Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is no longer with the company and has left the building

I had no intention of writing anything for the Observer about thiswhole business about there not being any Dale Earnhardt Jr. memorabiliawhen the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour sponsored by Lowe's Motor Speedwaywent to visit Dale Earnhardt Inc. last week.

When the whole thing came up, my reaction was, "Well, duh."

Now I see a wire story about this overblown nothingness has found itsway to the pages of thatsracin.com. So I guess I will say somethingabout it after all.

Well, duh.

In case you guys missed it, Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn't work at DEI anymore. There is no more Budweiser No. 8 car. Budweiser is sponsoring another car, the No. 9 Dodges driven by Kasey Kahne, and Earnhardt Jr.has a new employer, Hendrick Motorsports; a new car number, No. 88, and new sponsors in AMP Energy Drink and the National Guard.

Honestly. All of that has been in the paper and everything.

Does anybody really, honestly, expect DEI to build its displays of the history of its team around a guy who took a powder and headed down thehighway?

When the 250 or so people on the media tour rolled into DEI, the good folks there served us lunch. To do that, they set up dozens of tables on the floor of the main showroom in the public area of the DEI headquarters. They also set up a stage for DEI's principle figures to stand on and another riser for television cameras to roost during theprogram.

To do all of that, they had to take out a bunch of cars that are left on display to show the team's history. DEI president Max Siegel told Jenna Fryer of The Associated Press that among them were several cars that Earnhardt Jr. had driven in Busch and Cup competition for DEI.

It doesn't really matter to me if those cars were there or not. I do know that if we'd rolled in there and walked past a half-dozen display cases full of memorabilia featuring Earnhardt Jr., there would have been those criticizing DEI for continuing to try to make hay off a driver who's no longer there.

Some people actually were surprised there was no Earnhardt Jr. souvenirs or memorabilia for sale in the gift shop. Good grief, folks, a bus load of lawyers racked up the billable hours determining every aspect of who could sell what as DEI, Earnhardt Jr. and the various sponsors all parted ways.

DEI no longer has rights to sell Earnhardt Jr.'s stuff and Budweiser doesn't want people selling No. 8 shirts and hats when it's paying to put its colors on the No. 9 now.

That's ridiculous.

The displays around DEI feature a lot of stuff relating to the man who founded the place, Dale Earnahrdt Sr. One of the rallying points for the people who still work there is that they're still trying to sustain the legacy of a seven-time champion who helped build that company to the point where it could field Cup cars and, when the time came, be strong enough to keep going in the face of Earnhardt Jr.'s departure.

Earnhardt Jr. has turned a page. He's doing what he feels he has to do to have the best shot to win races and championships. DEI, meanwhile, is trying to go forward, too.

Mark Martin and Aric Almirola will share theNo. 8 Chevrolets this year with the U.S. Army as its sponsor.

It's a new chapter for DEI, too. Yes, there's probably a little bit of hurt reflected in the fact that some of the stuff Earnhardt Jr. accomplished at DEI isn't more prominently displayed right now.

You could argue that by not showing that off DEI isn't giving proper tribute to the people who're still there who helped Earnhardt Jr. accomplish that. At the same time, maybe some of those people who didn't leave when Earnhardt Jr. chose to are staying at DEI for the expressed purpose of making new history and ringing up new accomplishments.

Maybe they'd rather not, at least right now, be reminded of what for most everyone involved was an emotional parting ofthe ways. Yes, the Busch championships and 17 Cup victories, inclulding a Daytona 500, that Earnhardt Jr. racked up are part of the history ofDEI.

Absolutely that should be part of any retelling of the company's history. But isn't it possible to understand why, with all the wounds ofthat parting still so fresh, there might be a bit of pettiness involved in how the trophies are arrayed in the cases at DEI?

Well, duh.

137 comments:

DEI employee said...

Thank you for NOT being on the "BASH Teresa and DEI Bandwagon".Dale jr stuff is in the same spot as the NAPA 16 Truck Championship stuff and Michaels 2 Daytona 500 Trophies. Fond Memories. We enjoy it everyday when we walk by the showroom which proudly displays their cars and trucks.

Laura said...

DEI employee... I pity you. Keep drinkin' the kool-aid & kissing the wicked witch's feet.

David Poole.. go on a diet.

Anonymous said...

Well, duh. DEI slipped you some of that kool-aid, I guess! I shouldn't be surprised. You've never really "gotten it" when it comes to Nascar fans. The passion they have, the intensity that they possess. You talk to them like they are three.

Well, duh.

Considering you just get to sit on your backside writing out your opinions and telling people how to think and feel, it is easy to talk down to folks. You obviously make enough money to think that you can continually speak from, well, your backside.

Well, duh.

So, duh sir, can your ingenious, insightful, so "gets it" mind explain why Seigel never, you know, answered that media question? Only after the uproar does he give the same reason you just gave? So, you, instead, tell people they're stupid in two simple words: "Well, duh."

Well, duh. How do you expect people to react? Do you expect them to just think all is hunky dorry? Maybe if Max had out right said, "We're setting up for lunch, some things had to be moved out." folks probably would've been OK with that. Well, duh.

Of course, how about the son of the man who built this place has some legacy here too? Of course we all know he's moved on, he's out of the building. But then perhaps you should tell Hendrick that all his drivers are gone. Perhaps you should tell Gibbs, Bobby packed up and left. What was that? Powder and a highway? Maybe you should tell Richard Childress, and I hope I'm forgiven for this, but maybe you should tell Richard Childress and DEI that the man that brought them everything is dead. Why are you continuing his legacy? I mean, nevermind what he DID for the companies. What any of these men did for their companies. I mean, duh. That has nothing to do with it.

Mr. Poole, there are a LOT of mean things I'd like to say to you. It would be quite easy to insult you. But you see, unlike you, I don't think I'm above you. I just believe that something should have been focused on Junior. After all, he gave them two Busch championships and a Daytona 500 win. What else has that company got? Oh, right, just Martin Truex's two Busch cham... wait, that was with Junior's Chance 2. Does that count? So basically just his one win. Did they ask Roush to get rid of Mark's stuff and send it on over? And was everything of theirs, you know, not displayed? Quite frankly my dear sir, why don't you get in touch with your readers instead of insulting them. And maybe you should think like Junior. Does he care? No, but he's upset that these things where gone that his team helped get him.

Oh, by the way, after eight years in the same building, doing the same media routine, do you think Junior would've known that they had to get rid of just his stuff for lunch?

Well, duh.

Oh, and by the way also, how come the media thinks it was deliberate? I mean, except for you.

Anonymous said...

Are you sleeping with Teresa?

Well, duh.

Anonymous said...

Some of Juniors fans are so head strong about the driver they can't see the forest for the trees.

Jr owns his rights to his own body, name and such and being as that is, maybe he is not allowing the use of his likeness even for DEI at this point and time.

People are making mountains out of mole hills and the media is blame. What better marketing play than to piss the Jr lovers off so they will buy more new stuff and feel they are sticking it to Teresa at DEI.

Time will tell what happens in this DEI/Jr love affair.

Junior has his reasons for leaving. Anyone ever think it was to help DEI be better rather than make it sink. Come on people it is his fathers company. Those that don't understand corporate dealings would be surprised what someone will do to make a company succeed.

It is time Junior grew up and became a man and show us what he is really like as a driver instead of riding on his daddy's name!!!

Lets see how he likes towing the line with the Hendricks team and being MR PC all the time. No more partying at Whiskey River and underaged girlfriends on the pit boxes much less in the motor coaches. Juniors playboy days are over.

As for DEI, they will survie and Teresa is not going to be singing "if i could turn back time" were JR is concerned.

Sr knew what he was doing when he did not leave the company to the kids in his will. Smart man that SR...

Anonymous said...

Wow at some of the comments here, but I really wouldnt expect anything else from rabid immature Jr fans. His stuff is STILL there. End of story (or should I say non-story).

Thank you Mr. Poole for your opinion.

Anonymous said...

Oh look. Another person who doesn't get it.

"Sr knew what he was doing when he did not leave the company to the kids in his will. Smart man that SR..."

Perhaps you should talk to your legislators. It is actually impossible to leave things to your children without being taxed more than you make. (Or that's how it feels at least.) You do know of that tax, right? It's a federal tax. Senior did not leave it to his wife because he didn't want his children to have the piece of the pie that ALL parents try to make for their children. He did it because it was financially impossible to do otherwise.

Well, duh.

I guess Senior's close and personal friend, Darrell Waltrip, was lying when he said senior told him you build the future for your children. I mean, us common folk? We so know so much more than the drivers that were his friends.

Well, duh.

Anonymous said...

Jooonnyer fans are psychotic stalker losers with no lives of their owns so they have to pretend that Jr is their boyfriend or their son and take things personally. HELLOOOO REALITY, YOU ARE NOTHING BUT $$$$ IN HIS POCKET. Saps.

WELL DUH

Anonymous said...

Arguing on internet blogs is like running in the Special Olympics. Even if you win, your still retarded.

Anonymous said...

One last thing and I shall stop.

"Jooonnyer fans are psychotic stalker losers with no lives of their owns so they have to pretend that Jr is their boyfriend or their son and take things personally. HELLOOOO REALITY, YOU ARE NOTHING BUT $$$$ IN HIS POCKET. Saps."

I can see how the intelligent, thoughtful ways that Junior fans have spoken in this blog makes anyone think that. Compared to, you know, what you wrote. I mean, if I were in innocent bystander, I'd totally agree with you.

Well, duh.

Mike said...

David; I guess you can see how passionate some NASCAR fans are, especially Dale Earnhardt Jr fans. It would have been nice for Max Segal to be honest with the media right away instead of not answering at all. I'm glad to read from a DEI employee that stuff from Ron Hornaday and Michael Waltrip are still around. Maybe it's time for DEI to build a standalone museum for DEI memorabilia. David, try listening to the fans instead of just DEI. Thankyou for the info about why they moved the items. But did they have to move Dale Jr's only?

