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What Dale Earnhardt Jr. Suggested to NASCAR in Meeting

DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 08:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Southern 500 on May 8, 2009 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Brandon CaldwellCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2016

Today in town hall, NASCAR called a meeting to discuss the new drug policy and then another meeting to get the drivers' perspective on things.

Most drivers said things about the COT and what should be done to improve it, and others had some ideas on what would bring TV ratings up, but what Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had to say was probably the most shocking.

As Tony Stewart finished his speech, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had something to say. It was about the speed of the pace car.

Dale said that on numerous occasions, the pace car driver, Brett Bodine, nearly passed his car, as the pace car was catching up to the leaders.

Dale said that he learned from the incident of passing the pace car, last year at Michigan, and if this was NASCAR's punishment, he thought it was wrong of them.

Dale also mentioned that he thought the pit road speed was too high.

He mentioned on lap 15, after his car was passed by the Cooter's Backyard Bar & Grill car, fielded by powerful Tommy Baldwin Racing, the drivers came off of pit road, after the first caution.  He thought he saw the damaged car of Kevin Harvick fly by him at the drop of the green flag.

Dale thought that the No. 29 car should be penalized for illegal passing.

But his concern was when Tony Raines ran out of gas.

As Tony was coasting around the track, he blew the doors off of the No. 88 Chevy, and Dale was wondering if NASCAR should put a restrictor plate on that car, because he thought that Front Row Motorsports had some kind of an advantage.

The final thing that Dale mentioned had to be the funniest thing he said.

He brought up the use of cellphones during races.

Since Michael McDowell gets to use Twitter, while under caution in the Nationwide Series race, Dale wanted to know if it was okay to call his mother during the race and complain about Jeff, Jimmie, Mark, Tony, and Ryan not sharing information with him.

Dale said that since the race was in Charlotte, just outside of his hometown of Kannapolis, his mother heard his cries anyway and drove to the track to console her son during the red flag period.

He said that if the race had been anywhere other than Charlotte, she wouldn't have been able to hear him, and he would need to call her.

NASCAR heard all of Dale's arguments and said that they would take them into consideration.

Sorry Junior Nation. I had to. I'm having too much fun with this!

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