Published on January 28th, 2008 | by Ron Ripple2
Dale Earnhardt Jr and the #88
There’s been a lot of opinions about Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his teams decision to purchase the #88 from the Yates team previously used by Dale Jarrett. Some people love the new number because it’s similar to his old number, and some people hate it because the #88 has always been associated with Dale Jarrett. In my opinion I think that numbers are numbers and if you’re a true NASCAR fan like I am then who cares. If Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted to race a car with the number 000283 on the side then let him do it. The only real problem I would see is if a fan wanted to get that number tattoed on their chest or if they wanted to put it on the back of their car. It might be kinda long!
Fans piss me off when they critque and go over the top about stupid things. I guess every fan is different and every fan is passionate about different things. But I’ve read a lot of blogs and websites where people are turning their back on Dale because he’s switching not only numbers but also sponsors. Who cares if he switches from the #8 Budweiser car to the #88 Mountain Dew/AMP car… you should like the driver and the personality of the driver, not the number on the side of his car or the sponsor that is paying big bucks to be a part of his team. As long as Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the same guy and doesn’t go and get a new personality or driving skills then I think everyone should calm down. If anything, change is a good thing. It may spark up a championship season. We’ll just have to wait and see.
How passionate are you about this new change?
I’m with this guy…