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NASCAR Cup: Dale Earnhardt Jr. points out burnout tactic

Kyle Busch performs a burnout after winning the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 24, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Kyle Busch performs a burnout after winning the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 24, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

According to 14-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Most Popular Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., drivers are hiding something by intentionally blowing out tires during post-race celebratory burnouts.

“I have never blown out a tire on purpose,” Earnhardt said.  “But, we have been doing burnouts for 30 years it seems like.  It just seems like the Gen-6 car, once everybody started figuring out how to trick the underbody and things like that, everybody blows the tires out.”

Earnhardt’s revelation prior to the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Sept. 24 came just a few days after the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team of teammate Chase Elliott was penalized for a piece of tape applied to the rear spoiler of the car in a way that decreased downforce during the race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Sept. 17.

“It is just hard for me to see the logic in suspending a crew chief, car chief for some tape flapping on the spoiler when the winner drives into Victory Lane with the rear of the car tore all to hell,” Earnhardt said.  “I don’t see how that doesn’t come across anybody’s conscious or common sense.  I don’t understand.  It doesn’t make any sense to me.  And it never has.”

In his stance, Earnhardt pointed out that Ryan Blaney was the last driver to not blow out a tire during a celebratory burnout. Blaney’s win at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., came on June 11 in the 14th race of the season. Earnhardt made his statement prior to the 28th race of the year.

“I mean will they blow them out at the end of every race during the playoffs?  Is that just the new norm?  It didn’t really bother me until I thought about it, and I’m like, ‘The No. 24 is going to get suspended crew chief, car chief for this tape mess, and the winner of the race is riding into victory lane with the damn rear of the car tore all to hell. You can’t even tech it.’ And I love Martin (Truex, Jr.), and it’s not about Martin,” Earnhardt said. “I mean, every guy out there has done it.  I don’t know that will be a very popular opinion about it, but that is how I feel.”

Earnhardt said he isn’t for a rule completely eliminating the burnouts. He just thinks there needs to be a rule prohibiting blowing tires while doing them — blown tires that he is adamant are intentional.

After Kyle Busch won the ISM Connect 300 last Sunday, crew chief Adam Stevens asked Busch not to do anything that could be construed as suspicious on his burnout.

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