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Dale Jr. trying to lose weight

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11:16 AM ET 03.02 | Dale Earnhardt Jr., says the best thing about carrot juice is it's not prune juice. He takes doses of both these days. Such is the compromise one makes to continue being a professional athlete at 38. Twenty months shy of the big 4-0 birthday, Earnhardt has clearly grown up. The balancing act in that is forestalling any signs of growing old. So of late he's gone on a health kick of sorts to stave off the weight gain he noticed last NASCAR season. It happens to us all, but it's a bigger deal when you're contorting yourself into a stock car each Sunday and pulling Gs inside a driver's suit for several hours. "The older you get, the more you have to do to maintain a healthy weight," Earnhardt said Friday, before qualifying for Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

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March 2, 2013  11:26 AM ET

1-800-JENNY.. you're getting pudgy

March 2, 2013  02:27 PM ET

wow ive been waiting for this article my whole life

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March 2, 2013  10:17 PM ET

I thought that FF Jr was looking a little hefty.

Must be trying to get down into the weight class of what's her bucket.

Nice race by Kyle today.

March 3, 2013  12:57 AM ET
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Nice race by Kyle today.

did kryle get rid of his nationwide teams? i see the 54 car is a joe gibbs car now

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March 3, 2013  02:34 PM ET
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Looks like it. He is racing for Gibbs in the Nationwide this year (all year) and will use the 54 car and as well as having Monster for a sponsor.

I am pretty sure he did too......having teams in the truck, NW and racing for champ in Cup was too much.....and interfering with his desired big prize (Cup Champion).

March 3, 2013  02:35 PM ET
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wow ive been waiting for this article my whole life

LMAO...I cannot believe they have a story like this for JR and not one for Tony.

March 3, 2013  02:41 PM ET

Newman should be on carrot juice too.

March 3, 2013  03:06 PM ET

wish they could fine people that can sing.Cool B-17-G fly over.

March 3, 2013  08:23 PM ET

But the "Start Your Engines", was very well done today at Phoenix.......done like it should be.

March 3, 2013  08:26 PM ET

I tell ya, I think this is the year dale jr wins it. Gets the championship. Something is different about him this year. I know johnson will be very tough as usual, and others will be as well, but Im telling you I think jr is gonna finally get it done this year. What made me feel that way was last week at daytona. Instead of riding behind danica and being politically correct ect, he said look girl your holding me up and went around her to the outside. This is when the caution immediatly came out or danica was caught in the middle and going to the back fast. Probably woulda made her finish 15th or so. I loved that move he did. I dunno. I have been a jr critique in the past but here lately hes changing my mind about him. Hes driving hungry for it. I like that style.

March 3, 2013  09:55 PM ET

If Jr would drive more like his dad.. instead of driving not to get other drivers mad at him.. then he'll contend for a championship

March 3, 2013  10:03 PM ET
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danica was caught in the middle and going to the back fast.

This sounds like something out of an X rated film.

This is JJ's year again.

March 3, 2013  10:08 PM ET
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If Jr would drive more like his dad..

Easier said than done.

March 3, 2013  10:53 PM ET
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If Jr would drive more like his dad.. instead of driving not to get other drivers mad at him.. then he'll contend for a championship

I wish that too.....but he never will.......but I believe he has a good shot at it this year.......still too early to tell though.

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March 4, 2013  10:40 AM ET

Jr will never win a title...mark it down.

And worse part, he is driving with the best equipment in the sport.

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