A Letter to NASCAR Nation: Please Just Let Dale Earnhardt Jr. Drive!

Adam HeasleyCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2009

MARTINSVILLE, VA - MARCH 27:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, talks to the media in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody�s Fast Pain Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway on March 27, 2009 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Dear NASCAR Nation,

The ridicule that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is receiving is nothing less than ridiculous! He's doing all he can; the only thing he can do is drive the car.

I mean, what is he supposed to do? Cast black magic on his damn car and say OK baby take me to Victory Lane?!

I'm tired of people saying he's underachieving, he needs to win, he has no passion, no heart.

OK, first of all, let's just say his last name isn't Earnhardt. Would he still have the pressure of the media and NASCAR fans if his name was Burton or Harvick, or even Martin?

Would he be under the spotlight like he is now? HELL NO! And Burton has been driving longer than Jeff Gordon.

Where's Burton's championship? Where are Burton's wins? Where are Harvick's and Martin's championships? Burton and Martin don't even have a Daytona 500 win!

Earnhardt has the weight of NASCAR, the Earnhardt name, and the pressure to succeed at HMS. I don't know what you think, but any other driver would have crumbled a long time ago.

This guy is driving his heart out, and yet whatever he does is never good enough. I mean, what does the guy have to do? Win 11 races a year and win 10 championships?

How 'bout NASCAR fans and the NASCAR media cut the crap and the drama and let the sport's most popular driver race.

Does that sound good to you? Can we just give it a break?

I bet if the media (this really includes NASCAR on Fox) and the fans lay off, it would just be more pressure off his shoulders.

Maybe then he just might start winning races. Ever think of that?

Shoot, he might even win some championships.

So unless you guys want to see Earnhardt keep "underachieving," get off his ass. Excuse my French.

Bottom line, let him race and be like any other race car driver.