Dale Earnhardt Jr. Continues To Shine Despite His Heartbreaking Season

WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 08:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, stands on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at Watkins Glen International on August 8, 2010 in Watkins Glen, New York.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Sal Sigala Jr.Senior Analyst ISeptember 3, 2010

It’s a known fact that NASCAR fans are very passionate when it comes to supporting their favorite drivers.

Whether they make it to victory lane, or continually fall short, nothing can deter them from faithfully following even when the season is almost non-existent.

Each driver has certain traits which make them very likeable, and it's no wonder that Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. along with a few others falls into that category.

What I found really intriguing was that his name is on the top 10 list of just about every stat that is out there, which makes it easy to use his accomplishments as the backbone for some very informative stories about his racing career.

It wasn’t hard to depict exactly what Earnhardt has done throughout his racing career, because the facts always tell the true story and they never lie.

All it took was to search through the Sprint Cup archives, along with taking it a step further and digging into the Nationwide series as well.

Since his career just about speaks for itself, as with any driver there are those golden nuggets which magically come to life if you look in the right spots.

With another season close to coming to an end, without a doubt there are legions of fans who would love to thank you for the many memories that you have graciously brought to them.

Not to mention the awesome example that you have been portraying as a human being, despite all the heartaches that you have been experiencing this season.

Many fans have adopted Earnhardt as their favorite driver, and what gives anyone the right to deny them the liberty of who they choose to follow?

Earnhardt has more than exemplified what a true and caring heart he posses, which lies beneath the persona of being NASCAR’s most popular driver.

This article wasn’t written to expound on the many miscues Earnhardt has dealt with since the season began; instead, it’s the way he's handled the heartbreaking mistakes that have been plaguing the team.

I for one can’t imagine what you are going through, especially when there are those around that are just waiting for the opportunity to kick you when you are down.

Kick as they must, this is where your true character really shines and out-shadows anything that they can throw at you, and it’s because of how genuine and truthful that you are, that makes them dislike you even more. 

It’s sad to say character has been lost in our society today, but watching the way you handle yourself even when you aren’t winning, is unbelievable.

 

It’s easy to say that you still have the heart of a championan attribute that many who have chosen to dislike you can learn from. 

It comes as no surprise that some have started their own crusade to attack a driver who has really done nothing wrong. Far be it for anyone to think that you are some sort of god with inhuman type characteristics. 

Life itself is not always about making it into victory lanethat’s important, but it’s the victory you have scored in the people's lives that you have touched in a positive way which can be just as important.

Consistency is a very hard attribute to uphold in this high speed game of cat and mouse; no matter what circumstances have taken over, you have always passed the test of what true character is all about.

If there is one trait that would be reminiscent of your father, it would be positive way that you have portrayed the sport, which would have made him very proud if he were alive today.

So whatever you do, don’t change a thing about who you are or what you believe in because the measure of a man isn’t gauged by how many trophies you have sitting on your mantleit will always come down to the way you have portrayed yourself when the going got tough.

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