‘Food City 500’ Race Chat Room

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TELEVISION COVERAGE
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 12:30pm/et on FoxSports1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 2:00pm/et

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, April 24 at 12:00am/et (midnight) on FS1;
Monday, April 24 at 6:30am/et on FS1

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160 thoughts on “‘Food City 500’ Race Chat Room

  1. The more that I think about this, the more that I feel that this really began in the first half of 2016 even before the concussion. I’m not saying that he decided to retire then, but with the way that the team ran in the first half of that season, I just had the feeling that he wasn’t going to reach that pinnacle that he had in 2014 again. If you think about the four years that he had with Steve Letarte. That team improved from year to year where they ultimately reached their peak in 2014. Greg comes in in 2015 and has a pretty good year with the remains of the Letarte #88 team. However, the last remnants of that team leave, and the performance was way lower in 2016, and doesn’t look any better this year. I don’t know if Junior ever felt like this, but I certainly felt like it was going in the wrong direction. Strangely enough, this comforts me in some way. I just feel like, “Well, if you’re sure that he’s not going get back to that 2014 point again, then he might as well retire.” I love watching Junior race. I look forward to it. I DO NOT however look forward to being pissed off every week when the car sucks and Greg’s got the splitter hitting again! Let’s face it: Even if he had signed an extension, it probably would have been at the most two years, and with the direction that the 88 team is heading, it probably would have been a miserable two years. If the team was going in an upward direction like it did under Letarte, then I would feel a lot, lot worse. Who knows? Maybe Junior wouldn’t have decided to retire so easily had that been the case as well?

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  2. I thank Jr for all the great years he gave us. It’s sad to see him go and I hope all his fans honor him by sticking with the sport. He has inspired me to write down my own thoughts on Nascar news.
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    • Sticking with the sport has NOTHING to do with honoring Junior. Each of us watch a sport for the pleasure it brings to our own lives — it IS a commercial, money-making deal. Each of the members here have been loyal Junior fans for years and have the brains and heart to make decisions in our own best interest and that follow our own values.

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      • I feel that the sport has left us, not us leaving it.
        It’s become too corporate and politically correct and the traditional fan’s interests and likes are shown little to no regard by Brian France and his yes men.
        And I agree that us here are Junior fans first instead of this corporate gimmick which this “sport” has become.

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    • On my timeline I have seen: Nascar RIP. Harvick thinks that Chase Elliott will be the “star” since his Dad is a good ole boy. There were many RIP things. I think that Nascar could have survived without Junior but with Junior, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards all out in 2 years….I don’t know. Also, 90% of merchandise sales were Junior, Jeff and Tony so………BUT….I did see that Jimmie was the highest earner last year….the first time in 5 years someone beat Jr. so maybe Nascar can survive for a while.
      Harvick said yesterday that he has 4 more years on his contract so……

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      • sorry Connie, I just spent 30 minutes writing a reply to your question only to have it disappear when i hit the post button…. This is the second time this has happened…. I refuse to go through that again as I have no idea why that happened but seems I timed out while typing my reply ??????

        Makes no sense to me….sorry

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    • I’ll predict that most of the fans that stuck around (that NA$CAR didn’t already run off) will bail after this year.

      The largest chunk of the remaining fan base is Junior Nation.

      If any remain they will be tuning into see his JRM teams or watch him comment on TV like Jeff Gordon and Steve LeTarte do.

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  3. Thanks everyone… not exactly sure what ” Mini ” means but then again, don’t really care…. This is a big deal for me… especially now… Still wish I could go watch Practice/Qualifying tomorrow…
    O’Well… 😦

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  4. Well Boys and Girls….its not all bad news today, Check out the tweet I just got from Nationwied and Dale JR….WOOO WHOOO IM A LUCKY SOB for sure…

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    Nationwide 88‏ Apr 24

    Retweet by tomorrow at 11:00 AM EST and one fan will have a chance to win a @DaleJr signed mini helmet. #NW88JR #RaceDayGiveaway

    So I did that re-tweeted. apparently I was first to do so an from that i get this from Nationwide88:

    @nationwide88
    Apr 26

    Congrats to @Buckshot_88Fan for winning a @DaleJr signed mini helmet. Please DM us your address. Pending contest eligibility.

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  5. the day after the news and still in a daise , dark dissmal , out of sorts , just ,,,, well hope for a win and a chance to win a championship .

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  6. Hard to put into words how I feel…at my age there is not a lot to be passionate about but watching Junior race made me excited and hopeful and sometimes mad as hell….but it made me FEEL.I could set aside my worries and my concerns and just enjoy something for a few hours….and Junior was MY driver.

