‘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 comments on “‘Food City 500’ Race Chat Room”

      1. But of course they will milk it for all that it’s worth!
        It’s what they do!
        Profit from things they don’t create themselves!

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  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.
    Follow me at

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    1. 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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      1. 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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    1. 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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      1. 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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    2. 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…

    ================================================================================
    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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        1. YES, YES, YES IT IS SIGNED… this Tweeter contest ran yesterday after he announced…. prolly the be last one ever from Nationwide…. Cant believe this happened,, this always happens to other people, not me ???

          Nationwide says it ships out Friday… WOOO-WHOOO

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            1. Thanks BBB…. Hope your doing well and life is good… I assume you made it through Matri-Gras non the worse for ware….

              Happy Birthday 2 weeks early…

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              1. Thanks buckshot, Happy early birthday right back at you. Damn we are getting old but I still don’t like the alternate

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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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    1. I wanted him to get at least ONE stinkin’ Cup championship before he was done!

      Im-fuckin-possible with all of the damned rules changes!

      I’d LOVE to see Junior win the Brickyard 400 because of all the prestige that goes with it plus I’ll probably be there.

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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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    1. 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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    2. 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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      1. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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        1. Don’t you think Dale Jr just did that, metaphorically speaking??? …. I got the feeling Junior did not checked with King Brian, unlike he did with Mr H. before he announced.. I suspect King Brian found out when we did… SURPRISE !!!…….

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    1. 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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  13. I think there was a lot more to a heavy duty “rehab” than we know and it was at THAT time that Junior dealt with ending racing. After he came to grips with it, then…..the rest was going through the actions. He said that he was going to see how 2017 went and if he told Hendrick at the end of March…..well……then it only took a couple weeks of racing for him to stop. I don’t think he can handle it the WAY that he wants !!

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    1. He was saying that rehab was a lot longer and there was much more to it than he had expected and that got his attention as far as what his life’s priorities were.

      He thought that his career was over right then that his injury may have dictated to how his career ended right there and then, not his own choice to.

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  14. can some one post the link to the conference please . because ive watched all the clips from all web sites but i want to see the whole thing , i watched jr tell rick , and almost started to cry right then , i know it was hard to watch , but i want to see it all …i read jeff clucks article , well spokin . but he wrong about one thing , yes nascar will not recover from this one , it may go on with out jr but it wont be worth the watch

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  15. you know theres not another driver i would even begain to root for , ,but i think this decicion comes from the bristol race , when he realized the his crewchief , didnt have his back , the no good mother fucker greg ives , put him back out on the track with a car that was doomed for a crash , what crewceif would put there driver out on the track with oil comming out from it , and not call him back in and say weve got a big problem , but no jr restarts and never made a lap, one straight away and crash , to me i would have fired his ass right on the spot , jr probly said to himself , holy shit this mother fucker just try to kill me , and said that was it , but jr had already made his decicion to retire , weeks before this happen just the icing on the cake ,,,

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  16. Now that I’ve calmed down a little I wanted to give my two cents.

    First thing, Dale is the man and NO one will be able to replace him or his impact on the sport. I’ll miss him at the track every weekend.

    Second thing, I really like Ryan Blaney and think he would make the most sense for replacement in the 88. He’s already gathering a lot of fans and he truly won’t be competitive week in and week out in the 21 car. He’d be a great replacement for the 88 and it’d keep me excited.

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    1. The combo of being Dale, Sr.’s son, living through his Dad’s death, being part of the “old boy’s”, being a redneck himself and being humble all served as a once-in-a-lifetime story. That and Nascar decline…it is over. It may be nice to have the race on while busy with other things but the passion is gone for most people, I think. I will be able to have the race on but it will be a side thing. I can get behind Chase but not with the feeling that was there for the Joonz.

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  17. well this morning around 900 my phone started buzzing like crazy , from my nascar app and face book , i was totally struck by lightning when i seen the news , and with saddened and sickined heart i have to say , IM SO FREAKIN UPSET over this , my driver is quiting ,, dale jr means the world to me and i dant know how this will be handled from the end of this year , im at a complete lose i feel being let down ,it really ruined my day , ive follewed jr from the start of his carrer in 1998 to now , what the fuck am i going to do now , at the end of this year , its over , i will go back to wearing my bud 8 attire hats and shirts m because thats the real dale jr , iconic way it was , the 88 might still be on the track but it wont mean a dam thing to me , any more .——- god …..

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  18. Dave Moody on Sirius XM said that the Junior fans claim they are 25% of all the NASCAR fan base.
    It’s a helluva lot more than 25%!
    Just wait until next year when that “25%” isn’t in the seats at all of the tracks next year?
    And if one thinks that it looks empty now, they ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
    And the TV ratings will tank like never seen before!
    Stick a fork in the “sport”. It’s about done!

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    1. Love to be a fly on the wall where-ever Brian France is today…. Bet that would be fun to watch…. just saying….. bong……bong…… bong…… bong ………all around the room ….

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      1. I hope that Brian France is shitting his pants and puking up his guts in fear and anxiety over the impending doom of his “sport” that he undeservedly inherited and then destroyed as he watches Junior walk away from the track with his fans in tow behind him.

        He’s as much to blame as anyone if not more for this with his corporate greed.

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  19. He dismissed taking JRM to Cup. I don’t know why. You know that Rick would help him because Rick surely wants someone to fill that void that SHR left. Chevrolet would want another strong team in their stable. Also, I’m sure that Nationwide would be up for sponsoring of their cars because of their long relationship. He shouldn’t dismiss it right out of hand.

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    1. He basically said that he was satisfied with his career and that he didn’t have to be the only one who held/won the trophies to call it a success in his opinion.

      He wasn’t sad about anything.

      He said he wasn’t done racing either as he has 2 Xfinity contracted race commitments for 2018, so he will be in a race car next year for those 2 races.

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