Dale Earnhardt Jr has responded to Kevin Harvick’s comments
Kevin Harvick made some bold claims via his Sirius XM NASCAR Radio show ‘Happy Hours’ on Tuesday.
Yesterday, Dale Earnhardt Jr addressed those comments from Michigan International Raceway. He found the comments ‘hurtful’ but he still has respect for Harvick.
What did Harvick say?
Kevin Harvick comments on NASCAR’s Most Popular driver, “For me, I believe that Dale Jr. has had a big part in kind of stunting the growth of NASCAR.”
Harvick continued, “He’s got these legions of fans and this huge outreach of being able to reach different places that none of us have the possibility to reach, but he’s won nine races in 10 years at Hendrick Motorsports and hasn’t been able to reach outside of that,” Harvick said.
Dale Jr repsonds to Kevin Harvick
“I have an incredible amount of respect for him,” Earnhardt said, via ESPN. “I found some of those comments hurtful. I still respect him as a champion and ambassador for the sport. That’s just the way it is, I guess. I hate that’s how he feels.”
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“I’ve got a unique type of respect for Harvick that’s different from most of the drivers because of his history and more recently with what he’s done with JR Motorsports — he brought an attitude and a commitment and a change in performance,” Earnhardt said.
“He brought new partnerships, just numerous, numerous things that he brought to our company that we still feed off of today and we still have success today because of that impact that he made at JR Motorsports.”
“I put a lot into this sport, and I know that I might not have met everyone’s expectations, but I certainly exceeded my own and I’m super proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish,” he said.
Dale Jr concludes, “I hope that I brought something to the table and left a good impact.”