Allen Kee / ESPN Images(DOVER, Del.) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. had some negative things to say about his team’s progress, especially after getting caught up in a crash at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, according to ESPN.
It was evident that Earnhardt couldn’t hide his frustration in a recording posted Monday as part of the weekly “The Dale Jr. Download” on his “Dirty Mo Radio” web channel.
“We have a problem, Houston. It’s time to start understanding how severe this situation is and really get to owning it,” he said about what his team’s performance at Dover told him.
But, the Hendrick Motorsports driver said that organization will help pick up the performance sooner or later, and he is confident in his team and crew chief Greg Ives.
“I’m clearly disappointed,” Earnhardt said. “All of the guys on the team are in the same boat, and all the guys on the team are also very positive. You have to be for us to be able to get better — we all have got to work together. We know we can do it. I believe in all my guys. I believe in Greg and they believe in me. And we’ll figure it out. We’ve been down before. But it’s time to own it. It’s time to get after it. We’ve been working hard. But we’ve got look ourselves in the mirror and really get to it and figure out what’s going on.”
ESPN reports Earnhardt’s comments came after a weekend at Dover that started out well. He was in second in the first practice. But, he was ninth in hte first practice Saturday and 25th in the final practice. Earnhardt said the team changed almost everything on his car the night before the race, which he thinks contributed to the poor performance.
“We definitely aren’t the team we were the last few years,” he said on “The Dale Jr. Download.” “We have to figure out what is going on, how we’re getting beat. … I’m disappointed, team is mad, I’m mad, the fans are mad. We can’t sit here and [complain] about it. We’re going to go to work.”
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