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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s mother thinks he’s great at driving sh-t cars

Dale-Earnhardt-Jr-Facial-Hair-BetJeff Gordon crossed the finish line first on Sunday for his fifth Brickyard 400 win. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished ninth.

Obviously, Earnhardt would have liked to finished higher, but it wasn’t meant to be.

During times like this it’s always good to receive encouragement from mom, who almost always knows the right thing to say.

After the race, Earnhardt had a conversation with his mother and he was kind enough to tweet a portion of it for us to see.

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Nothing like mom calling it like she sees it.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 14 top-10 finishes this season have him tied with Jeff Gordon for most on the Sprint Cup circuit. Earnhardt’s nine top-5 finishes also put him at the top of the list, tied with Brad Keselowski. Dale Jr. is currently second in points with 693 after 20 starts so it’s safe to say he’s having a pretty good year thus far, in good or bad cars, depending on who you believe.

Reporter Dustin Long breaks ankle while interviewing Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dustin-LongAnyone who tells you sports reporting is not a dangerous job has never met Dustin Long. On Friday, the Motor Racing Network reporter broke his ankle while interviewing Dale Earnhardt Jr.

And this was no minor injury. Long’s Twitter page indicates that he kept doing his job after suffering the break, but we have no idea how he was even getting around. He later saw the doctor for an X-ray and shared a photo of his ankle, which was swollen to about the size of a grapefruit.

Long was still able to take down all of Dale Jr.’s comments and write his story. He also grabbed his crutches and got back to work on Sunday at the Pocono 400.

Give this man a raise.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. shows off new Superman paint job for No. 88 car

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Last week, Hendrick Motorsports joined forces with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, agreeing to a three-year deal. The result will see NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson paired with a few of DC’s more popular super heroes for what should be a fun and entertaining venture.

Among the plans, are special car paint schemes. On Wednesday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. showed off the No. 88 car he’ll be driving in this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 and the Quicken Loans 400 on June 15, which features none other than Superman.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the automobile was featured on the front page of the Daily Planet.

If all goes according to plan, Dale’s “more powerful than a locomotive” Chevy will have him take the checkered flag at Charlotte Motor Speedway event for the first time in his career. If not, well he’ll be in a pretty cool looking car for 400 laps.

Photo: Twitter/DaleJr

Marcos Ambrose punches Casey Mears after Richmond race (Video)

Marcos-Ambrose-punches-Casey-MearsNASCAR drivers shoving one another and getting into arguments after races is nothing out of the ordinary. We’ve joked in the past that auto racing gets more like WWE by the day, but actual swings are rarely ever thrown. On Saturday night, Marcos Ambrose punched Casey Mears directly in the face following the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond.

Ambrose finished 18th and Mears finished 19th. The two drivers raced hard toward the end and may have made contact with each other, which led to an animated discussion after the race. While the two were arguing, Ambrose unexpectedly wound up and socked Mears. NASCAR announced shortly after the race that it will review the incident.

Mears, who may be sporting a shiner this week, made a sarcastic comment about the fight on Twitter.

Somebody get Vince McMahon on the phone.

H/T From the Marbles

Twitter fool sent NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace congrats on winning the Masters

Bubba WallaceOne of the most underrated stories to emerge from the Masters on Sunday was NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace receiving congratulations for winning the prestigious golf tournament.

Yes, one Twitter actually made that exact mistake:

That mistake prompted Wallace to send out a funny joke:

Unfortunately, Wallace’s joke was much more of an attempt at humor than a reflection of reality. Wrong Bubba peeps? You mean wrong Bubba, John. Sorry to burst the bubble, but only one person made the joke.

Still, nice crack, Bubba. Loved it.

H/T FTW via Hot Clicks

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s car catches fire (Video)

The Duck Commander 500 was held on Monday at Texas Motor Speedway thanks to some nasty weekend weather in the Lone Star State. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had his day cut short on just the 13th lap of the race when he lost a tire, hit the wall and his car caught fire.

A dramatic angle of the fire was shown on Fox that showed the sides of Earnhardt Jr.’s car engulfed in flames. Fortunately, he was able to escape without injury. His car was extinguished and towed off the track. Here’s what was left of it:

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Dale Jr. was in 17th at the time of the accident. It goes without saying that he did not finish the race.

Video via For the Win
Photo: Twitter/Sunoco Racing

Lewis Hamilton on Michael Schumacher ski crash: Everything happens for a reason

Lewis HamiltonFormula One driver Lewis Hamilton is trying to offer some words of encouragement amid a heartbreaking situation with Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher remains in a coma following a December ski crash in the French Alps that left him with severe head injuries.

In an interview with The Telegraph in Melbourne this week ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, Hamilton offered some positive spiritual thoughts.

“He’s a legend in the sport, you know, who has achieved so much, a very motivated individual,” Hamilton said of Schumacher

“So I feel like all things happen for a reason, I think that this is an experience that will really show his character and depth and even more so than any other experiences he’s had.”

Hamilton’s comments have raised eyebrows for understandable reasons. If you just look at the headline, you might interpret it as Hamilton was saying Schumacher deserved the life-threatening crash. But a closer look at his full comments reveals he was trying to offer some positive spiritual words during a rough time.

One of Schumacher’s representatives said on Wednesday that the former champion driver has shown some small signs of encouragement.

“We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up. There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient,” his rep said in a statement to the AP.

Doctors put Schumacher into a coma to rest his brain and decrease swelling. They also operated to remove blood clots, but some were too deeply embedded.