The Junior Nation Chronicles Part One: Talladega

Adam HeasleyCorrespondent IApril 22, 2009

Before I begin I would like to welcome you to the first edition of the Junior Nation Chronicles which happens to start at Talladega this week.

As an avid member of Junior Nation, I will go into my mind and thoughts as we enter each race weekend and as Dale Earnhardt Jr. prepares to take the green flag.

As I look forward to Sunday and a race that's sure to be an action packed Frenzy at Talladega Superspeedway, I cant help but pray that Earnhardt Jr. can come home with a win.

With the media constantly beating a dead cow and showering Earnhardt with questions like: "Where is the success we were all expecting?", or "When will your next victory come?", it puts even more pressure for Earnhardt to come up big with a big fake check and that trophy he hasn't touched since 2005.

Now I'm not here to bash any Earnhardt haters who think he has overrated talent, but I will say this, what will be asked of Earnhardt if he does pull into Victory Lane Sunday?

Will that just cause even more pressure to win now that we seen him in Victory Lane already?

Or will it quiet the media for at least a couple of weeks and the hatters as well?

Now this may not be something I'm proud of, but now I even go into a race weekend almost expecting the worst in hopes Earnhardt will prove me wrong and finish well or even pull off a win.

I guess you can call it reverse psychology, as though it's my fault he's not winning just because I'm a part of Junior Nation.

Should I dismember myself from Junior Nation because its so unbearable to watch week after week and be disappointed?

Should I just stop watching NASCAR in hopes that the curse of my fan hood will leave Junior Nation, and Earnhardt will start seeing more success on the track?

My answer is...HELL NO! I can't think of anything better then watching what my hero and favorite driver pilot his car every week!

And there is no better track to watch Earnhardt do that then the famed Talladega Superspeedway.

At the track that we also like to call home of Junior Nation, Earnhardt has stacked a total of five wins—with four of those wins coming in a row—seven top fives, and 10 top 10s.

I can already here the honorary announcer yelling at the top of his lungs: "GENTLEMAN, STAAART YOOUURR ENNGINNES!"

I can feel the intensity of witnessing the best drivers in the world drive 190 MPH in big packs with absolute control.

I can already see the sea of green and blue rise up when Earnhardt takes the lead or makes it four-wide, and I can also see an Earnhardt victory that's sweeter then watching Kyle Busch wreck himself.

But yet as we gain nearer to Talladega this week, the best I can do until the race is dream and dream big. Not just for myself, but for all of Junior Nation, and of course Earnhardt Jr.

Who knows Earnhardt just might start another streak at Talladega! Now wouldn't that be nice.