Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio this morning and spoke at length about JR Motorsports driver Noah Gragson following Gragson’s incident during the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at Road America.
Dale Jr. on Noah Gragson (partial transcript)
“I was shocked, to be honest with you, when I saw Noah make that decision. I was just completely shocked and in a bit of a disbelief not only that he made that choice but that he, you know, that it created such an accident and got so many other guys involved. So that was kind of, I don’t know, that was tough to watch, really tough, and kind of surprising that NASCAR didn’t penalize him. I think that NASCAR doesn’t want to over officiate the races, but I think in some situations there’s some things that do cross over a line. And I felt like that was definitely one of those situations where had I been in the booth directing the race I think I would’ve had to bring Noah to pit road and hold him there for a while.”
“He needs to take that out of his choices. He cannot be intentionally turning into guys on straightaways, and, you know, I just hope that he realizes that that really is something that he needs to be careful about going forward. Noah wants to race in the Cup level, he wants to get to the Cup level and we want to help him get there whether he’s driving a Cup car for us one day or someone else, when he makes those type of decisions. And this is what I told him, I said, ‘You’re hurting that opportunity. You’re tarnishing, staining your reputation. And that’s the last thing you want to do when you’re trying to get job offers.’ I told him that I could stand behind him through just about anything, but I could not defend that.”
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