What's Wrong With Dale Earnhardt Jr.? His Comfort Level

Steve McDonaldCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2009

WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 09:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, stands on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at Watkins Glen International on August 9, 2009 in Watkins Glen, New York.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Unfortunately, this seems to be a familiar site for Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Leaving the track after a race with that look of "well, that sucked" on his face. 

I hear a lot of people on different blogs talk about Earnhardt Jr. saying such things as, "He's washed up," "He has no desire to win," or "He's got nothing left."  I just want to point out that Earnhardt Jr. is currently in a streak of a little over one year without winning. 

How long did Rusty Wallace go without winning? 

How long did Jeff Gordon (often referred to as the third best driver in NASCAR history) go without winning?

How long did Dale Earnhardt Sr. go without winning?

How many races has Earnhardt Jr. won in Sprint Cup? Eighteen.

That's nothing to laugh at.  Eighteen wins in NASCAR's most elite series is a great number.  And on top of the 18 wins in Cup, Earnhardt Jr. has 22 wins and two Championships in the Nationwide Series.

I say give Earnhardt Jr. some time and let him do his thing, because when he's comfortable, he wins.

I believe it was 2003 when Earnhardt Jr. entered three Busch Series races.  He took pole on at least one of them and he won all three of them.  I think he needs to get his butt back in that No. 5 car and go out and have some fun again!