain’s career going ahead


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Dale Earnhardt Jr admitted that Ross Chastain’s move was a career-defining moment. While talking about Ross Chastain’s journey as a driver, he said; “Not only do we got a guy that won his way through, celebrating, and crying his eyes out straight away, (but) we got another guy that will be remembered forever. And Ross changed everything about his career in 18 seconds.”

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – SEPTEMBER 11: Ross Chastain, driver of the #1 Advent Health Chevrolet, greets NASCAR fans during pre-ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on September 11, 2022 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Furthermore, Earnhardt pointed out that it doesn’t matter what Chastain did for the first 34 races, he said; “He (Ross) is now baptized by the race fans. He is free and clear of anything else that has happened and is now the wall-riding guy from Martinsville. That’s his signature moment and it’s a pretty cool moment to be your signature.”


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Apart from this, Dale Earnhardt Jr applauded Denny Hamlin’s reaction to Chastain. Even though Hamlin basically lost because of that move, the #11 driver admitted that he was quite impressed by Ross Chastain’s driving skills.



Devyani Sharma

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Devyani Sharma is a NASCAR Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed her postgrad in English Literature, she has worked as a content writer for a while now. With over three years of experience in the field and hundreds of articles published on the web, Devyani has now associated with EssentiallySports to start her journey in the world of sports journalism.

Edited By: Nizamul Haque Bhuyan