Ah yes to be 20 again
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Jr getting ready to qualify at TMS...my pic
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My screen caps from Shifting Gears
THE BEST FOR LAST
Jr The Beginning of a career
Dale Jr: (after a slight pause and after rolling past several jet-powered track sweepers) Man! I am flat bored out here. How long does it take them to sweep the track? Its just gonna get dirty again.
Dale Jr: How many laps down are we?
Tony Jr: Nine.
Dale Jr: Nine? I thought I made up three laps? You said were 10 down a bit ago!
Tony Jr: I skipped one. But, youre doing a great job. Dale Jr: Well, help me out here. I dont wanna be sitting in this car doing calculus. Im too busy to be doin math out here.
Dale Jr: Guys, Im pretty satisfied with how we ran today. (Half joking) My cars pretty good if (Tony) Jr. wasnt so lazy and gave me that bad set of tires
Tony Jr: I think my stuff was pretty good all day, especially if my driver would quit whinin after 70 laps on a set of tires. If he woulda been able to run 80 laps, wed be up front and I wouldnt have had to change so many sets of tires
Dale Jr: "Somebody needs to break up this party goin' on here
(loudly) "NOBODY TOUCH THIS CAR!"
(pause) "For everyone listenin,' that last quote was from the great movie 'Stroker Ace
' (back in uh... 'character') "I said 'Nobody touch this car!"'"
Tony Eury Jr. (car chief) "We were wondering why it took two of those officials to keep an eye on you
Dale Jr: "Hey - they just want some 'cool points' to rub off onto 'em
Tony Eury Jr: "Where y'at?!?"
Dale Jr: "Who knows?! I broke at turn one so now I am at
(pause) I'm at 'www.who-the-he!!-knows.com
Understatement Award after spinning on lap 178, but continuing without hitting anything: Dale Jr: Uh
I guess you can only go so fast at this place
Dale Jr: W@$$up, guys?! You guys have fun tonight, alright?
Whoa! Somebody just threw a beer bottle at the car
Ty Norris (team spotter): Yeah, NASCAR is talking about it too.
Dale Jr: It musta been Sterling Marlin that threw it cuz it was a d@mn Coors Light
Dale Jr: Dont let em throw the green flag again here, itll happen all over again. Let me explain it to ya: when its raining, the ground gets wet, OK?!
Jeff Clark (engine tuner for the Bud team, asking about the oil and water temperatures under the long caution period) How do the gauges look? Dale Jr: Nice. Theyre silver and they all have nice little red needles
Dale Jr. (complaining about the track crew using too much of the powdery oil-dry to clean up the accident) Sandstorm! Turn Two! Sandstorm! About another driver: What the
!? I swear to God I wanna punch him out!
Joey Meier: OK Junior, youre clear behind the 10 car
Dale Jr. (who pulled out in front of the 10 instead, narrowly avoiding a collision): WHOA! Clear my a$$!
Dale Jr: "Hey -this water bottle is flying around in here. Can I just throw it out?"
Tony Eury Jr. (car chief): "Uhhhhh
well. Wait. Let's check with an official first. We don't want NASCAR penalizing us for throwing [litter] on the track
" Dale Jr.: "Let me know, 'cause it's just rolling all around."
Tony Jr.: "OK, they say you can throw it out at the end of the pit lane here when you come by next lap."
Ty Norris (spotter): (joking) "If we win this race, Action [Performance, which produces most NASCAR souvenir items] can produce a special die-cast with the flying water bottle accessory
Ty Norris (spotter, during a long yellow flag from lap 137 through 149) I wonder how many people have turned over to football by now?
Dale Jr.: Ill bet they all have turned over. These caution flags are endless. Im bored out here.
Danny Earnhardt (front tire carrier, making reference to Dale Jrs love for the Washington Redskins) Do you want to know the Redskins' score? Dale Jr: NO! I dont want to hear any scores. I am in a great mood out here, and I dont want anyone to ruin my good mood. Maybe I can use this time for something productive, like brushing up on my rapping skills or something
Dale Jr.: Hey (car chief Tony Eury) Junior
what do you call a boomerang that doesnt come back? Tony Eury Jr.: (immediately) A stick.
Dale Jr. (laughing loudly) Hah hah hah hah hah you must have met the same girl I did!
Dale Jr. (during a yellow flag period early in the race): I am watching the water temp(erature)
Its about 220 degrees (Farenheit)
I was worried because I remember back in the days when 210 was all ya wanted to see
Jeff Clark (team engine specialist): Hey man, Wilson says its OK
Dale Jr: There aint no Wilson here
Tony Eury Sr. (crew chief): Yeah, hes there, but Ill bet hes all swollen up from the heat inside that car
Hes never seen heat like this.