Anonymous said...

"I can see how the intelligent, thoughtful ways that Junior fans have spoken in this blog makes anyone think that"

Which intelligent thoughtful way are you speaking of.....?

This one-DEI employee... I pity you. Keep drinkin' the kool-aid & kissing the wicked witch's feet. David Poole.. go on a diet.

Or this one-Are you sleeping with Teresa? Well, duh.

Big Z said...

Big deal, time Jr. grew up, the world does not run around him!
If his name was Johnson, he would still be running a late model at Hickory,I think.
Big "Z/Race City USA

Anonymous said...

it is not about the tax implications, which I am well aware of, it is about being responsible enough to handle it.

i am sure sr wanted to build a future for his kids,what parent doesn't, but they also needed to earn it just like he did.

sr could have made provisions for them and the comapny had he chosen for the future. He did not for reasons known only to him.

I will stand my ground on this that Sr knew what he was doing and smart enough to do it..

Anonymous said...

David, it's hard to take a column seriously with "well duh" in it. You're not THAT naive that you wouldn't think it was odd that his Busch championships, for example, are no longer displayed. Well duh, that's rather odd!

Very simply, if Max had said the cars were moved the day it was asked, it would've been a non-issue. It didn't occur to you that maybe the "clarification" wasn't big time back-pedling?

Well, you did accomplish one thing...you got a ton of hits today. Well...duh! A column bashing Junior! Hits! Duh!!!

Anonymous said...

I understand that his stuff is not in the display cases.

My question is are all the race win banners still up in the shop?

Also for those that say they cant sell his stuff anymore. Why was his stuff removed the week after Homestead? I went there to get some stuff for my dad and it was all removed. I understand that the 1st of the year they couldnt sell it but a week after the season?

Anonymous said...

Hey you fat slob, have you ever heard of histioy and people getting to see it in person. The only history you are interested in is what 5 pound steak you ate at your last meal!!!

808caryl said...

Well Duh, if Sr. had taken care of business and left a very straight forward will none of this crap would have ever happened in the first place. Lay the blame where it belongs - right in Sr.'s lap.

I'm ashamed of you all and your comments about weight - I bet you are all gorgeous....NOT.

SpeedwayGoddess said...

You look like you enjoyed your lunch Mr. Poole! Isn't it odd you mentioned "they served us LUNCH" first before you even began your idiotic speel on Dale Jr? I guess they "bought & sold" you on the food served!

And let's be honest...Why would Max Seigal make comments this week to CLARIFY why there was no Dale Jr. memorabilia in the showroom? Furthermore, how could over 50 media reporters notice the same thing and write stories RE: DEI and the lack of Dale Jr. history in the showroom?

You don't get it....

But as long as I still have 1 ass instead of 2 (much like yourself) I'll continue to be in your face regarding your B/S stories and how you butt rub TEI. I wonder what your pay off is!

MArc said...

anon - "Considering you just get to sit on your backside writing out your opinions and telling people how to think and feel, it is easy to talk down to folks. You obviously make enough money to think that you can continually speak from, well, your backside."

Now that's funny. With a capital "F". Funniest think I've read all day.

And just what are you doing "Mr. Anon?"

Looks to be about the same, just not getting paid to do it.

Which may, or may not be a good thing.

MArc said...

anon - I take it back THIS is the funniest thing I've read all day "Arguing on internet blogs is like running in the Special Olympics. Even if you win, your still retarded."

So why are you here? Why are you commenting?

Another Homer Simpson moment (D'OH!) brought to you by another "Mr. Anon."

P.S. Mr. Poole, some of these "people" need the ole heave ho!

mamadew88 said...

Only a smart step-son would leave the building when he knows that he is been given the "shaft". No one works their a-s off and gives their life's blood to someone who has no love for that person and is in it strictly for the money. He did not take a "powder" as you put it he let the world of NASCAR know his every move and still protected the DEI name, because he so loved the man who started the business.
If you watched the DVD "Dale" when he was so causaly fishing and was asked "Why did start DEI and not just remain a driver?" His reply was "So that my family and childrn could carry on his name some day"

The only thing Dale Sr. didn't expect was his life was so short lived and he is not here today to defend his namesake, who he loved so very much.

And yes I am a loyal Junior fan, but I was also a loyal fan of his father.

toyphd said...

Dave,

It never ceases to amaze me how long you have been a writer around this sport yet how little you know about its business workings.

DEI can sell whatever it wants.

They no longer have the assigned legal right to license anything that uses the name or likeness of Dale Jr. Do you think Toys R Us has a license with every team to sell NASCAR goods?

The question is; why wouldn't they sell Jr goods? Do they feel the exposure they would be giving Jr. is not equitable with their treatment of current sponsors and drivers? Or is it a statement about something else.

I am not a fan of Dale Jr but I am a lifetime fan of NASCAR. When you visit the Hendrick (I'm not a Hendrick fan either) display there is a tip of the hat to every driver who got them where they are so maybe it's just a statement about class. Based on that, I'd say Jr made a good change.

Jr once said that his realtionship with Teresa has been the same since he was 8 years old. That can be taken two ways. Right now it looks like one child punishing another by leaving with all the toys.

Anonymous said...

I don't dislike Jr., but frankly I am growing very tired of the daily stories written about him. There are other drivers and other fans in this sport. Granted maybe he deserved more than what he got,Sr. should have seen to it, he did not. There is nothing nobody can do about it now. LET IT GO. In the end she will fail.

Diane said...

"Duh," To you Mr Poole. Did you find the kool aide and the meal that good?
Funny they moved only Dale Junior's cars and memrobilia to give you "media" types room to chow down on The DEI main course of bad PR cover up and the illusion of secrecy or whatever Ms Earnhart is projecting.
You say she is keeping the Legacy of Dale Senior to the fore front. Indeed Dale Senior and Teresa built DEI. Do you remember that redheaded step child that won 2 Busch Championship and made his father so proud. Do you remember that racer that placed 17 cups wins in DEI" history books?
Evediently not. According to you he took a "powder" and went off down the road to better himself. Shame on him for finally doing something for himself!
Dale Junior wants DEI to survive and so do I for HIS and his siblings sake, not Ms Earnhardts.
Dale Senior's heirs, and I mean all of them deserve to see their father's dreams achieved. I think the split is the best thing that could happen to both.
As for you Mr Poole, you have never gotten the NASCAR fan and never will.
Yes, I am just one of those stupid Dale Junior fans loyal to the end, but boy do I love watching that boy race.
32 years a NASCAR fan.
Go #88 in 2008.
Diane

John said...

Nice story, David. It just seems to reinterate the problems between Teresa and Dale jr.
That's a sad state of affairs.

Anonymous said...

Speedway Goddess -- As a matter of fact, I did not eat lunch that day. I just didn't care for the food they served. The reason the lunch was relevant, you see, is that to accommodate the media they had to move out a major portion of their displays, which included cars that were driven by Dale Jr.

I will make a deal with every person who mentioned my weight. Let me concede the point that I am a fat slob. I am a mess. Couldn't be more of a pig. You completely win on that point. OK, now, let's pretend I weighed 170 pounds and looked like Biff Studley. How would that change the actual merits of the points I make one way or the other one bit?

If any of you cared to check, I think you would find that for more than a year now I have managed to cover this entire controversy and maintain the respect of key players on both sides of the equation. My job is to be fair to everybody. It's not to report what 50 other people are reporting if, based on my view of things, what they're reporting misrepresents facts. And to be fair to Jenna Fryer, her story does explore both sides of this particular issue. She took the time to check with Max and get an explanation. Max wasn't back-pedaling. He answered the question when he was asked it. Dale Jr. was asked about this last week at the Hendrick media tour stop and didn't take the bait. They hit him with it again at Vegas yesterday and, for the most part, he again didn't take the bait. Some people took one criticism he did level and built a story around. Those people did that precisely to get the exact reaction you see in the comments to this blog. If that's how they want to do their jobs, that's up to them. -- David Poole

rdhdtrue said...

From what I have heard since this broke there is some sort of Jr and Mikey memorabilia there before the press arrived but was gone when they were present. So was it a planned event to bring attention to them? Or was ALL memorabilia gone? Seems wierd that just the Jr memorabilia was removed ...

I am a Jr and Mikey fan but do know the workings of politics .. in all life events. So someone tell me that ONLY Jr's stuff was gone but everyone else was there ... or move on ...

elena said...

As has been mentioned many times by drivers, other garages, other owners, Rick Hendrick is a class act. He included Kyle Bush and his accomplishments while at HMS. Kyle certainly did not contribute as much to HMS as Jr did to DEI.

I do not think that Teresa should have just turned over DEI to Jr. She was a co-founder. It wasn't like she was a stay at home wife. She worked very hard to make DEI successful while Sr was racing.

But she is a very small person. She could certainly shown some grace. First denying him the #8. That # was only valuable if Jr had it. There is no way in G_d's green earth they will even get 5% of what it got before.

On more that one occasion Jr asked the press and fans to take it easy on Teresa. He did not want to fan the flames of hatred. Even when it has been obvious how happy he is at HMS, he has said that in no way did he want it to be a reflection on the guys he worked with before.

I was never a fan on Jr's until he left DEI and saw how he handled himself with grace and class. I think Kyle Bush finally took a page from Jr's book. After a few weeks after he left HMS, he finally quit acting so bitter.

Teresa needs to get some strong people around her to tell her when enough is enough.

Anonymous said...

