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Earnhardt Jr. laments team struggles

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10:49 AM ET 08.02 | After failing to come up with a top finish at Pocono, Dale Earnhardt Jr. lamented about the struggles his team has faced this season. "We didn't have a great car. The motor broke at the end. The car was junk all day. I spun out. The car wasn't good," he said. "We're not very good -- we're not a good team." At 14th in the point standings, Junior is down to five races to turn his luck around and land a spot in this year's Chase for the Championship.

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August 2, 2010  10:58 AM ET

I had thought he might make the chase this year, but things aren't looking to good. I still hope he does though.

August 2, 2010  10:58 AM ET

too good

August 2, 2010  11:00 AM ET

im pretty sure he wont be in the chase this year..


let the bashing begin

August 2, 2010  11:17 AM ET

Bash, bash, bash, bash. I heard that his fan club is moving their next meeting to a phone booth.

August 2, 2010  11:18 AM ET

Jr. needs to learn to drive through people and wreck other cars to get to the front. JR, take some lessons from jimmy johnson, just knock em out of the way!

August 2, 2010  11:28 AM ET
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to think Hendricks let a top driver go in Kyle Busch to get Jr........well I guess he do'es sell a lot of T-shirts to make up for what he can do on track

Top driver? Kyle didn't do that well at Hendrick. Also, he wins at Gibbs, but last year he didn't even make it to the chase. When he does get into the chase he bombs out.

August 2, 2010  12:17 PM ET

Ever hear of the Peter Principle....well here we are. He is no better than he is right now and that is low to mid pack on the best of days.
Kasey Khane should take this ride.

August 2, 2010  12:26 PM ET

Anyone else to blame Jr?
We will not mention how well the other 3 cars in the same team are doing.

August 2, 2010  12:36 PM ET

I really don't know any more what the problem is with JR....He can drive.......he has it in him........He can make some really good moves on the track..........He has a good crew......he is doing better than last year.....but he is capable of so much more......It iusy isn't happening.
But no matter what, I am his fan.

August 2, 2010  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I really don't know any more what the problem is with JR....He can drive.......he has it in him........He can make some really good moves on the track..........He has a good crew......he is doing better than last year.....but he is capable of so much more......It iusy isn't happening.But no matter what, I am his fan.

me too cuz hes sexy as all get out:)

August 2, 2010  01:20 PM ET

That's really a dirty trick Hendrick pulled on Jr. Giving the good cars and crews to Gordon and Johnson, but sticking Little E with junk. Yeah, right.

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August 2, 2010  01:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Jr. needs to learn to drive through people and wreck other cars to get to the front. JR, take some lessons from jimmy johnson, just knock em out of the way!

Ouch, that's nice.

August 2, 2010  02:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Anyone else to blame Jr?We will not mention how well the other 3 cars in the same team are doing.

lets see here..

jimmie johnson has won this year.. check
jeff gordon has won this year..
mark martin has won this year..
dale jr has won this year..

lots of "checks" missing in that list, jeff gordon has been running pretty good but mark martin hasnt until recently..

August 2, 2010  02:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

But no matter what, I am his fan.

and no matter what, haters are going to hate.

August 2, 2010  02:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Jr. needs to learn to drive through people and wreck other cars to get to the front. JR, take some lessons from jimmy johnson, just knock em out of the way!

sam, i know you have the miami hurricanes on your mind, but jimmy johnson doesnt drive a race car.. jimmie does though.

August 2, 2010  02:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

sam, i know you have the miami hurricanes on your mind, but jimmy johnson doesnt drive a race car.. jimmie does though.

gosh, a spelling bee champ, impressive:)

August 2, 2010  03:11 PM ET

i was a critic of jrs when tony jr would get all the blame. But this time, I do think its the crewchief.. Im telling you, lance mcgrew sux.. Everytime jr tries to give him info and all,, mcgrew runs his smart mouth.. and they start fighting. So my take on it is, yeah jr always has an excuse, or his fans do, but I really feel like he is struggling right now, because his crewchief is an ****, and jr knows there is nothing he can do about it.. So yeah, I put this one on mcgrew.. Jr hasnt drove bad this year, he hasnt caused any wrecks or things like that.

August 2, 2010  03:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Top driver? Kyle didn't do that well at Hendrick. Also, he wins at Gibbs, but last year he didn't even make it to the chase. When he does get into the chase he bombs out.

That's a good point. So is Gibbs better than Hendrick?

 
August 2, 2010  03:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Ya think so? Looks like "genes" don't pass on in totality.

Maybe Dad just passed his jeans to Junior. You know those Wranglers last a long time!

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