Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues to stay in the spotlight following his controversial comments about the Talladega race. JR Motorsports has confirmed a sponsorship extension with TaxSlayer, and Dale Jr. is now backtracking on his earlier criticism of Talladega. He claims that the new 2013 car could create a completely different experience at the racetrack.
JR Motorsports' Sponsorship with TaxSlayer
JR Motorsports has been able to extend its sponsorship deal with TaxSlayer, and the company will now sponsor the team for 17 races in the Nationwide Series. The company stated, "Extending our NASCAR sponsorship with JR Motorsports was a key factor in our marketing strategy." Dale Earnhardt Jr. has revealed that he will drive in the first Nationwide race in 2013 and will be featured in TaxSlayer's product promotions. However, JR Motorsports (JRM) has not shared who will drive for the team the rest of the season and continues its search. JRM is rumored to be in the process of negotiating deals with other sponsors because TaxSlayer's commitment is limited to 17 races.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Changes His Mind
After the JR Motorsports' sponsor announcement, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has changed his stance on the Talladega Superspeedway race. He was one of the angry drivers who blamed NASCAR for the 24-car wreck at the Oct. 7 race and stated that it was "bloodthirsty." Earnhardt Jr. also added that he did not want to go to "Daytona and Talladega next year" but felt he had no choice.
Now, Dale Earnhardt Jr. seems to be backtracking and rewording his earlier comments about Talladega. He explained, "I regret making a bit of a scene and not considering the fact that we're going to be in a totally different race car for 2013." Earnhardt believes that the new cars next season will change racing at Talladega, but track tests have shown that they may actually create more problems. After testing at the Talladega Superspeedway, Kasey Kahne stated that the new cars "move around more" with the potential for generating problems. Since NASCAR has no plans to eliminate restrictor plates in 2013, the changes may not matter.
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