Wow that was ruff. but it worked you guys know david gets paid by the hits he generates on these post. Man he made a haul today...sanman

MArc said...

toyphid - "It never ceases to amaze me how long you have been a writer around this sport yet how little you know about its business workings.

DEI can sell whatever it wants."


It never ceases to amaze me how (to use your phrase) someone, like you, can be so misinformed as to make a complete and utter ass of themselves in public.

Earnhardt Jr. told NASCAR.com that on Friday night, he and his stepmother, Teresa Earnhardt, agreed to terms to legally transfer rights to his name back to him. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Web site.

Now after knee-jeking yourself into a foolish grin by noting the authors alleged ignorance on that matter you should apologize.

And in case you have reading comprehension skills that are far below normal, DEI has zero rights to anything connected to Dale Jr's name as of June 2006.

Anonymous said...

I am so sick and tired of all of the whining about this. I agree 100% with what David said in this blog. I just dont see how the placement of trophies is that big of a deal. Jr. is not at DEI anymore because he is a spoiled brat. I am truly tired of the most overrated driver in the history of NASCAR getting the most news coverage for every tiny thing that he does or even doesn't do. I guess they can't really talk about his recent victories...since there haven't been any for a really long time. Look at the facts and quite simply...grow up. He isn't with the team anymore and that is that.

Bill in Kansas City said...

There sure seems to be plenty of kool-aid to go around. The JR bashers can cry all they want to about Jr getting all the attention. Even as a Jr fan, I feel it is overboard, but I do not understand how that makes him an overrated racer and a spoiled brat. The guy works as hard as the next driver and his wins and championships speak for themselves. David pretty much just reported and threw in a pinch of opinion. No need for Jr fans to jump off the deep end. For those who are fixated with David's girth, he has been known to turn down a meal. I invited him for Kansas City Barbecue and he turned it down.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Poole, you have a problem here:

You want to support DEI for not continuing to showcase Junior's work for them...

...but Max said the cars were moved temporarily and they'd be back on display.

Which means you're supporting DEI for something it isn't actually doing.

Duh.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Mr. Poole, for attempting to interject some common sense into the hysterical silliness.

Its not going to make a lick of difference to the wild-eyed fanatics of the Cult of Earnhardt, but its nice to know that at least one reporter can report rather than instigate.

This whole thing reminds some of us of that sly, gossipy, untrustworthy girl who first whispers to Brittany, "Did you hear what Ashley said about you?" then scurries off to Ashley, "Did you hear what Brittany said about you?"

How about a breaking story on the quanity and prominence of Kurt Busch items at Roush? ;)

Anonymous said...

AB in KY

I'm a rabid JR fan. I do think he got a bad deal, but I am 32 and have a stepmom and I've gotten the shaft repeatedly, but dont sound stupid, just let JR do the talking on the track. I KNOW he will

REVTOM said...

Our family toured DEI, and RCR last Spring. We were surprised that RCR had as much Junior as DEI. Most companies are displaying their history, and not their present or future. If this was not a family matter Junior's stuff would be on display. If, Jr.'s fans want to see a good #3 display go to RCR. What is displayed at DEI is very weak. The place has already become a Museum. Like MM it is trading on its past. Gone are the good ole days here. Just Mother T. and her memories.

SpeedwayGoddess said...

THANK YOU MR.POOLE for mentioning me by NAME , I have recieved over 350 hits on my WEBSITE.

YAH HOO!!!!!

David said...

Mr. Poole,
I am an old NASCAR fan and realize that you are the receipient of a bunch of slamming of your opinions here and although I disagree with most of them I think that DEI should keep all the Dale Jr. memorabilia and display it prominently and proudly as it is as much a part of the DEI history as Dale Sr.'s own is. Am I a Dale Jr. fan? No. But I am a NASCAR fan and my like and dislikes are not the issue, my being a NASCAR fan is. I don't care who sponsors a driver, who sells the memorabilia, And who hates who. I want to see racing. There is an old saying that I believe an old army general said back during the Civil war era. " My legacy will be made by the persons that follow me in subsuquent generations, but I believe in, and will display my accomplishments now, here in my lifetime", or words to that effect. Maybe we can learn from this statement. So lets get to Daytona, see some high quality racing, and may everyone's favorite driver win this season. GO NASCAR - GO TOYOTA - GO FORD - Go DODGE - GO CHEVROLET... etc. etc. etc.

ghostofcturner said...

Well, Duh,
sorry I mean "Dave"
With your line of thinking I guess since Dale Sr. is dead all his stuff should be gone too.
Way to go David, keep drinking the cool aid and eating the free donuts.

Anonymous said...

Dave,

Whether or not someone agrees with your writings, they have no right to get so personal with you. Anyone who has to criticize another person about their weight or appearance doesn't deserve to be taken seriously. I disagree with you a lot but would never say such things. Just ignore their posts.

Robbie Mac said...

Why can't we all get along?

Okay okay okay I get it.

Seriously this train wreck should have wrapped up last year. Two weeks after Jr signed at Hendrick this should have become a non-issue.

Instead this has become NA$CAR's own Brittney saga.

Sunday I was driving home from my cottage, tuned into NA$CAR on Sirius and was looking forward to 5 hours of racing talk. Instead it was a Theresa witch hunt and I turned it off.

If NA$CAR coverage remains the same this year I will be turning more off for sure!

It took more than one last name to build NA$CAR. Perhaps someone will sit young Mr France and the executive team that.

Anonymous said...

I am amazed at all the comments on Mr. Poole's article. As mentioned by some people who actually can think, Dale Jr. has moved on -- as a fan of Jr's, I too was sorry that they couldn't work out some sort of deal with Teresa BUT the long and the short of it is this: they couldn't, Jr. took the high road, did what was best for HIM and not for others, and is now happily ensconced at HMS. That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if down the road certain things happen and Jr. returns to DEI. Teresa chose to take the low road and has to suffer the consequences from 'not thinking the entire thing through'. We should all be happy for Jr. and support him no matter where he drives. Trust me, someday he'll be back at DEI at some level -- meanwhile, I thank Mr. Poole for his article and trust that the history of DEI will be replaced now that the media frenzy is over - after all, any type of history consists of many people doing many things, regardless if they are still involved with that history or not. I am sure Teresa has this one figured out!

Anonymous said...

DEI employee said...
Thank you for NOT being on the "BASH Teresa and DEI Bandwagon".their cars and trucks.


Get that resume ready, bud, 'cause there's going to be more job cuts coming at DEI.

sadtoseeitend said...

I wonder why this organization continues to call itself DEI when THM (Teresa Houston Motorsports) is more appropriate. While it used to be a top flight race team, it now only exists as a world class propaganda machine.

ldcbfan said...

Dale and Teresa may have built DEI, but Dale Jr. was the mainstay who made it prosper. That should be worthy of enshrinement into the Garage Mahal.

canucken said...

Who are (over half) you people? Get over it, seriously! This upsets you? The fact that they moved some cars out of a showroom to make room for a media event? You have your heads so far up your ass you think there is a conspiracy in everything involving Jr. and Teresa. If you read the (multiple) stories out there you'll see that when Siegel was asked about the cars being moved he answered the question immediately. There was no need to address it beforehand, none whatsoever. My God it's people like you that make it difficult for me to defend my interest in Nascar to some of my own friends! You're more upset about stuff like this than (I'm willing to bet) more important things within your own community or even country that matter! Get a life. Jr. is gone from DEI. Yes he had a tremendous part in that and his legacy will be honored in some way there. That doesn't mean they have to keep his cars out on display (which apparently they will once they move them back). I'm also amazed at how many of you know more that the dei employee who posted here. That's really incredible seeing as he/she spends a lot more time there than any of you do. Also, based on your hatred for Teresa why do you even care if Jr's cars are or are not on display? It seems to me that you wouldn't set foot in the place anyways. What a bunch of freaking losers here. Use some common sense and get worked up over things that matter.

R. Roberts said...

I think you're right on target, David. Considering the circumstances that Jr. left under, I believe the best thing for everyone involved is to respect and remember the past, but move forward and get on with the new season. I don't believe the best way for DEI to move forward is by having its employees walk by a shrine to Jr every morning as they prepare to work. They need to focus on the new season, and be excited about the drivers who represent the team now.

I'm not Teresa's biggest fan, but this whole deal is just a non-issue. Get over it, people...

R. Roberts

Anonymous said...

Notice that JR had no problem with it a week ago . Then his sister pushed him into making it a big production . Kelley will not allow one day to go by without JR in the news .
The DEI employees ( and not just Siegal ) say that the JRs cars and other items are right there where they always were . The incredibly obtuse Jenna Fryer got it wrong again . She should stick to writing about something she knows , as soon as that comes along . But this should be a lesson , when Fryer writes anything , be very skeptical .

toyphd said...

Marc.

You are the one who owes an apology. A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing, especially when it is VERY LITLE knowledge.

You repeated exactly what I said and missed the point entirely. I clearly said DEI no longer has the right to Dale Jr's name or likeness. This means they cannot CREATE NEW PRODUCT in the future. ANYONE can RETAIL goods already manufactured under previous agreements.

When your Mommy takes you to Toys R US, don't you see older vehicles with drivers who are no longer together? In the contract there is a 90 day sell-off period for the manufacturers to sell their existing goods to retailers but retailers can sell whatever is available as along as they want.

Doesn't my screen name give you a clue that I might know more about toys than you do? I am a licensee of DEI and even if I hadn't seen the contract this has been the standard licensed goods practice since the beginning of time. Yes, I expect Mr. Poole to know about something before he makes an erroneous sweeping statement as if it is fact.

You have to learn some manners before you sit at the table with us adults.

Anonymous said...

