I’ve been going back and forth, trying to decide whether or not I should respond to all of the comments I received for my post about Dale Earnhardt Jr. ‘dear dale, it’s not me, it’s you’.

I’ve decided to try to explain things.

First, it was supposed to be funny. Ya know the whole “relationship” angle. 🙂

Second, I believe in Dale. I’m a fan and I know that he’ll win again. It’s just frustrating because I want him to put all of the naysayers in their place. I want all of those annoying “Does Dale really want to be a race car driver?” articles to disappear. I do not expect him to win every race. Like I said at the end of my post, a top-three finish would be great. Plus, if Martin Truex Jr. or Bobby Labonte or Elliott Sadler were my favorite drivers I’d be frustrated with them too. It’s been awhile since those guys have won something.

Third, I’m a fan of the San Francisco 49ers so I’m used to being disappointed. Wanting your driver or team to do better doesn’t make you any less of a fan. If you support them it’s only natural to want them to be the best that you know they can be. I suggest watching the documentary “Still, We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie.” The 49ers haven’t been a contender to go to the Super Bowl in a really long time but my love and support for them hasn’t waivered.

Finally, I’ve seen Dale during race weekends. I see all of the media hanging on his every word writing articles about any and every little thing that happens in his world. I’m not trying to add to that. I’m not being nitpicky, but I’m not going to blindly follow someone and not acknowledge areas that could use improvement.

I want him to win for him; it’s not for me or the JR Nation. It’s for him.