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Junior’s radio chatter makes long race more entertaining

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 race’s 500 mile length was one topic that bore the burnt of Junior’s scorn throughout the night. “I wouldn’t buy tickets to watch 367 laps of this ‘stuff’,” 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. “What time is it?” he asked sarcastically, “Maybe four in the morning.”

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 Junior’s exchanges with crew chief Lance McGrew don’t take quite the same tone as those he had with Eury, there is still a combative nature over the #88 Chevrolet’s radio frequency.

Junior indicated at one point that his car was very tight. “It’s plowing pretty bad in the turns,” he said.

McGrew, in typical crew chief manner, said, “Just do what you can do.”

Junior’s response was a somewhat frustrated but also humorous, “You are ‘freaking’ witnessing what I can do.”

Another exchange between the two highlighted the driver’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. “I’m gonna come to the shop and boil a drink for you guys,” he warned.

“You’re going to come to the shop?” McGrew asked with a sarcastic tone of surprise.

“Yeah,” Junior retorted. “If we finish this race before next week.”

Think the race in Darlington didn’t have enough entertainment value? If so, you weren’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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7 Responses to “Junior’s radio chatter makes long race more entertaining”

  1. jr88freak Says:
    May 10th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    You missed the best audio of the whole night! Junior discussing how the tear off to his visor got stuck to his glove and got his hand stuck to the steering wheel.

  2. Curtis webster Says:
    May 10th, 2010 at 9:45 am

    So true. At the Talladega race 2 weeks ago, Tony Stewart told his crew a rather long joke while turning 190 MPH speeds during green flag racing.

  3. Ginger Says:
    May 10th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Thank you for recognizing what avid Dale Jr fans have known for years. He is hilarious. During Sat night’s race, we who listen fulltime to Jr’s incar were treated to hours of Jr gems. He was on a roll, and we were the beneficiaries. Even when Lance made the wrong call for a wedge adjustment and had Jr return to the pits for a reversal, Jr jokingly said, “maybe the mechanically inclined should learn their left from their right”. While other drivers were ripping their crew for mistakes, Jr was the one who remained calm. Our guy, Jr.

  4. Marybeth Says:
    May 10th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Rich, What I find odd is that last week after Jr. was 3 laps down, after 2 missed wave arounds & air was let out of his left rear tire, which is never to be done, they fixed his car toward the end of the race & he ran great 3 laps down, with the leaders. But then, Sat. night, when he got back on the lead lap from 2 laps down, they can’t fix his car so he can run well…to save thier souls…?!? He was going forward & then just started sinking, again. This same scenario has happened many times. Jr. must be about ready to tear his hair out. I would be. Why does this pattern repeat itself over and over…? If they get the car fixed to where he can drive it, like the end of Richmond, it is too late to matter. If he is on the lead lap, they can’t get it running well…?

  5. Overra88ted Says:
    May 10th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    It’s not hard to see that JR. with his God-given average at best talent just doesn’t have the passion or fire to win a race every couple of years anymore.

  6. Pat388 Says:
    May 10th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I too listen to Jr. on Trak Pass. It is more entertaining than most of the races. The thing that bothers me is that rarely does Lance offers any encouragement and doen’t keep Jr. informed about the changes. How can he give good imput if he doesn’t know what they changed? Lance seems to set the cars up pretty decent for the beginning of the races but can’t seem to keep up the necessary adjustments the second half of the race. I know these “COT” cars are junk but but to fall off the second part of every race certainly needs some attention.

  7. Ann Says:
    May 12th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Nascar race hub played a clip of an interview with Dale Jr and Lance after the race I was wondering if anyone by any chance recorded and could upload a clip to youtube?