ToyPHD, I assure you that I understand far more about the business of NASCAR than you give me credit for. There are aspects of the split between DEI and Dale Jr. that are unique to that and different from virtually every other licensing deal that's ever been signed. I don't know that DEI can or can't sell merchandise it might have had on hand, but I would renew the point that if it should do so it would no doubt draw criticism from some fans for trying to make money on Dale Jr. after he's gone. It also makes no sense from a marketing standpoint for them to sell merchandise for a driver they no longer employ.

toyphd said...

Anon, I don't know why NASCAR fans think that NASCAR is somehow special, different or excluded from the world of standard business practices. Again, I have seen the portions of the agreement as it pertains specifically to rights, assigend rights and the flow termination procedures.

The only point I am making is that DEI can retail goods with Jr's likeness on them. Whether it is exsiting goods, new goods manufcatuered under the old agremeent or even the new goods being licensed through HMS. Heck, they can even retail Ward Burton goods if they wanted.

I am not a fan of Jr so I could care less what they do but the contract does not preclude them from retailing anything. It's their choice.

One school of thought is that selling Jr in the #8 Bud car somehow gives he and Bud publicity. Which, given the potential number of cars they could sell, absurd. Another school of thought might be fans come to the shop to get closer to something they love; Dale, Dale Jr. and DEI.

We will never know exactly what transpired in this situation but from a Marketing professional's point of view; why tick off the few thousnad fans who would actually visit the shop and buy a car?

Let's be even more honest, would you agree that most of Dale Jr's fans started out by being fans of his Father, right? So why publicly force fans to make a choice between DEI and Dale Jr?

Anonymous said...

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions (they're like asses and everybody has one). Teresa can do whatever she wants with DEI ( including running it into the ground). This whole situation sadly reflects the major differences in business philosphy between DEI and Hendrick Motor Sports. Mr. Hendrick respects racing and honors those who have contributed to his company. Poor Teresa just doesn't have that kind of vision. May Senior rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

Why all of the bowing and scraping to Hendrick . He has not cured cancer . He has not solved world hunger . He is a CAR SALESMAN . And even overlooking his conviction on fraud charges years ago , he has what the record books show are the most dishonest teams in the history of NASCAR . Joe Gibbs far outweighs Rick Hendrick as a team owner and role model . As do the Wood brothers and Richard Childress .
Lets all get over this phoney hero worship of Hendrick .Doing so makes you sound like Larry MacReynolds and DW . And that can't be good .

budteam73 said...

I am a JR fan,but this is just plain crazy. Yes JR won 17 times for DEI and 2 Busch championships. JR is now moved on doing what he needs to do. If DEI want to take all of his stuff and burn it then that's there right.I don't like it but they have parted ways and that is that.As for all of the comments about Mr.Poole what he said is his opinion just like what everyone else is saying is theirs.I hope both JR and DEI do good just because I am an Earnhardt fan.

Checkered Past said...

Finally, someone who actually understands the business and isn't so blinded by an allegiance to a driver that he can't see reality.
Thanks Mr. Poole. You really do get it.

Kurt2 said...

This scares me to death but Marc is right.Jr has the rights from DEI from his name.

Please take the time to review a few legal facts before you state "they can sell older Jr things".

Ok Bud is with the 9 car and Jr is with yeah HMS.So why would HMS or Bud allow DEI to sell anything resembling the 8 or the BUD log? Makes no sense.

Some think its a lovely idea, but it is not happening in NASCAR now.I am sure those whom hate Teresa will say it is her fault, but in all reality its no ones .It called a business now..

SR LEFT THE COMPANY TO HER, not Kelley, Taylor nor JR.

IMO, 51% of something that IS NOT YOURS IS ASKING FOR ALOT.To me it appears a shaft to Kelley, Taylor and Kerry.

DEI Employee , you dont need to send your resume out .DEI wont turn on whats left there.That issue with JR and Teresa was personal, you know that and I do..

I came by there yesterday and noticed all the JR things etc in the front area were the same..

Working on another race team I see all the "drama" drawn out by this and the media hype reported.

Can they have a lunch in the building and actaully move things for the Media Tour? or is that at slap at someone whom last week was okay, and now is bitching... Or is this a way to get back at Teresa for her comments last year( wanna be a rock star or a driver)...Note about the same timing as Teresa said that a year ago.

So yeah DEI employee we are all sleeping with Teresa for actaully defending her actions and going against the grain.Hell i have done that all my life and it wont change.

Funny how many forget he was given "permission" to take 4 employees with him.. how many did he take????? We all know.

I like Jr as a person, but this "high school trival BS" needs to end.Kelley please get him to chill some.

Laura,

I am drinking Gatorade, not Kool Aid.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Poole, oh how you love to anger Junior nation. But are you on the DEI payroll? Well duh, reading this post indicates you are.

The saddest thing about this whole story line is the failure of family and the jealousy of one, crazed woman who obviously harbors a hatred for Sr's off-spring.

Well, eventually, those that turn their backs on family deserve to fail and DEI will fail. Oh DEI will most likely always be in NASCAR, but they will never be as popular or profitable as they were under the SR and JR umbrella. Sure, they brought in Mark Martin, the good ol' boy of NASCAR, because no one would boo Martin, right? Wrong. Go to a live event, not watching it on TV and see how NASCAR fans feel about DEI and Mark Martin's betrayal of the Earnhardt name.

The move by Mark changed my view of him. Instead of the respect I once had for him I now reserve for wishing him failure as well. He, of all people, should have known what SR's company meant to JR. That was his father's company and I'm pretty damn sure that SR wanted JR to take over the reins when SR retired. It was a betrayal only second to Theresa's betrayal of JR.

As for Truex, he is a puppet of Theresa's and will do what she asks. "dance little puppet dance"

I wish nothing but failure for DEI, based on the fact Theresa turned her back on family, on the Earnhardt's, the true blood Earnhardt's, not the I married into the family. So for that, I raise my glass to toast the failure of DEI. Hooyah..

To those who just chalk this up to business, well, we see what all business in motorsports is like, just look at the IRL. Here's a thought, perhaps DEI should hire Gene Simmons to market its products. He has done wonders for the IRL series.

I'm sad for JR because of the betrayal he must have felt concerning his departure and his legacy at DEI. And Mr. Poole, there are lawyers out there who could have kept JR's legacy there without compromising sponsorship obligations. EASPORTS has done it in their racing games, why not employ that at DEI? Oh wait, it because Theresa doesn't want to have anything to do with JR or his family. She is content to remove the Earnhardt name from DEI, while still making huge profits off SR.

SR fans, you want to send a message to DEI, stop buying their merchandise and that includes 3 related items. The only way to send a message to business owners is to hit them in their pocket books. Stop buying their stuff and watch them fail.

As for JR and his sister, I am so glad to see that they stuck together as a family unit, something that is missing in society these days, and came out better on the receiving end than their step-mother did.

Last but not least, I would love to see JR motorsports buy out DEI in the next five years or so. That would be something. The ultimate in don't mess with my family, bitch.

---from the lair of conservatism---

Kurt2 said...

OMG now we are resorting to trashing Mark Martin.... There is a new one daily in life..

Mark Martin is one of the best and most respected people in the gargage.

Guess you missed that he has helped Jr a ton with his transistion to HMS>

WOW this took things to a whole new level..


After that post , I only thank god that my team isnt dealing with the high school BS>

JebbyJoe said...

Great article Poole.

Personally, I think it's way past time for Earnhardt to just ... "shut and drive".

Anonymous said...

I am a fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr. And I do not endorse most of the comments made here. Peace, Mike.

Anonymous said...

Wonder if Dale Jr. is embarassed by the morons who are his fans. Read it and weep wackos!! The soap opera between DEI and Dale Jr. is only in your ignorant warped minds! HEE HEE HEE


http://blogs.infieldparking.com/DaleJr/?p=38

Anonymous said...

Has anyone posting here, Mr. Poole, or anyone else who is not a DEI employee, actually gone to DEI to see what is, or isn't, on display in the museum-the public display at DEI. Seems like the "we moved them for media week" would be really very easy to very with a trip to the museaum to see...

nh_nascarfan said...

Oh my God.

I am a Junior fan. I just finished reading the 63 posts before mine that have been posted in less than 24 hours. It seems as though its running at least 5-1 against David Poole.

And the large majority of those against what David wrote? Probably the most embarrassing tripe I have ever read on this (or any) this blog. For all those who took could only manner to muster up personal attacks on David's weight... shame on you. It is YOU that make the rest of those of us in Junior nation look bad. It is YOU that cause people to view all NASCAR fans as a bunch of uneducated bunch of inbred, toothless alcoholic tobacco chewing bubbas.

You people have never even met Mr Poole or Ms Earnhardt, yet you are quick to ASSume that you know what is going on. You 'think' - and I use that term loosely - that you know what Dale Sr wanted and presume to know what he would be thinking from beyond the grave. Well, folks, guess what... you don't. He and Teresa - as husband and wife - made a decision that if he dies, the company goes to Teresa. If she died, it goes to him. And look at yourselves... if you were to write a will, you would leave all of your assets to your spouse first. Dale Sr loved her, and she loved him... show some respect. I don't presume to know what he would say from beyond the grave, but as a married man who loves his wife, I could only imagine how angry I would be if people spoke of my wife the way you speak of his.

Again, shame on you. The ultimate sign of respect you can show Dale Sr is to leave Teresa - and Dale Jr - alone. It is what it is, accept it and show some class.

And, for the record, because I refuse to get on the Theresa/DEI/Davis Poole bashing, I will say this - I have met none of the above nor am I on anybody's payroll.

Good luck to DEI and its drivers this year. Please, for the sake of all the morons out there, have a great year!

I am disgusted.

Anonymous said...

wah wah wah poor Junior.. get over it. People really are delusional..

Anonymous said...

