By admin | May 9, 2010
By Richard Allen
When Tony Eury, Jr. was the pit boss for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. the in-race radio conversations between the two ranged from funny to ridiculous to bizarre. On Saturday in the SHOWTIME Southern 500, Junior proved he could provide entertaining radio chatter no matter who his crew chief happens to be.
Keep in mind that some quotes may be adjusted a bit due to the choice of words used. It should be pretty obvious when changes have been made.
Another thing to consider before reading further is that the Darlington Raceway has never been a favorite of this particular driver. He even said earlier in the week that he could easily envision a time when he might become so frustrated that he would end his career at this track.
The raceâ€™s 500 mile length was one topic that bore the burnt of Juniorâ€™s scorn throughout the night. â€œI wouldnâ€™t buy tickets to watch 367 laps of this â€˜stuffâ€™,â€ he declared, even before the midway point of the race.
Later, Junior commented on just how long it felt like he had been in the racecar. â€œWhat time is it?â€ he asked sarcastically, â€œMaybe four in the morning.â€
Those who follow the NASCAR races on twitter or other forms of social networking know that Junior was not the only one to have made such comments as the race lagged through its middle sections.
While Juniorâ€™s exchanges with crew chief Lance McGrew donâ€™t take quite the same tone as those he had with Eury, there is still a combative nature over the #88 Chevroletâ€™s radio frequency.
Junior indicated at one point that his car was very tight. â€œItâ€™s plowing pretty bad in the turns,â€ he said.
McGrew, in typical crew chief manner, said, â€œJust do what you can do.â€
Juniorâ€™s response was a somewhat frustrated but also humorous, â€œYou are â€˜freakingâ€™ witnessing what I can do.â€
Another exchange between the two highlighted the driverâ€™s well known disdain for making mid-week appearances at the team shop. Junior complained that the drink his crew had provided him during a pit stop was a bit too warm for his liking. â€œIâ€™m gonna come to the shop and boil a drink for you guys,â€ he warned.
â€œYouâ€™re going to come to the shop?â€ McGrew asked with a sarcastic tone of surprise.
â€œYeah,â€ Junior retorted. â€œIf we finish this race before next week.â€
Think the race in Darlington didnâ€™t have enough entertainment value? If so, you werenâ€™t listening to the right people. Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds just say the same things week after week so after you have heard them once there is no need to keep listening. Tune a scanner or TrackPass to the channel of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and let the fun begin.
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.
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