Dale Earnhardt Jr. Not Happy With Darrell Waltrip After Twitter Episode

TALLADEGA, AL - APRIL 23:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, talks to the media in the garage area after practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 23, 2010 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)
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Sal Sigala Jr.Senior Analyst IApril 26, 2010

The Earnhardt family, along with Richard Childress, were was all set to move forward with a big announcement on Thursday, April 29, which is also the 59th birthday of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Finally after three years, the modern day Hatfield and McCoy feud between Teresa and Dale Jr. was going to be put on hold in time to deliver a message that took months of planning between the parties involved.

Announcements such as the one that will be made on Thursday do not come very often, and they are carefully prepared to be broadcast to the fans at just the right time during the busy NASCAR season.

But there is now controversy around the announcement, and it all began when senior writer Lee Spencer posted a story on Thursday about Dale Earnhardt Jr. driving a No. 3 Wrangler Nationwide Series car at Daytona in July.

Richard Childress Racing, JR Motorsports, along with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in a joint effort, will breathe life back into a car that made the elder Earnhardt famous during his early career while driving in the Winston Cup Series.

Earnhardt won three championships with Wrangler as his sponsor in 1980, '86, and '87, before GM Goodwrench took over the primary role in 1988, with Earnhardt adding another four until his untimely death in 2001.

Foxsports television commentator Darrell Waltrip took the announcement from Spencer a step further, when he posted details of her article on, which didn’t settle to well with Earnhardt.

“We ain’t really got anything confirmed—DW blew the lid off of it on Twitter no less. That kind of ruined our announcement that we had planned,” said an upset Earnhardt on Friday.

Earnhardt also added that, “We’re going to have our announcement here soon and explain to everybody what the whole program is about and how it came about and what’s going to happen. Its unfortunate DW uncovered that. We didn’t plan to announce it like this. We’ll do it when we had it originally planned.”

Twitter, which has become one of the biggest social networking sites on the web, can turn out to be a huge downfall to those persons who misuse it by tweeting confidential information.

Most of us who do utilize Twitter need to realize that there is always someone on the other end who is reading, and just like Waltrip you never know who that person is.

“Oh by the way, I did learn one thing, Twitter is a great way to get the word out, even people that don't have it know what’s on it," said Waltrip on his Twitter page.

Waltrip also added that, “Lesson learned be careful what you tweet, because you never know who is reading.”

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