Give me a break. It WAS deliberate on Teresa's part. It IS inappropriate. However, it IS NOT surprising. Not only is Dale Jr. the SON of the founder, he was a Busch championship driver AND won several Cup races, including the prestigious Daytona 500. No one expected merchandise to be on sale - that would be absurd. Have his cars parked on the premises is hardly recognition to Dale Jr. - so don't pat yourself on the back for that Max Siegel. Hendrick Motorsports honors its past and present drivers in its shop -- as is the case with all GREAT COMPANIES. There are former president pictures in the white house; there are former president photos in the halls of today's Fortune 1000 companies. That my friends is class.........

TR Veteran said...

Mr. Poole: I surely don't know how you calmly respond to the ignorant fools who have the unmitigated gaul to trash you personally simply because they disagree with your opinions. I don't often agree with the opinions you post on this blog or on the TR forum, but I respect that you have as much right to yours as I have to mine. Furthermore, I have to give you the benefit of the doubt with this particular post as you were actually in attendance at this event and I (and the rabid bloggers) were not. Keep it up, David, and I look forward to seeing your threads on the TR for another season.

Anonymous said...

What about Steve Park's stuff? Nothing there -Sr made DE- Jr, Steve Park and Michael Waltrip-I don't see anyone who works at DEI saying his Rockingham win car after DE's death is there or his Watkins Glen win car is there? That is DEI history too since he was DEI's first CUP driver, handpicked by Dale..Not the same without DE, sorry!

Anonymous said...

Looks like Max made a lier out of you and Jr .Some of Jr stuff is there.

Kurt2 said...

Anon said
"However, it IS NOT surprising. Not only is Dale Jr. the SON of the founder, he was a Busch championship driver AND won several Cup races, including the prestigious Daytona 500. No one expected merchandise to be on sale - that would be absurd. Have his cars parked on the premises is hardly recognition to Dale Jr"

Would you like a daily parade outside the shop daily to honor JR? or a flyover?

UMM maybe note his cars and things are in fact there.He is NO LONGER WITH DEI.Cant you praise him at HMS?

Anonymous said...

Junior clears up confusion about moving of cars and memorabilia {{JR Now knows the news people liyed.}}http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/news/story?seriesId=2&id=3222521

Anonymous said...

Wow, it's embarrassing to just read some of these comments. And people wonder why the NASCAR fan stereotype lives on...you need look no further than here. NASCAR fans can be passionate people, but c'mon - show some class. I love how some of them think they have the inside know on everything - on Jr.'s or Teresa's intentions. The funniest comments to me are the ones from Dale Earnhardt fans who think they know what he wanted done with his company. If you ask me, if he heard the vile that people spread around about his beloved wife, I think he would be looking to kick their ass.

David, I tend to not agree with you most of the time. But I appreciate you posting your thoughts on this issue knowing that the crazies were going come out because you dared to not fall into the "Jr. can do no wrong/Teresa is the devil" line.

Texan-American said...

Mr. Poole you are catching a lot of flak for something you have no control over(lack of Jr. items at DEI) Here is something you can do something about, The Houston Chronicle is not available in the lobby of The Observer Building. Please exert an effort to correct this oversight.

Anonymous said...

Oh Kurt2, you are the simpleton, my uneducated nemisis. You missed my point entirely. But I should have expected such things from a Kurt fan. I suppose you liked Rusty prior to Kurt. Penske's organization is a topic for another forum.

I can assume, because that is all we can do is assume, Martin felt empathy for JR, in the fashion of a father figure, which is why he probably felt compelled to help JR in his transition with HMS. But that does not factor into my point. The point was DEI, hence their CEO, turned its back on the founder's son. Family doesn't do that to each other and if they do they get what they deserve.

In my opinion, Martin was brought into the fold because he sold JR out by accepting his old ride. A veteran and respected driver should know these family values, yet he went against it in order to drive for another damn year. It is greedy and a move made strictly for more money. How much money is enough? We all say NASCAR is deeply rooted in family values and a good ol'boy sport. Does this sound like a family values and good ol'boy move? No.

Martin's helping hand to JR during the transition to HMS was done more out of respect for JR and his father. I don't deny that or argue against that point. Moreover, I support what Martin did. However, Martin disrespected NASCAR by going against its family values in driving for DEI. I don't feel JR's ride at DEI should have been replaced with someone who has raced with SR and JR, and thus is a veteran of the sport. If DEI wanted to start a new chapter, as they claim to want to do, why did they choose Martin? Why didn't they bring up a no name in Busch or IRL to take the ride, and create a legacy for that driver? It is because DEI knew they would catch hell for this move at removing JR. They assumed that by hiring Martin, who raced against SR, that would calm the uprising based on the amount of respect most NASCAR fans have for Martin.
Perhaps this is why NASCAR isn't what it once was. It is being ruled by the all mighty dollar now, instead of what should matter, family loyalty. You don't see the Petty's getting rid of Kyle. Why? Because it is a family business.

Granted, I wasn't there during the discussions to keep JR at DEI, had I been, JR might still be with DEI.

HA HA HA....

-----------lair of conservatism----

MArc said...

MeThinks some of you should hold the scorn for the author and read what Dale Jr. has posted on his own website, it pretty much mirrors what Poole has written.

"I feel there has been misunderstanding and misinterpretation regarding the removal of show cars and memorabilia at DEI to accommodate the media tour, and I think it’s proper to paint a clear picture of how the situation truly is.

There is no anger or ill-feeling towards DEI, period. Nearly half the cars that were moved out of the showroom to accommodate the media tour consist of cars I’ve won races and championships with, and any fan of mine who wants a glimpse of my past can still and always will find it at DEI. I know that DEI is proud of its past. I know that they’re proud that they’ve won championships in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Busch Series, I know they’re proud of all the Daytona 500 wins with me and Michael, the All-Star victory, and all the other accomplishments we’ve had.

In the name of success I made a lot of sacrifices, and DEI made those same sacrifices for me. Max Siegel has been nothing but honest, direct, and supportive. We both sincerely wish success for each other. We both want to move forward diligently with our individual futures in this sport. To continue to have to answer about the past makes it difficult for either one to achieve that. We’re both solidly entrenched in new chapters of our lives, and it’s a great feeling.

Anonymous said...

Of course DEI has no ill will, now that Mighty Max has flown in and cleared the air. We must take Max at his word, afterall, he is a force to be reckoned with at DEI. His word is God now.

If Max says it, then all must believe, including JR.

Kurt2 said...

ANON said:

"Oh Kurt2, you are the simpleton, my uneducated nemisis. You missed my point entirely. But I should have expected such things from a Kurt fan. I suppose you liked Rusty prior to Kurt. Penske's organization is a topic for another forum. "

Ok I am a simpleton? I am a Kurt fan or RW fan.Oh great one whom hides behind ANON....

I worked for Kurt , thank you.When he left I went somewhere else.

You have a brass pair to call MM a traitor.He helped him but you will construe it anyway you choose...

Why hasnt Petty gotten rid of Kyle? what planet are you on? He freaking is running the damn show prior to Robbie Loomis coming over.

Love the NASCAR roots are about "family", yep they were when I began but arent now. ITS ABOUT MONEY... Doesnt take a rocket scientist to see that .NASCAR has changed since 2004 in leaps and bounds.

Come out from your ANON and talk.

Yeah you can also tell you have no concept on quite a few things with MM and Sr being good friends.

Diane Mc said...

Well said Kurt2. I think a lot of the reason Martin is at DEI is to help Aric Almirola. He said last year that he enjoyed mentoring the younger drivers.

Let's let Teresa do her thing and Jr. do his thing. It's time to GO RACING!!

Anonymous said...

I bet DEI sees a 90% drop in visits to the Gragemahal; I know I will never return. I'm also fairly certain that Sr. would have given Jr. 51% of DEI when he asked for it last season. Like Stewrat said, it's just a museum without Jr. I bet Truex Jr. leaves for another team after 2008. Jr is a class act - and while he may have no hard feelings, I most certainly do. DEI could have bought a great deal of good will if they hadn't put-forth that ridicilous request for 50% of all #8 sales, in order for Jr. to take HIS Grandfather's number with him to HMS. I respect Teresa, but she made some bad decisions in 2007 (I have recounted only 2 of them above) and DEI will pay for those bad decisions henceforth. Every garage should honor all of their previous drivers - the way they do at all garages, save for DEI. It is unfortunate and regretable, but will have no effect on Jr's pending rise to certified greatness. DEI will regret not giving him what he wanted - you can chisel that in stone.

Kurt2 said...

Another ANON

Can you please enlighten us why they will "regret not having Jr?" HE LEFT, he DIDNT get his way..

As stated earlier, "does Teresa owe Jr a shrine? a whole wing for his cars?"

Before you jump I was and am a huge SR fan forever, prior to entering the garage.So dont go there.He left it to her..All the Anti Teresa and Max bashers please included me on his right or intentions to get 51%?

Please also explain where that would leave Kelley, Taylor, and Teresa????

Why is he owed anything when HIS FATHERS wishes were carried out?

MM was with Roush for 17 to 18 years. Does Jack owe MM anything? Umm no

And no I am not sleeping with Teresa nor a DEI employee , but its a sad thing these days that the people take it this far..

Whose fault will it be this year if Jr doesnt win and perform, somehow many of you will find a abstract wasy to lay it on Teresa, Max and DEI

Michael Baker (formerly anonymous) said...

