“There’s a balance there…” – Dale Earnhardt Jr’s take on the controversial next-generation car compared to the much-missed sixth generation

NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. is known to be vocal when it comes to expressing his opinion on issues and things that matter to NASCAR. Recently, Junior was seen explaining how he prefers racing with previous generation cars over current next generation cars.

Junior stated during the podcast, “The last generation of cars. I mean that car we were racing last year, it was very durable. It was beyond everything, like the brakes and the engine, all things are built to last well beyond anything he would have experienced on the track, right? ?The next generation car in the opinion of a lot of people, me too, is a tougher car. It’s over, everything about it says it’s unbreakable. Apart from that cheap rack we have apparently. Who, they’ll fix it, won’t come back NASCAR to Bristol and this happens again. They’re going to fix it, but part of me wants the car to have those flaws, yeah this vulnerability. I want the driver to need to nurse it and take care of it. The same way I want them to do their tyres.”

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he completed, “We have a car at the end that, you know, after a few mistakes, it gets knocked out, it’s going to be unbreakable, and then you get a tire that doesn’t wear out. I mean, that’s not going right. I don’t know, there’s a balance. But I think that The fact that I was sitting watching the race go by, “Man, these cars may not make it to the finish, whose tire, racks, and who will be coming next.” That made me, I’ll watch it again. I enjoyed the unexpected or the unknown.” .

Safety Concerns With Next Generation NASCAR Cars

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Aside from the fact that the previous generation of cars may have done better in racing overall, the current generation has promised better safety and better driving for drivers. However, around the time of the season, everyone realized that wasn’t quite the case with the new cars.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JANUARY 12: A NASCAR Next Gen model appears in the garage during the NASCAR Next Gen test at Daytona International Speedway on January 12, 2022, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Several drivers who have been in a wreck or collision during the 2022 season have spoken about how severe the collisions will be and how it will affect the occupants of these vehicles. Despite NASCAR data showing the cars were sturdier than before and supposedly absorbed more impact than before, drivers expressed otherwise.

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The Pocono qualifying incident with Kurt Busch shed a brighter light on the current issues at hand, after which Busch was unable to drive for the rest of the season, thanks to a head injury. Regardless of the effects, a few races ago, Kevin Harvick’s car was set on fire because the insulation meant to protect the drivers appears to have failed in his main duty. It is hoped that NASCAR will be quick to address and act upon all of these safety concerns raised by those who drive those cars as quickly as possible.

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