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Dale Earnhardt Jr handles tough family decisions

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10:35 AM ET 09.22 | When you own one race team and drive for another, your time tends to fill up quickly. People and demands pull at you. It gets more complicated when some of those people are your relatives. Dale Earnhardt Jr. routinely deals with those burdens. Especially over the past several weeks, when he's had to handle issues that have tested his leadership skills as a NASCAR team owner on both a professional and personal level. First, Earnhardt fired his uncle and JRM competition director Tony Eury Sr. Then, earlier this week, his cousin and Patrick's crew chief Tony Eury Jr. left the team. But given the inner workings of a family business -- as JRM certainly is -- business decisions aren't always able to be made with a cold and objective eye. But that's something Earnhardt has had to do.

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September 22, 2012  11:38 AM ET

Maybe he should think more about getting rid of 'that driver' he has running the Go Daddy car instead of family

September 22, 2012  12:41 PM ET

With "that driver" goes millions of dollars. Idiot fans seem to forget that. And this sport (if you want to call it that) is far more driven by sponsorship dollars than any other single thing. Besides. as even most idiot fans seem to understand, "that driver" is leaving anyway. To Stewart-Hass Racing. So...Einstein...how, exactly...should he think about "getting rid of" a driver that is already leaving?

September 22, 2012  01:52 PM ET

True.. 'that driver' is going to the Cup series 'next year'.. as for 'this year' she's driving for JRM.. 'that driver' has wrecked how many cars??.. that ain't the crew chief's fault.. rather have family who knows a little about racing than a bimbo who looks good in a bikini on my race team

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September 22, 2012  10:16 PM ET

Starting to smell like SPAM in here.. PHEWWWWWW

September 23, 2012  11:08 AM ET
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True.. 'that driver' is going to the Cup series 'next year'.. as for 'this year' she's driving for JRM.. 'that driver' has wrecked how many cars??.. that ain't the crew chief's fault.. rather have family who knows a little about racing than a bimbo who looks good in a bikini on my race team

Ive learned if you say anything about danica, people hate your guts. Especially on here. I guess Im a idiot too bc she doesnt deserve to be in cup. Its a damn joke. Eury jr couldnt take her anymore. I dont blame him. As far as jr, he is doing a great job as an owner imo.

September 23, 2012  11:23 AM ET

"That Driver" is one of many many reasons that Nascar is rapidly sinking. Didn't she finish well behind a "who" female last night? In Sprint, she virtually is always the last finisher before the S&P's... in other words LAST!

September 23, 2012  12:17 PM ET
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He knows how the game is played, and he has the balls to make decisions and get the job done, he has made tremendous strides this year, and you can take that to the bank.

Everyone open your wallets then your bank accounts, now lets look at who here is in the Chase, is most popular, and has much respect in the racing field. Now compare what you got to what Dale Jr. has .
Well that should settle that.

September 23, 2012  12:19 PM ET
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"That Driver" is one of many many reasons that Nascar is rapidly sinking. Didn't she finish well behind a "who" female last night? In Sprint, she virtually is always the last finisher before the S&P's... in other words LAST!

Nascar is rapidly sinking?, and you think Danica has "how much" to do with it?
I think you give her way too much credit.

September 23, 2012  12:19 PM ET
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Ive learned if you say anything about danica, people hate your guts. Especially on here. I guess Im a idiot too bc she doesnt deserve to be in cup. Its a damn joke. Eury jr couldnt take her anymore. I dont blame him. As far as jr, he is doing a great job as an owner imo.

100% agree.

September 23, 2012  07:53 PM ET
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Nascar is rapidly sinking?, and you think Danica has "how much" to do with it?I think you give her way too much credit.

Let's say that Nascar banked on her to become a savior, and it didn't happen. Did you happen to see the crowds at Iowa, Kentucky and NH this weekend? Don't see how the Nationwide will continue for long.

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September 23, 2012  09:50 PM ET
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Didn't she finish well behind a "who" female last night?

Johanna Long isn't a "who" driver. she's actually very good just stuck in severely under-funded equipment.

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September 24, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Jr fires the 2 guys that made him what he is......his raceteam is just a field filler and thats all it will ever mount to. Maybe thats why Truex left him.

But got to give Jr. credit he can sell t-shirts.

September 24, 2012  08:44 AM ET
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Ive learned if you say anything about danica, people hate your guts. Especially on here. I guess Im a idiot too bc she doesnt deserve to be in cup. Its a damn joke. Eury jr couldnt take her anymore. I dont blame him. As far as jr, he is doing a great job as an owner imo.

Not me I like Danica ........she my sweetheart.

September 24, 2012  12:39 PM ET
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Not me I like Danica ........she my sweetheart.

Lord you must be older than I! You in your 80's?

September 24, 2012  12:45 PM ET
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Lord you must be older than I! You in your 80's?

nope.........58............walked around the pits with her at Bristol last August, and beleave me the other drivers all come and give her hugs.

 
September 24, 2012  12:53 PM ET
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nope.........58............walked around the pits with her at Bristol last August, and beleave me the other drivers all come and give her hugs.

Did you see if Smoke got behind her for a "Grabbin' Session" ... LOL

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