DEI will regret not giving Jr. what he wanted because DEI will decline while Jr. soars. Beware the 88. Kelly is with Jr., and would have and will be fine. Teresa and Taylor would be fine with 49% (of DEI with JR. - no one will be able to live on any % of DEI w/o Jr. Beware the 88. T does not owe Jr. a shrine, but DEI owes Jr. the same level of display that Kurt has at Roush - pictures and memorabelia of his accomplishments as a valued (and loved) employee at DEI. The purge was a calculated swipe - and when they see 10% (in 2008) of the fan traffic they enjoyed in 2007 - they will regret the swipe. MM's years at Roush are remembered with prominent displays - that's what any beloved employee deserves, nothing more, nothing less. Beware the 88. If Jr. has a bad season at HMS, it will be Jr's fault (shared with Tony Jr., and Rick H. - because all 3 are class acts). By the way, tell Kurt to "Beware the 88" !!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I'm also fairly certain that Sr. would have given Jr. 51% of DEI when he asked for it last season.

Yah, ok. Got a crystal ball up your ass?

Michael Baker said...

No, it's on the table by the time machine.

and it says........

Beware the 88 !!!!!

Michael Baker said...

I mean, think about it. No matter the cost to the company - letting Dale Earnhardt Jr. leave your company is a bad business decision - no matter what you think of him or anyone else in the world - can anyone disagree with the statement that it was a bad business decision ?

and always remember......

Beware the 88 !!!

Michael Baker said...

The silence is deafening - Kurt2 - are you sufficiently enlightened ?

Let's just call Jr. "Brand X"

Given: Brand X sells 2 times as much merchandise as Jeff Gordon. Now, ask your broker - is 49% of a company that can boast Brand X worth more or less than a company whose biggest asset is now Truex Jr. (& I mean no offense to Martin, I think he is swell) ?

I'd take a 5% interest in DEjr over a 105% interest in Aric Almirola (again, I mean no offense to Aric, I do not know him).

& oh yeah, do not be skeeerd, just Beware the 88 !!!

nh_nascarfan said...

Michael Baker said...
I mean, think about it. No matter the cost to the company - letting Dale Earnhardt Jr. leave your company is a bad business decision - no matter what you think of him or anyone else in the world - can anyone disagree with the statement that it was a bad business decision ?

Michael... think for a moment. What would YOU do if your child/step child or anyone else were to demand 51% of your assets? Would you just turn it over without question? I know I wouldnt.

Michael Baker said...

Dear nh,

Business should be conducted w/o emotion - Teresa knows that -

However,49% of DEI with Jr was worth X amount, now 100% of DEI w/o Jr. is worth no more than 0.5 times X.......and dropping.....(see post above yours for further explanation).

I want the best for Teresa and DEI, but the math is the math - that was a bad business decision.

- and, of course, Beware the 88 !!!

Michael Baker said...

If that step child represented (conservatively) 90% of my assets, I'd be very happy with 49% of 100%................and Teresa will not be so happy with 100% of the 10% of DEI's value that is left......

huh ???

Don't be skeeerd - Beware the 88 !!!

Kurt2 said...

Michael B.

Ok "lets all beware of the 88", I think we all got your point..

A bad business decision.Please reflect to your first POST where you had a actual name.
" Kelly is with Jr., and would have and will be fine. Teresa and Taylor would be fine with 49% (of DEI with JR. - no one will be able to live on any % of DEI w/o Jr."

Yes its , Kelley BTW, yes she would have been fine, considering her being there for JR, plus her husband is a really good Crew Chief in Cup and has been for some time.Love how you say Teresa and Taylor would have been fine with 49%. So lets screw Earnhardts other son? Oh lets throw Kerry away...I am not a Math expert but 51% is a majority ownership, am I correct? 49 is not, lets divide 49% by 4, that equates to less than 13%.....SO where please oh business decision one should ahve Teresa sign that....

To your next point on Kurt Busch and Roush.. here is a little hint, he left Roush for part of this reason.Jack owns Team Caliber and the driversw cut of merchandise sales over there at Roush Fenway are massively lower than most drivers get.Plus other reasons, so why in gods name would Jack not display Kurts stuff? JACK MAKES MONEY, thats a good business decision.

Yeah I know "Beware of the 88" well if your 88 doesnt perfomr this year you wont have DEI and Teresa to blame.. No doubt you will twist it somehow to blame them.

You are the exact example YOUR 88 driver talkes about when he stopped this intially, Taylor still has to go to school..Or is that new to you as well?

Please dont think MB I am running or silent on this..Doesnt happen.Maybe get a little knowledge on Roush and Team Caliber before you ATTEMPT to compare 2 separate business transcations. DEI/Jr, vs. Roush/Kurt B.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Poole

You hit the nail on the head.

JR. fans get life!!!!!!!!

MB said...

Thanks Kurt2 - I appreciate the education. However, when I mentioned Roush/Kurt, it was not in regard to a business decision or to sales, etc. It was in response to your question about what a former driver is owed. Common courtesy was my response.

Now, Kerry and all the other Earnhardt/Eury/etc., etc. folks would have been fine with Junior as majority owner - they very likely would have been better-off than they are now - because DEI has now lost half (conservatively) of it's value (measured in future earnings, etc.) and I'm fairly certain that Jr. would treat them as well as Teresa.

They all will likely be working for JR Motorsports in 5 to 10 years when DEI (sadly) folds. I hope I am 100% WRONG about that but I do think that DEI lost 50% of it's value the day junior walked away.

I'm probably wrong, as you have stated that Kurt left Roush because he wasn't getting his fair share of the t-shirt sales, but I thought he left because Roush fired him - because he was such an ass that nobody at Roush could get along with him????

I won't twist anything, as I said before if Jr fails at HMS - he will take the blame - he's classy that way. And yes, he's classy in defending Teresa and I'm sure he and Taylor love one another. I don't think my opinion that letting her (likely) favorite step-brother (by the way, in my family we are all just brothers and sisters, I hope Jr. and Taylor feel the same way)....anyway, my opinion on the poor business decision by Teresa (whom I admire and respect) should have no effect on Taylor at school............is that hard to imagine?

Teresa and Taylor are fine people. No business should drop it's main asset for any reason...........and the crap with the #8 and the memorabilia (how is that spelled?) was just poor judgment - doesn't make anyone a bad person, it just wasn't very nice and will cost DEI $.........you know what comes next......don't you?

Tell Kurt to try not to wet himself when the 88 blasts past him......&

Beware the 88 !!!

PS - I'm just funnin' ya about Kurt - he is one helluva driver and I wish him the best too - just keep a towel handy - 'cause the 88 is comin'

Don't be skeeerd !!!

Kurt2 said...

Trust me the team and my driver is worried on the 88...

To your thing "Kurt was fired because he was a ass".Well lets see, he made Jack aware of his intentions prior to leaving...One issue was Jack owning and taking X from his drivers, not just Kurt.Kurt was not fired at all, he left....

DEI folds? You have to be freaking kidding me.. Thanks for that laugh(once again I dont work for DEI).

Lets see, Jr himself asked those (such as you) to back off the Teresa thing early on.Guess you missed that as well..

You consistently omit Kerry from every one of your posts. You are all about Kelley, Jr, now Taylor gets placed in.

Is this not your post earlier?
"
If that step child represented (conservatively) 90% of my assets, I'd be very happy with 49% of 100%................and Teresa will not be so happy with 100% of the 10% of DEI's value that is left......"

Cool you must be a hell of a parent as you just left your stepson out of the mix in order to garner Jr, his 51%/.

Also in that post you are omitting on thing, are you aware of what Srs merchandise sales are? Do a little research and let me know since you ASSume Jrs is 90% of DEI...

mb said...

Kurt2 said...
"Trust me the team and my driver is worried on the 88..."

MB says - smart team, smart driver - thanks for the props.

K2 says - "To your thing "Kurt was fired because he was a ass".
Well lets see, he made Jack aware of his intentions prior to leaving...
One issue was Jack owning and taking X from his drivers, not just Kurt.
Kurt was not fired at all, he left...."

MB says - Please forgive me - you are clearly more knowledgeable on this point - I apologize.

K2 says "DEI folds? You have to be freaking kidding me.. Thanks for that laugh(once again I dont work for DEI)."

MB says - Thank you - that's what I was goin' for.

K2 says - "Lets see, Jr himself asked those (such as you) to back off the Teresa thing early on.
Guess you missed that as well.."

MB says - I didn't miss that, like I said Jr is a class act - however, I am not bashing Teresa as a person - I'm just saying that she made some poor decsions for DEI and everyone at DEI in 2007.

K2 says - "You consistently omit Kerry from every one of your posts.
You are all about Kelley, Jr, now Taylor gets placed in.

MB says - you must have read them too quickly - Taylor was mentioned in my first post that followed your first mention of Taylor and Kerry was mentioned in my post just before your last post - I do not know for sure, of course, but I think they are wonderful people who would be better-off (at DEI) if Jr was still at DEI - that is all.

K2 says - "Is this not your post earlier?
"
If that step child represented (conservatively) 90% of my assets,
I'd be very happy with 49% of 100%................and Teresa will not
be so happy with 100% of the 10% of DEI's value that is left......""

MB says - Yes that is my post, but I don't follow your question that follows.....

K2 - says "Cool you must be a hell of a parent as you just left your stepson out
of the mix in order to garner Jr, his 51%/."

MB says - I can't follow what you are saying there - must be a missing word or something - I will say this - Everyone in the DEI world would be better-off, now and in the future, if junior was still working for DEI - anyone wanna dispute that?

K2 says - "Also in that post you are omitting on thing, are you aware of what
Srs merchandise sales are? Do a little research and let me know since you ASSume Jrs is 90% of DEI..."

MB says - Dang, I think you might have me there - I know I will be buying Sr. merchandise for the next 40 years - so, yeah, DEI might hang on for at least that long, however, I ask everyone this:

What would you have paid for a share of DEI when Junior worked there? - What would you pay for that same share now? maybe 50%?

Oh, and you know............

Beware the 88 !!!

Anonymous said...

So much for getting back to just the racing this season.

MB said...

Anonymous said...

So much for getting back to just the racing this season.