    Yesterday I cried when he talked about whether his Daddy would be proud of him and after all these years he seemed still unsure…I think it was harder being Junior than we will ever know.

    I also do not want to lose all my friends here…we can still talk about Junior and racing and “nascrap”!

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    • I feel the same way Connie. I wrote a very long nostalgic comment on how much with have been through together: NOL and trolls, personal illnesses, life-changing moves, loss of family, loss of Clyde…Lance, fights and on and on. It has been over 10 years. We have “grown up” together.
      Thanks always to Robbob for his work. What a ride. But through all the hard times I/we had this little group as a constant …We have been blessed.

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    • I’m running out of hobbies and this one is the latest one to go.

      Everything that I like and love to do, someone has always come along and screwed it up and ruined it for me.

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      • Hey RULEZ, about hobbies…….
        take a look at League Pool. It not at all like the old pool halls of old…I played APA and TAP League. Both are national Leagues, have local regional play off…nationals in Vegas, expenses paid. Both Leagues support 8 & 9 Ball, typically one night a week, two sessions per year.. I loved it until I got sick …

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    • i had tears in my eyes when jr said i had to tell rick my decicion ,i felt it hit me hard , i feel they were the best thing that happened to both jr and rick , and we followed in the same way , win loose or crash they had each other , im sure they will still be the same to each other for years to came , but we wont have a driver to help him through the highs and lows ,

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    • we will always have each other , as long as jrm is racing , i thought about it hard to just give up and not watch another race , but its going to be hard not to , but i will be here for the xfinity series and root for jrs drivers only , as far as cup series goes not to sure , its not worth the watch …we can help jr finish strong and go out with a bang ,,

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  7. I began to feel that uneasiness that the end of my favorite driver’s career was close at hand all the way back in 2015. That was the first time that I had ever heard him even mention the word “retirement.” I just brushed it off by saying, “He’s won 7 races in the past two years! Why would he retire?” Then came 2016. For some reason, I got this weird feeling in the first part of that season even before the concussion. Almost like it was slipping away. Once the concussion happened, I got this even stranger feeling. An almost, “What do we do now?” type of feeling. Even when he was cleared to return, that feeling didn’t really leave. I can’t explain it. To me, something hasn’t felt right even with him in the race every week. Honestly? It felt like, even with him now racing, that the “promise” of 2014 and 2015 was gone. I just remember watching races those two years and feeling like, “Man, this is great! We’re gonna win some races!” There was that hope there. That hope. Now, I think that’s really what makes us sad: The thought that we won’t have that feeling or that high again after this year. The loss of that hope, of the possibility of that feeling is why we’re in sorrow right now. Sorry for rambling.

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  8. so hes let the cat out of the bag , so now he can focus on the rest of the season , im sure hes been thinking for weeks how he was going to tell us about his retiring ,problly been tearing him up inside , maybe now we see some real dale jr , and tear the sport a new ass , i guess i feel better for now because i want him to go out fighting hard and win some races , but at the end of the year , sadness will return ,

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  9. Well it took most of the day to wrap my head around the news, my first reaction was my very selfish sadness that my favorite driver was ending his career before attaining all the goals I had set for him, then came the relief that he was doing what I wanted to hear when he went out with that past concussion.
    Now that I have had a chance to digest it all I am really glad that he is planning it at his own call. I look forward to seeing him finish the season safely and getting on with his next phase with the class he hs shown thus far.

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    • Amen BBB…. Same here… I read what AluCard said and yea, Steve leaving?? We never knew what really happened there..IMO I still have a hard time reconciling that or liking Steve now….

      But on to the next chapter, my competitive side kicks in and I’m looking forward to see how the track promoters say “Good Bye” to Junior… Richmond’s RIR this weekend and Texas not far off ….
      Texas gave Poo two ponies for his kids, Junior is due a Stallion for Amy…..IMO

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  10. NASCAR’s in Richmond this weekend, wish I could go watch Practice/Qualifying…. Looking forward to this weekend now in so many ways……

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  11. I DO think he will be hanging around a good bit since he doesn’t really do the “office business man” thing. I feel for you Liken since your “love” ran very deep but if we all made it through the Dale, Sr. in 2001 we will make it through this….together!

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  12. so just finished watching the conference , ugh,,,, i,,,give him my utmost respect and honor to have been and jr fan i think i will still be watching him ,his team in the xfinity seriesraces , i think that will keep me in the loop and maybe take the edge off , but it wont be enough to keep me watching cup series races , i think he will pack the stands in the xfinity series , it would be funny if the series starts to get better ratings fron jrm motor sports and the fans flock to that series just to see jr race time ti kick some ass for the rest of this season

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