“You Were Having a Tantrum”- Dale Earnhardt Jr Jokes With Jeff Gordon Over 2006 Daytona Race

Published 05/10/2021, 3:01 PM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 05: Dale Earnhardt Jr driver of the #88 National Guard / AMP Chevrolet races with Jeff Gordon Driver of the #24 Dupont Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2008 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)


During the 2006 Pepsi 400 at Daytona, there was a small moment involving Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. As it turned out, the two of them have very contrasting views on their moments. Gordon got increasingly annoyed when Dale Jr was right on his tail and gave him many ‘love taps’.

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It got to a point where Gordon began complaining on the radio and swearing at Dale Earnhardt Jr. Luckily, nothing much came of the incident and neither of them crashed.

However, Gordon was fuming and wanted the driver to stop bumping him. In the end, Dale Jr finished 13th on the track while Gordon crashed out.

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When the video clip of the incident surfaced, they had to clear the air about it. Dale Jr joked that all those years ago, he got the impression that, “All those years (Jegg Gordon) I thought “I’m helping THE man, Jeff Gordon, this is awesome. I bet he appreciates me helping him” and now I learn you were up there having a tantrum.”

Jeff Gordon quickly responded to Dale Jr’s comments

The former NASCAR champion clarified that he ‘loved to push the talk button on the steering wheel and complain’. However, he was a bit miffed at the fact that Dale Earnhardt Jr was constantly pushing him in the corners. Instead, he would have appreciated getting a few friendly bumps on the straightaway.

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HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 20: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Truthfully, Gordon had a point, considering how a bump-draft in the corners could have led to disaster. One wrong move and there could have been a crash between the two.

In the end, Gordon eventually crashed, though the other drivers included Greg Biffle, J.J. Yeley, and Mark Martin. The impact from that accident, 6 laps from the finish, brought out the caution for the final time. Finally, Tony Stewart won the race from the Busch brothers, with Kyle leading Kurt.

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