MB says - nice - good stuff.

But what was Poole's column about ?
'just racing'?

Thats what Sundays are for - Wednesday night is for making certain that everyone knows that they had better..........

Beware the 88 !!!

Kurt2 said...

MB
"What would you have paid for a share of DEI when Junior worked there? - What would you pay for that same share now? maybe 50%?"

No last I checked Srs wife was given the business in the will, thus its hers, so I would have paid nothing to keep a lone driver at my org..

This below is asking you to do the equation, if you can and tell my why soley Jr is entitled to 49 %.:)

K2 - says "Cool you must be a hell of a parent as you just left your stepson out
of the mix in order to garner Jr, his 51%/."


Do the math for Teresa, Taylor, Kelley , Kerry and for JR..To me with the children and a wife he is not more entitled to 20% of the business as the other children are. Plus the fact Teresa was the business end of DEI from day one...

Yeah we will all be real aware of the 88.(oh I just shuttered with fear)

Anonymous said...

To DEI Employee---I hope you win a championship this year!!! Keep the memory of Sr. alive. Leave Jr. where he belongs... in the past. He is history. DEI is probably better for it. Good Luck!!!

I wonder if all of these people keep pictures of their ex-husbands and / or wives hanging on the wall?

Anonymous said...

'Now, Kerry and all the other Earnhardt/Eury/etc., etc. folks would have been fine with Junior as majority owner'

Theres than damn crystal ball again...

mb said...

K2 and anon,

all i'm saying is:

DEI was worth more money (thus more to divide-up, though I don't recall Teresa handing-out any percentages) when Junior was there.

I hope I am wrong, but I think DEI is now worth quite a bit less (i.e., enough that 49% of it's previous value is more than 100% of it's current and future value).

But again, just my opinion - i hope I am wrong.

As far as my crystal ball goes see the above for why DEI folks would be fine with junior running the biz - However, I also think Junior is better-off not running the biz. He should do like Sr. - Drive for a smart owner, let them deal with the headaches, and start your own team - but don't drive for it.

Anon, do you have some insight as to why DEI folks would not be better-off with Junior as majority owner ? - Is teresa known as more generous than Junior - I ask because I don't know.............but I do think there will now be less $ at DEI, with which to be generous, than there would be with Junior still there.

Crystal Ball says.......wait for it.....wait.....wait......& this is especially for 'crystal ball anon'........here it comes.......

Be-ware t-h-e 88 !!!

MB said...

I'm sorry, but I gotta write one more thing.

I posted earlier just as a chance to have my say about the latest in this continuing saga and Mr. Poole's story was just the right bait.

I finally found and read some very good posts later. I particularly liked BudTeam73's, blunt but polite and in the end, pure and succinct - I too would like to see Jr and DEI do well because iI too am an Earnhardt fan......extremely well-put.

However Elena said was also blunt and made the point I wanted to make by my first post - ending with "You can chisel that in stone".

and MamaDew88's comment was particularly poignant.

Now, although I am a fan of canucks everywhere, I want to let canucken (whom I realize will likely never see this) rest easy and know that this area is for sounding-off on the NASCAR soap opera - I am attending to the more important matters mentioned by canucken over at a different blog called "Bush is a lying sociopath who should be impeached for war crimes dot com"

Regardless,

Everyone should be absolutely certain to..........

#1) Not be skeeered,

#2) Tell your diver to keep a towel handy for when they wet themselves because they've just been smoked by a white and green flash.......

and #3)

Beware the 88 !!!

Anonymous said...

Dale Earnhardt Jr has moved on...maybe its time you all do the same.

And for some of you, if you disagree with someone's opinion, that's great. But to respond with personal attacks on the person writing the story is just plain immature and lame. If you are going to argue your point, you sound a lot more educated when you stick to the items in the article. Jr. fans responding with comments like "Go on a diet" are the reason I find a lot of his fans hard to be around.

Anonymous said...

"This NASCAR FAN'S PRAYER"

Please, Lord, let racin' begin so that all beleagured souls have something else besides trivialities and things which do not concern them about which to think.

Lord, we beesech you to help the sterotypically ignorant and singularly focused to open their minds and hearts, thereby becoming better people and more sensitive to humanity and the greater good.

May the highest Power direct "The Powers That Be", in racing, to make the best and most righteous decisions and in you inveterate wisdom, Lord,

PLEASE END THIS RIDUCULOUS DIATRIBE OF BLASHPHEMOUS SENTIMENTS REGARDING DALE EARNHARDT, JR. !

Let the man live and let the racers race, for goodness sake.

People ! Work on getting lives of your own !

Anonymous said...

The subtitle of David Poole's blog is "some thoughts and observations..." and a blog is a narrative or diary by the person writing it. Therefore, this whole entity is basically a subjective view of the topic about which one writes. Observations may be considered objective, but are colored by the observer's subjective views. Also the reader interjects subjective views into what is seen on the page read. It is obvious to me that Mr. Poole thinks of Jr. as a spoiled brat who. upon not getting his way, "took a powder" which is a phrase that has negative connotations and that Theresa is the person Dale Sr. intended to be the caretaker of the business the two of them created. Perhaps this was not really what Mr. Poole meant, but that is the sentiment conveyed to me. The remark "duh" is definitely negative no matter how one looks at it. Regarding the absence of Jr. memorabilia at DEI during the luncheon goes, all we know is that it was not on display at that time although one person did say that it was missing before then. It is unfortunate that opinions cannot be expressed in a respectful manner, but when feelings about something are strong, it is difficult to express them with "milktoast" demeanor. If Mr. Poole does not want to endure demeaning comments about his person, he should be cognizant of the need to treat others with the same respect he would like directed toward himself. Meanwhile, I am sure that Dale Jr. will continue to make news, not only because his fans (of which there are many)demand it, but because it makes money for Mr. Poole and others, and we all know that the Almighty Dollar rules the world. If sacrifices are required to generate that dollar they will be made regardless of the damage done to individuals.

Sonny The Plumber said...

OMG...there are more important questions to be answered!!

If it took a chicken and a half,
a day and a half,
to lay an egg and a half.
How long does it take a rabbit with a wooden leg to kick the seeds out of a dill pickle?

Ghostofcturner said...

This is freaking great.... It's like watching a train wreck!
At the end of the season, we will see who's done what with their respective cars.
And for all you Hendrick fans (Sorry Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Fans) Please remeber the Engine Department Hedrick has now is due to the fact that 2 years after SR. past away all the engine builders from DEI went to Hendrick. To all you JR Fans..... I just love "Don't be Skeeered Beware the 88" Great line I wish I would have thought it up.
Eric (I'dont know you but I respect your driving) Don't expect your owner to be at the track, but you should be use to this, your past owner was too busy with his other job and too busy making sure his favorite driver won busch races. Oh and don't piss her off, just ask Jr.
To Mark Martin I have met you, and you are a class act, but dude? what's with all the retirements. Either drive or hang it up but please stop jerking your fans around. (and before I take heat for that comment I am a fan of Mark).
David, I don't agree with half the stuff you say any more, But this has been one great blog. Keep up the good work.... And sorry about the comment the other week about you accidently eating Tony Stewart :)

C.Turner

MOTY 98 said...

Way to go Dave!! One of the first in the media to get it. There are sure a bunch more fans and media who don't get it. Let's compare Teresa to the other female owner's in Nascar. Oh yeah, that's right, there aren't any. Ever wonder why? Don't know another female that could handle it. All the best to Teresa and DEI in 2008!!

Bonkrr said...

I wonder where the furor is over the absence of Kurt Busch memorabilia at Roush, or Kyle Busch displays at Hendrick. Wake up folks, that was yesterday, welcome to a brand new season.

Anonymous said...

Soon to be seen in the local papers. FOR RENT or SALE. Large former Motorsports Complex. Wonderfully located on N.C. 3 in Mooresville N.C. We lost our best employee (Driver) and can no longer compete. If interested call Teresa Earnhardt or stop by. No phone calls please since Mrs. Earnhardt is hardly ever at the shop. Make offer.

Conicat said...

Does anyone think that when the all mighty Theresa passes that she will leave anything to her STEP children? The only one who will get it all will be Taylor. Does everyone think that Dale only loved one of his children? I don't believe that for a minute. When Jr wanted to buy 51% he said in an interview it was for Kelly, Kerry, Taylor and himself. That would be a 4 way split. Also mommy dearest could remarry and then get divorced and the hubby get half of everything. Jr didn't need to buy into DEI to make money he makes plenty of that himself(which he also stated) It was for his family. Who could fault him for trying for that - as only one child will end up with it all or maybe half and the other half to a future ex-husband and his kids. Now wouldn't that be sad?

Remember this is what could happen to TTEI (Theresa, Taylor)oops I mean DEI.

conicat said...

TE degraded the 8 team by not being able to run for a championship. Does she really think the 8 team will have the respect of the fans with a I'm retired oh no I'm a Part time (almost washed up) driver and a kid who has done nothing.

Mark already lost TONS of fans over the I'm retiring and then coming back as a CHEVY. By the way he also made money off the sales of his final tour hats, shirts and etc. That ticked off 2 of his used to be fans that we know. So please don't tell me how wonderful and respected Mark is as that is a joke. That was in the past leave it there.

conicat said...

TE degraded the 8 team by not being able to run for a championship. Does she really think the 8 team will have the respect of the fans with a I'm retired oh no I'm a Part time (almost washed up) driver and a kid who has done nothing.

Mark already lost TONS of fans over the I'm retiring and then coming back as a CHEVY. By the way he also made money off the sales of his final tour hats, shirts and etc. That ticked off 2 of his used to be fans that we know. So please don't tell me how wonderful and respected Mark is as that is a joke. That was in the past leave it there.

keith12 said...

why can't someone have an opinion without getting blasted? i may not alway agree with david poole, but i am sure not going to diss the guy and his weight. his weight is not an issue with this topic. now if he was on here claiming that he is in better shape than carl edwards, then let him have it.

anyway, david, thanks for the read.

toyphd said...

