Earnhardt Jr. not a fan of road courses

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Michael Baker International Chevrolet, crosses the finish...

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Michael Baker International Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 3, 2014. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has always been a plain-and-simple sort of guy.

As such he is pretty plain and simple about what he thinks about road courses: He don’t like ’em, not even a little bit.

“I love fenders and love racing on ovals and banging fenders,” he said. “Road-course racing is all right and I’m just glad we don’t have too many of them and, just (being) honest, I just don’t really enjoy it that much.”

It doesn’t help, of course, that Earnhardt has never won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at either of the road courses on the schedule — Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International.

He goes into Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 on Sunday with a best finish of third at the Glen back in 2003, but his average finish is a problematic 23rd in 14 trips to the Western New York racing facility.


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