Dale Jr.: Seriously? I dont see him
Tony Eury Jr. (car chief): Yeah, hes right there behind your water bottle
Dale Jr.: Hey! There he is! (calling out like Tom Hanks character in the movie) WILSONNNNNNNNNN! Hes in here man! I got a buddy
Dale Jr.: (referring to his Budweiser sponsorship versus Rustys brand-x sponsorship): Yeah! My beer is better than your beer! Rusty and I always race the he!! outta each other
Dale Jr: Cmon Tony Jr! Speak up! It sounds like youre using some sorta megaphone! I just cant hear it over this screaming engine. Or is it that your voice is just not masculine enough?! (laughter erupts among the crew.)
Dale Jr: The car is pretty good, but I have a bad vibration. I need to get that tire offa here. I feel like Im pretty decent otherwise. (He then starts speaking in an exaggerated, trembling voice, as if he were standing on a paint shaker.) eeeeeeevvvvvveeeeeeennnnnunnnnnderrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr theeee yellllllllllllllowwwwwwwwww flaggggg: baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad viiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiibbbbbbraaaaaaaaaaaaaationnnnnnnn
Hmiel: The left fronts not turnin. Lets get those fire extinguishers
. (to Junior) Do you have brakes? Put that fire out first. Put out the fire
you alright in there June?
Dale Jr: Bout as good as I could be, I guess
Hmiel: Just makin sure youre still breathin alright in there.
Dale Jr.: Whats cutting the left fronts down?
Hmiel: We dont know. We arent crazy on air pressures or camber. Its the fourth one so far today.
Dale Jr.: Ill ride it to the third flat tire, but then you can get somebody else to get in here for the fourth
After several minutes of silence:
Pete Rondeau (crew chief): You sleeping in there?
Dale Jr.: No, Im flipping everybody off.
Following a brief radio chat with Darrell Waltrip for Foxs live telecast of the event:
Dale Jr.: That was a cool piece of commentary. Maybe Ive got a future.
Hmiel: Yeah, like you need it.
Rondeau: Theyre getting restless out there (in the grandstands). Theyre doing the wave.
Dale Jr.: Yeah, you should seem em all down here. Crazy stuff going on.
Dale Jr.: Alright, uhhhhh, that was not such a good stop. But still, when youre (crappy), youre still better than most. Haha. Gotta feel good about that, huh?
Dale Jr.: We need some padding in this seat. Shocks are rough. Its kicking my @$$
Yall gotta fix this seat. d@mn, my a$$ hurts.
After watching a big crash in front of him on lap 379:
Dale Jr.: Second verse, same as the first.
Dale Jr.: I know you probably dont give a (crap), but that was pretty fun. Heh heh!
Dale Jr. had a birds-eye view of a hard crash between two lapped cars on lap 242
Dale Jr: Ahahahahahahahah! That was trip! Gollllllllllllleeeeeee! I could see that comin from way back.
Steve Hmiel: Good job. We were lucky to miss that one.
Dale Jr.: Yeeeeeeeeoooooooooowwww! I hope nobodys hurt. They hit hard there. CRASH! BAM!
Dale Jr.: (Joking about his issues) What else can I complain about today?
Dale Jr.: Next year, they ought to consider giving the lucky dog award to whoever drives up through there the best
like I did.
Hmiel: Yeah, they ought to have a Whatever Award.
Dale Jr.: Yeah? he!!, that was a lotta work!
Dale Jr.: Hey, much better! All I was saying is I like the way the car drives. The radios need to be better. And I drive a half-second faster when Im pissed off. So get me angry.
Steve Hmiel (crew chief): Yeah, I think youre gonna set the record for lucky dogs.
Dale Jr.: Hey, they made the d@mn rule!
Dale Jr: (joking, most likely) Good. Im glad they did because I was thinkin about wreckin him. (chuckling)
Jimmy Kitchens (spotter): (nervously, and perhaps directing his comments to any officials who may have been listening) You mean you were only thinking that
. Dale Jr: Hah! Yeah, I was just daydreaming. Just jokin. Its crazy out here. That 4 car (M. Wallace) was racing somebody hard and he just came down and wrecked us.
Tony Jr; (referring to Dale Jrs hand gesture following the incident): Its amazing how far your arm can come up out of that window when youre mad, isnt it?!
Dale Jr: Hah hah hahahha Yeah! Hah hah!
Dale Jr: Whats for lunch?
Bud crew member: Manwiches!
Dale Jr.: Ah. Excellent. Thats a bonus.
Dale Jr.: (Tony) Junior, your radio is the worst radio. Do you ever want to get a new radio? I complain about it 38 weeks a year, but you keep bringing it back. I dont know what it is with Juniors radio. I can hear pit guys fine, I can hear the spotter fine, but I can never hear Junior. I dont know what it is. Can somebody help him out? Its like hes got a piece of metal in his head.
Dale Jr.: he!! yeah hes a big SOB. I still aint real sure how he gets in a car when its on all fours.