At the risk of being swarmed by the lemmings who pull for Jr., I have to point out an important fact. I repeat, this is a fact:

Theresa not only made DEI what it is from a business development point of view but she created the prototype for individual personality licensing for a NASCAR driver. Like it or not, through my business dealings it is my understanding that she recognized that Dale was an icon and a viable licensing "property." Go back far enough and the only product you'll see is T-shirts, ball caps and bumper stickers for a driver. And most often it wasn't the driver or owner who did this but some sponsor like Coca-Cola or STP. You can say it was an easy decision but the fact is, she was the first to build and merchandise a business model and a diversified line of products around an individual. Even Michael Jordan did not do this, he made his fortune as a spokesperson.

WITH ALL DUE REPECT, Dale was not a great thinker or the kind of guy to sit behind a desk. Theresa was his partner, completely.

Before you call me names let me point out that I still think she should have given Jr. the 51% Compare the situation to any other sport and you'll see, he was the franchise and they will never recover the income flow and fan base they had with him driving.

My theory is RCR will eventually merge and then take over DEI at which time Jr will return and take back the number 8 or the number 3.

canucken said...

MB, I did see your post. Different 'canucken' on the other site. I don't like Bush but never posted under that name on a politico site.

How come no one has apologized for their childish outbursts after reading the story today about Jr. and Siegel where it was a misunderstanding and that Jr. wasn't upset about any of this and understands why they moved the cars for the media event.

Which by the way is what Poole (and Siegel) wrote and said.

Usual knee jerk reactions from most of you.

MB said...

Hey Canucken,

My theory is that Jr. is just being his classy self and trying to end the furor by being the bigger person, as usual. Time will tell, and I say the story will be that letting Junior go, being small about the #8, and purging the memorabilia (even if they backtracked and replaced some of it) will have combined to reduce their cash flow and fan base to the point where (as toyphd said) RCR or JR Motorsports has to buy-out DEI to save what is left.............then Junior will return to save the day (financially and spiritually) for the Earnhardts and Eurys and other friends and family.

Of course that will be after he has won 3 or more championships at HMS. He'll probably just run the 3 or 8 car for one last season to honor the Man and get the family company back on it's feet, so the legacy can continue.

Yep, that's what'll happen - accordin' to my crystal ball and all......y'all.....

So, relax, don't be skeeerd, and......

BEWARE the 88 !!!

Ghostofcturner said...

ooops Sorry Aric, I didn't mean to miss spell your name.
No offence. Good luck driving in the Shadow of the Constantly Retiring One and The shadow of Jr. Just make friends with Martin and Paul and you'll be OK .... PS Paul's Dad owns his own company and has money, he might be able to help you get a job after TEI closes the doors.... "Sorry I just could resist one last shot."
Remember, don't be scared just........Beware the 88.
And also don't stand in front of David in the buffet line, just ask Tony :)

DMPGal said...

For the person who said Dale Jr. merch was gone the week after Homestead: I went to DEI on the first weekend of December and purchased a Dale Jr. mouse pad and a Dale Jr. 8 Bud pint glass. For the bargain basement price of a buck, as they had to get rid of his merch.

And kudos to this poster:
Theresa not only made DEI what it is from a business development point of view but she created the prototype for individual personality licensing for a NASCAR driver. Like it or not, through my business dealings it is my understanding that she recognized that Dale was an icon and a viable licensing "property." Go back far enough and the only product you'll see is T-shirts, ball caps and bumper stickers for a driver. And most often it wasn't the driver or owner who did this but some sponsor like Coca-Cola or STP. You can say it was an easy decision but the fact is, she was the first to build and merchandise a business model and a diversified line of products around an individual. Even Michael Jordan did not do this, he made his fortune as a spokesperson.

Teresa made the business side of DEI. I'm sorry Junior left but Senior's will did leave it to her. A deal should have been made, and I hold out hope Junior will one day return to DEI. And I think the 51 percent he wanted was for Kel, Kerry and Jr., wasn't it?

Anonymous said...

Hey how about a column about how the media seems continually ask Jeff and Jimmie about Jr joining the team. There's only so many ways they can say "it's great." I'm finding it really disrespectful of the media to ask two champions such stupid questions over and over and over again. Surely Jeff and Jimmie are tired of repeating themselves.

Oh and mention how Jr is not the savior of HMS, Jeff is not taking grooming tips from and Casey is still friends with Jeff and Jimmie despite Jr being his new "bestest" friend. Jr fans are so childish.

mb said...

Well.............the childish Junior fan has but one thing to say about that.............

BEWARE the 88 !!!

vanilla blows said...

Mr Poole: Do you think it is wise to insult Nascar fans, posters of TR and fellow writers? You are entitled to your opinion as anyone else is. But your opinion is no more important than anyone else's.

I used to enjoy reading your writings on TR and here on your blog, whether I agreed with you or not. You are losing your objectivity and are far too negative towards others who question you.

When the hits on TR forum do not rebound as the season starts, will the powers that be BlackFlagYou?

Anonymous said...

I think we people are missing is it would be tough to get Dale sr or JR fans to come to DEI which I have been at, with no record of Jr's acomplishments on the floor or on the wall!
Why would I go back to were it all started and see nothing of JR? The marketing end is bad for DEI, not just from fans but to court new sponsors as well these are facts!
I'm going to go to Hendricks to see things of my driver and buy my merchendise from them if I where to visit moorseville area again. I wouldn't have any need to go to DEI unless I wanted to connect with Dale SR, but after this split I don't see that happening for along time! I'm betting Dale sr is rolling in the grave over all this!
Sadly I'm willing to bet anyone this whole thing will play out for Dale jr and Hendricks far greater than DEI could have ever imagined! They should have gave Dalejr the 51% and T Earnhardt could have focued on what she really wants and that is Dale SR's legacy as a owner she will have a tough time ahead mark these words.

Anonymous said...

The Sport of Blogging reminds me of a Liberal propaganda. The lack of no core values and a self destructive life style.

Is blogging factual or fiction?
Proaganda machines vs people of convictions?
Hate vs Jealousy?
Envy vs Greed?
Class acts vs geniune, humble pie.



WEC

MB said...

Anon, you are whack man - whack............"lack of no core values" ? Do you realize what that means ?

Anyway, y'all know now that y'all better BEWARE the 88 !!!

bbbbbbbbbbbwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaa !!!

MB said...

Hey David,

How 'bout a story on how absolutely STUPID it was to let Junior leave DEI - you could beat the rush - if you hurry.

While you are at it, you could mention that Junior never has anything bad to say about DEI or anyone there - unfortunately the same can't be said for everyone at DEI.

Be sure to mention wht an incredible job his Mom did in raising such an honest, earnest, respectfull, sincere, and talented young man.

By the way, how's that crow tastin' over there at DEI ? Better gulp it down 'cause more is comin'. Worst business decision of the century is what letting Junior leave was - chisel that in stone.

and y'all know by now that y'all had better try not to be too skeeerd, and...........
BEWARE the 88 !!!

Anonymous said...

"Be sure to mention wht an incredible job his Mom did in raising such an honest, earnest, respectfull, sincere, and talented young man."

Yeah except his mama didnt raise him. Dumped him off at 6 and moved away and didnt come back til he was rolling in the dough.

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因為有朋友剛好有推出嬰兒的護膚衣
夏天很適合寶寶穿喔!對孩子的皮膚也有更好的保護
對有這樣困擾的baby有很大的幫助喔^^ 可以給你參考看看ㄉ^^
這種的護膚衣是天然竹炭材質
具有吸濕、排汗、抗菌的效果
現在天氣這麼熱,對小朋友應該是不錯的選擇
天然竹炭護膚衣寶寶專用 (點進去看看喔)
穿起來很舒適喔
可以看看網站上的影片
寶寶異位性皮膚炎常識 (點進去看看喔)
是朋友哥哥的小孩穿的喔^^
也有關於嬰兒的一些資訊可以提供你參考喔
育兒知識 (點進去看看喔)

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Anonymous said...

first of all, what the hell is all that Chinese stuff on here; we cannot READ that!
Second, Teresa, being The Great One's wife, HAD TO HAVE KNOWN, Dale's wishes for his children, ALL his children to continue on his legacy at DEI. She certainly cannot drive, can she?? The number 8 is the Earnhardt Family's number, it was Dale Sr.'s father, Ralph's #, and how DARE she steal this away from this family?! Just take a good look at the glare Momma Earnhardt gives Teresa at the HOFame (it's on youtube) ceremony. It is a none too kind one, and it is well deserved. Teresa proceeded to screw over every ONE of Dale's kids, but her own. She KNEW what he wanted done, and I bet that he felt she had it in her to follow through with his wishes! Sadly, she proceeded to do exactly opposite of what The Great One wanted. As another posted suggested, he is not rolling in his tomb, he is SPINNING! For her to do this to his family, including his brothers, sisters, and his mother, along with his kids, just shows what a true B she really is. I can specifically remember her backing away from Dale one time when he tried to hug her after a race, because, oh my, she was wearing a fancy schmancy white suit dress, and oh my, he had clutch dust on his uniform. DALE paid for the new face she has, I have photos of her prior to their money. Trust me, plastic surgeried B! New face, new teeth, fancy clothes, mink coats *shame, all paid for by DALE!! Again, everything Dale Sr. wanted done, she did opposite and then took up with one John Menard. Sorry, after being married to THe GREAT ONE, how could she be with Menard?? And indeed, DEI is now a ghost town, rented out for stupid A weddings! Just great...